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  • Fleas test positive for the plague in parts of Arizona

    08/14/2017 1:51:58 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    www.azfamily.com ^ | Updated: Aug 14, 2017 3:30 AM CST | Staff
    TAYLOR, Ariz. (3TV/CBS5) — Health officials are urging people to take precautions after a second Arizona county in two weeks confirmed that fleas in the area have tested positive for plague. The announcement by Navajo County Public Health officials on Friday comes one week after Coconino County officials found prairie dogs in the area to be carrying fleas with the plague -- the infectious disease infamous for killing millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages. The fleas in Navajo County were found near the town of Taylor. Health officials have notified the residents whose property will be treated. The area...
  • Rare White Moose Caught on Camera in Sweden

    08/14/2017 1:58:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 14, 2017 | Ben Hooper
    A Swedish man who spotted a rare white moose returned the next day and managed to capture video of the creature taking a dip in a local lake. Hans Nilsson said he has been trying to catch a glimpse of the rumored white moose -- sometimes known as an elk in Sweden -- in the Eda region for several years, but he never actually found one until last week. Nilsson posted a video to Facebook showing his second encounter with the alabaster moose, one day after his original sighting. "This white elk bull is local to the area. I saw...
  • Rare White Moose Captured on Film in Sweden

    08/14/2017 8:12:09 AM PDT · by Demiurge2 · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/13/17 | BBC
    One of the just 100 white moose in Sweden has been filmed in the Varmland region. http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-40918494/rare-white-moose-captured-on-film-in-sweden
  • Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant

    08/11/2017 7:29:15 AM PDT · by Bratch · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Aug 2017 | AFP
    New Delhi (AFP) – India’s top hunter on Friday led a shoot-to-kill pursuit of an elephant whose murderous rampage through villages has left 15 people dead. The government has turned to sharpshooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan ahead of World Elephant Day on Saturday to hunt the animal who crushed four victims in the eastern state of Bihar in March before crossing into neighbouring Jharkhand and killing 11 more. Jharkhand’s chief forest and wildlife conservator L.R. Singh said the decision to kill the animal was made after a team failed to tranquilise and capture the elephant during a week-long mission. Singh...
  • Lawmaker Says Rats Are Jumping Into Strollers In Upper West Side Parks [video at link]

    08/09/2017 11:52:07 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 99 replies
    WCBS New York ^ | 9 Aug 2017 | John Montone
    Hungry rodents are apparently menacing parents, nannies and babies on the Upper West Side. There are about 2 million rats in New York City, and some have settled in Central Park and Riverside Park.
  • Bullets alone can't solve Alabama's feral hog problem

    08/07/2017 2:04:50 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 62 replies
    AL.com ^ | Aug 6 , 2017 | Dennis Pillion
    Wild pigs are perhaps the most destructive invasive species in the United States, causing an estimated $1.5 billion in damages every year to crops and property across the country, uprooting farmers' fields, degrading water quality and out-competing native wildlife for food. In the latest installment of AL.com's series on invasive species, we examine the feral hog, one of the costliest non-native species in Alabama, and what landowners and wildlife officials can do to keep their populations under control.
  • Zinke to relax Obama-era rules on sage grouse

    08/07/2017 11:32:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 7, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday announced the federal government will relax Obama-era rules designed to protect the imperiled sage grouse, saying the administration will offer states flexibility in how they choose to protect the bird and also will loosen restrictions on energy development in sage grouse habitat. In a statement issued in response to a lengthy report from Interior’s sage grouse review team, Mr. Zinke said the recommendations will go into effect immediately.
  • Desert tortoises can't take the heat of roadside fencing

    08/06/2017 7:28:33 AM PDT · by Openurmind · 28 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8/5/17 | Science Daily
    Date:August 5, 2017 Source:University of California - Davis Desert tortoises pace back and forth and can overheat by roadside fencing meant to help them, according to a study published in the journal Biological Conservation by the University of California, Davis, and the University of Georgia.
  • Skunk in bed: Connecticut boy gets stinky wakeup

    08/05/2017 2:44:06 PM PDT · by McGruff · 29 replies
    AP News ^ | 8/5/2017
    A Connecticut boy got an unpleasant surprise when he awoke to find a skunk in his bed. Hamden Police say the 13-year-old was awoken in his upstairs bedroom by the skunk, which had climbed into bed with him. Police say the skunk apparently got into the home when it climbed through a hole in a trash can and a resident brought the can inside. It’s not clear how the skunk found its way into the boy’s bed, but no one was happy about the outcome. Hamden Animal Control Division responded to a call about at 6 a.m. on July 25....
  • Birders fear loss of habitat to Obama Center, Jackson Park golf course development

    08/05/2017 8:31:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5 Aug 2017 | Manya Brachear Pashman
    At a recent community forum to discuss plans for the Obama Presidential Center, Karin Droegemueller stepped up to the microphone and introduced herself as an "angry birder." She is among a flock of birders who fear that the proposed $30 million Tiger Woods golf course and expanded driving range tied to the development of the Obama Center will ward off the millions of migratory birds that stop in Jackson Park, and displace the nearly 300 species that have helped make the park a favorite Chicago birding destination... But not all open land is equal, they say. A manicured golf course...
  • Maine fishermen rescue injured bald eagle from ocean

    08/03/2017 5:37:02 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 16 replies
    The Extract ^ | 8.3.17
    A group of fishermen in a boat off of Maine’s coast recently found a bald eagle struggling to swim in the Atlantic Ocean. The encounter and subsequent rescue was caught on video and shared via social media.
  • Zoo Knoxville plans to observe animals during total solar eclipse

    08/04/2017 1:45:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    WATE ^ | 8/03/17 | Amanda Ketchledge
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) — While East Tennesseans are keeping an eye on the sky, there’s going to be plenty of action on the ground at Zoo Knoxville as the total solar eclipse passes through on August 21. There are more than 700 animals at the zoo and staff plans to observe them during the time of totality. The phenomenon is raising questions like, how will animals react when their daily routines are driven by the cycles of night and day? “We don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Phil Colclough, with Zoo Knoxville.
  • Nearly 2 million California acres were set aside for frogs. But ranchers say decision ignores them

    07/31/2017 2:45:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 31, 2017 | BY DALE KASLER, CAROLYN WILKE AND RYAN SABALOW
    Tiny frogs and toads used to swarm over the Sierra Nevada. Now they’re considered endangered, and the government says they need to be protected. California ranchers say those protections are hurting their ability to make a living. So another conflict over the Endangered Species Act is going to court. The California Farm Bureau and two ranchers’ associations sued the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service on Monday, challenging a year-old decision to designate more than 1.8 million acres of rural California as “critical habitat” for three endangered species of frogs. The critical habitat designation subjects farmers “to substantial regulatory burdens that...
  • 72-year-old woman kills 11 copperhead snakes with shotgun, shovel, rake

    07/31/2017 6:04:35 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 106 replies
    ABC7.com ^ | 7/30/2017 | Kaylee Merchak
    LEQUIRE, Okla. -- One Oklahoma resident is getting much praise after she killed several copperhead snakes by herself. On Friday, Susan Thompson was visiting her neighbor, Mrs. Newby, when she discovered that the 72-year-old had taken care of 11 copperhead snakes that she found under her home in Lequire, Oklahoma. Thompson said Newby had used a shotgun, a shovel and a rake to get rid of the snakes. She posted a photo to her Facebook page with the caption, "Mrs Newby killed 11 copperheads last night at her house! She's a snake killer if you need help call her! She...
  • Hundreds of sheep killed after bear chases them over cliff

    07/22/2017 8:29:25 PM PDT · by Ted73 · 48 replies
    Telegraph ^ | July 22, 2017 | Rory Mulholland
    "Their deaths have reignited the bitter debate over the presence of bears in the mountain range that straddles the French-Spanish border, where they were reintroduced 20 years ago after disappearing in the early 1990s."
  • WaPo: Polar Bears ‘Hurt By Climate Change’ Could Develop A Taste For Human Flesh

    07/14/2017 7:05:57 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 154 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/14/2017
    “Polar bears hurt by climate change are more likely to turn to a new food source — humans” is the rather chilling headline WaPo went with in its article, published Thursday. The Post reported that with higher temperatures, “the more likely polar bears are to interact with humans — and possibly attack and eat them.” WaPo relied on a recently-published study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin that looked at recorded polar bear attacks going back to 1870. The authors found “no trend” in the number of attacks by decade through 2014, which you’d think would count against the claim that...
  • Teens kill endangered birds, setting back conservation efforts 10 years

    07/11/2017 11:48:51 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 35 replies
    jacksonville.com ^ | 5 July 2017 | Brittany Lyte
    That gruesome sight in December 2015 soon became a crime scene, one that eventually implicated six students and recent graduates of a prestigious Honolulu prep school whose alumni include former president Barack Obama. While on a camping trip the night before the hiker’s arrival, authorities alleged, the boys and young men had hiked to the Ka’ena Point Natural Area Reserve and mercilessly slaughtered at least 15 Laysan albatrosses, federally protected birds that have been the focus of a 26-year-long conservation effort. Nearly a dozen of their eggs were crushed; six other eggs failed to hatch due to the death of...
  • Bear ransacks Colorado home for five hours while resident sleeps

    07/06/2017 3:16:38 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 14 replies
    The Extract ^ | 7.6.17 | Editor
    A homeowner in Colorado Springs, Colo., woke up to a disaster this week, realizing early on Independence Day that his residence had been broken into and pilfered. As surveillance video revealed, however, Chris O’Dubrhraic was not the victim of a criminal home invasion but a hungry bear.
  • Do Giraffes Get Struck by Lightning More Than Other Animals?

    06/23/2017 7:41:58 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 30 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | 23 Jun, 2017 | Ross Pomeroy
    Two months ago, Reddit user infernograve woke from a vivid dream. As wakefulness crept back, the dream did not recede, rather, it stuck in his mind, piquing his curiosity and prompting a burning question. He subsequently logged into Reddit's popular AskScience subreddit to share it: "Do giraffes get struck by lightning more often than other animals?" The question is now the most popular ever asked on the forum. So do giraffes get struck by lightning at higher rates? Intuitively, the obvious answer is "yes." Standing between fourteen and nineteen feet tall when fully grown, giraffes tower above the savannah and...
  • Trump administration removes protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears

    06/22/2017 4:23:53 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/22/17 03:43 PM EDT | TIMOTHY CAMA
    The Trump administration is removing Endangered Species Act protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears, after they spent more than four decades on the threatened list. The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service announced the delisting decision Thursday, which immediately drew rebukes from conservationists and Democrats. Officials said that conservation efforts for the bear, a more than fourfold increase in its population and state policies designed to protect the bears show that the delisting is warranted. The Yellowstone grizzly bear lives in and around Yellowstone National Park in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. “This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes;...