Saturday, October 31, 2009


Wildlife News Of The Day will be on hiatus next week, returning on 11/9. Australian wildlife biologists are trying to assess the damage caused by a leaking oil rig off the northwest coast. ABC news provides an in-depth study on coyotes in light of the mauling death of a Canadian singer; but some politicians in Nova Scotia have a simple solution to the problem: extermination! People in Madison, Wisconsin, are speculating about whether fake coyotes would keep geese from fouling parks and golf courses in town; while a coyote in Massachusetts who made off with a Yorkie got more than it bargained for when the dog's bulldog companion took off after the predator. An article from Florida provides a map of coyote sightings in the city of Gainesville. A log of the travels of a golden eagle equipped with a radio tracking collar is provided by an article from Minnesota; but researchers in Arizona are tracking a worrisome new trend in bat-transmitted rabies. Texas health officials, faced with testing 8-10,000 animals for rabies each year across the state, provide tips on identifying and avoiding rabid wildlife. Throw away your tomato juice - the next time your dog gets skunked, there's a new product that promises to work much better on ridding your pet (and your house) of the odor! Wildlife officials in Washington state are on the lookout for the mother of several bear cubs they've encountered; while wildlife officials at Mammoth Lakes, California, are reporting a decrease in black bear activity as winter approaches. Canada and Greenland are cooperating on limiting the number of polar bears hunted by indigenous peoples; while Churchill, Manitoba, the unofficial polar bear capital of the world, is issuing their annual Halloween warning to trick-or-treaters. Our next two articles show that sometimes wildlife just wants a good dip in the pool: a New Jersey homeowner came home to find that a bear had been paddling away in their pool; and the owner of an apartment complex in North Carolina thought that the report of the deer in their indoor swimming pool was a prank, but came to find out it wasn't! A careless hunter in New Hampshire shot himself with his own rifle as he hoisted it up onto his deer stand; while a Texas deer expert weighs in on the true characteristics of white-tail deer. A sheriff's deputy in Missouri had a painful collision with a deer; but not as bad as one in Oklahoma, where a motorcyclist from Arkansas was killed when he swerved to avoid a deer in the road. Residents of Vermont are being reminded not to bring deer and elk meat into that state from outside due to the danger of spreading chronic wasting disease to the Vermont herds. Echoing yesterday's story from San Bernardino about deer hunters reporting larger deer in the wake of wildfires, a story from San Diego tells much the same tale. Two stories, one from West Virginia, the other from Michigan, underscore the fact that wildlife can have an impact in the most unexpected places - in this case, your chimney! A resident of Pennsylvania was fined for illegal possession of wildlife; but a teenage hunter out to bag his first deer came face-to-face with a cougar instead in Montana. And finally, it's a story of the triumph of good over weevil, as the boll weevil infestation in the US, which has cost an estimated $20 billion to the cotton industry, has been all but eradicated!

Australian oil spill 'putting animals at risk'

Coyotes Attack and Kill: Should You Worry?

Coyote ugly

Doug Moe: Would coyote decoys keep geese away?

Family Bulldog saves Yorkie from coyote attack

Updated map: Coyote sightings

Tracking that Golden Eagle

Biting into bat research

Skunk confirmed rabid in county

Biocides Systems Introduces New Hi Technology Skunk Odor Eliminators for Dog, Cat, Home and Yard

State Wildlife Officers Still Looking for Mama Bear in West Bremerton

Bear activity quiets down for winter

Halloween Warning: That's Not A Polar Bear Costume

Greenland, Canada Commit To Polar Bear Protection

Bear has pool party in Boonton Township, ditches tab

Caught on tape: Deer swims in pool

NH hunter shot while using rope to hoist rifle

Deer expert has hunting down to a science

Deputy's car totaled after hitting deer

Motorcylist dies in LeFlore County after losing control to avoid deer

Deer, Elk Import Warning Issued

Deer hunters head out with the hooting owls

Fireplace safety

Fireplace Safety Tips

Fines imposed on Pocono man for illegal possession of birds

Teen shoots cougar

US cotton almost clear of voracious boll weevil

Friday, October 30, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, Sam Gowen of the Orange County Register, sent along a link to an article with photos of a bobcat on the prowl in the backyard of a Southern California residence with the following comments:

Hi, Michael .. Not sure if photos make your roster of wildlife news, but a reader sent us photographs of a bobcat that recently bolted into their yard after a rabbit... Nobody, not even the rabbit, was harmed :-)

Idaho Fish and Game officials have confirmed that a cougar killed two baby alpacas. A group of nine African elephants who had been grossly mistreated by a Safari club in Zimbabwe will be returned to the wilds following rehabilitation. Wildlife officials in Louisiana are cautioning residents not to feed the deer in the area; but one of the beneficial side effects of wildfires in Southern California appears to be larger deer, as the next article shows. Motorists in Texas received a reminder of the hazard of deer in the road as hunting season begins; and an article from Indiana reminds motorists of the danger of deer jumping into the road this time of year. A polar bear that was moved from a Scottish zoo into an animal preserve is doing quite well, contrary to fears of agoraphobia; while the next article discusses what you get if you cross a grizzly with a polar bear. Stetson University, in Florida, had an ursine visitor yesterday who drew quite a crowd. A hedgehog who had gotten drunk on fermented apples in the UK was handed over to a wildlife rehabilitator to "dry out"! Following the fatal coyote attack on a Canadian singer, wildlife officials have managed to kill one of the coyotes, and continue tracking the other; followed by a heartfelt letter from the victim's mother about the incident. The Christian Science Monitor discusses the danger coyotes pose; but despite the rarity of the fatal attack, a story out of another part of Nova Scotia underscores the fact that coyotes are becoming less fearful of people in that area; followed by a summary of coyote sightings in one community in British Columbia. Wildlife and pet columnist Gary Bogue discusses rats, squirrels, and a few of our feathered friends in his column. And finally, a red-tailed hawk came in for a pounding in Illinois where a Kingbird hopped on its back and started pecking away!

Bobcat hunts elusive rabbit in Laguna Niguel yard

Mountain lion kills 2 alpacas

Nine maltreated Zimbabwe elephants to be freed

W&F: Don't feed the deer

Wildfires responsible for bigger deer?

TxDOT warns of roadway dangers created by deer

Fall back — and watch for deer in South Bend area

Agoraphobic bear fears 'allayed'

Polar bear plus grizzly equals?

Bear draws crowd on Stetson campus

Tipsy the hedgehog was as drunk as a skunk

Conservation officers hunt for second coyote in N.S.

Letter from coyote victim's mother

Fatal coyote attack: How dangerous are coyotes?

Cole Harbour man spooked by encounter with aggressive coyote

14 coyote sightings in Sarnia this year

Gary Bogue: Snails: Who's been eating escargot in my backyard?

Kingbird rides on back of hawk to defend young

Thursday, October 29, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, a Manatee that had traveled as far north as Connecticut was rescued and returned to Florida for rehabilitation; and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida has had a busy time with wildlife lately, as the next article shows. A deer in the road was blamed for a freeway crash in Ohio; and an ATV driver in Indiana was hospitalized following a collision with a deer. Police in Northern Ireland are investigating the deaths of two deer at the hands of a poacher; while an article from Wisconsin points out another negative aspect of an overabundance of deer: soil erosion from deer trails. Deer hunters in Minnesota are being asked to donate deer hides to help fund programs within that state; and a community elsewhere in that state is closing a local park to allow a deer hunt that will keep the environment balanced. Residents of a community in New York state voiced overwhelming support for a deer hunt within the city limits; but a Florida law enforcement officer was forced to shoot a badly injured deer that had apparently been struck by a car. Massachusetts wildlife officials offered some advice on making coyotes feel "uncomfortable"; while a coyote attack on a pet was reported in Alberta, Canada. Wildlife biologists are still coming to grips with the unprecedented fatal attack by coyotes on a Canadian singer yesterday; but a wildlife biologist on Prince Edward Island has assured residents and visitors alike that another such incident would not occur in their area because coyotes are hunted and, therefore, wary of people. A coyote was spotted attacking a puppy in a Massachusetts community; and homeowners in a New York state community have seen coyotes in a nearby park. A trail camera in Minnesota captured several photos of a feline passing by; but residents of a Minnesota community are on edge following reports of a cougar prowling the area. Residents of a community in British Columbia, Canada, have lodged a trio of cougar sightings within the past month; while a resident of Tacoma, Washington, found a cougar prowling around on his roof! A region of Colorado closed to mountain lion hunting since 2004 will be reopened to hunters in November. A summary of rabies cases in one South Carolina county is provided by the next item; meanwhile, Massachusetts wildlife officials will be deploying raccoon baits impregnated with rabies vaccine in the Cape Cod area. Tacoma, Washington, wildlife officials are warning residents not to feed raccoons, something which is becoming a problem in a local park. Wildlife biologists recount the family tree of a bear shot in Wyoming in the next article; but four fishermen were mauled to death by a bear in India. A wildlife sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin, released a pair of fledgling bald eagles back into the wild yesterday. And finally, our last article explores wildlife on California's Stanford University campus (no, not the frat houses!)

Saved! Wayward Manatee Rescued in NJ

Inside the Conservancy Wildlife Clinic: Good calls, bad calls make for mixed week

Deer Blamed For Freeway Crash

ATV Injury Involves Deer

Dead deer seized in poacher probe

Hixon Hunt

Donate your deer hides to good cause

Cayuga Heights village residents voice support of deer plan

Three Rivers closes for deer hunts

Deer clings to life, takes five rounds to the head

Coyotes too comfy in town?

Coyote attacks Canmore family's pet

Biologists baffled by attack

Coyote attack rare: wildlife biologist

Coyote attacks and kills puppy

More coyotes seen lurking in Ewen Park

Lanesboro man's trail camera might have captured a cougar

DNR can't confirm cougar is in area, but some area residents are worried

Third cougar sighting in three weeks

Cougar spotted in Tacoma's south end

Mountain Lion Hunting Reopened In Research Area

Oconee County flagged with its 6th rabies case this year

Baited cubes target rabies on Cape

Feeding raccoons at Point Defiance Park causes invasion

Grizzly shot in Northwest Wyoming was cub of famed bear

Four killed in bear attack in Madhya Pradesh

Bald Eagles released at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Stanford: Where the Wild Things Are

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


An article from Colorado provides some background material on bobcats; followed by one from Minnesota about three horses that were attacked by what is believed to be a cougar that may have clawed another horse recently. A town in Alberta, Canada, had problems with coyotes attacking pets and a bear at a Catholic school; while Massachusetts wildlife officials believe a coyote killed a dog. A Canadian singer from Toronto, Ontario, was killed by a pair of coyotes as she was hiking on a trail in Nova Scotia; but a Minnesota community's leadership has decided against awarding coyote bounties for now. An emaciated coyote that was spotted in downtown Spokane, Washington, was taken into custody by animal control officers; while an article from the San Francisco Chronicle provides a thumbnail sketch of wolves in Montana and Idaho in light of their delisting. A look inside Minnesota's Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior is provided by the next article; followed by a brief look at wolves on that island. Wildlife and pet columnist Gary Bogue provides advice to Central Californian homeowners about dealing with raccoons. A young black bear who had been relocated 78 miles away from an Oregon town returned, only to be shot; and bear biologists in Maryland are keeping a close eye on the statewide bear hunt, which filled nearly half its quota on the first day alone. A father and daughter who were out deer hunting in Georgia got more than they bargained for when a 520-pound black bear showed up! A resident of Washington state is in trouble with the law over shooting a deer within city limits; and a deer that crashed through an Ohio automobile dealership's window had to be euthanized due to injuries. A white deer has been spotted in Chicago's suburbs; while an outdoorsmen from Granite Bay, California, pontificates on the issue of a proposed antlerless hunt. An Op-Ed piece from New Zealand weighs in on the debate over using 1080 poison on the overabundance of possums in that country; while Busch Gardens in Florida has provided a "dropping off" point for exotic pet owners' unwanted charges. And finally, a London-based animal rights group may be a victim of their own success in Bolivia, where a ban on animals in circuses has gone into effect and now homes must be found for all the animals!

Close-up: Bobcat

Cougar suspected by owner in new horse attacks

Coyote attacks dog, bear visits OLS

Dog killed in Hampden coyote attack

Toronto singer dies in Cape Breton coyote attack

No bounties for Yellow Medicine coyotes

Injured coyote causes brief stir in downtown Spokane

Thrown to the wolves

Trouble in nature's laboratory

Search for prey keeps wolves on the go

Gary Bogue: Got raccoon problems? Trapping them won't help

Young black bear shot in return to Ore. town

Md. bear hunt near half quota on 1st day

Dad, daughter bring down 520-pound black bear in Gordon County

Deer hunter cited for firing gun in Kelso

Deer Crashes Through Springfield Dealership

White deer: Chicago's south suburbs, again

Weighing in on the proposed Placer County local deer hunt

Over the Fence: It's 1080 hysteria - again

Busch Gardens offers exotic pet amnesty

Bolivia Frees Its Circus Animals. Now They Need Homes

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


In a follow-up to a story from yesterday's Wildlife NOTD, details emerging about the accidental shooting of a hunter in Oklahoma point to the fact that both the hunter and the shooter had violated deer hunting rules; while wildlife officials in Maine will be checking deer harvested this year for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Minnesota state officials have reported a reduction in the number of deer-auto collisions over previous years, although the number remains in the thousands. Residents of a Michigan community are complaining about increasingly aggressive coyotes; but wildlife officials in Montana have levied a stiff fine on a man who is cited for illegally killing a pair of wolves. North Dakota has passed down sentences on two men accused of dealing in bald eagle parts for religious ceremonies; and although the birth rate among bald eagles in New Hampshire has declined, there has been an increase in adults in the population. Residents of Sydney, Australia, are finding more possums invading their homes, so wildlife officials provide some tips on how to deal with the situation; but residents of Auckland, New Zealand, take a much dimmer view of the marsupials. Wildlife officials in West Virginia did some pretty clever forensic work to nab a hunting party from Ohio that was baiting bears; while a documentary set to air on the BBC will dispel some myths about black bears in North America. A rabid skunk was reported near Windsor, Virginia; cautions to residents of South Carolina about intervening in fights between dogs and rabid raccoons are offered in the next item; while a rabid raccoon was accosting people in a Connecticut town until animal control authorities killed it. And finally, keep those raccoons out of the furnace at all costs!

Hunting Violations Alleged in Fatal Shooting

Officials To Look At EEE In Maine Deer Herd

Car-Deer Collisions on the Decline

Coyote attacks dog accompanied by owner

Man cited for illegally killing 2 wolves in northwestern Montana

Man who bought bald eagle sentenced

Fewer bald eagles hatch in NH but more adults

Possum party pooper

LETTER: Blitzing the pests out West

Ohio Hunting Party Charged with Baiting Bears

The man who walks with bears

Health officials report skunk found near Windsor had rabies

Rabid Raccoon, Dog Fight; Man Injured

Raccoon Killed After Chasing People Down

Man found dead after raccoon causes furnace problem

Monday, October 26, 2009


We lead off wildlife news today with the story of a very small form of wildlife that is facing extinction in Central California. With an estimated 10,000 deer in the area, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is prime deer-auto collision territory; but don't expect to keep them away with deer whistles, as a columnist from Central California comments on the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of deer whistles fitted on car bumpers. A deer hunter in New York State is in trouble with the law after shooting a deer out of season; but one of the hazards of deer hunting, death by friendly fire, is underscored by a tale from Oklahoma. Some financial details of the arrangement with a firm that will be supporting sharpshooters culling the deer herd in a Kansas Park are provided by the next article; followed by a story about a Delaware knick-knack shop that is cleaning up the mess from a deer that came crashing through the front window. The ongoing battle between the federal government and Alaska over setting aside a polar bear habitat in that state is chronicled in a New York Times article; while a black bear and her cub spent the weekend in a tree in a Florida neighborhood before wandering back into the forest. A bear was beaten to death by angry villagers in eastern India after mauling several people, including a child; and a pet owner in Wisconsin watched in a horror as a black bear grabbed his dog by the scruff of the neck and tossed it aside. A study just published in the journal Ecology Letters finds that, contrary to popular opinion, wolves do live long enough to lose their ability to bring down prey; followed by some words of wisdom from a wildlife preservationist who has lived with wolves and shares some of his insights. Residents of a county in Alberta, Canada, are being warned about the danger to pets from coyotes in the area; and with reports of coyotes in all 67 counties of Florida, fish and game officials are advising pet owners to keep an eye on their charges. Reports of rabies in Colorado livestock has agricultural officials worried. Plans for poisoning possums on a large scale in New Zealand are proceeding; but not everyone is convinced this is the right path, as the next article shows. A behind-the-scenes look at the zoo in Fresno, California, which is taking endangered tadpoles out of the Angeles National Forest for safekeeping following the devastation of their habitat by Southern California's Station Fire is provided by the next article. And finally, a note to wildlife smugglers: keep track of your tarantulas!

Wildlife officials recommend endangered status for Bay checkerspot butterfly

Area drivers facing deer dangers

Roadshow: Do deer whistles work?

Hunter charged with shooting deer out of season

Deer hunter shot, killed in Gowen Mountain area in SE Okla.; no arrests made

Company gets $185 an hour to help with Shawnee Mission Park deer kill

Deer creates havoc inside Rehoboth store

Polar Bears vs. Development in Alaska

Mama Bear And Cub Spend Weekend In Tree

Villagers beat bear to death

Wisconsin man says dog recovering from bear attack

Ageing wolves 'lose their bite'

Real "Wolfman" Shares His Story

Coyote concerns

Wily coyotes in area? Keep eye on your pets

Colorado Rabies Finds Raises Ag Department Concern

Plan for possum-free peninsula

Tough line sought on use of 1080

Fresno zoo leaps to rescue imperiled frog

Norwegian accused of skin-crawling snake smuggling

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Zookeepers at a zoo in Miami, Florida, are rejoicing that a pair of rare harpy eagles are new parents, in our first wildlife story today; while Connecticut grammar school students had a rare treat, a visit from an eagle who resides in a nearby raptor center. Montana wildlife officials, pleased that that state's wolf population has topped 500, hope that the wolf hunt which begins tomorrow will help ease tension from residents who resent having the wolves in their areas. An LA Times article takes another look at Montana's controversial wolf hunt; and for those wishing to get a closer look at wolves in Yellowstone, some tour packages are being offered. The sighting of a coyote on a Kentucky campus caused teachers to keep students inside. A town in Wisconsin is planning a deer hunt to thin the herd; and deer hunters in that state are citing a deer-auto collision record as proof that the deer population in that state is dropping; followed by an article on the report itself. A hunting enthusiast expounds on the virtues of a cougar hunt to thin the cat population in Oregon. A bear cub that was orphaned when its mother was hit by a car in Louisiana will be transported to a bear rehabilitation center in Tennessee until it's old enough to be released back into the wild; while the Flathead National Forest dodged a bullet after two environmental groups that sued them for grizzly endangerment lost the case. Hall County, Georgia, has reported a rabid skunk in the vicinity; but an article from Alabama reassures pet owners that neither they nor their pets will contract rabies from raccoon rabies vaccine baits being distributed across the state; while an article from Kansas discusses creating a "pet-proof" raccoon trap. You just never know how wildlife may inspire artists and authors, as our last entry of the day shows!

Rare harpy eagle hatches at Miami Metrozoo

Grammar School Students Receive Visit From Adopted Eagle

This weekend wolves will be legally hunted, for the first time in years

Montana wolf hunt is stalked by controversy

At Yellowstone, wolves and winter deals

Coyote Sighting Prompts Principal To Keep Kids Inside

Little Chute plans managed deer hunt

Study Intensifies Wisconsin Deer Numbers Debate

Deer a danger for drivers in state

Bill Monroe: It's time to put the dog back in the (cougar) hunt

Orphaned black bear cub to be reared at rescue center

Flathead National Forest wins court cases accusing them of grizzly endangerment

Hall County confirms 17th rabies case of 2009

People, pets can't get rabies from vaccine bait

Creating pet-proof ’coon buckets

Family of Yosemite racoons inspire series of children's books

Friday, October 23, 2009


First up today in wildlife news, Sandy Fernee, CEO of Wildlife Victoria, in Australia, has sent along an article about a kangaroo killer who pleaded guilty in court to acts of animal cruelty. Frogs that are in danger from mudslides in Southern California's Angeles National Forest areas that have been burned by the Station Fire are being relocated by wildlife biologists; while trappers in Deadwood, South Dakota, managed to catch a three-month-old cougar cub, the offspring of an adult cougar who was shot earlier this week. More data on deer-auto collisions in Ohio is provided by the next article; followed by an item about the award of a $75,000 grant to Essex County, New Jersey, which will allow that jurisdiction to put up "Deer Deter" systems to keep deer off the roads. Bristol, Connecticut, had another bear visitation this past week; while a black bear sow and two cubs were trapped in a Georgia neighborhood. A large section of Alaska, which encompasses both major polar bear populations, has been proposed as a protected habitat, even though Shell Oil Company was just given drilling rights in the area; but wildlife officials warned parents of elementary school children about a bear near their school in Montana. A detailed log of California Department of Fish and Game's response to a black bear report in Ventura County, California, is provided by the next article. Middlesex County in New Jersey has reported a dozen rabid animals so far this month; Greenbrier County, West Virginia, has seen over three dozen cases of rabies so far this year; and a rabid skunk was found in a New Hampshire community, prompting wildlife officials to warn residents of the danger of rabid wildlife in the area. A rancher in Montana, incensed about what he sees as official malaise in prosecuting predatory wolves on his ranch, has withdrawn 45,000 acres of prime hunting land from the state's inventory in protest; but contrary to popular opinion, wolves in Spain prefer wild game as opposed to domestic animals, according to a new study. A story from Arizona about a duct-taped coyote left to die brings up the issue of animal cruelty in a state where it's legal to hunt coyotes; while the Louise Kreher Forestry Preserve in Auburn, Alabama, will have a program on coyotes this weekend. Officials in Madison Wisconsin feel that a pair of dogs were killed by coyotes; and a meeting in Orange County California laid out the rules of engagement when confronting a coyote. And finally, A National Geographic photo spread includes pictures of an elephant underwater and a coyote found frozen solid standing beside a road!

Kangaroo Killer - update

Saving the Frogs from the Station Fire's Damage

GF&P looking for home for cougar kitten caught in Deadwood

Deer-crash crashes more likely now

County Roads Get Noisy At Night To Deter Deer

Bristol becomes Bear City

Three Bears Trapped in Warner Robins

Polar Bear Habitat Proposed for Alaska

Hellgate Elementary alerts parents of a bear sighting

DFG Issues Bear Kill Report

Rabid animals turn up in Monroe, Old Bridge

Four Cases of Rabies Confirmed in Greenbrier County in October

Police: Watch out for rabid skunk in Derry

Rancher ends public hunting in protest of wolf policies

Iberian Wolves Prefer Wild Roe Deer To Domestic Animals

Forget Tigers, This Weekend is About Coyotes in Auburn

The case of the duct taped coyote – Does anyone care about coyote abuse?

Coyotes suspected in deaths of two dogs

What should you do if you see a coyote?

An Underwater Elephant And A Coyote Frozen Solid

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Pete Thomas of the Los Angeles Times provides our first wildlife article today about the continuing controversy over wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana; but a wolf preserve in Florida is having a 'Howl-O-Ween' fund-raising event to help open up more acreage for their preserve. A predatory hunter shot a rare albino coyote in Montana; and a letter to the editor of a Central California paper vents anger over a brazen coyote prowling their neighborhood. Radio tracking of two coyote packs in Rhode Island has provided some interesting new insights into urban coyotes, leading to adoption of a Coyote Coexistence and Management Plan there. One of two cougars spotted in Deadwood, South Dakota, has been killed, and a trap set for the other; and residents of Santa Rosa, California, have obtained a depredation permit and engaged the services of a tracker to hunt down a cougar that has been killing animals in the community. A South Dakota rancher blamed a predator, perhaps a cougar, for spooking his cattle, resulting in the death of nine of them on an interstate; but a deer hunter in Utah became the hunted when a cougar, evidently protecting nearby cubs, surprised him. A motorcyclist in Missouri suffered moderate injuries after collision with a deer in the road; and another biker from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, has been hospitalized after colliding with a deer in the road. Drivers in Missouri are once again being warned to slow down near areas frequented by deer as rutting season continues. A deer cull is being considered in a part of North Carolina that is being overrun by the ungulates; but a deer visited the lobby of a hotel in China, even pausing to get a drink at a water display. Wildlife officials in Reno, Nevada, are offering a reward for information on who has been poaching deer and antelope in the area. A falconer in Massachusetts was able to save a red-tailed hawk that had been shot; while the hunt is on for the owner of a hawk that barged into a chicken coop in Cheshire, UK. A bald eagle that was injured in a storm was released back into the wild in Delaware, as the next two articles show. Onlookers in Kyrgyzstan were stunned when an ice-skating bear killed the Russian circus director; and Alaska has filed a lawsuit in federal court arguing that the polar bear should not have federal protection. A wayward raccoon got across some power lines in Wenatchee, Washington, depriving nearly 3,000 customers of power; even as health officials in Allentown, Pennsylvania, were warning residents of a rabid skunk that was destroyed there. A caravan park in Western Australia is coming up with ways to save their peppermint trees while simultaneously providing a food source for their endangered western ringtail possum population. And finally, police in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, suburb had an aggressive iguana to deal with who really didn't want to get sacked (but then, who does?)

Wolf hunts in Idaho, Montana still stirring up controversy

Howl with the wolves at weekend event

Hunter stalks, shoots albino coyote

Letters: Coyote kills another pet in Monte Sereno

Local scientist proposes ‘coyote coexistence’ animal feeding ordinance

Mountain lion killed in Deadwood city limits

Community Hunts Mountain Lion That Killed Pets

Wayward Cows Cause Chaos On Interstate

Syracuse deer hunter survives shocking encounter with angry mountain lion

Hannibal man hurt in collision with deer

Motorcycle Hits Deer

Active deer threat to drivers, patrol warns

As deer multiply, culling concerns rise

Deer hangs out in hotel lobby

Reward offered for info about Reno-area deer, antelope killings

Injured hawk let back into the wild in Hopkinton

Keep a hawk eye out for bird of prey’s owner

Bruised eagle takes flight

Photo gallery: Bald eagle release at Ingrams Pond

Ice-skating bear kills Russian circus director

Alaska Files Lawsuit Challenging Federal Polar Bear Protections

Power outage affects 2,800 customers

Rabid skunk found on Crest Avenue in Allentown

Caravan plan to save peppermint possums

East Vandergrift tangles with ornery iguana

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


We lead off wildlife news today with a passel of possum stories: an Australian psychologist commented on a story about three boys torturing an opossum, opining that this could indicate a proclivity towards a life of crime; the presence of a possum habitat in Western Australia could change plans for a new hospital in the area; and a writer from Virginia offers sage advice on being kind to our marsupial friends - otherwise it could cost you a job! A new report from the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment argues that a proposed kangaroo cull in Australia's Capital Territory will increase the bushfire danger and reduce biological diversity. A children's gym in North Carolina had an unexpected guest crash through the window! Even the automobile club is getting into the act, warning motorists in the mid-Atlantic states about deer hazards this time of year; while the Florida Highway Patrol is blaming a deer in the road for a three car pile up which resulted in at least one fatality; followed by some statistics on deer-auto collisions in North Carolina, along with a few driving tips. A Minnesota Park will be closed for a deer hunt; but as deer and elk hunters begin reporting their results, Idaho Fish and Game officials indicate that the wolf population is having an impact on the elk population and behavior. A Cooper hawk that had gotten trapped in a power substation in Pennsylvania was successfully removed, then taken to a nearby wildlife rehabilitation center for evaluation. One of the hazards of hunting is underscored by an article from Minnesota in which a pheasant hunter was accidentally shot in the chest by someone who was aiming at a raccoon quarreling with the dogs. Protection for polar bear habitat is one step closer to reality as a New York Times article shows; and a pair of polar bears currently residing in Germany will be moved to France. A black bear spotted near a Florida school prompted cautions from wildlife officials to students and staff at the school. And finally, homeowners need to beware of using smoke bombs to evict raccoons under mobile homes, as a resident of Indiana and local firefighters found out the hard way!

Animal cruelty linked to disorder

Possum habitat 'no setback' for new hospital

Times are tough, but don't take it out on the marsupials

Roo cull 'will increase city's bushfire risk'

Deer Smashes Through Window Into Children's Gym

AAA issues driver safety tips for deer mating season

Deer Blamed for Area Traffic Fatality

Deer, drivers on collision course

St. Paul park to close for deer hunt

Elk and deer hunts open with success, frustration

Cooper Hawk gets stuck inside substation

Man Shot In The Chest While Hunting In Jackson County

White House Clears Habitat Protections for Polar Bear

Polar bear Flocke to move to France

Bear sighted near St. Marks school

Ind. woman trying to smoke out raccoon sets home on fire

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Camilla Fox of Project Coyote discusses coyotes in Marin County, California, in our first wildlife news item today; while a resident of West Seattle reported a coyote in the area. A retrospective on a celebrated wolf biologist who died in a plane crash at Denali National Park is up next. A photojournalist from Alabama provides us with the story of an elderly woman who feeds a pair of raptors at her place; followed by some amazing video footage shot by a BBC video crew in Finland that proves beyond a doubt that gold eagles do hunt reindeer! Kansas wildlife officials have confirmed a cougar sighting, only the second one in over 100 years in that state; but the mayor of a town in New Zealand is requesting a ban on a possum poison that will soon be deployed in his jurisdiction. A little history lesson from Ohio questions the value of deer in modern society; while a New Jersey tuxedo shop had an unexpected window crasher! A deer reportedly went through the windshield of a vehicle in Indiana this morning, causing a bit of a backup on the highway; and with 10,000 deer-auto collisions each year, Scottish authorities are warning motorists to watch for deer during the rutting season. Tabulating over 3,000 deer-auto collisions in Mississippi in 2008, wildlife officials are cautioning motorists to be "deer aware"; but wildlife officials in New Jersey are hopeful that a series of reflectors will help keep deer off the road. Due to a hard winter in 2008, hunters in Minnesota will find fewer deer this year; while the trial of an Ohio resident who illegally shipped dear out-of-state has ended, but no date has yet been set for sentencing. Granite Bay, California, had a visit from a trio of ursine neighbors; even as wildlife officials are cautioning residents of Florida near bear areas not to feed the animals, lest they become a problem. A Canadian polar bear residing in a Scottish zoo will finally be moving to some more spacious digs this week; but raccoons in Reno, Nevada, are living up to their "bandit" appearance, as residents complain about the increasingly aggressive critters. And finally, a story from Massachusetts shows that it is possible to actually build a better mousetrap!

Marin Voice: The coyotes in our midst

West Seattle wildlife: Coyote sighting in Gatewood

Stubbornness was Haber's best and worst quality

Hawk over my shoulder

Eagles filmed hunting reindeer

Mountain lion sighting in Trego Co.

Kaikoura mayor wants 1080 ban

What’s a deer worth?

MILLVILLE: Deer crashes through window at tuxedo shop

Deer causes crash on I-69

Drivers warned to watch for deer

MDOT: Watch out for deer on roads

Honk if you See a Deer in Headlights

State deer herd at manageable level

Kimbolton man guilty of shipping deer

Bear And Two Cubs Spotted In Granite Bay Tree

Stay Safe, Keep Bears Wild

Mercedes the Canadian polar bear to get new Scottish Highlands hideaway

Reno residents say raccoons incidents worsening

Animal control company uses robots

Monday, October 19, 2009


In our first wildlife story today, groves of trees in Mexico where Monarch butterflies overwinter that have been threatened by illegal logging, are now threatened by another insect: pine-boring beetles! Texas raptor enthusiasts are in their glory as migrating hawks soar through southern skies; but the Department of Sustainability and Environment in Victoria, Australia, is on the lookout for a possum killer who could be severely punished financially for killing these protected animals. A writer from Arizona takes a whimsical look at raccoon removal in that state; while residents of Ocala, Florida, have been warned of a rabid raccoon in the area. A Connecticut man who shot a bear that was raiding his bird feeder is now suing to justify his actions; but a quintet of moon bears is being moved into senior housing in China. An abundance of bears in North Carolina has prompted officials to attempt to reduce encounters between people and bruins. A cougar was spotted near an elementary school in British Columbia, Canada; while a number of reports of cougars in Minnesota have been made recently. Wyoming is considering putting a ban on antler collection due to the impact on herds of elk and deer. A Motorcyclist was killed in Michigan when he collided with a deer in the road; and a deer and motorist collided in Pennsylvania as well. Connecticut homeowners denied a deer to a bow hunter after it had died on their back porch; and as job losses increase in parts of the US, deer hunters are increasing their activity simply to put food on the table. A coyote in the road caused an auto accident in Washington state; while Massachusetts is beginning their annual coyote hunt, as the next two stories show. Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering the most generous compensation for livestock killed by wolves in the western US. And finally, art imitates life in Scotland, with a play about the reintroduction of wolves into that country.

Mexico fells trees to save butterfly reserve

Annual migration of hawks can be a spectacular sight

Possum killer lurks in Keysborough

Journey into the shadowy world of raccoon removal

Rabies alert issued for NE 175th Street near NE 25th Avenue

Conn. man suing over shooting of bear

Five Aged Bears Moved to Chengdu for a Better Senior Life

Bear population booms, aim is to lessen encounters

Cougar sighting reported in Saanich

Cougar sightings leave questions unanswered

Antler frenzy leads to possible ban

Man Killed In Motorcycle Collision With Deer

Deer smashes through vehicle on Route 512 near Wind Gap

Couple to hunter: 'Leave without your dead deer'

In trying times, hunters go after deer to put food on the table

Coyote blamed for car crash south of Lake Quinault

Hunting season put coyotes in the crosshairs

State Opens War On Coyotes

Wash. offers payments for wolf kills of livestock

Wolves debate turned into a play

Saturday, October 17, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, a black bear found a comfy perch inside a beer cooler in a Wisconsin market (that is, until wildlife officers tranquilized it and returned it to the wild!) A black bear was reported in a Massachusetts community on Friday; while in British Columbia, the hunters became the hunted as a grizzly bear decided to have two men for an evening meal! A black bear was struck and killed by a car in Vermont on Friday, one of two reported accidents along the same stretch of highway. An article from Florida points out that raccoon attacks will become more commonplace as their habitat disappears; but a raccoon that was believed to be rabid was caught by authorities outside of the library at University of Richmond in Virginia. The difficult issue of keeping deer herd's numbers down is explored in an article from the New York Times; followed by another article from that same paper about the issue of feeding deer in the wild. Wildlife officials in Nebraska are asking hunters for help with reducing the deer herd in a state park; while residents of a Boulder, Colorado, neighborhood are complaining about deer hunters endangering them by shooting from the road with high-powered rifles. Motorists in Minnesota are cautioned to be wary of deer on the road this time of year; followed by a story about cougars in Missouri. Two articles express outrage at the wolf hunt in Montana; followed by one about a lifelike coyote decoy designed to scare off geese on a school athletic field in Illinois that has actually caused residents to report it to wildlife authorities in the area! Coyotes in Durham, North Carolina, are the topic of the next article; while police in a southern Ohio town are warning residents to keep an eye on their pets after the death of one due to a coyote. And finally, we've all probably heard of "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride", but we conclude today with a story about a wily coyote's wild ride!

Bear Run! Black bear chills in Wis. beer cooler

Black Bear Lumbering Through Tewksbury

Bear attacks two sleeping B.C. men

Black bear killed in Vermont car crash

More raccoons, less habitat increase risk of rare attacks

Raccoon captured in front of the library

Culls Expand as the Deer Chomp Away

White-Tails in Love

Neb. commission seeks deer hunters for state park

Boulder-area residents protest deer hunting

Motorcyclists and other motorists, be ready for deer on the road

There's Nothing So Rare as a Cougar in Missouri

Save the wolves before it's too late

I am so pissed off right now

Lindenhurst coyote decoy scares off geese, prompts reports of 'sightings'

Coyotes on the howl in Durham

Coyotes in Newark

A wild car ride for a wily coyote

Friday, October 16, 2009


Camilla Fox of Project Coyote sent along our first wildlife news item today that announces the introduction of new legislation that bans the use of traps on fur-bearing animals in national wildlife refuges in the US; followed by a letter to the editor of an Alberta, Canada, newspaper that defends coyotes with some statistics of attacks on people by deer and dogs. A resident of suburban Chicago is in trouble after shooting a neighbor's husky, thinking it was a coyote attacking some cats. US government officials are attempting to limit polar bear hunting to reduce the loss in their numbers from causes other than the shrinking sea ice; while wildlife officials in Aspen, Colorado, reflect on a very busy year with bears. A dog owner in New Jersey is waiting pensively through the 45 day incubation period after his dogs were exposed to a rabid raccoon; followed by a look at deer-auto collision statistics in Illinois. Rumors of a cougar in an Ohio state park are circulating among visitors; and a Central California community in which a multitude of cougar reports have been filed is on edge. After the clothes of a boy lost on a Colorado hiking trail four years ago were found, authorities believe he was probably killed by a wild animal, possibly a cougar. A man who shot a skunk in Elmhurst, Illinois, has brought that city's skunk issue to a head. We conclude today with two stories about a wolf biologist who was killed in an air crash in Alaska.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey Introduces Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act of 2009

Coyotes don’t mean any harm

Man shoots dog he thought was a coyote - Update

US seeks tougher protections for polar bear

DOW attacks bear problem

Rabies advisory issued for Monroe after infected raccoon found

Car/deer accidents decline here

Possible Mountain Lion Sightings In Local State Park

Mountain lion problem isn't going away

Lost Colorado boy likely killed by animal

Man cited after shooting skunk

Denali Wolf Biologist Dies in Plane Crash

Haber Devoted His Life to Studying and Saving Alaska's Wolves

Thursday, October 15, 2009


In the news today, South Dakota researchers have determined that the bulk of the young cougars in the Black Hills are immigrants from other areas; followed by a letter to the editor of a Colorado newspaper that asks why officials had not informed local residents that a cougar has been preying on pets in the area; and a flurry of letters to a Pennsylvania newspaper have people wondering whether there is a cougar haunting the Poconos. Camilla Fox, of Project Coyote, among others, spoke out against Maine's coyote and fox trapping program, pointing out that it endangered the Lynx population; even as experts debate the coyote situation in parts of Minnesota. Residents of Lake Tahoe's Incline Village are petitioning officials to do something about the coyote population; and pet owners in a Connecticut community fear that coyote activity is contributing to an uptick in missing pets in the area. An Ohio State trooper shot and killed a coyote suspected of killing multiple pets; but police in a Michigan community have been thwarted in their efforts to catch a local coyote. A coyote expert is being brought in by Massachusetts community to discuss coexisting with the eastern variant of this canine; while hunters have taken over 50 of the 220 wolves allocated for this year's hunting season in Idaho. A bear was struck and killed by a motorist in California's San Bernardino National Forest; and Colorado wildlife officials provided some useful tips to prevent bears from breaking in to cars (or homes) while looking for food. Wildlife officials in Oregon were able to transport a young black bear back to the wild after it appeared on a gradeschool campus; but Utah Division of Wildlife is advising residents and visitors alike that black bears pose little threat. New Jersey is caught in a dilemma as both conservation and hunting groups protest the fact that that state has still not invoked a bear management policy, despite a 2004 Supreme Court ruling requiring one. A red-tailed hawk died after being severely shocked on power lines in Idaho. A letter to the editor of a New Mexico newspaper complains about the ineffectiveness of local animal control in removing skunks. With 60,000 to 70,000 auto accidents related to collisions with deer and moose, New York State is cautioning motorists about the danger this time of year; while the pros and cons of urban deer hunting are debated in an article from Kansas City, Kansas. A wildlife sanctuary in Mozambique was severely damaged by wildfires. And finally, a firefighter in New South Wales performing controlled burns outside of Sydney got a shock when a pygmy possum stuck its head out of his shirt pocket during lunch!

Researcher: Hills' dominant cougars mostly immigrants

Mountain Lion around Deerfield Park

Pocono readers 'swear' they've seen elusive mountain lion

Groups Seek Halt to Trapping Season to Protect Lynx

Coyote problem? It’s hard to say

Incline Village residents organize coyote petition

Coyote activity is increasing in Weston

Trooper Shoots Coyote In Interstate Median

‘Uncatchable’ coyote thwarts police

Coyote expert to speak on rise in sightings

51 wolves killed so far in Idaho

Bear hit, killed by car

PHOTO: Bear Breaks Into Car...Are You Bear-Proof?

Bear at school captured, released

The bear truth: Utah's black bears pose little danger to humans

Conservation, hunting groups sue N.J. for failing to adopt bear management policy

Death of a red-tailed hawk

Aztec's animal control needs to remove threats

State officials caution drivers to watch out for moose and deer

Pro-Con | Should hunting be used to control deer overpopulation in communities nationwide?

Mozambique: Bush Fires Strike Gorongosa Sanctuary

Possum's safe haven a surprise for firefighter

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center in Oregon has rehabilitated hundreds of animals from dozens of species so far this year, as chronicled in our first wildlife article today; followed by a National Geographic article that discusses the world as it was at the time of a gigantic South American snake. A cautionary tale about approaching wildlife comes to us from Colorado, where a woman tried to pet a mule deer, only to be gored by the animal; while a 10-point buck was photographed swimming across the Savannah River between Georgia and South Carolina. Deer hunters will donate the venison from deer culled at Shawnee Mission Park in Kansas; but a deer hunter from Maine was in trouble with the law for improper disposal of a carcass. An article gives some background material on why driving in Minnesota this time of year, when deer are rutting, is dangerous between dusk and dawn; and a deer hunter from Ohio unexpectedly captured a cougar on a wildlife camera. A cougar in North Dakota was thoroughly focused on dragging away its kill near a highway, ignoring passing traffic; while another was reported in a neighborhood in British Columbia, Canada; and the debate over cougars in New Hampshire is once again examined in the next article. The Baltic state of Estonia, which reported over 800 cases of rabies in 2003, has declared victory over the disease nationwide; but a man in Georgia who was talking on his cell phone had an unexpected interruption from a raccoon that bit him on the leg (no word yet on whether it was rabid). The next story underscores the fact that it's hard to deter determined dumpster-diving bears in Colorado; and black bears at Yosemite national Park give two paws up for those 'Meals on Wheels' in the form of SUVs stocked with food! A black bear is also causing headaches for residents of a Florida neighborhood. A pair of captive red wolves will be the centerpiece of a presentation in Kentucky on why not to hate the canines; while a naturalist from England who has lived with wolves discusses his experiences in a new book. A resident of a Central California community asks plaintively whether officials will do anything about a coyote they accuse of having killed two of their cats; while residents of Minnesota are openly discussing a coyote hunt. Northern Kentucky University has an unwanted new striped mascot, lots of 'em! A bald eagle which was tagged, then released in Tennessee has been spotted in Pennsylvania. And finally, the exploits of a shoplifting seagull from New Jersey concludes our wildlife news today!

Catch and release

World's Biggest Snake Lived in 1st "Modern" Rain Forest

Mule deer gores woman near Florissant

Deer takes swim in Savannah River

Johnson County will donate meat to Harvesters as deer are culled from park

Kittery hunter warned for improper disposal of deer in York

DNR: Watch for deer after sundown

Cougar caught on camera near Salt Fork

Mountain lion observed dragging a deer carcass

Cougar sighting in Gordon Head on Monday

Truth about mountain lions as elusive as lions in NH

Estonian authorities have conquered rabies

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Raccoon attacks local man

Bailey's giant hot-dog stand battles Dumpster-diving bears

Black bears rate minivans as top dining vehicle

Bear Is Bothering Neighbors in Buckingham

Wolves are center of attention at Land Between the Lakes

Book Talk: Britain's Wolfman hopes to give wolves a voice

Letters: Coyote threatens Monte Sereno neighborhood

Coyote complaints start discussion at YM County Board meeting

Skunk country

Eaglet Released by Dollywood's American Eagle Foundation Spotted in Pennsylvania near Lake Erie

Point Pleasant Beach gull- update

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


A skunk in Oklahoma required a "skunk whisperer" to help it out of a tight situation when its head became stuck in a peanut butter jar, in our first wildlife story today. An elderly hunter was mauled by a bear in Tahoe National Forest; and a teenage girl riding a trail bike was mauled by a grizzly outside of Anchorage, Alaska. With a record population of black bears in the state, North Carolina is reporting more incidents of bears seeking food in residential areas. A writer from Ontario, Canada, blames an abundance of raccoons for a lack of grouse this hunting season; while Tennessee is scattering rabies vaccine baits along their borders in hopes of reducing rabid raccoons in the area; something which it sounds like they need to do in parts of New Jersey and Virginia, as the next two articles show. Another cougar has been taken in North Dakota's badlands, bringing the tally to three so far during this hunting season; but a trail runner in Utah came face to face with a young cougar that was very much alive on Saturday. Objections to a new deer management plan in Wisconsin are coming from, of all people, hunters themselves; while the next story from Ohio underscores the importance of not getting between two bucks during rutting season! New Jersey, Minnesota, Ohio, and North Dakota join the chorus of states advising motorists to beware of deer in the road, as the next four articles show; even as Ontario, Canada, tallies up the number of accidents with deer in that province. A female coyote caught in a humane trap in Ontario was euthanized and local residents who fed the animal were criticized by provincial authorities. A dog that was out for a little exercise with her master on a trail in Utah nearly became dinner for a coyote; and pet owners in Cincinnati, Ohio, are pensive about disappearing pets in their neighborhoods, something attributed to coyotes in the area. Now that the state of Montana has taken in nearly $250,000 in wolf hunt licensing fees, several groups have suggestions on how to spend the windfall; but Washington state is allowing public comment on trans-locating wolves within the state; while Montana's first attempt at a wolf-hunting season has shown how delicate a balance they need to strike if they proceed with this policy. And finally, just when you thought you understood spiders, along comes a member of the family who is a vegetarian!

The Stuck Skunk

Brown bear mauls hunter in Tahoe National Forest

Bear attacks teen bike racer

More NC bears leave woods to find food

Thank racoons for gross grouse season

Rabies Abatement Program Targets Rabid Raccoons

Rabid raccoon in Galloway is county’s seventh case

Rabid Raccoon Killed In Near West End

Third Mountain Lion Killed in Western ND

Trail runner comes eye to eye with cougar above Bountiful

Objections surface to new deer management plan

Ohio boy, 7, hit by deer while playing football

Deer feeling frisky – and causing problems on N.J. roads

Beware of deer on the road

2 Area Counties Lead In Deer-Vehicle Crashes

Drivers urged to keep an eye out for deer

Sharpshooters latest tactic in desperate bid to prevent deer-car collisions

Province condemned Beach Strip coyote

Woman saves dog from hungry coyote

Pets Disappear As Coyotes Roam Neighborhood

Ravalli hunters want state to spend license funds to study wolves

State wants to talk about wolves

Wolf quota eyed after 9 shot near Yellowstone

"Surreal" Vegetarian Spider Found -- A First

Monday, October 12, 2009


In our first wildlife article today, residents of Washington state are once again considering introducing wolves into the Olympic Peninsula; followed by a video segment that examines the plight of the Mexican wolves: caught between environmentalists trying to reestablish their population in the American Southwest, and ranchers who want them dead. A New York state resident managed to catch a coyote on film as it walked through his backyard; and a commentary from North Carolina points out that coyotes are now present in every county in that state. The investigation into a reported sighting of a cougar in Alabama is chronicled in the next article; while the plight of the Amur leopard in Russia's Far East, whose habitat is being destroyed by, among other things, forest fires, is examined. North Carolina's growing black bear population is becoming a growing problem, as a farmer reported that one mauled a llama on his property; but even though polar bear populations may be shrinking, polar bear tourism in Alaska is booming! The Binghamton Zoo, in New York state, has suffered the loss of a spectacled bear and a wallaby in the course of two days; while wildlife officials reported that a black bear that entered a trailer outside of Juneau, Alaska, was killed. Homeowners at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida may have to get some bear-proof trash bins due to frequent incursions by their furry neighbors; while homeowners elsewhere in that state found a black bear in their garage Sunday night. The contentious issue of poisoning possums in New Zealand has now transitioned to the political arena. A bald eagle that had been rescued as a fledgling was released into the wilds of Lake Tahoe, California, this weekend, and was quickly joined by two others in flight, something that is rarely seen at such events. A wildlife rehabilitator from Illinois discusses "Seattle", her red-tailed hawk that was rescued as a chick in Washington state from a bald eagle; but a very old bird may have been too heavy to fly, scientists now believe. Zoo and animal preserve workers are relocating over 100 deer in India to comply with population restriction; and having provided over 2 million meals to needy families, Illinois' deer hunting program is examined in the next article. A driver in Florida attempting to avoid hitting a deer in the road crashed his pickup truck, injuring three people; while a deer-motorcycle collision in Ohio left two people injured over the weekend. A deer decided to join restaurant patrons in Michigan for lunch; and a doe made an unexpected visit to a boutique elsewhere in that state Saturday. And finally, a forested area in England should probably put up a sign that reads: 'Never mind the dogs, beware of deer'!

Peninsula Poll Backgrounder: Are Wolves at the Peninsula's Door?

Assignment Earth: Mexican wolves

East Syracuse man photographs coyote in backyard

Newcomer: Get used to coyotes, because they're not leaving.

Morgan City cougars?

Land of Leopard in Flames

Bear mauls llama at Riceville Road farm

Polar bear tourism booms on Alaska's North Slope

Bear Dies at the Binghamton Zoo

Black bear killed in Juneau mobile home park

Residents at Fla. Air Force Base Clash With Growing Black Bear Population

Bear invades home in Buckingham

Politicians join fight against 1080

Rescued Bald Eagle Returned to the Wild

ILLINOIS SPOTLIGHT: Woman gives rescued hawk home

Archaeopteryx may have been more dinosaur than bird

Deer, neelgai being relocated from Seminary Hills to Bor

Deer Hunters Can Help the Hungry Through Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger Program

Three seriously injured in crash with deer

2 injured when deer, motorcycle collide

Deer Interrupts Lunch

Doe is a door-buster at Michigan women's boutique

Deer with 'attitude' savages dogs

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Researchers from UC Santa Cruz began their lion hunt yesterday in hopes of putting radio collars on cougars in the vicinity, our first wildlife story today; followed by a story about how wildlife biologists in several Washington state counties are still evaluating the impact of using cougar hunting dogs. Five orphaned cougar cubs will be distributed to two wildlife organizations in Minnesota to be raised in captivity. An upstate New York couple is grieving the loss of their cat, presumed to have been carried off by a coyote; while officials in a county in Virginia are debating the virtues of a coyote bounty program that has been in place since 2005. A deer cull in Michigan is proceeding without any fanfare; but in a case where lots of negatives are positive, deer that have been tested for Chronic Wasting Disease in Kent County, Michigan, have all proven to be free of the disease. The manager at a tire dealership in Delaware felt fortunate that the doors were closed when a deer decided to barge in; but a self-employed welder in Indiana has been charged with 17 counts of "thrill-killing" deer. An article from North Carolina offers some additional tips on avoiding deer-auto collisions this time of year; while Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation is advising motorists in that state about the danger posed by deer in the road. A letter to the editor of a Delaware paper comments on an abundance of skunks in their neighborhood. In Ontario, Canada, homeowner was crushed about having to euthanize his five dogs after they mixed it up with a rabid skunk; while Greenbrier County, West Virginia, has reported their 30th rabid raccoon so far this year; and another rabid raccoon has been found in a New Jersey community, the second in the past few weeks. Despite the outcry against two people accused of maliciously running down raccoons in a Half Moon Bay, California, parking lot, not everyone looks upon their act as infamous. A man had to be hospitalized after being attacked by a bear in Wyoming; but faced with a $5,000 fine and a six-month stint in jail, a wildlife photographer is fighting a bear-baiting charge in Alaska. In another head-scratcher, attorneys are arguing that the decision to put grizzly bears back on the Endangered Species Act list may actually harm their population near Yellowstone National Park; while a Kodiak bear living in a wildlife sanctuary in Florida is quite taken with his new swimming pool, donated by contractors who felt sorry for their ursine neighbor. And finally, here's a new app for the iPhone: bear repellent!

Santa Cruz Researchers Focus On Mountain Lion Whereabouts

Cougar hunting closed in some counties during deer season

Orphaned cougar cubs find refuge in Minn.

An Irondequoit couple says their beloved cat was killed recently by a coyote

County debates controversial coyote bounty program

A quiet 'cull': City again killing its deer

Kent County deer testing all clear so far

Deer nearly treads into Salisbury tire business

Wabash man faces multiple charges in deer killings

Detouring Deer

Danger alert: It’s deer crash season

Growing skunk population taking over the neighborhood

Owner upset at having to put dogs down after skunk attack

Another Rabid Raccoon Found in Greenbrier County

Second rabid animal found in Woodbridge

Safeway Raccoon Suspect a Local Hero?

Man attacked by bear near Cooke City

Alaska photographer charged with bear-baiting

Feds: Bears in more danger on threatened list

Contractors pitch in to give bear new pool

A bear ate my iPhone!
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