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  • Obama Administration Ignores Reporting Law as Prairie Chicken Population Increases

    07/23/2014 5:58:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 22, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    A new study shows the lesser prairie chicken population has exploded by 20 percent prompting concern by western lawmakers that the Obama administration acted hastily when it listed the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The aerial survey conducted last month by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies showed the grouse species numbers jumped from 18,747 to 22,415. That study plus the Agriculture Department’s tardiness in reporting conservation efforts to Congress as required by law prompted a letter from lawmakers including Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton demanding the report. “We request that your department provide this...
  • I almost hit a Deer last night. How are they surviving this drought?

    07/03/2014 4:32:07 PM PDT · by lee martell · 58 replies
    July, 3, 2014 | lee martell
    I was heading home after visiting friends in Emmeryville, a small industrial town near the Oakland/ Berkeley borders. It was a little after 11pm when I made a left turn off the freeway, onto my neighborhood block. The night fog had begun to gather, floating slightly above the cooling earth. I was approaching the first traffic stop at a four way intersection when I saw something spring up near the passenger side of my car. What I first thought was a very large Great Dane turned out to be a mature adult deer. Although I should have known no one...
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Killing One Type Of Owl To Save Another In Northern California

    05/22/2014 9:53:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 21, 2014
    Killing one species to save another sounds like a drastic solution, but that’s exactly what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing in California to protect the Spotted Owl from a predator that happens to be its distant cousin, the Barred Owl. On the Hoopa Indian Reservation near the Oregon border, it’s owl country, but not the kind Mark Higley wants to see. The tribe’s resident biologist is tracking an invasive species from the east called the barred owl. “Up to the ridge line we have been getting barred owl responses,” he said. At first the birds were a...
  • The Myth of the Wild

    04/30/2014 5:37:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | April 30, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The pristine natural world has been gone for a long time; get used to it. Nearly all of the earthworms in New England and the upper Midwest were inadvertently imported from Europe. The American earthworms were wiped out by the last Ice Age. That's why when European colonists first got here, many forest floors were covered in deep drifts of wet leaves. The wild horses of the American West may be no less invasive than the Asian carp advancing on the Great Lakes. Most species of the tumbleweed, icon of the Old West, are actually from Russia or Asia. The...
  • Africa Land Grabs Endanger Elephants

    04/20/2014 2:49:41 PM PDT · by Veto! · 13 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 20, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking.
  • Arizona Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Could Be Listed As Threatened Bird Species

    04/14/2014 9:33:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    KJZZ ^ | April 10, 2014 | Steve Shadley
    A bird native to Arizona and other western states could be listed as a threatened species by the federal government. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo lives along the Verde, Colorado and San Pedro Rivers in Arizona. It also can be found at the Gila River and Rio Grande in New Mexico and the Sacramento and Kern Rivers in California. Federal officials said the bird’s habitat is shrinking because of dams and other construction projects on the rivers, plus cattle grazing.
  • Black Bear Mauls Florida Woman, Drags Her Out of Garage

    04/13/2014 2:43:20 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 108 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4-13-2014 | LIZ FIELDS
    The hunt is on today for a black bear who mauled a woman at her home in an upscale central Florida neighborhood, leaving her with injuries to her face, legs and torso and requiring her to get 40 stitches to the head. Terri Frana of Lake Mary, Fla., went to her garage Saturday evening to grab bicycles for her children to ride down to their neighbor's house when the attack happened, according to her husband, Frank Frana. As soon as the children left, Frana, 45, saw two bears in the driveway. She walked to the patio area where there were...
  • Crocodile Caught Wandering Around California Mall

    04/10/2014 7:37:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 10, 2014 | Yahoo! News
    Crocodile caught wandering around California mall ROSEVILLE, CA — Don't shed any tears for a crocodile that was captured wandering outside a pet store at a Northern California shopping mall. California Fish and Wildlife officials have taken custody of the croc, are feeding it rainbow trout and will likely donate it to a zoo. Police say the crocodile was apparently left outside the Roseville store by someone who didn't want it anymore. The animal had grown to 4-feet long, and its jaws had been wrapped shut with heavy-duty tape. There was a note identifying it as a Nile crocodile and...
  • Shocking video shows Florida woman hand-feeding an ALLIGATOR she named 'Puppy'

    04/01/2014 9:31:44 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 4-1-2014 | Joshua Gardner
    A recently revealed video shows a Florida woman's bizarre attempts to train a wild alligator she nicknamed Puppy Puppy. Residents of a senior residence community in Port St. Lucie say they would watch in horror as the unnamed neighbor routinely fed the beast from the edge of a backyard lake and flailed wildly when it came too close. While they once watched the woman's strange behavior from afar, neighbors say the situation came to a head when the gator scrambled up to a patio hoping to be fed a steak from the grill. 'She would bring food back and forth...
  • Drought May Be Forcing Rabid Skunks Into Populated Areas

    03/23/2014 5:24:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 3/21/2014 | Ian Schwartz
    Rabid skunks are on the rise and have been spotted in high numbers in El Dorado County. Hold that leash a little tighter, because your furry friend now has more furry foes to worry about. We all know skunks carry a unique smell, but there are more and more reports of them carrying the deadly rabies virus.
  • 16 of 31 Bighorn sheep moved to Tucson are now dead

    03/17/2014 3:57:20 PM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 36 replies ^ | 17 March 2014 | Anonymous
    From 3 months ago: "TUCSON - Thirty one Bighorn sheep that were relocated to the Catalina mountains Monday are thriving, according to Arizona Game and Fish officials. Their movements are being tracked using GPS collars. News 4 Tucson was given insight into their first few hours on their new turf. If you live in, or visit Pusch Ridge grab your binoculars, you're in for a sight...The cost of the project is around $600,000. It's funded by private donations and fees from hunting and fishing licenses." From a week ago: "Officials said a mountain lion killed the ewe they found in...
  • Mountain lion or bobcat? Durham woman’s pic has many wondering[CT]

    03/12/2014 12:18:43 PM PDT · by Theoria · 72 replies
    The Middletown Press ^ | 10 Mar 2014 | Cassandra Day
    A woman’s photograph of a big cat roaming the snowy woods near her mother’s home in a sleepy central Connecticut town has some convinced it’s a mountain lion — despite environmental officials’ assertion that cougars are extinct in the state. Caitlin Handley posted the photograph on Durham-Middlefield Patch on March 6 under her mother Linda’s name, warning residents to keep their pets inside, and soon received a dozen comments from folks who surmised it was a bobcat. “It was approximately 10 in the morning when I saw it,” Handley says. “I believe the animal was actually bigger than the picture...
  • Feds Set Aside Habitat In Southwest For Jaguar [ Arizona and New Mexico ]

    03/05/2014 7:52:46 PM PST · by george76 · 90 replies
    AP ^ | March 05, 2014 | Alexandra Olgin
    Federal wildlife officials are setting aside nearly 1,200 square miles in the American Southwest as critical habitat for the jaguar... Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties in Arizona and Hidalgo County in New Mexico ... The critical designation means anyone developing federal land in the area needs to consult the service to ensure it will not hurt the jaguar’s habitat
  • The Buck Who Carried His Rival’s Head (Deer Survives 2 Months w/ Severed Head Locked in Its Antlers)

    02/22/2014 3:34:18 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    Outdoor Hub ^ | February 10, 2014 | Daniel Xu
    The Buck Who Carried His Rival’s Head While it may look like a grisly trophy, the story behind the picture of the antler-locked bucks above is one of survival and endurance. I recently spoke with Luke Laha, a wildlife management instructor in Kansas, about how he and his students rescued an antler-locked deer that had been carrying around the head of his rival. So how did this deer come to be wearing such bizarre headgear? Laha said that there was once a body attached to that head, before the coyotes came. Laha works as an instructor at Pratt Community College’s...
  • Wildlife service suspends plan to allow killing of gray wolves

    02/09/2014 1:56:19 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 8, 2014
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has backed off plans to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list. ... The government plan would have allowed gray wolves in the lower 48 United States to be hunted or killed. They have been under federal protection since 1967. The Mexican gray wolf, found only in the Southwest, retains protection.
  • (RE-POST) NY Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Nearly 40,000 Piranha Fish into the US

    02/02/2014 5:19:13 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | February 1, 2014 | Rande Iaboni,
    New York man pleads guilty to smuggling nearly 40,000 piranhas into the U.S. (CNN) -- New York City resident Joel Rakower bit off more than he could chew when he smuggled nearly 40,000 piranhas into the United States. Rakower pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn to smuggling the deadly piranhas from 2011 to 2012, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement. The federal Lacey Act combats trafficking in "illegal" wildlife, fish and plants. In a plea agreement, Rakower admitted that his company purchased piranhas from a Hong Kong tropical fish supplier and imported them to the city,...
  • Britain's first wild beaver for 500 years caught on camera

    01/22/2014 10:59:47 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 130 replies ^ | January 21, 2014 | Dion Dassanayake
    THE first wild beaver seen in 500 years in the UK was caught on film gnawing on a tree.
  • Saudi Man Finds Cobra in His Bed While Camping

    01/22/2014 11:47:48 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, January 19, 2014
    It seems the snake spent the night with him in bedA Saudi man who was camping with his family in a valley in the Gulf kingdom woke up in the morning to find a cobra in his bed. “It is a desert cobra. It seems that it spent all the night with me in my bed but it did not make any move that could have alerted me,” Ali Al Omari said. “Thanks God that I was not bitten by this snake which is considered as the most dangerous and poisonous snake in Saudi Arabia,” he told Sada newspaper. He...
  • American Anaconda Crawls Out of Saudi Toilet

    01/21/2014 12:54:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    Captured by Saudi vet expertsPolice gave no explanation as to how the snake reached the toilet in the Western Saudi town of Madinah or where it came from, as anacondas which are normally non-venomous snakes are found in tropical South America. One expert said the reptile was so big that it could swallow a baby. “These types of snakes can swallow a baby in case they are very hungry and it could be too difficult to control them if they are set loose,” Sada newspaper said, quoting Hassam Al Malki, an expert at the Riyadh-based Prince Sultan Military Health Centre....
  • Back Bay (VA) Feral Hogs Running Wild

    01/20/2014 5:43:57 AM PST · by Don@VB · 57 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 1/20/14 | don@vb
    By Aaron Applegate The Virginian-Pilot © January 20, 2014 VIRGINIA BEACH The destructive and fertile wild hogs that roam the marshes around Back Bay are poised for a bumper year. Some of their favorite foods are abundant, and the guy with a knack for trapping them has moved to another job. "I'm sure the pigs did a little dance," said Molly Brown, president of Friends of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The jig would have been for the departure of David Bishop, an invasive-species biologist who spent the past three years trying to keep in check the state's oldest population...
  • Taxpayers doling out too much dough to control deer, critics charge.

    01/19/2014 7:46:14 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 49 replies ^ | January 18, 2014 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    From New York to California, local governments are spending taxpayer dollars to sterilize female deer, but critics say the approach is a misguided, ineffective and “incredibly expensive” approach to thinning out the herds that has become a suburban scourge. While some communities have used lethal means to curb the exploding population of deer, which roam backyards, destroy gardens and wander into traffic, others have taken what they see as a more humane approach — tranquilizing female deer and removing their ovaries. Average costs are about $1,200 per deer, according to a 2011 report by the New York State Department of...
  • African Tigerfish Jump Into The Air To Catch Birds Mid-Flight [VIDEO]

    01/10/2014 3:28:08 PM PST · by BBell · 19 replies ^ | January 10, 2014 5:21 PM EST | Josh Lieberman
    Researchers in South Africa have captured video of a tigerfish leaping out of the water and taking down a bird. Stories of the African tigerfish preying on flying birds have circulated for decades, but this marks the first documented case of any type of fish displaying this method of predation. "The whole action of jumping and catching the swallow in flight happens so incredibly quickly that after we first saw it, it took all of us a while to really fully comprehend what we had just seen," said Nico Smit, director of the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management at...
  • Grey Wolf Packs to be introduced to Hawaii [Big Island]

    01/01/2014 1:29:16 PM PST · by steve86 · 88 replies
    Mexican Grey Wolves. . The plan calls for 10 breeding pairs in Hawaii (Big Island) or 100 to 150 wolves. Conservationists are concerned that too few wolves are involved in the plan. Hawaii (the island) is 4,028 sq. miles, so big in fact, the other Hawaiian Islands could fit on it nearly twice. The wolves are expected to find and establish their own habitat(s), from the dry Kohala Coast on the west side, up and over Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, to the lush and rainy eastern coast. Predictably, cattle and sheep ranchers are opposed, particularly the Parker Ranch which...
  • Illinois preps for possibility of wolf population

    01/01/2014 11:45:35 AM PST · by bkopto · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 1, 2014 | Michael Tarm
    Illinois’ own once-thriving wolves were hunted to extinction by the 1860s. But since the first confirmed sighting in the state in 150 years, in 2002, wolf sightings have gone from rare to regular — with at least five in the last three years. “We used to joke with our counterparts in Wisconsin that, ‘Yeah, one day your wolves will be coming to Illinois,’” said Joe Kath, the endangered species manager at Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources. “Well, we’ve reached that day.” That has state wildlife officials contemplating another day — still way off — when there are so many wolves...
  • Nashua’s Campbell issues apology over duck deaths

    01/01/2014 5:35:56 AM PST · by billorites · 18 replies
    Nashua Telegraph ^ | December 31, 2013 | Jim Haddadin
    State Rep. David Campbell offered an apology after striking several wild ducks with his car outside a Nashua hotel last week. Meanwhile, Nashua police are pledging an open, thorough and impartial investigation into the matter, which unfolded late on the evening of Dec. 23 outside the main entrance of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Campbell, D-Nashua, issued a statement early Sunday evening addressing controversy over the episode, which was first reported in The Sunday Telegraph. “I am deeply sorry that I accidentally ran over several wild ducks near the Crowne Plaza last Monday night,” Campbell wrote. “This occurred while some people...
  • Deer runs afoul of cheetahs at National Zoo

    12/28/2013 10:57:59 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 36 replies ^ | 12-27-13 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON - A wandering deer evidently found its way in among the cheetahs at the National Zoo on Friday morning. The result? Well, let's call it a circle-of-life moment. According to DCist, zoo spokeswoman Annalisa Meyer said that a keeper heard "bleating from the cheetah yard" at about 11:40 a.m. When checking on the cheetahs, the keeper saw a wild deer on the ground, with one cheetah biting its throat and another behind the deer, which was already dead.
  • Crocodiles turning up in Broward, Palm Beach

    12/22/2013 4:35:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | December 22, 2013 | David Fleshler
    Fields' encounter with a 10-foot American crocodile has become a more common experience in Broward and Palm Beach counties, as these light gray cousins of alligators reclaim their historic range. Crocodile numbers have risen from a low of 200 or so in the 1970s to about 2,000 today, with more of them roaming north from their core nesting areas in southern Everglades National Park and the Upper Florida Keys. There have been no documented attacks on people in South Florida, the only part of the United States with crocodiles, although biologists won't rule out the possibility.
  • Hunters, Fishermen Targeted by Feds for Local Violations ( Lacey Act & Gibson Guitar )

    12/19/2013 6:49:35 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 18 Dec 2013 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    U.S. law enforcement agencies are conducting thousands of investigations using a law that makes violating state wildlife statutes a federal crime, often ensnaring hunters and fishermen for seemingly minor infractions. Some even suffer stiff federal prison sentences. Special agents and wildlife inspectors for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conduct about 2,500 investigative cases a year of violations of the Lacey Act, a 1900 law meant to combat illegal trafficking of wildlife. ... Rock star Ted Nugent, an avid hunter and fisherman .. "Good, decent families' lives are being turned upside down and ruined by out-of-control jackboot game agencies, particularly...
  • U.S. wildlife managers urge lifting Yellowstone grizzly protections

    12/12/2013 4:51:01 PM PST · by george76 · 65 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-12-2013 | Laura Zuckerman
    Yellowstone's grizzlies, now classified as a threatened species, were briefly removed from protected status by the federal government in 2007, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared that the outsized, hump-shouldered bears had made a healthy comeback. At the time, the number of grizzlies in the region had exceeded the government's recovery goal of 500 bears, the government said. But conservationists successfully challenged the de-listing in court, arguing that the government discounted climate changes ... On Wednesday, members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee sought to reverse that decision, recommending a new de-listing after reviewing a report suggesting Yellowstone's...
  • Study: California Wind Power is the Worst For Wildlife

    11/21/2013 8:55:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    KCET ^ | 11/20/13 | Chris Clarke
    California's newest wind turbines may be killing more than 100,000 birds a year, according to a peer-reviewed study to be published in December. Those mortalities seem to climb the taller wind turbines get. And California wind turbines kill more wildlife per megawatt than identical turbines in other parts of the country. ... The study, conducted by Scott R. Loss and Peter P. Marra from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Tom Will, appears in the December 2013 issue of the journal Biological Conservation. The study was based on a survey of...
  • Wind Turbines Blamed in Death of Estimated 600,000 Bats in 2012

    11/09/2013 10:50:27 AM PST · by grundle · 54 replies
    UPI/Breitbart ^ | November 9, 2013
    BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Wind turbines killed at least 600,000 -- and possibly as many as 900,000 -- bats in the United States in 2012, researchers say. Writing in the journal BioScience, the researchers said they used sophisticated statistical techniques to infer the probable number of bat deaths at wind energy facilities from the number of dead bats found at 21 locations. Bats, which play an important role in the ecosystem as insect-eaters, are killed at wind turbines not only by collisions with moving turbine blades but also by the trauma resulting from sudden changes in air pressure...
  • Culprit in Mysterious Elk Deaths Found

    11/08/2013 8:37:22 AM PST · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    Life Science vai Yahoo ^ | 11/7/13 | Benjamin Radford
    A hunter stumbled upon a bizarre sight on a 75,000-acre ranch north of Las Vegas, N.M., on Aug. 27: the remains of more than 100 dead elk. Livestock deaths are not unusual, but so many animals dying off, and doing so in what seems to be under 24 hours, was puzzling to scientists. Related StoriesOfficials with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish investigated the mysterious elk deaths and ruled out several possible causes for the elk deaths, including poachers, anthrax, lightning strikes, epizootic hemorrhagic disease (an often-fatal virus known to affect deer and other ruminants), botulism, poisonous plants,...
  • Due to Ban on Hunting, Wild Boars Rampant in Islamabad

    11/04/2013 12:34:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    dAWN ^ | Kalbe Ali
    Previously, many people hunted the animal, some as a sport and others for its meat.For Senator Sughra Imam, a walk in the city after sunset has become increasingly terrifying because of the ubiquitous wild boars. “Over the years, the population of this wild beast has multiplied, but complaints in this regard could not move the Capital Development Authority (CDA),” she said while talking to Dawn. “In a recent meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet, I also lodged a complaint with the CDA chairman,” the senator added. Like a seasoned bureaucrat, the CDA chairman, Nadeem Hassan Asif, readily promised...
  • Cornell students demand end to “male heterosexual” Big Red Bear mascot

    11/03/2013 9:08:03 AM PST · by chessplayer · 56 replies
    The person inside the suit does not need to be male, but a controversy is brewing on campus as to whether the Bear should exhibit “male heterosexual” behavior:
  • Environmentalist attempt to block oil, gas drilling in key Wyoming sage grouse area

    10/30/2013 9:03:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Star-Tribune ^ | October 30, 2013 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Three environmental groups petitioned the federal government Monday to block new oil and gas development in an area of key sage grouse habitat near Douglas. The petition came a month after Gov. Matt Mead announced a plan with Chesapeake Energy to allow drilling in what is known as the Douglas Core Area and represented an effort by environmentalists to counter what they see as an erosion of state sage grouse protections. ... WildEarth Guardians, the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and American Bird Conservancy petitioned the Department of Interior and U.S. Bureau of Land Management to prohibit construction of new wellpads and...
  • Swedish Goalkeeper Injured in Bear Attack

    10/26/2013 3:34:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Local ^ | 20 Oct 2013
    A top Swedish bandy goalkeeper has been left badly injured after he was mauled by a bear when he was out elk hunting in eastern Sweden.Henrik Karlström, 20, who plays with Edsbyns IF in the elite series is more used to defending himself against bandy balls but was competing against a much larger opponent on Saturday - a bear. "It was like a wrestling match. I lay on my back and had the bear over me," Karlström told Aftonbladet. The attack left the shot stopper nursing deep wounds to one of his hands, injuries to his arms, a severe scratch...
  • Poachers Use Cyanide to Massacre Over 300 Elephants in Zimbabwe

    10/21/2013 7:05:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Oct 2013 | Peta Thornycroft, and Aislinn Laing
    Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide • Cyanide has been used to kill 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate - as new photos show the scale of the slaughter Poachers in Zimbabwe have killed more than 300 elephants and countless other safari animals by cyanide poisoning, The Telegraph has learned. The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange, the country's largest national park, has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst single massacre in southern Africa for 25 years. Pictures taken by the hunters, which...
  • Coyotes attack man near Niwot; wildlife officials kill two of three involved (CO)

    10/17/2013 3:11:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | October 16, 2013 | John Fryar & Whitney Bryen
    LONGMONT -- Andrew Dickehage probably will think twice before deciding to walk to work again anytime soon. Dickehage, 22, had been having car troubles, so at 5 a.m. Monday he was walking on North 73rd Street near Niwot Road on his way to work at CCI, on the IBM campus. That's when three coyotes attacked him. Dickehage said he was walking along and heard a twig snap. "I didn't think much of it," he said. "I thought it was probably a bunny." Dickehage said he turned on his flashlight to see what made the noise when the largest of the...
  • Platypus takes ride under hood of sport-utility vehicle

    10/14/2013 6:12:58 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 22 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 14, 2013
    CANBERRA, Australia, - An Australian man who heard scratching noises from beneath the hood of his sport-utility vehicle said he was shocked to discover a platypus hitching a ride. Cameron Blaseotto, 18, said female platypus apparently became wedged under the engine's air intake Wednesday when he drove through the flooded Murrumbidgee River in Canberra and he didn't discover the animal until he arrived at a friend's house about 10 miles away, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday. The platypus, dubbed Hilux, was turned over to the Australian Capital Territory Parks and Conservation Service, which returned her to the river. "I'd...
  • These moronic hunters actually shot and killed a rare albino moose

    10/11/2013 6:25:01 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 276 replies
    My, don't they look proud. But after shooting this rare albino moose near Belle Cote in Nova Scotia last week — and posting the pics to social media — the trio has sparked considerable outrage, particularly among the region's Mi'kmaq indigenous community. These guys breached a kind of unwritten code of conduct that has also upset many in the hunting community.
  • Famous Beer Stealing Pig Killed In Traffic Accident

    10/09/2013 9:44:07 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Oct 2013 | Jon David Kahn
    Having gained international fame for stealing beer from campers and starting a fight with a cow, a feral pig in Australia is dead having been hit, most likely by a truck. Locals dubbed him "Swino" after he was featured in a write-up last month for guzzling 18 beers belonging to campers near Port Hedland and then proceeding to pick a fight with a cow.
  • Alaska slams feds for keeping hunters off land

    10/09/2013 3:52:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    Alaska lawmakers accused the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of violating federal law by shutting down hunting on its lands during the government shutdown, saying a 1980 law guarantees state residents must have access to the land.
  • Pumpkins may draw wildlife, state warns

    10/08/2013 3:41:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 30 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff | Herald/Review
    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is reminding residents to be aware that Halloween pumpkins, as well as fall decorations like gourds or squash, attract wildlife when displayed outdoors. “Javelina, coyotes, deer and even bears eat some of the vegetables that are part of traditional holiday displays,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson. “When displayed outdoors, they may attract wildlife to homes, potentially creating conflicts with people.” The department recommends that decorated pumpkins and cornucopias be displayed indoors, on window sills to be seen from outside if desired, and then discarded securely to help prevent...
  • Record number of rhinos killed in South Africa in 2013

    09/23/2013 11:20:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 23 September 2013 | Adam Vaughan
    Total of 688 rhino deaths passes last year's record, with three months of the year still to goNearly 700 rhinos have been killed in South Africa in 2013, making it the bloodiest year yet for rhino poaching. Last year, a record 668 rhinos were poached for their horns, but that figure has already been eclipsed with the deaths of 688 rhinos with three months left of the year, figures from the South African government show. There are around 18,000 white and 4,000 black rhinos in the country. The dramatic growth in rhino poaching in South Africa, up from just 13...
  • Leopard Eats Three Mini Deer After Escape

    09/17/2013 6:31:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    The Local ^ | 17 Sep 2013
    A leopard that escaped from its enclosure in an eastern Sweden zoo on Monday managed to gobble up three miniature deer before it was caught and returned.The leopard managed to escape from the Asian animals pavilion on Monday at the Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna, and was discovered missing after a caretaker at the zoo discovered a dead deer on the floor. The culprit was a she-cat called Kailin, one of three clouded leopards at the zoo. While she escaped her own enclosure, Kailin was never outside the zoo itself and posed no human threat. It remains unclear whether a mouse...
  • Park Service adds website for teachers

    09/16/2013 11:21:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    A new website launched by the National Park Service gives Alaska teachers a new tool to engage students in classroom and place-based learning. The website is a one-stop shop for curriculum-based lesson plans, traveling trunks, maps, activities, distance learning and other resources. Alaska’s national park-based curriculum and other teacher resources are substantial and varied, and include: • Distance Learning: Glacier Bay National Park’s “Visiting Glacier Bay” provides an opportunity for a virtual visit to this Southeast Alaska gem. 

 • Curriculum: Denali National Park’s “Denali Rocks!” focuses on geology and provides eight lessons matched to Alaska State Standards for...
  • Rare White Lion Saved From Death - by Electric Fence

    09/15/2013 12:27:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    mIRROR ^ | 14 Sep 2013 | By Natalie Evans
    The rare-coloured big cat was at the mercy of a pride of five ferocious females when one of them accidentally brushed a high-voltage wire and leaped away in painA cornered white lion narrowly escapes death... thanks to an electric fence. The rare-coloured big cat was at the mercy of a pride of five ferocious females when one of them accidentally brushed a high-voltage wire and leaped away in pain. While the others were distracted the lucky lion grabbed the chance to flee her attackers. Game ranger and photographer Ken Whyte, 22, watched on as the battle unfolded in the Kruger...
  • Sage Grouse Debate Prompts Scrutiny of Far-Reaching Federal Species Law

    09/04/2013 5:13:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | September 4, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    as debate heats up on Capitol Hill over the proposed listing of the Sage Grouse as an endangered species, a key concern of Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton is that it may never be de-listed, even if the population recovers. If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decide to list the species, the new protections would restrict management of two million acres in Colorado considered critical habitat, including private property. That means limited use of the property for grazing or energy development. “If we have a recovery in Garfield County, it will never be taken off the listing because...
  • Golfer sues club after being attacked by crocodile in sand trap

    09/02/2013 7:46:07 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 53 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 1, 2013
    NEW YORK, - A Long Island, N.Y., man filed suit against a Mexican golf resort after be lost two fingers to a crocodile after chipping out of a sand trap. Edward Lunger, 50, Holtsville, said he was grabbed by a croc that had been hiding in the nearby bushes and clamped down on his arm. Lunger told the New York Post the Iberostar Cancun Golf Club knew the croc was prowling around but did nothing more than hang some yellow tape around its hideout. "That means 'Grounds under repair' in America," said Lunger, who was rushed to a hospital where...
  • Desert Tortoise Conservation Center to euthanize hundreds of the tortoises ( endangered species )

    08/29/2013 1:10:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 25, 2013
    It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it as BLM closes Vegas rescue center. LAS VEGAS — For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence. Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who...