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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.
  • Even More Howling Madness ( Wolves , ESA, and )

    06/26/2011 8:04:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | 06-22-11 | Dave Skinner
    Well, sporties, are you ready for 4,200 to 7,300 wolves in the Northern Rockies? Back in April, you’ll remember that Congress stuffed a “bipartisan” rider (Section 1713) into the 2011 Appropriations omnibus (Public Law 112-10). This rider supposedly de-listed Rocky Mountain gray wolves outside Wyoming, by reinstating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) so called “2009 Rule,” shot down by federal judge Donald W. Molloy last August. Section 1713 went into effect May 5. The same day, two lawsuits were filed before Molloy by Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR)/Wild Earth Guardians (WIGs) and Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)....
  • Elk Foundation makes move in wolf legal case

    06/26/2011 7:36:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    KPAX News ^ | Jun 24, 2011 | Mark Holyoak
    MISSOULA- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation filed a note it plans to appeal any decision that adversely affects a state's right to manage fully recovered wolf populations. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy is expected to decide whether Congress acted within Constitutional bounds when it delisted wolves in parts of the West. "We are protecting our right to appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals any decision that results in another setback for conservation and science-based wildlife management," said RMEF President and CEO David Allen. An unfavorable ruling may stop wolf hunts planned for this fall in both Montana...
  • More Howling Madness

    04/14/2011 12:09:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | 04-13-11 | Dave Skinner
    the wolf soap opera and U.S. District of Montana Judge Donald W. Molloy’s pending ruling – which is STILL pending – circumstances in the high-stakes Endangered Species Act (ESA) political mix have gotten even nuttier. ... USFWS gave away the store in return: In parts 2 and 3, USFWS agreed to withdraw and resubmit for “public review” within 60 days the so-called “M-opinion” that interprets ESA’s statutory (and fuzzy) “significant portion of range” language. This interpretation is critically used to determine whether a species is to be listed as threatened, endangered – or not at all. Now, aren’t you just...
  • Bald eagles attack post office at Alaska port

    06/15/2011 10:03:55 AM PDT · by STE=Q · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 15, 2011 | Yereth Rosen
    A pair of bald eagles nesting near the U.S. Post Office in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, has taken to dive-bombing customers, in one case drawing blood, authorities said on Tuesday.
  • Mysterious mountain lion killed in Connecticut

    06/12/2011 1:12:01 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 72 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6-12-2011 | By Lauren Keiper
    BOSTON (Reuters) – A mountain lion was killed just 70 miles from New York City early on Saturday morning, and officials were trying to determine if it was the same big cat spotted a week ago roaming the posh suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut. The 140-pound mountain lion was hit by a small SUV on a highway in Milford, Connecticut, early Saturday morning, and died from its injuries. The driver was unhurt, officials said. With no native mountain lion population in the state, "it's possible and even likely" it is the same enormous cat with a long tail spotted last weekend...
  • Up To 8-Foot Long, 160-Pound Mountain Lion On The Loose In Greenwich, Conn.

    06/10/2011 8:03:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 164 replies
    CBS 2 ^ | June 9, 2011 | Lou Young
    Conservation Experts: This Size Cat Hasn't Been Seen Here In 100 Years. There has been a wild animal alert issued in the northern suburbs. A mountain lion, yes, a mountain lion, is on the loose. ... We’re not looking for your Aunt Mildred’s kitty here, either. This is a big cat, a 160-pound predator that hunts and eats things. ... Ironically the Eastern mountain lion was officially declared extinct only a few months ago — in March.
  • Obama administration suddenly likes Sarah Palin's wildlife management strategy

    06/02/2011 1:33:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when the Left erupted in Outrageous Outrage over Alaska’s attempts to cull the troublesome wolf population by shooting them from aircraft? Do you recall when animal-rights groups painted Sarah Palin as a “brutal” and “unethical” sadist for sanctioning this strategy? Good times, good times (emphasis mine): When it comes to controlling the spread of feral pigs in San Diego County, the public hunting effort isn’t doing the job.That has led federal agencies to launch an ambitious program that will use cage traps, corral traps, federal hunters with guns and dogs and even shooting from helicopters to exterminate the area’s...
  • Wolves to come off endangered list within 60 days

    04/15/2011 5:23:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 15 , 2011
    Federal wildlife officials say they will take more than 1,300 gray wolves in the Northern Rockies off the endangered species list within 60 days. It marks the first time Congress has taken a species off the endangered list. Idaho and Montana plan public wolf hunts this fall. Hunts last year were canceled after a judge ruled the predators remained at risk.
  • EagleCam on USTREAM TV

    04/03/2011 1:51:07 PM PDT · by LucyT · 14 replies
    UPSTREAM TV ^ | April 1, 2011 | Staff
    Located on the 2700 acre Duke Farm property in Hillsborough, N.J., this Eagle nest with the same mating pair has been observed on the farm since 2005. In 2008 a camera was setup by Duke Farms in a neighboring sycamore tree 110 feet up, capturing footage of nesting seasons in 2009 and 2010. This camera permits the public to get a unique glimpse of the nesting, feeding and fledgling of Bald Eagles in NJ.
  • Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons: Africa Elephant Hunt Video 'Nothing to Be Ashamed Of'

    04/02/2011 1:17:00 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2 April 2011 | SUSANNA KIM and MICHAEL S. JAMES
    Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons has a message for those outraged by a four-minute video of an elephant hunt in Zimbabwe on his Go Daddy video site. More Video Watch: Hunter Illegally Kills Bear Using Pastries Watch: Nat Geo: Leopard Queen Watch: Hole Rips in Roof of Plane"I think if you had all the facts and you knew exactly what was going on and the difference it makes in these people's lives there," he told ABC News Radio, "you'd feel completely different." Parsons has said he participated in the hunt because the elephants were a nuisance destroying crops the local...
  • Dozens protest wolves outside Missoula hearing

    03/24/2011 7:30:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Missoulian ^ | March 24, 2011 | KIM BRIGGEMAN
    A couple of dozen men from the anti-wolf brigade were gathered by noon on East Broadway outside the Russell Smith Federal Courthouse, where U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy is hearing details of a recent settlement hammered out between the Obama administration and 10 conservation groups. The hearing began at 1:30 p.m. "We'll be here all afternoon until it's over," said Toby Bridges of Missoula, who organized the rally through Lobo Watch and expected dozens more to join in as the day went on. Some were in Helena in the morning for a hearing on Senate Bill 414, the Montana Wolf...
  • Howling Madness ( Wolves , ESA, and )

    03/05/2011 11:30:36 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | 02-16-11 | Dave Skinner
    In January, U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy issued an “Order to Show Cause” to parties in a lawsuit (CV-08-14-M-DWM, filed January 2008) by Defenders of Wildlife. Defenders sued, claiming that wolf-management regulations the government issued under Endangered Species Act Section 10(j) authority allow too many wolves to be killed via management actions. Case 14 was stayed in April 2009 while the larger wolf delisting issue was fought out in another lawsuit from Defenders ... So what, and how, is Judge Molloy thinking? Before becoming a judge in 1996, Molloy was working a case for Trial Lawyers for Public Justice,...
  • Obama anti-smog legislation will cost 7.3m jobs, warn industry officials

    02/28/2011 9:47:37 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 3:53 PM on 28th February 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Industry officials warn 7.3million American jobs will disappear if U.S. President Barack Obama's administration tightens regulations in a bid to reduce smog. The industry-sponsored researcher who came up with the number cautioned, however, that there was uncertainty surrounding that number. Although economist Don Norman pointed out: 'Even if the numbers are half of that, the number is huge.'
  • Make this call in the wild: Should Oregon shoot barred owls to save spotted owls?

    02/09/2011 11:15:51 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 05, 2011 | Eric Mortenson,
    Nothing's worked. Not the clamp on federal timber sales that hammered Oregon's mill towns. Not the lawsuits or the listing as an endangered species. The belated work to retain and restore its favored old-growth habitat will take decades to unfold. Twenty plus years of trying to save the northern spotted owl and it's still slipping away. Come summer, federal wildlife officials expect to finish a draft environmental impact statement that most likely recommends taking to the woods with shotguns. Over the next year, in three or more study areas from Washington to northern California, they might kill 1,200 to 1,500...
  • Judge Molloy wants to resolve question over wolves experimental status

    01/29/2011 5:15:20 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    KPAX/KAJ ^ | Jan 29, 2011 | Dennis Bragg
    U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy is telling attorneys for environmental groups and wildlife management agencies to gather their data and help resolve whether gray wolves should still be an "experimental species" in the Northern Rockies. When wolves were re-introduced in Central Idaho and Yellowstone Park in the mid-90s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had them designated as an "experimental, non-essential" species. That allowed scientists to work on re-building wolf populations and gauging their survival, but also answered ranchers' concerns by allowing wolves that preyed on livestock to be killed. The question over whether the wolves are still "experimental"...
  • Feds drop lynx appeal, will revise habitat plan

    01/18/2011 5:21:04 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | January 17, 2011
    Wildlife officials have dropped their appeal of a court ruling that forces the government to revise its flawed plan to protect critical habitat for Canada lynx. The move means the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have to reconsider areas in Colorado, Montana and Idaho for critical habitat designation... A second plan in 2009 designated 39,000 square miles in Maine, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington as critical habitat. But U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy last year faulted wildlife officials for excluding Colorado, where lynx are making a strong comeback, and some national forests in Montana and Idaho. Some Colorado...
  • Experts Suspect Military Testing Behind Mass Bird and Fish Deaths

    01/08/2011 7:22:40 AM PST · by yorkie · 33 replies
    Salem-News ^ | January 8, 2011 | Terrence Aym
    It's been said that Mankind will destroy itself. Unfortunately, during the past 100 years the human race has worked hard to make this prediction come true. Nuclear arsenals can destroy Mankind many times over. Alien biological weapons exist that can annihilate all humanity. Toxins are available that are so deadly a few drops in a city's water supply can kill millions. Yet another weapons technology has been under development for some decades.
  • Manatees paddle to warm water to escape Fla. chill

    12/28/2010 6:05:01 PM PST · by mdittmar · 21 replies · 4+ views
    yahoo ^ | 12/28/10 | TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press
    APOLLO BEACH, Fla. – People aren't the only ones in Florida who don't like cold weather. Manatees — those giant aquatic mammals with the flat, paddle-shaped tails — are swimming out of the chilly Gulf of Mexico waters and into warmer springs and power plant discharge canals. On Tuesday, more than 300 manatees floated in the outflow of Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station.
  • Central Oregon home to rare white buffalo herd

    12/12/2010 11:38:25 PM PST · by Racehorse · 82 replies · 1+ views
    News From Indian Country ^ | December 2010 | AP
    Pendleton Woolen Mills is making new Navajo-style blankets using wool and blended hair shed by an unusual herd of white buffalo in central Oregon. Ranching experts say fewer than 50 white buffalo, or American bison, live in the U.S., The Oregonian reported. On a sanctuary east of Bend, 11 of them roam acres of isolated juniper forest under the care of Cynthia Hart-Button and her husband, Charles Button. It's one of the larger collections of white buffalos. SNIP Buffalo usually are black or brown. White buffalo are produced when recessive genes trigger the unusual trait. They are not albino. Some...
  • Court: Utah Not Immune From Lawsuit In Bear Attack

    11/23/2010 3:17:49 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | November 23rd, 2010
    The family of a Utah boy killed by a black bear can move forward with its lawsuit that contends the state didn't do enough to warn them to steer clear of the area where the bear had been seen earlier, the Utah Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court's ruling held that the state isn't immune from a lawsuit in the death of 11-year-old Samuel Ives, who was pulled from his tent and mauled by bear in American Fork Canyon on Father's Day in 2007. A state judge last year dismissed a negligence suit against the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources,...
  • Federal judge rules for Wyoming in wolf lawsuit

    11/20/2010 9:34:42 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | Nov. 20, 2010 | Ben Neary
    A federal judge on Thursday ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider whether Wyoming's wolf management plan is adequate to meet recovery goals for the species. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne said the federal agency was wrong to insist that Wyoming agree to change its management plan to give wolves more protection before it would end federal oversight of the species. The federal government originally said it wanted to achieve a wolf population of 300 animals when it started its wolf reintroduction program in the Northern Rockies in the 1990s. Biologists say there are now...
  • Alaskan wolves losing fear of humans

    11/08/2010 5:45:10 PM PST · by george76 · 77 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 8, 2010
    Wolves "losing a fear of humans" have people in Anchorage, Alaska, fearfully asking officials for action, authorities say. Although many people are lured to Alaska for its wilderness and many choose to reside either in a wilderness setting or close to it, when the wild things come into their back yards, they get jittery as one resident became when a pet beagle was allegedly dragged into the woods by wolves, the Anchorage Daily News reported. "I really hope that an action plan to eliminate this problem will be acted upon before another pet -- or God forbid, a child --...
  • Bay Area birds found with jagged beer cans around their necks

    11/05/2010 3:12:14 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/4/10 | Joshua Melvin
    Someone has slipped sliced-open beer cans around the necks of at least three gulls in the Bay Area, and now an animal rescue group is trying to find the birds and the person or people responsible. "It's sick. What's the next level of this kind of abuse?" said Rebecca Dmytryk of Monterey County-based WildRescue. Dmytryk said she first heard about the birds after getting some disturbing photos at the end of September that showed a gull with half a Budweiser can stuck around its neck like a collar. She has confirmed sightings at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, a beach...
  • Wilderness: Expansion and (Unlawful) Beneficiary Use

    10/03/2010 2:42:33 PM PDT · by AuntB · 19 replies
    The Westerner ^ | Oct. 3, 2010 | Stephen L. Wilmeth
    The Battle of Juarez is showing signs that the good guys are not prevailing. The Juarez newspaper, El Diario de Juarez, has cried uncle in its mixed stance of reporting the progress of the war. In the front page editorial that appeared recently, the editor waved the white flag and asked the cartels publicly what they want from him. The murder of a photographer and another reporter in the recent past are hitting far too close to home for him to continue to be a brave purveyor of the truth. In a city ravaged by nearly 7,000 deaths since 2006...
  • Rent-a-Wolf: Filmmakers Fake Wildlife 'Documentaries.. [Road Kill, Rented and M&M's]

    09/29/2010 8:51:28 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 16 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | September 29, 2010, - 4:39 pm | JOHN DONVAN,TALESHA REYNOLDS , KIMBERLY BROWN
    Filmmaker Pulls Back Curtain on Deceptions in Nature Films As executive producer of wildlife documentaries that include the titles "Wolves," "Dolphins," "Bears," and two films on tigers, Chris Palmer has spent more than 25 years helping to guide armchair adventurers through the wonders of nature. Palmer, who describes himself as an adventurer who has swam with whales and sharks, gotten up close and personal with Kodiak bears, camped among the wolves, and trudged through an Everglades swamp. But in his new book, Palmer, whose work has appeared on IMAX screens and on primetime television, points a finger at himself and...
  • Colorado Division of Wildlife seeking district managers

    09/12/2010 7:36:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Summit Daily News ^ | 09/12/2010 | Julie Sutor
    If you're one of the thousands of Coloradans looking for work right now, and you have a special interest in the state's abundance of wildlife, your search could soon end with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The state agency that monitors and manages the health of Colorado's flora and fauna is looking to hire a new batch of wildlife managers. "We're seeing a continuing bubble of baby boomer employees retiring, and we need to keep a steady stream of well- trained employees to replace them," agency spokesman Randy Hampton said. That boomer factor, in combination with a recent state hiring...
  • Judge Upholds Most Lynx Habitat In 6 States

    09/09/2010 11:53:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    ap ^ | Sep 9, 2010 | MEAD GRUVER
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erred little when it designated a vast area scattered over six states as critical habitat for the threatened Canada lynx...The designated habitat totals 39,000 square miles... The Fish and Wildlife Service designated the habitat last year, prompting a lawsuit from snowmobile enthusiast groups in Wyoming and Washington state. The groups worry the designation could close off areas to snowmobiling and harm snowmobile-related businesses. She is the wife of Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, who nominated her for the bench. "We're really pleased she's upheld the designation almost entirely," said Sean Helle, an attorney with the...
  • Los Lunas mother to testify on proposal to thin cougar population ( New Mexico )

    08/28/2010 5:51:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    News-Bulletin ^ | 28 August 2010 | Dana Bowley
    Salazar's 5-year-old son was attacked and severely mauled by a cougar that tried to drag the boy off a well-used hiking trail and into the woods in the Sandia Mountains outside of Albuquerque. The story was so frightening that it made national news. "People would say that it was just an accident. That it was extremely rare, just a rare accident." ...Convinced that three attacks in three months didn't qualify as rare... In 2006 and 2007, there were nine reported ... In 2008, there were 40 reported encounters before the attack on her son in May. This led her into...
  • Dope growers' bears face a grisly fate

    08/23/2010 10:45:30 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 27 replies
    The Australian ^ | August 21, 2010
    FOURTEEN black bears that had grown accustomed to a quiet life in the company of an eccentric pair of cannabis farmers may have to be destroyed. The bears have acquired a taste for dog food. Deep in the mountains of British Columbia, but only a few kilometres north of the rapidly expanding marijuana markets of the US, a detachment of Royal Canadian Mounted Police stumbled on the docile and apparently good-natured bears while raiding a remote cabin on a tip-off late last month. They also found a pot-bellied pig rummaging for food with the bears near the cabin above Christina...
  • Myths, Legends, & Misconceptions of the Wolf

    08/21/2010 12:08:13 PM PDT · by Tom Hawks · 110 replies · 2+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 8/21/10 | T. R. Mader
    I and others have written extensively about the wolf reintroduction program and the destruction it has caused since the first 60 were released into Yellowstone Park and Idaho in 1995. What we are attempting to do with these articles is to wake up as many people as possible about the danger the left has put Americans in. There is a Wolf Cult in America that has convinced many Americans that it would be a good thing to have wild wolves as neighbors in our local parks. Well I for one, and many like me, do not wish to be...