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  • Two Oakville girls fight off coyote in backyard

    01/21/2012 11:42:28 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 52 replies ^ | 20 Jan 2012 | John Musselman
    Featured video from Two young girls who fought off a coyote that jumped their fence and attacked the pair in their Oakville, Ont. backyard tell their story.
  • My Summer With Fat Earl The Ground Squirrel (the best photos)

    01/15/2012 11:49:37 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Wyman Meinzer website ^ | May 9, 2011 | Wyman Meinzer
    A few summers ago I took some time to drive out to the old home place where I grew up during the 50’s and 60’s. Lots of memories accompany me with every visit so each trip is a “grounding” of sorts. I think we all need that from time to time, or at least I do. On one particular trip in early summer I noticed a small critter scurrying through the parched grass a short distance away and after closer inspection I recognized a little Mexican ground squirrel quite busy looking for some grub to store in his burrow. Being...
  • VA AG Fears DC Law May Relocate Rehabilitated Rat Families To Virginia

    01/13/2012 7:23:11 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | 1-13-12 | Christopher Goins -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he is worried that a new District of Columbia law that governs how pest control operators must handle rats may result in entire rodent “families” being relocated across the Potomac River into Virginia by D.C. pest control personnel. Lately, there have been reports of growing rat infestations around the Occupy DC protests at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square. Cuccinelli said D.C.'s new rat law--the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010 (Wildlife Protection Act of 2010.pdf) --is “crazier than fiction” because it requires that rats and other vermin not be killed but captured, preferably...
  • Cold Has Hit Manatee Population Last Two Years

    01/08/2012 3:17:46 PM PST · by Iron Munro · 66 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | Jan. 8, 2012 | Keith Morelli
    Sometimes there is nothing you can do to protect one of nature's gentlest creatures from the cruelties of Mother Nature. At one time, the main danger to sea cows bobbing in Florida's waters was inattentive speed boaters who plowed through manatee-rich areas, bows crunching shoulders, propellers gouging backs. That could be dealt with, if not eliminated. Strict laws were enacted, manatee sanctuaries have been established and educational programs are available to teach boaters about when and where manatees gather along Florida's coastline. Fatal vessel encounters dipped. Over the past few years, though, boating-related deaths of Florida's officially adopted marine mammal...
  • FBI shooting range is popular deer hangout

    12/27/2011 9:00:43 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    AP ^ | December 26, 2011 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    <p>QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — Call it a playground for Bambi and G-Men, where imaginary criminals are hunted and deer are the spectators.</p> <p>The 547-acre FBI Academy, where some of the nation's best marksmen fire off more than 1 million bullets every month, happens to be one of the safest places for deer during hunting season.</p>
  • Aggressive Wolf Killed near Winston, Recovery Efforts in Question

    12/21/2011 4:57:03 PM PST · by girlangler · 54 replies
    Sierra County Sentinel ^ | 12/21/11 | Etta Pettijohn
    The recent killing of an aggressive Mexican gray wolf by federal agents at a ranch near Winston could lead to a reassessment of the already struggling recovery effort for that species. The wolf was reportedly shot by agents with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division on Dec. 14, after it paced across the porch and gazed through the window of John and Crystal Diamond’s Beaverhead Ranch home. The Diamond residence is located in Catron County, although near enough to Sierra County to be in the Winston mailing area. The wolf was killed just weeks after the Arizona Game...
  • Cable guy finds sleeping bear in NJ basement

    12/15/2011 10:35:16 PM PST · by Enchante · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/15/2011 | AP Staff
    HOPATCONG, N.J. (AP) — A cable TV repairman got quite a surprise when he walked into the basement of a New Jersey home. There was a 500-pound bear sound asleep on the floor.
  • Don't Mess With Texas Or Eastern New Mexico

    12/13/2011 4:26:36 PM PST · by reformedcrat · 9 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12-13-2011 | Tom Thurlow
    An endangered listing for the DSL would ruin the oil drilling industry in the Permian Basin, that area of west Texas and eastern New Mexico that produces about 20% of all the oil from the lower 48 states and 5% of total oil produced in the US. The oil produced there also constitutes 68% of all oil produced in the state of Texas.
  • Camera network will focus on jaguars Financed by Homeland Security

    11/28/2011 11:17:58 AM PST · by girlangler · 44 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11/25/2011 | Tony Davis
    Arizona-New Mexico project aims to learn more about imperiled cats Camera network will focus on jaguars Starting next year, jaguars will be the target of an extensive network of remote cameras placed across Southern Arizona and southwest New Mexico. In a three-year, $771,000 project that has been greeted warmly by environmentalists but warily by cattle growers, University of Arizona researchers will try to learn more about the status and presence of the endangered animal.
  • All-white 6-point buck spotted near Port Washington

    11/20/2011 5:26:58 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 109 replies
    JS Online ^ | 11-20-11 | Lee Bergquist
    Amy Mattson of Mequon was driving south of Port Washington earlier this month when she spied an all-white buck standing in a field. The nose of the 6-point buck appears to be pink in the photos that she and a friend shot. A pink nose and presumably pink eyes - a deer bereft of any color - means the two appeared to be observing a rare albino deer, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. "It was very pretty," Mattson said Saturday, the first day of Wisconsin's traditional nine-day gun season. In the dim light of late afternoon, "it...
  • Cougar spotted roaming central Wisconsin

    11/03/2011 3:49:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | October 31, 2011
    A trail camera snapped a shot of a young cougar near the town of Pray in eastern Jackson County on Oct. 20...Agency biologists believe it's the same cat another trail camera caught on film on Oct. 16 near Mauston in Juneau County, about 42 miles from the area where the Jackson County photograph was taken.
  • Hundreds of plants, animals in line for federal endangered species protection

    09/29/2011 8:43:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    ap ^ | September 29, 2011
    The Obama administration is taking steps to extend new federal protections to a list of imperiled animals and plants that reads like a manifest for Noah's Ark - from the melodic golden-winged warbler and slow-moving gopher tortoise, to the slimy American eel and tiny Texas kangaroo rat. ... With a Friday deadline to act on more than 700 pending cases, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service already has issued decisions advancing more than 500 species toward potential new protections under the Endangered Species Act... Patrick Parenteau, an environmental lawprofessor at the University of Vermont. "They are moving through this large...
  • Wolf sightings more common in Northwest ( WA, OR, ID )

    09/03/2011 9:42:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Lewiston Tribune ^ | 09/03/2011 | Eric Barker
    Wolf sightings in the Blue Mountains are becoming more frequent this summer, but wildlife officials for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have yet to document firm evidence of a pack forming in the southeastern corner of the state. Paul Wik, district biologist for the department at Clarkston, said the canyons and timbered ridges southeast of Dayton have been a hot spot for wolf reports this year. Some hunters have even captured images of wolves with trail cameras, he said. "It's definitely no secret they are here," Wik said. "The only question to us is what their status is."...
  • So Much for the Polar Bears - Arctic Drilling to Begin

    09/01/2011 6:00:05 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies ^ | 09/01/2011 | John Daly
    The “good” news for wildlife around the Arctic Circle is that BP, renowned despoiler of the Gulf of Mexico, will not be coming. BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred as the Macondo blowout), which surged for three months, has won a place in the Guinness book of records as the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The bad news is that U.S. oil international Exxon Mobil has sealed an Arctic oil exploration deal with Russia’s state-owned oil firm Rosneft, following an agreement signed on 29 August in the presence of Russian Prime...
  • DEC confirms wild mountain lion in Lake George [traveled from SD to CT]

    08/20/2011 5:15:13 PM PDT · by GJ15 · 14 replies ^ | August 19, 20111 | Don Lehman
    LAKE GEORGE -- State wildlife biologists have confirmed that a wild mountain lion passed through Warren County last winter before it was hit and killed by a car in Connecticut earlier this year. The big cat was hit by a car in Milford, Conn., on June 11. A series of DNA analyses have linked it to mountain lion fur left behind with cat paw prints in the back yard of a Lake George home last December, said Lori Severino, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Officials believe it was native to South Dakota, and said it was...
  • Global Warming Link to Drowned Polar Bears Melts Under Searing Fed Probe

    08/11/2011 3:20:21 PM PDT · by yoe · 41 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 11, 2011 | Audrey Hudson
    Polar bears drowning in an Alaskan sea because the ice packs are melting—it’s the iconic image of the global warming debate. But the validity of the science behind the image—presented as an ignoble testament to our environment in peril by Al Gore in his film An Inconvenient Truth—is now part of a federal investigation that has the environmental community on edge. Special agents from the Interior Department’s inspector general's office are questioning the two government scientists about the paper they wrote on drowned polar bears, suggesting mistakes were made in the math and as to how the bears actually died,...
  • New Jersey Bear Attack Leaves 2 Injured

    08/04/2011 10:19:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies ^ | 3 August, 2011 | AP
    BRANCHVILLE, N.J. – Two juveniles sustained minor injuries after a black bear attacked their campsite in northwestern New Jersey Wednesday.
  • Federal officials investigate (six golden) eagle deaths at DWP wind farm

    08/03/2011 9:06:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/3/11 | Louis Sahagun
    Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of at least six golden eagles at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Pine Tree Wind Project in the Tehachapi Mountains, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. So far, no wind-energy company has been prosecuted by federal wildlife authorities in connection with the death of birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. A prosecution in the Pine Tree case could cause some rethinking and redesigning of this booming alternative energy source. Facilities elsewhere also have been under scrutiny, according to a...
  • Bear Bites Teen's Arm ( inside the tent )

    07/15/2011 5:50:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    KMGH-TV ^ | July 15, 2011
    LEADVILLE, Colo. -- A black bear went into a tent in a central-Colorado campground and bit or scratched a sleeping teenage boy's arm. State wildlife officials say the boy was camping out with his family in the mountains near Leadville when the bear grabbed him early Friday. Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton tells KMGH-TV the boy needed medical care, but his wounds didn't appear to be life-threatening.
  • Nasty Nile monitors showing up in South Florida

    07/02/2011 6:38:58 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 59 replies · 1+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 2, 2011 | Robert Nolin
    From pythons in the Everglades, to coyotes in the suburbs, to iguanas and Muscovy ducks in any given backyard, South Florida is a magnet for exotic invading species. Now comes the latest gate-crasher: the ill-tempered, all-devouring Nile monitor, a large African lizard that has discovered in South Florida a splendid place to seek prey and raise a family.