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  • Wolves are better than dogs at COUNTING: Wild canines identify the number of items more often

    12/23/2014 6:13:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 22, 2014 | Richard Gray
    After living alongside humans for thousands of years, it would be nice to think that a bit of our mental agility has rubbed off on dogs. However, it seems that domestic dogs are actually less intellectually capable than the wild relatives they were bred from. Animal psychologists have found that wolves are able to count far better than domestic dogs - and it's because dogs have become used to relying on us to help them.
  • Court order puts Great Lakes wolves back on endangered species list

    12/22/2014 6:38:57 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Duluth News ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | John Myers
    Wolves across the Great Lakes region are back under full protection of the federal Endangered Species Act as a result of a ruling by a federal judge Friday in Washington. Judge Beryl A. Howell sided with animal rights groups in a 111-page decision stating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service went too far in removing federal protections for wolves in nine Great Lakes states in 2012. The judge ruled that wolves in the Great Lakes states be immediately placed under the protections of the government’s 1978 ruling to protect the animals, which had been hunted, trapped and harassed to near...
  • First cougar seen in Kentucky since the Civil War is promptly shot dead

    12/19/2014 5:41:58 AM PST · by Scoutmaster · 134 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 18, 2014 | Josh Gardner
    A Fish and Wildlife official near Paris, Kentucky responded to the call about a young male mountain lion in a tree and though it best to 'dispatch it.' Once native to the state, cougars have not been spotted there since before the Civil War. An agency spokesman said, 'it seemed to be in very healthy condition' and that shooting it was the proper course of action An examination of a mountain lion killed by a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife official has found that it was a 125-pound male that appeared to be young and healthy.[CLIP]
  • California bans wildlife-killing contests

    12/07/2014 7:55:56 PM PST · by rey · 25 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | December 5, 2014 | Peter Fimrite
    The California Fish and Game Commission has banned predator killing contests, ending a fierce debate over the rural tradition. The commission’s 4-1 vote Wednesday marks the first prohibition in the country against the practice of giving out prizes for gunning down coyotes and other predators, which wildlife advocates say happens almost every month in California and nearby states. “This ruling sets a trend for the nation,” said Camilla Fox, executive director of Project Coyote, which petitioned the state to end the contests. “Our hope is that other states will follow suit and ban wildlife killing contests. Such barbaric cruelty should...
  • NM: Girl Shoots Mountain Lion in Self Defense (details)

    12/06/2014 11:01:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Photographs supplied by Valerie Caldwell. Alyssa Caldwell and her father had been hunting all day.   The weather had been nasty; cloudy skies with snow and rain alternating.   They had seen a few elk, much too far away to take a shot.   They left their makeshift blind to see if they could spot another elk before the end of the day.   It was the middle of the afternoon. At 12, Alyssa was already an experienced huntress.   She had started shooting at 5, and had a new rifle, a stainless Howa 1500, as her elk gun.  They...
  • Ira Hansen, ousted Assembly speaker, not guilty in trapping case

    11/27/2014 8:28:06 AM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    Embattled Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen was found innocent after facing a misdemeanor charge of illegally setting animal traps. A New River Township Justice Court judge ruled that Hansen was not guilty of a misdemeanor when he set four animal traps known as snares within 200 feet of public roadways in Churchill County. The decision caps what’s been a yearlong battle and difficult month for Hansen, a Sparks lawmaker who recently stepped down as the Assembly speaker-elect. In November 2013, the Nevada Department of Wildlife spotted Hansen removing traps that were within the 200-foot limit. The department assembled a case and...
  • New Jersey Hiker Photographed Bear Before It Killed Him

    11/26/2014 9:51:44 AM PST · by george76 · 100 replies
    CBS NewYork/ ^ | November 26, 2014
    Police in West Milford have released five photos taken by 22-year-old Darsh Patel before he was killed by the 300-pound black bear while hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve. The photos show the bear behind a fallen tree in the woods. Investigators say the phone was found with puncture marks from the bear. ... West Milford police and the state Environmental Protection Department said last month that the bear did not seem interested in food and exhibited “stalking type behavior.”
  • Wildlife agency drops hunter confidentiality plan ( Montana )

    10/29/2014 5:36:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    NBC Montana ^ | Oct . 29, 2014
    Montana wildlife officials are dropping a proposal to keep confidential the names of hunters and trappers who kill wildlife in Montana. ... That information is now available under the state's right-to-know laws. Some hunters and trappers had claimed they were being harassed by people who had obtained the information.
  • FL: 500 lb Bear Shot in Home

    10/26/2014 6:19:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Black bears are large, potentially dangerous animals.  A retired wildlife officer was forced to shoot one in his Florida home on 22 October, in Lake County. The bear broke though a window and entered the home.   When the man yelled at it, it turned and came toward him.  That is when he fired, at a distance that he estimated at 10 feet. From wftv.com: “I was very scared. I figured when I yelled it would take off, but it didn’t. It just looked right at me and started coming toward the window, where I was at, so that’s when...
  • Most of California man's body eaten by black bear

    10/17/2014 1:03:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 46 replies
    Authorities say a wild black bear ate most of a Northern California man who likely died earlier of a heart attack. Humboldt County Deputy Coroner Roy Horton said Friday he believes 65-year-old Marion Williams died outside his trailer in a remote area before the bear came upon him. Authorities discovered the remains on Monday. The identity was confirmed using fingerprints.
  • American killed by camel at Mexico beach resort

    10/15/2014 9:47:49 AM PDT · by billorites · 20 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 14, 2014
    A 60-year-old American was killed by a camel which escaped from its pen and attacked him at a wildlife center he owned in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum, local emergency services said on Tuesday. Richard Mileski, who was from the Chicago area, was found dead early on Monday, said Antonio Gomez, a Tulum emergency services spokesman. “When we arrived, the people who were there said (the camel) got out of its stable and attacked him,” said Gomez. “It dragged him, climbed on top of him, was kicking him, biting him and sat on top of him.” Gomez said the...
  • The Making of a Mexico-to-Canada Wolf Corridor

    10/13/2014 10:30:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/13/14 | W.R. McAfee
    Part 1: Mexican wolves can devastate a ranch economically in ways not readily apparent or understood by the public The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is delisting and relinquishing management of their imported Canadian gray wolves back to state wildlife officials while simultaneously proposing “new rules”1 to “save” the Mexican gray wolf. These proposals include: Keeping the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) on the endangered list as a subspecies. A conundrum. The Mexican wolf is a gray wolf that breeds with other gray wolves and is not a subspecies. A grizzly and a black bear are subspecies.
  • Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

    10/01/2014 7:07:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/01/2014 | Damian Carington
    The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found. “If half the animals died in London zoo next week it would be front page news,” said Professor Ken Norris, ZSL’s director of science. “But that is happening in the great outdoors. This damage is not inevitable but a consequence of the way...
  • New Jersey hiker killed by black bear: police

    09/22/2014 10:59:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 86 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 22, 2014 | Ellen Wulfhorst
    The bear began to follow the hikers and they scattered... Four of them regrouped but Patel was missing and they contacted police, it said. Patel's body was found about two hours later. "Evidence at the scene indicated that the victim had been attacked by a bear. ... In New York state, a bear killed a 5-month-old girl in 2002 after knocking her out of a stroller and dragging her into the woods of the Catskills Mountains.
  • Vicious beaver attacks Halifax snorkeler off Nova Scotia’s coast

    09/06/2014 6:44:42 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 29 replies
    National Post ^ | September 5, 2014 | Hayden Kenez
    Jeremy McNaughton won’t quickly forget his encounter with a rogue beaver that attacked him off the shores of Nova Scotia. The 23-year-old Halifax man was snorkelling in Spanish Ship Bay, near Sherbrooke, with a couple of friends, when one of them looked down and noticed an animal of generous proportions with reddish-brown fur following them. “I thought it must be a seal,” said Paul Skerry, who was in the water with McNaughton, due to the sheer size of the creature, which he estimates weighed nearly 50 pounds. Never suspecting its true identity, considering beavers live exclusively in freshwater, Skerry couldn’t...
  • Worldwide Rhino Horn Trade Continues Unabated

    09/03/2014 6:00:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    More rhinos were killed by poachers last year in Africa than ever before. In 2014 the dubious record looks set to be broken again. The black market price for rhino horn is now considerably higher than cocaine. Poachers from Mozambique's poorest villages sneak into South Africa, heavily armed under the cover of darkness. They are here to hunt rhinos. The money they make from just one rhino horn is enough to feed their families for months. It’s a payoff worth risking their lives for. Between 1990 and 2007 poachers killed on average 14 rhinos a year in South Africa. Last...
  • Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

    08/29/2014 3:22:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 5:09 AM EDT | Jennifer Kay
    As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles. They noted the pink scars and disfigured tail on one manatee, damage from a boat propeller that left it unable to survive in the wild. Florida’s manatees need even more stringent protections than their listing on the federal endangered species list, Groff said, adding that boaters should go elsewhere if they don't like speed limits in waters where manatees swim. […] The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing...
  • Pelosi’s home city exempted from water restrictions imposed on rural farmers

    08/21/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain. A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species. Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that...
  • Birds Bursting Into Flames Above Solar Farm Stirs Calls To Slow Expansion

    08/19/2014 8:19:59 AM PDT · by Focault's Pendulum · 67 replies
    CBSAP ^ | August 18, 2014 11:25 AM | AP
    (CBS/AP) – Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.
  • 15-foot, 1,000-pound alligator captured in Alabama

    08/18/2014 9:25:23 AM PDT · by SonnyBubba · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    CAMDEN, Ala. – A group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds. Al.com reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday during the state's alligator hunting season. Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries biologists were able to measure the gator at 15 feet, but weighing it posed a challenge.
  • Minneapolis girl attacked, chased by otter in Wisconsin lake

    08/15/2014 10:00:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 58 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-14-14 | Andy Rathbun
    It was a fun time at the lake -- until the otter arrived. After spending about an hour swimming with friends in Bone Lake near Luck, Wis., on Saturday, Rory Kliewer began to climb a ladder onto a dock when she suddenly felt something bite her backside and thigh. "I thought it was a northern pike," the 12-year-old Minneapolis girl said Wednesday. "I thought a fish was after me." As she threw the creature off of her, she realized that the animal was an otter -- later estimated at 3 1/2 feet long and about 40 pounds. "It was a...
  • Mexican Gray Wolf Hearings In New Mexico, Arizona Expected To Draw Hundreds

    08/10/2014 8:35:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    KRWG ^ | August 8, 2014 | Center for Biological Diversity
    Large turnouts are expected at two upcoming public hearings on proposed changes to the Mexican wolf management plan, including expansion of the wolf-management areas in Arizona and New Mexico. The hearings, Aug. 11 in Pinetop, Ariz., and Aug. 13 in Truth or Consequences, N.M., will be the final opportunity for verbal testimony on proposed changes to management of the endangered Mexican gray wolf population in the two states. Public hearings last year in Albuquerque and Pinetop drew a total of around 1,000 people, most of whom were not allotted time to speak. ... The Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to...
  • MUST SEE: Large python that has been eating Port St. Lucie neighborhood's cats captured by cops

    08/09/2014 4:02:49 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Channel 12 News ^ | 8-9-14 | Victoria Price
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Cats have been disappearing in one Port St. Lucie neighborhood so when Sergeant John Holman was called to the 600 block of SE Faith Terrace Friday morning for a report of another deceased cat, he made a startling discovery. Hiding in some brush, Sgt. Holman spotted a 12-foot long 120-pound Burmese Python. Neighbors believe the large snake has been feasting on their felines. The Sergeant called for backup to help get the large predator from the brush. Cops say the snake belongs to a person who lives near by. No charges have been filed as...
  • Possible Mountain Lion In My Area

    08/08/2014 7:47:16 PM PDT · by SolidRedState · 100 replies
    Me ^ | 08/08/2014 | SolidRedState
    So here's a story and you can tell me if I am bat s*** crazy or you can laugh or whatever. My wife and I walk along a rural paved road in the evening about a half mile and turn around and come back. We have corn and bean fields on each side and nice wide ditches. One evening about 2 weeks ago on a Monday we were walking back and noticed a dead deer in the ditch on the far side. At first we thought it must have been hut by a car. The strange thing was that it...
  • Much Improved, Dramatic Video gif of Great Tiger Attack

    08/06/2014 12:21:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 35 replies
    Google Plus ^ | August 4, 2014 | Staff
    Yesterday, I posted a YouTube video that had spawned the gif of the tiger attack you see below. For some reason the video was terribly disappointing and I felt that way, too. But had thought the video would be superior to a simple gif. Today, reading a commenter's disappointment totally agreed with him as I've expressed here below. Hopefully you'll all enjoy the gif and never bother to seethe video it originated from. I wouldn't, couldn't disagree with you. I first saw the famed tiger attack as a gif (here below much more dramatic than the video could ever be)and...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    sacramento.cbslocal.com ^ | 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
    KVOA.com ^ | 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
    express.co.uk ^ | 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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
    http://www.isciencetimes.com ^ | 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...