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  • Coyotes Are Colonizing Cities. Step Forward the Urban Hunter.

    12/27/2017 5:04:54 AM PST · by x1stcav · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/17 | Simon Romero
    Dennis Murphy sniffed the bobcat urine he uses to lure his prey. He checked the silencer on his AR-15 assault rifle and loaded a few snares into his Ford pickup. “Let’s go kill some coyotes,” he said. But he wasn’t heading for the wilderness. Mr. Murphy’s stalking ground is on the contentious new frontier where hunters are clashing with conservationists: cities and suburbs. Coyotes are largely associated with their ancestral bastions in the wild lands of the American West, but they are highly adaptable, and in recent years they have been colonizing large population centers throughout North America. The hunters...
  • More than 100 new species discovered in Mekong region

    12/21/2017 8:48:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    www.pakistantoday.com.pk ^ | 12/21/2017 | Staff
    BANGKOK: A Vietnamese ‘crocodile lizard’ and a Thai turtle found on sale in a local market are among more than 100 new species discovered in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region last year, researchers said. The Southeast Asian countries flanking the Mekong river, which snakes down from the Tibetan plateau to the South China Sea, are among the most biodiverse in the world. Each year scientists announce scores of new species discovered in the region, which includes Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. But there are fears that many more species could die out before they are found in...
  • Beavers Emerge as Agents of Arctic Destruction

    12/20/2017 7:42:48 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 72 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 20, 2017 | By KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS
    Even as climate change shrinks some populations of arctic animals like polar bears and caribou, beavers may be taking advantage of warming temperatures to expand their range. But as the beavers head north, their very presence may worsen the effects of climate change. The issue isn’t just that the beavers are moving into a new environment — it’s that they’re gentrifying it. Take the dams they build on rivers and streams to slow the flow of water and create the pools in which they construct their dens. In other habitats, where the dams help filter pollutants from water and mitigate...
  • Canada's British Columbia Province Bans Grizzly Bear Hunting

    12/19/2017 10:38:03 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2017
    British Columbia on Monday banned all grizzly bear hunting in the western Canadian province with immediate effect, expanding on its existing ban on trophy hunting. In August, the provincial government had said it would end trophy hunting of the bears but allow hunting for meat. Consultations with First Nations, other stakeholder groups and the public in recent months showed that “it is abundantly clear that the grizzly hunt is not in line with their values,” said Doug Donaldson, the province’s minister of forests and lands, in a statement on Monday.
  • Killer roads, rail tracks snuff out wild animals

    12/15/2017 11:13:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | December 15, 2017 | Badri Chatterjee
    Hours before sunrise on a cool February night this year, a four-year-old male leopard waited behind a bush along the National Highway 8 that cuts through the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharasthra. As vehicles zipped passed along the high-speed motorway, it waited for a break in traffic to make it to the other side. But traffic never ceases on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway and the leopard had no other option but to take the risk. It was the big cat’s last sprint. As it reached the middle of the road, the leopard was stunned by the bright headlights of an incoming...
  • The Cat That Changed America

    12/07/2017 12:43:39 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 63 replies
    P22 is the most famous mountain lion in the world, living in Griffith Park, right in the heart of Los Angeles. He was born in the Santa Monica Mountains, and crossed two of the busiest freeways in America, the 405 and the 101, before he settled in the park. Yet P22 is now trapped, hemmed in by freeways and the urban sprawl, with little chance of ever finding a mate. Now a new documentary film will explore his plight and the development of the wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon in Los Angeles. Angelenos and local conservationists alike are battling to...
  • Lurking in Toilets, Swimming the Streets: Snakes of Bangkok Move In

    11/28/2017 4:08:55 PM PST · by NRx · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11-28-2017 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and RYN JIRENUWAT
    BANGKOK — Panarat Chaiyaboon was using the toilet in her downstairs bathroom in July when she felt a sharp bite on her thigh. She jumped up to see a scene straight out of a nightmare: an 8-foot python emerging from her toilet. She rushed to the hospital, bleeding heavily, and still bears the marks from eight tooth punctures that were around half an inch deep. That snake was captured. But a week later, Ms. Panarat’s 15-year-old daughter found a second python in the same toilet. The daughter was so shaken, she went to stay with relatives. It could be argued...
  • MT: Bear Spray Works; Bear Saved, Hunter Injured

    11/26/2017 5:34:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 48 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 November, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    A hunter who was tracking a wounded elk was attacked by a grizzly. The bear chomped on his hand, then retreated. The hunter had a rifle, but chose to use bear spray instead. He got ready for the bear with the bear spray. The bear came back.The hunter sprayed the bear and himself. The bear retreated. The bear came back. The bear spray was empty. They hunter threw the empty can at the bear.  The bear retreated.Having expended the potential for bear spray defense, the hunter readied his rifle.They bear did not come back. From krtv.com: He put up...
  • ...hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants..

    11/19/2017 5:30:39 PM PST · by SMGFan · 88 replies
    Real Donald Trump twitter account ^ | November 19, 2017 | President Donald Trump
    Big-game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.
  • Bearded Dragons Are Dumber Because of Climate Change

    11/22/2017 8:07:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    National Geographic ^ | November 21, 2017 | By Christie Wilcox
    Many species, including humans, struggle to survive when temperatures rise too high. But even small increases can affect animals, causing subtle changes in physiology or behavior that alter how they fare. For some lizards, the effects of heat may, somewhat literally, be a no-brainer. A new study published in Royal Society Open Science has found that a temperature increase on the scale expected from climate change can make bearded dragons dumber. Bearded dragons are Australian lizards that have become popular as pets, and like other reptiles, they’re not as dumb as they might seem. “Reptiles were long considered to be...
  • Why Trump’s right on banning elephant trophies

    11/20/2017 11:07:01 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 20, 2017 | Rich Lowry
    It’s not often that President Trump’s Twitter feed is the voice of reason and compassion, but on the issue of trophy hunting it makes more sense than his own Department of Interior. Trump put on hold the department’s initial decision to reverse an Obama-era ban and allow the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. In a tweet, the president referred to trophy hunting as a “horror show.” He said he would be “very hard pressed” to conclude that such hunting advances the cause of conservation, the justification for the decision. Trump, who has publicly dissented in the past...
  • ‘My sons love hunting, I don’t’: Trump’s soft spot for elephants

    11/18/2017 3:55:30 PM PST · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2017 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    Conservationists who have a visceral emotional reaction to words like “carbon emissions” and “TransCanada” and “Rick Perry” rarely find themselves closely allied with President Trump’s opinions on the proper stewardship of the planet. Trump has consistently dismantled Obama-era environmental protections, using the common refrain that his administration desires to “better balance conservation strategies and policies with the equally legitimate need of creating jobs for hard-working American families.” So, some who’ve criticized Trump might have done a double take when they read one of his tweets Friday morning. The message effectively put the brakes on a new administration policy that would...
  • Missouri Hunter Bags 39-Point Buck on Last Day of Season

    11/15/2017 7:34:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 13, 2017 | K. QUERRY
    For the past four years, Tim Phillips has been searching for a massive buck in the Saint Paul area of Missouri. The deer had been seen by several people over the years, but no one had been able to set it in their sights. “I knew he was out there, but had to wait for the right time,” Phillips told KSDK. On the last day of the season, Phillips shot the 39-point buck, which was estimated to be about 8-years-old. Phillips tells KSDK that he is donating the meat to Share the Harvest, a program that feeds those in need.
  • WY: Off Duty Warden Shoots, Kills, Charging Grizzly

    11/11/2017 3:29:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 70 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 November, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    An off duty Wyoming Game Warden, Chris Queen, was hunting elk in the Little Sunlight Basin north of Cody, Wyoming, not far from the Wyoming border. He was returning to his horses late in the day, about 6:30 in the evening. The sun had set 15 minutes earlier, but there was still considerable light.  A grizzly sow bluff charged Chris, then charged him full out. From ktvh.com:Queen told investigators he slowly backed away believing the sow would return to her cubs and move on. But, after returning to her cubs, the sow exhibited even more aggressive behavior.Suddenly, the animal...
  • Father Uses .44 Magnum to Shoot Grizzly Bear off Son

    10/31/2017 5:21:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 30 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On the morning of 24 September, 2017, David Buckallew, 63, and his son, Rory, 35, were hunting black bear. David was along as an observer. Only Rory carried a rifle, a Remington model 700, semi-customized in the wildcat 6.5mm-06 caliber. Dave carried a Taurus Tracker stainless steel 4 inch .44 magnum in a Montana Holster shoulder rig made by Norm Schertenleib. Rory carried a Glock model 20 in 10mm.The morning was cool with a light frost in low spots at Kalispell, Montana.  There was little wind. Sunrise was at 7:28 local.  Before 9 am, the men had spotted a...
  • Hunter bags rare 36-point buck with crossbow

    10/28/2017 8:01:55 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 48 replies
    Stan Ethredge had monitored the deer for years. He owns hundreds of acres and watched from his deer cameras as the deer’s antlers grew six points about four years ago. They were normal size and shape then. This season, when it came back, its antlers had changed. They were a mass of twisted tines and knobby bases. Ethredge decided to hunt it. "As soon as I got the crosshairs on him, I shot," Ethredge told the Clarion-Ledger. "He's eluded me for years, so I didn't want to let him get away. I shot him as soon as I got the...
  • Mali’s Desert Elephants, on Edge of Annihilation, Get a Fighting Chance

    10/29/2017 9:33:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 10/29/2017 | MARK RIVETT-CARNAC
    Mali’s elephants, Africa’s northernmost herd and adapted to life in the country’s harsh desert, were in desperate need of protection. The animals live in an unforgiving landscape southeast of Timbuktu, enduring sandstorms and blistering temperatures. To survive, they trek in search of food and water across what is thought to be the biggest migratory range of their species, more than 12,400 square miles. But it wasn’t only climate change endangering the elephants. It was also poachers. They were being slaughtered in staggering numbers as ivory traffickers took advantage of a security vacuum in the region, with 163 killed since 2012,...
  • Rattlesnake activity forces closure of trail in North Table Mountain Park

    10/21/2017 1:24:20 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 59 replies
    KDVR ^ | October 21, 2017 | David Mitchell
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Rattlesnake activity forced park managers to close Cottonwood Canyon Trail in North Table Mountain Park. The temporary closure started Friday. It wasn’t known how long it would last. Officials with Jefferson County Open Space said there is a concentration of rattlesnakes near the trail what are getting ready to hibernate. They closed the area for public safety. A man died two weeks ago after a rattlesnake bit him while he was hiking not far away in Mount Galbrath Park in Golden. It’s about two miles away from the Cottonwood Canyon Trail.
  • Croc! Croc! Croc!' The terrifying moment pig hunters open fire on a giant crocodile...

    10/19/2017 4:58:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 20th October 2017 | Brooke Rolfe
    Head-to-toe camouflage proved an inadequate disguise for two pig hunters attempting to cross a crocodile infested creek in Australia's Northern Territory. Alarming helmet camera footage shows the armed duo trudging through shallow water before a monster croc comes charging towards them from just metres away. As the giant animal bounds closer to the men, one can be heard yelling 'croc, croc, croc' while the other makes a swift dash away from the water. The hunter filming the event then unleashes fire on the huge reptile, aiming his shots directly towards the crocodile's head.
  • Safari West owner had ‘a thousand souls’ to save from Tubbs fire

    10/11/2017 11:58:33 PM PDT · by Califreak · 16 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | 10/10/17 | Paul Payne
    Peter Lang had a heart-wrenching choice — save his house in the fire-ravaged hills above Santa Rosa or protect the more than 1,000 animals trapped at his wildlife preserve, Safari West. The 77-year-old owner of the 400-acre facility on Porter Creek Road didn’t give it much thought. As the flames approached, Lang ushered his wife, employees and 30 overnight guests off the hill, grabbed a garden hose and began dousing hot spots threatening his collection of primarily African species, including cheetahs, giraffes and rhinoceroses. When dawn broke, they were all alive but Lang’s home was destroyed. “I did not lose...