Saturday, February 28, 2009


Researchers plan to equip golden eagles with trackers in order to better discern their migratory patterns over the next 3 years; while wildlife officers in Wisconsin were alerted to an eagle carcass that appeared to have been mutilated. Residents of an Ontario, Canada, town are debating what to do about increasingly brazen Coyotes in their neighborhoods. A flurry of cougar appearances around Santa Paula, California, has given authorities a chance to try out their Reverse-911 system; a cougar with a taste for horseflesh has struck again in San Bernardino County, California. And finally, a 19 lb cat named 'Moose' had the scare of his life when a cougar came calling (the cat stayed under a bed all day afterwards!)

Enigma of the golden eagle

Dead eagle found in Viroqua with talons missing

Coyotes' future fuzzy

Reverse 911 gets workout with mountain lion sightings

Second reported mountain lion attack of horse in Inland area this week

Outdoors: Hungry mountains lions are after your cats

Friday, February 27, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, a couple of stories that are for the birds: a birdwatcher provides details on the 50-yard-dash champion of the bird world; and a commentator voices a supportive opinion of vultures in their removal of animal carcasses. Debate is ratcheting up in communities near Yellowstone National Park as wolves begin to broaden their territory; while a golf course in Idaho came up with an innovative way to keep Canadian geese away. Peace officers in Iowa have decided to take a wait-and-see attitude with a female coyote who seems more interested in love than war; but people in a Massachusetts neighborhood are counseling reexamination of current rules and regs regarding wildlife. Residents of a town near San Diego report increased numbers of coyote attacks on pets; while the next article provides more details on the Denver Parks and Recreation Department's plans to spook coyotes. A Georgia Wildlife Biologist shares his thoughts on skunks and raccoons in that region; but while many people have cats as pets, there aren't many who want the type this lady is interested in! And finally, curiosity nearly killed the Octopus, as one flexed its muscles with a result of Biblical proportions (think the Great Flood) at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium!

Bird sighting: Spot the dashing Cooper's hawk

Dead to rights: In defense of buzzards

Wolf strays from Yellowstone to Eagle County

Fake coyotes keep away geese at Warm Springs Golf Course in Boise

Police eye coyote roaming near Cedar Falls school

Raynham Massachusetts coyote hazard calls for new strategy in conservation law

Coyote Ugly: Man Sees More Attacks In Alpine

Crews In Denver Try To Scare Coyotes Away

Kammermeyer: It's breeding season

Woman seeks permit to keep mountain lion

Octopus opens valve, floods Santa Monica aquarium

Thursday, February 26, 2009


A woman in Southern California is gunning for a cougar that has clawed her horse; but wildlife biologists are excited about the capture and release (with a tracking collar) of a jaguar by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. A tiny dog made the mistake of taking on a coyote that happened into her play area, with deadly consequences; while wildlife officials provide some advice to residents of Denver; and a coyote tip line has been setup by city officials there. Concerned citizens in Central California are writing letters to a local paper about coyote incursions in the next article; followed by one from Florida about a coyote that made lunch out of a cat. A 3-4 foot tall black bear was spotted in a Louisiana parish by animal control officers; while the next article provides an interesting look into the world of polar bears. Rabies struck a pair of raccoons collected by animal control officers in North Carolina; and a stealthy raccoon has been collared at the White House and moved to an undisclosed location. In a case of 'beauty and the beast', a rare golden possum was spared by the hunter who snared her due to her beauty. A pair of stories about the dangers wildlife pose to joggers concludes the News Of The Day today - it's a jungle out there!

Cherry Valley woman granted permit to kill mountain lion who attacked horse

JAGUAR PICTURE: First Caught in U.S.

Coyote blamed for fatal attack on dog

Denver officials: Scare, don't kill, coyotes

Report coyote incidents online

Gary Bogue: There's a coyote hanging around and I fear for the cats

Coyote on the prowl in Belleair

Louisiana black bear moving through St. Tammany Parish

Canada has two-thirds of the world's polar bears and they are at risk in the face of rapidly melting Arctic sea ice

Two rabid raccoons found in New Hanover County

Raccoon Captured at the White House

Golden opportunity for Honey

Two joggers exposed to rabid raccoon

Jogger struck by red tail hawk

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


First up today, a story submitted on behalf of Emily Loose of The Wild Foundation about the endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtles who live off the coast of India; followed by a story about several groups in Australia that have been actively rescuing hundreds of horses that were affected by the bushfires there. Two eagle stories today: fearing collisions between aircraft and eagles, Maryland authorities removed a nest near an airport; and there is a bit of a mystery in Florida, where someone unlawfully cleared land right up to an eagle's nest, but the developer can't be found! Northern Illinois communities are having some unwanted four-legged visitors; while the Missouri Highway Patrol reported that a man on a motorcycle collided with a coyote (no report on the condition of the coyote). Letters to the editor in Toronto, Canada, about recent coyote attacks there are featured in the next article; followed by three articles about the coyote debate raging in Colorado. A sizeable number of bears, some ranging up to over 600 lbs, were taken in Pennsylvania in 2008. There was a cougar reported in Napa County, California, yesterday; but in a case of mistaken identity, the cougar shot in Santa Paula last week was actually only a six-week-old cub. Residents of rural Kansas, used to watching deer transit their property, had an usual guest pass by; while in two separate incidents, cougars in the neighborhood forced lockdowns at schools. A rash of skunks with rabies has appeared in Cochise County, Arizona, over the past few weeks; but a happy ending for a Pennsylvania library that finally reopened two weeks after a stinky episode closed its doors. And finally, a story about a cougar who probably thought he had hit the jackpot when he discovered three emus in Central California, but who (along with authorities) failed to factor in a landspeed of over 30 mph for the flightless birds!

Endangered Olive Ridley Turtles

Australia Bushfires: Groups See to Horse Health, Care

Bald eagle egg lost with dismantling of nest

Developer almost forces eagles out of home

Coyotes reported near Wheaton homes

Golden City man injured in cycle-coyote collision, patrol reports

What to do about coyote attacks

Denver Rolls Out Coyote Management Plan

Broomfield man reports coyote bite

City-hired coyote hunter, wildlife activist swap charges

Pennsylvania hunters bagged 3,458 bears in 2008

Possible mountain lion sighting

Mountain lion shot by police was 15-pound cub

Mountain Lion Spotted in Platte County?

Report cougar sightings near school cancels recess

Coyote forces Cedar Falls students inside

Rabid skunks found in Cochise county

Library Reopens After Skunk Smell Disappears

Big bird flees from mountain lion; leads authorities on chase for emu on the loose

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


In wildlife news today, a University of Nebraska facility provides useful advice for people dealing with wildlife incursions; while a Florida animal rescue shelter is feeling the pinch of a contracting economy. The bad economy is also a concern for wildlife officials around Cape Cod, after the state eliminated the $150,000 raccoon rabies vaccine program funding. A report from Arkansas about the occurrence of rabies in that state last year is next up; followed by one from Louisiana, where evidence points to a hawk strike that may have caused a helicopter to crash. After reporting the 8th cougar kill of the season, North Dakota wildlife officials concluded the hunting season in the western part of the state; and cougar hunting in north-central Montana has been concluded, as well. A possible cougar sighting threw Terra Haute, Indiana, officials into action; and Toronto officials swung into action when a resident's pet was attacked by coyotes. A woman and her dog were attacked by a trio of coyotes in Denver, Colorado; and the first coyote has been killed in Greenwood, Colorado, following the City Council's approval to hunt them.

Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management Provides Solutions

Animals, Expenses Squeeze Rescue Founder

Budget nips Cape raccoon rabies vaccine

Rabid skunk reported in Amity

Doomed helicopter may have struck hawk before Morgan City crash that killed 8

Mountain Lion Season Closed in Western ND

Mountain lion hunt closed

Officials take precautions following reported cougar sighting near Meadows Elementary

Coyote attacks prompt city to take action

3 Coyotes Surround, Attack Denver Woman

Greenwood Village makes first coyote kill

Monday, February 23, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, a happy ending to a tense situation occurred as a flightless red-tail hawk was successfully recovered after a harrowing experience over the weekend. And while we're on the topic of birds, two stories of eagles appeared today: a debate is stirring in Illinois over the actual bald eagle population; and US Fish and Wildlife officials have decided to evict a nesting pair of bald eagles who took up residence near an airport. An investigation of falling quail populations in Texas is discussed, with the work being done by Quail Unlimited highlighted, while a story from the Denver Post about hunters' experiences trailing cougars in Colorado follows. An article details the most effective way to remove the smell from an animal nailed by a skunk, and a skunk in Kentucky was found to have rabies, the eleventh reported case in that state so far this year. An Op-Ed piece from the head of a hunting organization in Maine lambasts officials for failing to provide coyote-hunting licenses, while an Op-Ed piece from Michigan dismisses the practice of 'thinning' wildlife in the next article, and an Op-Ed piece from Wyoming decries the practice of hunting coyotes. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigated the reported kill of a calf by coyotes. An article from Colorado discusses the love-hate relationship one observer has with coyotes in that state, but a coyote caused a bit of a stir in Iowa when it was spotted on the grounds of an elementary school. Following the death of a chihuahua in Toronto, Canada, residents are divided over whether to trap and kill the coyote, and in a letter to the editor about the coyote attack story, a reader voices support for the non-lethal approach to the situation. The Executive Director for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discusses the controversial decision to release an injured bear back into the wild without treatment, and an elusive black bear was spotted in Maryland again. And finally, volunteers in the US are knitting stockings for moon bears in China rescued from the brutal bile farms legally operated there.

Tosh the red-tailed hawk found safe and sound

Eagles down in Illinois?

Bald eagle pair to be removed from Essex airport nest

Q&A with Dale Rollins: It's all for the birds

Hunt for mountain lion worth chase

Natural Ways to Treat a Dog that has been Skunked

Rabid Skunk Found In Woodford County

Coyote ugly

Some solutions to coyote 'problem' overkill

Killing coyotes is no solution

Fish and Wildlife doubts coyote is calf-killer

Coyotes thrive thanks to help from humans

Coyote sighted at C.F. school; students kept inside

Toronto dog owners defend coyote after dog killed

Refreshing view on coyote attack

Florida wildlife officials did what was best for injured bear

Black bear sighted again on Eastern Shore

Moon bears given mittens, helping hand

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Residents of a Maryland neighborhood discovered an unexpected four-legged visitor in the vicinity, while an article from the San Francisco Chronicle details approaches to dealing with raccoons in the garden. A large cougar, estimated at 200 lbs, was sunning itself in a local park when spotted by a Glendale Police Department helicopter, but a dangerous situation could have developed when cougars young and old were spotted by a jogger in Central California near a deer kill. Aurora, Colorado, is trying to educate the public on coyotes, rather than hunting them down, and a sheriff in Kansas is exploring ways to humanely reduce the coyote population. The search is on by San Jose police after a rescued hawk and owl were released from an aviary, and Florida eagle watchers are reporting activity at two dozen nests in Pinellas County, with eaglets apparent in several of them, while parrots on New Zealand's South Island are having problems, apparently due to possum predation. We conclude today with a quartet of skunk stories: Texas authorities discovered a rabid skunk near Amarillo, the state's first incident this year; motorists in Texas are warned to watch the road, otherwise they may end up with a stinky road kill; wildlife officials in Michigan are advising people to watch where they step as skunk mating season has a tendency to leave behind smelly deposits when female skunks make their rejection of a suitor odorous; and libraries are known for musty-smelling books, but one in Pennsylvania has a bit more 'atmosphere' than usual!

Black bear spotted again on Md.'s Eastern Shore

Creature discomforts for pest

Mountain lion spotted in local park

Mountain lions sighted in Lafayette

Knowledge to be city's weapon in addressing coyote issues

Sheriff seeks solution to coyote problem

Hawk Missing After Break-In at Alum Rock Park

Eagle Nests Showing Seasonal Signs Of Life

Possums take toll on kea at Nelson Lakes

First Rabies Case of the Year Confirmed

BEWARE: Annual skunk mating season approaches

Stinky situation

Pennsylvania Library Plagued by Elusive Skunk Still Closed After 10 Days of Stink

Friday, February 20, 2009


In wildlife news today, Moorpark, California, residents are reminded of increasingly frequent encounters between coyotes and people walking their dogs, and work on a turnpike has apparently driven coyotes into a Texas town, upsetting homeowners there. Residents of southern Fort Worth, Texas, are concerned about coyotes spotted in a municipal park near a preschool, while wildlife authorities in Florida are following up on a report that a calf was killed by one or more coyotes. A new report provides a look into the travels of a coyote in New York State fitted with a radio tracking collar, but conservationists are up in arms about Idaho residents shooting at coyotes. Not everyone is annoyed with coyotes, however, as a resident of upstate New York waxes rhapsodic about coyotes as neighbors. Eagles in rural Kansas are being treated at a rehab center, some after getting caught in baited wildlife traps set by farmers to catch coyotes, and an Ohio town reports that a nesting pair of bald eagles has returned yet again. Some folks who live in Hayward, California, spotted a cougar in the vicinity around the time nine goats were killed, but residents of Ashland, Oregon, asked local wildlife authorities to put new policies in place to avoid any more cougar killings. A battle royal is brewing between conservationists and ranchers over the estimated 1 million wild animals killed each year as sanctioned by the USDA, but Texans fed up with over 2 million feral hogs causing an estimated $52 million in damage to crops each year are pondering the wisdom of making it open season on the tusked interlopers. To finish today's report, two amusing stories: an arresting sight in a Florida courthouse has been a rash of mouse sightings (including a few hitchhikers ending up in women's purses), and it's a case of Hippo Heaven as a hippo in South Africa makes a settling pool at a sewage plant its new home.

Coyotes may be getting more aggressive

Construction drives coyotes into Rowlett

Coyotes Spotted Near Fort Worth Preschool & Park

Coyote kills calf

Coyote on the Move Makes Tracks — in Great Detail

Idaho wildlife advocates protest coyote hunt

Coyotes made themselves right at home in New York

More eagles, more accidental injuries

Bald eagles back at Cuyahoga Valley park for third season

Mountain Lion Feared Responsible For Killing Goats

Cougar shooting in Ashland stirs debate

Call for end to USDA's wildlife killing agency

Texas may let hunters shoot pigs from choppers

Mice overrun Fla. courthouse, fall from ceiling

South African hippo happy at home in sewage plant

Thursday, February 19, 2009


In a week where cougar spottings have been in the news, here's one from Palo Alto, California, where college students reported the sighting of a cougar on campus, followed by another about cougar tracks and sightings that have prompted wildlife officials to issue warnings to residents of an Oregon community. A nesting pair of bald eagles mentioned a few days ago is adding to their family in Norfolk, Virginia, it seems and can be viewed on a local TV station's Eagle Cam. Nature's excavator (the woodchuck) is highlighted in the next article, followed by two stories about coyotes: several pets were attacked yesterday by a suspected coyote in a Colorado suburb; and coyote hunters in Pennsylvania are taking to the woods tonight to 'thin' the population (nearly 200 were killed last year). Canadians have been warned about the polar bear mentioned in yesterday's NOTD, after the animal was wounded in the encounter, while a pair of Rottweiler's are being hailed as heroes after saving a little girl in Virginia from a rabid raccoon, and warnings were issued in Copenhagen, Denmark, about an invasive Asian species called a raccoon dog that carries rabies and has the same dangerous brain parasite in the feces that American raccoons can carry. A veterinary response task force has been setup in Australia to help care for animals injured in the bushfires, and the Australian RSPCA has received substantial donations with which to assist wildlife affected by the recent bushfires. Finally, a story about amorous skunks that are on the move in Missouri, filling the air with a dis-stink-tive odor!

Mountain lion spotted at Canada College

Cougar sightings prompt response from officials

Local bald eagles now have third egg

Column: Ma Nature's habitat for mammalians program

Dog, peacock killed in Broomfield, possible coyote attack

Coyote hunt begins tonight

N.L. issues warning after wounded polar bear spotted on Labrador's east coast

Dogs Protect Little Girl From Rabid Animal

Rabid raccoon dog risk

Group coordinates help for animals injured in fires

RSPCA gets $1.7m for bushfire animals

The Not-So-Sweet Smell Of Spring By Jeff Berti

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


We lead off wildlife news today with a trio of cougar stories: A California woman recounts her harrowing experience with a pair of cougars that attacked her as she was walking her dog; Santa Paula, California, police felt compelled to shoot a 35-40 lb cougar found in the backyard of a home Tuesday; and a rash of false alarms about cougars in Minnesota has the population needlessly on edge, according to the next article. Moving to coyote stories next, an injured coyote was attended to by wildlife authorities in Georgia, but residents of an upscale housing development outside Atlanta are worried about coyote incursions. With the increase in sightings in urban and suburban environs, coyote educational meetings are being held in Texas, Colorado, and Massachusetts, as the next three articles show. Eagles are in the news next, leading off with an article about a pair of nesting eagles under close scrutiny from a webcam operated by CalTrans in Redding, California, followed by one about West Virginia wildlife officers capturing a golden eagle and, after installing a tracking device, releasing it back into the wild, and a third about how Audubon naturalists are excited over bald eagle activity in Rhode Island. A Labrador, Canada, resident had a bit of trouble with a polar bear that chased a dog under his front porch, and possums in Australia are having difficulties in two quarters: a disfiguring skin disease and feral felines. More info from Australia about the bushfire impact on wildlife in the region in the next story. And finally, there was a big stink in Big Blue's Minnesota office complex when an errant skunk entered through the loading dock

Santa Rosa Woman Fights Off Mountain Lion Attack

Mountain lion killed in Santa Paula after days of sightings

Is Minnesota becoming cougar country?

Wandering coyote evicted from Pure station

Coyote Attack On Dog Alarms Residents

Urban wildlife management conference set for March 4 in Dallas

Second coyote meeting set for Saturday

Learn more about coyotes in the city

Redding Caltrans camera captures eagles nesting

Golden Eagles Return to Raleigh County

Bald eagles soaring again in Southern New England

Shovel, shots end close encounter with polar bear

Fleshing-eating disease is killing possums

Curiosity kills the cat - but saves the possum

Wildlife the silent victims of deadly fires

Skunk sneaks into IBM

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Leading off wildlife news today, a new rabies test provides a result in 30 minutes instead of waiting about two weeks, as is the case with previous tests. A coyote problem is being highlighted by a business committee in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a greyhound is lucky to be alive after a near-fatal encounter with coyotes in Massachusetts. Oklahoma has approved a bill that would allow hunters to pursue black bears after a population explosion there, while an errant raccoon proved to be a traffic hazard in Indiana. In California, a number of mountain lions have been spotted near Santa Paula, and a pair of juvenile cougars raced through back yards in Santa Rosa, California, alarming residents. The next article provides some details on the eagle population around Powder River Basin in Wyoming, while people at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Virginia are waiting expectantly for some new additions to their eagle population. A woman's dog saved her from a fire at home, but when she feared he had died in the fire, firefighters pulled off a rescue of the rescuer. And finally, don't mess with this lamb, it packs a punch!

Animals & Money: New $50 instant rabies test could be a breakthrough

Business Tired Of Coyote Problem Plans To Take Exhibit To City Council

Saving Charro from coyotes

OK House passes bear hunting bill

Driver: Raccoon causes rollover crash

Residents Warned To Steer Clear Of Big Cats In Ventura County

Two young mountain lions spotted in Santa Rosa neighborhood

Eagle count remains high around Gillette

Va bald eagle pair await hatching of 2 eggs

Dog Saves Woman, Firefighters Save Dog

Lamb 'head-butted golden eagle'

Monday, February 16, 2009


Another article about the coyote problem outside of Los Angeles leads off the wildlife news today, while animal advocates are up in arms about Nevada's 'solution' to the declining deer population: kill more cougars. Enthusiastic bird watchers flocked to Tulelake, California, for the largest gathering of bald eagles in the US, but a number of eagles feasted on an unburied horse (that had been put down by the owner) in Washington state with dire consequences. Residents of a Florida community are concerned that cutbacks in the Animal Control Department budget may have dire consequences for their pets and kids, while an article from Pennsylvania discusses the debate about coyote hunting that is estimated to kill nearly 30,000 per year. Farmers and cattlemen on Australia's Tasmania Island are debating the virtue of reducing the wildlfie population to save crops. And finally, check out this animal odd couple on YouTube.

Coyote attacks on the rise

Nev. plans more lion hunts in effort to save deer

Birders head to Siskiyou wetlands to see eagles

8 bald eagles that fed on carcass sick, dead

Cuts to Animal Services may undermine public safety

Organized coyote hunts provide public service but some hunters question the philosophy

Call to harvest native wildlife

Animal Odd Couple

Saturday, February 14, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, an animal-rights group is advocating against deadly force to handle Colorado's suburban coyote problems, and a series of letters to the editor about the coyote problem in Kansas City follows. A 9-year-old girl in South Carolina had a frightening run-in with a rabid coyote, but the next two articles (one from Ontario, Canada, the second from Ohio) wax philosophic on the place of coyotes in everyday life. An update from South Dakota on the mountain lion hunts being conducted in that region (does anyone check to see if a female cougar killed by hunters was caring for a litter?), and a story about Russian politicians and businessmen hunting bears in Siberia, hereagain showing little regard for the offspring who may be orphaned. A fox in Alabama was discovered to have rabies, the fourth animal in the area so diagnosed recently, and two cows on a Vermont farm contracted rabies from a raccoon, causing a bit of a public health scare there. An unexpected warning about the health hazard created by a brain parasite residing in raccoon droppings appears next. Two stories about rabid skunks appear follow: one from Georgia and another from Texas. And speaking of rabies, a compendium of wildlife rabies cases from Connecticut is provided in the next article. Thousands of raccoon baits have been dispersed in Florida, not to poison them, but to inoculate them against rabies. In a nice change for bushfire-hit Australia, the public outpouring of humanitarian aid for farm animals is overwhelming local police, and the firefighter who offered a drink to an injured Koala was given a 'Hero to Animals Award' by PETA. And finally, residents of Roseville, California, are having a bit of a stink over skunk mating season with advice on an effective (though embarrassing) skunk spray treatment - kids, don't try this at home!

Group questions deadly force to control coyotes

Suburban coyotes

Rabid coyote attacks girl waiting for school bus

Columnist says nature rules coyotes not people

Coyotes: Smart, adaptable survivors

14th female cougar is shot

Thousands of cubs left to starve as Russian elite kill mother bears

Fox was diagnosed with rabies; officials warn people to vaccinate pets

2 cows from Charlotte farm die of rabies

Raccoon droppings pose danger

Second rabies case of 2009 confirmed

Rabid Skunk Found in College Station

Easton raccoon tests positive for rabies

Rabies Vaccination Pellets Placed For Raccoons

Police need bushfire volunteers

Firefighter recognised for aiding koala

Skunks invade local homes

Friday, February 13, 2009


Scientists in Alberta, Canada are checking up on the mountain lion population there and their interaction with people living in the area, while horseback riders were offered a presentation about riding in Colorado's backcountry, along with cautions about encounters with wildlife, and another article out of Colorado discusses the current hot topic in that state: coyotes. Two stories out of Michigan today: a gated community in Detroit is becoming annoyed with a trio of coyotes roaming the neighborhood, and officers investigating a coyote complaint from a local business made a bizarre discovery in Kalamazoo. An emaciated young cougar that came to visit a mobile home in King City, California, slipped away before wildlife officers arrived, but another in Oregon that was suspected of killing livestock (including 13 sheep in one night) wasn't so lucky. In Ohio, a woman put her car in a ditch avoiding a coyote on the road, and residents of greater Los Angeles are very concerned about the coyote incursions that have claimed numerous pets.

Researcher studies cougars in rural areas

Horseback riding in bear and mountain lion country

Coyote consternation

Coyotes Terrorizing Detroit Community

Frozen coyote found outside Parchment dentist's office

Mountain Lion Found Under Porch In Monterey Co.

Cougar captured and euthanized in Sutherlin

Police: Woman swerved, flipped SUV to avoid hitting coyote

Ever-bolder coyotes scare residents into defense mode

Thursday, February 12, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, a breakthrough in tracking technology may unlock the secret lives of birds, everything from true airspeed to migratory patterns and much more heretofore hidden information. Two stories out of Colorado today, as the Colorado Division of Wildlife caught first a mountain lion kitten, then the mother, both of whom were later released into the wild with a tracking collar on the mother cat. Nervous residents called on Michigan wildlife authorities to check reports of coyotes in the neighborhood, and Madison, Wisconsin, residents are concerned about coyotes after a series of attacks on pets. Massachusetts natives are trying to get a coyote baiting ordinance that allows hunters to bait, then shoot coyotes revoked. Overseas, the death toll to wildlife in Australia's bushfire disaster is highlighted in an article from Canada, followed by one about how a veterinarian from Tasmania is assisting wildlife. And finally, just in time for Valentine's Day, a Koala in Australia and coyotes in Texas find love.

Migratory Songbird Mystery Solved

DOW captures cougar kitten in Boulder

Mother mountain lion captured, reunited with kitten

Coyotes spotted in Norton Shores

Madison Residents Concerned About Coyote Attacks

UPDATE: North Sagamore residents claim baiting of coyotes is a menace

Wildfire animal toll high

Tas vet offers help to wildlife caught in bushfires

Koala Sam finds love on Valentine's Day after bushfires

Fret Not, Those Coyotes 'Round White Rock Lake Are Merely Looking for Love

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


There are concerns in California that climate change may greatly reduce bird populations in California, according to a new study by the Audubon Society. A group called Predator Masters will be conducting hunts in Arizona, where there is no limit on number of coyotes killed by hunters. The Colorado Division of Wildlife is commencing data collection on coyote attacks in that state, something that hasn't been done in the past, in order to better ascertain the extent of the problem. A better understanding of osteoporosis may result from a study of bears that can hibernate for half of the year without developing the disease (humans would after that long a sleep). And finally, local police, who thought they had seen it all, found out just how wrong they were.

Global Warming May Wipe Out California Birds

Coyote hunters coming to local community

DOW plans to track coyote attacks

Hibernating bears yield bony secret

Clever dog uses snow bank to climb up on roof


First up in wildlife news today, two articles discuss a Denver suburb's plans to bring in a trapper to diminish their coyote population, while Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife advised police in Ashland to kill a cougar rather than tranquilizing it. An Op-Ed in Kansas City about trapping coyotes has stirred up some local responses from readers, but police and wildlife officials in Connecticut advised people to adapt to having coyotes around in the two following articles. In Ontario, Canada, aggressive behavior by coyotes has prompted city officials to implement some changes to combat the problem around a Children's Animal Farm, and in a state where there is apparently a substantial cougar population (causing more interactions with humans and pets), an Op-Ed piece from South Dakota discusses hunting procedures. Amid all the damage and human loss of life in the Australian bushfires, many forget that wildlife also suffers in conflagrations such as these, as told by the next article. The small black bear now known as Li'l Smoky was returned to the wild, and the Australians may have their own Smoky Bear, this one a Koala that survived the bushfires. And finally, Omaha, Nebraska, firefighters got more than they bargained for when they tried to tackle a 95-lb pit bull!

Denver suburb focused on solving the coyote problem

Should coyotes be in the cross-hairs?

ODFW says cougar shooting in Ashland was necessary

Euthanizing coyotes

Police urge caution after coyote attack

AVON: A Caution On Coyotes

City coyote-proofing

Our View: Don’t make lion hunting any easier

Neighbors Believe Mountain Lion Roams In Butler Co

Wildlife suffer in the Australian bushfires

Koala rescued from Australia's wildfire wasteland

Black bear injured in fire, Li’l Smokey, heads back into the wild

Attacking Pit Bull Bent Firefighter's Catch Pole


In wildlife news today, a 76-lb cougar was shot by police in Ashland, Oregon, due to concerns for public safety, and an Op-Ed piece from Arkansas discusses Acute Mountain Lion Denial Syndrome by fish and game officials there. In two cases of mistaken identity, wildlife officials in Minnesota and Nebraska are debating whether photos show domestic cats or cougars, as the next two articles tell. Wildlife authorities in Billings, Montana, nearly captured a cougar that was dangerously close to populated areas. Another article following a coyote attack in Colorado argues for co-existence between humans and coyotes, while residents in Milford, Connecticut, are mourning the loss of a family pet to a coyote attack, and a story out of Canada recounts a coyote attack on a family pet in the owner's back yard. And finally, everything old is new again, as scientists debate the virtue of resurrecting the Tasmanian Tiger, extinct since the early Twentieth Century.

Police kill cougar near downtown Ashland

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN : AGFC not lying, just avoiding furball over big cats

Wildlife experts weigh in on cougar sighting story

Game and Parks: Images not mountain lion

Lion Escapes Again

Education still key to living with coyotes

Dog dies in coyote attack

Coyote kills dog in backyard

Tiger resurrection row


First up in wildlife news today, a new study confirms that wolves with black coats received their coloring from parents that bred with dogs in the past, while Oregon residents are reporting an increase in cougar sightings as the population of big cats grows. Seneca Zoo, New York, is mourning the loss of a cougar that lived to a ripe old age (compared to wildland cousins), and in a gruesome story, a dozen Asian black bears were rescued from a bile farm in China (not an article for the faint of heart). An article from Central California highlights a reverse-911 system to alert residents of coyote incursions, something that could have been useful in a Pennsylvania township where a rabid coyote was on the loose. Two more stories on coyotes follow: the first from Ontario, Canada, discusses the concerns of people about coyote encroachments in their neighborhoods; the second from Colorado discusses plans to shoot and trap coyotes within city limits. And finally, the White House is being invaded by thieves! (okay, it's only raccoons)

The big black wolf is a legacy from dogs, study finds

Cougar encounters on the rise, hunters say

Seneca Zoo's Male Cougar Dies

Injured bears rescued from bile farms in China

Coyote sightings test alert system

South Whitehall Twp. Coyote That Bit Dogs Was Rabid, Tests Show

Coyotes getting too close for comfort

Greenwood Village approves plan to kill coyotes

A 'Raccoon Update' from the White House
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