Thursday, April 30, 2009


Today in wildlife news, a black bear caused quite a stir in a Central California community; and, as temperatures warm in Wyoming, wildlife officials warn residents about hungry bears emerging from their winter dens to forage. In the continuing saga of a Colorado Springs woman who was chased by a bear, the driver of the vehicle with whom the pregnant woman collided will not be charged with an infraction; while wildlife officials will meet in South Dakota to discuss balancing the cougar hunt in that state. A pair of dogs in a Pennsylvania community were quarantined after a raccoon that attacked them last week proved to be rabid; and a rabid raccoon has been discovered in an Alabama county. Reversing the Bush Administration's final jab at the Endangered Species Act, the Obama administration has reinstituted the directive that agencies must clear any changes in status of endangered species with federal wildlife officials first; but the political impact of the Endangered Species Act on Alaskan wildlife is examined in a New York Times article. Two stories that are a legacy of sprawling human developments: a helicopter medevac was required for motorists injured in a midnight encounter with a deer in Connecticut; and a deer was apparently killed by coyotes in the back yard of a Cleveland, Ohio, suburb. A pair of coyotes residing in a Canadian park in Sarnia, Ontario, will not be removed by wildlife authorities after a ruling determined that the best course of action was public education; and residents of Portland, Oregon, are instructed about dealing with coyote incursions into their area in the next article. Weather is being blamed for the failure of a pair of bald eagles to produce offspring this year at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. And finally, it's been know for a long time that birds are great at producing melodious notes, but a new study in Scientific American shows that some species have rhythm as well!

Bear spotted in Petaluma

Game and Fish warns about emerging bears

Driver who hit woman running from bear won't be charged

Mountain Lion Research Will Begin Next Phase

Raccoon attacks dogs in Tinicum

Rabid raccoon found in Houston County

Gov't revokes rule limiting species protections

The Politics of Species Protection in Alaska

Deer in road causes early morning accident; injures 2

Beachwood: Resident said coyotes attacked deer in her back yard

MNR won't remove coyotes

Coping with neighborhood coyotes

Cuyahoga Valley National Park bald eagle nest fails

Birds Bop To Beat

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


In wildlife news today, a cougar was apparently killed in a traffic collision in San Jose, California; and another warning went out to Paradise, California, residents following an apparent cougar attack on some penned goats. A mountain lion in Oregon may have gotten another reprieve, as a local zoo could take it in, sparing it from being euthanized; while a mountain lion was seen prowling the area near a school in Washington State. Wildlife officials in Anchorage, Alaska, have recommended closing a trail near a stream where salmon will begin running after a biker was mauled there last summer by a grizzly. You never know where a wildlife encounter may lead, as one woman who was pursued by a bear in Colorado found out - she ended up on the Today Show! A nuisance bear and her cubs were split up by Maine wildlife officials; and campers in Rocky Mountain National Park have been instructed to bear-proof their food caches, and reminded of an incident between a bear and campers in 2003 in which two men were mauled by a bear foraging for food in their camp. A Calgary, Canada, bus driver is a hero after saving a small dog from a pair of hungry coyotes; but authorities warned residents of Fort Richardson, Alaska, about a wolf attack on a dog this past weekend. Yesterday it was amorous skunks in Nebraska, today it's rabid skunks in that state; followed by an examination of the life of a tiny, but beneficial, form of wildlife. Concerns about Bovine Tuberculosis and ecosystem damage sparked debate about how best to control the possum population in New Zealand; while New Hampshire wildlife authorities comment on the possibility of predators in their state. Concerned about damage to the ecosystem, residents of Shawnee, Kansas, will be discussing the deer population in a local wildland park, currently at 200 deer per square mile. The Wildlife Center of Virginia had a tar-and-feathered bald eagle to rehabilitate, which will take to the skies again soon. And finally, we've all heard of flying squirrels, but flying Chihuahuas?

Large mountain lion struck, killed on Highway 85 in San Jose

Mountain Lion Warning Near North State Park

Zoo could be Corvallis cougar’s new home

Cougar spotted close to school

Anchorage to close trail where bear mauled biker

Bear chase leads to 'Today Show' appearance

Bears split up, get new chance

Park requires bear-proof canisters for campers

Calgary bus driver saves dog from coyote attack

Wolves stalk Fort Richardson recreation areas

Central Neb. skunk found to have rabies

Nurturing praying mantids in Deer Park

Possum posses mooted to keep numbers down

Experts remain dubious about existence of wolves, mountain lions in the wilds of the Granite State

Park board seeks input on deer problem

Rehabilitated eagle to be released

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a ... Flying Chihuahua?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, wildfires are raging across Nepal in the Himalayas, threatening a wildlife park that has 50% of the endangered bird species in that country within it's boundaries; while the reminisces of a Texas animal control officer (including the scary hunt for a cougar) are provided in the next item. Hoax or reality, is the question being asked by wildlife officials told of cougar sightings in Nova Scotia, Canada; but Paradise, California, turned out to be anything but for a pair of goats killed by what was believed to be a mountain lion. After analyzing data from several sources, South Dakota wildlife officials are content with the cougar population in the Black Hills; and a cougar accosted a woman walking her dog in Healdsburg, California. Cougars in Arizona are getting a 90-day reprieve from depredation permits; and after all the negative articles about coyote incursions, here's one about how they help balance the ecosystem in the Ozarks. An Eau Claire, Wisconsin, homeowner had an uninvited ursine guest in his basement when he returned home; but critics of authorities who euthanized a bear in Colorado Springs voice their ire in the next item. You just never know where investigation of illegal deer killing may lead, as law enforcement officers found in Florida; and The Law of Unintended Consequences was in force again when the occupants of a car that struck a deer in Michigan exited the car to examine the damage, only to be struck by another car. A Milwaukee homeowner recounts a raccoon invasion of their house; and, with all the atrocities heaped on the Nazis in Europe, introducing raccoons into Germany appears not to be one of them. If you ever needed a reminder of how dangerous and tenacious a rabid animal can be, this item from Pennsylvania should clear up any uncertainty. And finally, romantic skunks in Nebraska are producing a road kill problem of epic proportions (olfactory-wise)!

Forest fires rage across Nepal

For animal control, it's a busy time of year

Cougar sightings 'highly unlikely'

Cougar takes goats near Paradise park

GF&P: Hills mountain lion population stable

Mountain lion spotted in Healdsburg

Moratorium on killing mountain lions extended

Increased coyote population is good news for hunters, ecosystem

Man Comes Home to Find Black Bear in His House

Lessons learned from the bear attack on Colorado Springs woman

Deer Killing Arrests Ends in Two More Arrests

Five injured after people leave car following car-deer crash in Fremont

Raccoons besiege Bay View roof

Raccoons found not guilty of their Nazi association

Rabid raccoon killed in Delco

Skunk Mating Season Causes Smelly Problem

Monday, April 27, 2009


Not all donations for Australian bushfire relief come in the millions of dollars, but one group in the UK is doing their bit nonetheless; while an Army base in Seneca, New York, is host to a herd of white deer, ospreys, and other wildlife. With South Carolina firefighters reporting encounters with bears and snakes, wildlife officials say that animals will continue fleeing the fires, but of course the question that remains is: where will they live and eat after the blazes are out? Wildlife authorities in the UK are running tests on a golden eagle found dead in Scotland to determine if it died of natural causes; and a rare Lapland Owl, found in a ditch sporting a broken wing, is being rehabilitated at a wildlife shelter in Sweden and will be released into the wild when fully healed. The Wisconsin Division of Health has confirmed that much of the state hosts deer ticks with Lyme disease; but Gibson Island, Maryland, is taking an aggressive approach to reducing the tick population on local deer. A Washington Post article discusses how well deer are doing on the Eastern Seaboard; and, while you've probably heard of carjacking or hijacking, have you ever heard of deer-jacking? Colorado wildlife authorities are formulating detailed plans of dealing with coyotes in communities along the Front Range; and an article from West Virginia chronicles the worrisome trend of more aggressive coyotes in that state. Amid controversy and potential lawsuits from animal rights groups, Michigan is dropping endangered species' protection for its gray wolf population. A Colorado wildlife official rebuts the premise that a cougar mauled a llama in an Op-Ed piece. The government of Pakistan is creating a wildlife preserve for deer in their country; something their neighbor India might want to consider, since Indian deer are dying off in some areas due to a lack of water. A Michigan deer ricocheted off one motorcyclist into another. Sounding like the lead-in to a bad joke, this next item, from Minnesota, could begin with 'A deer walked into a bar...' Some suggestions from San Marcos, Texas, for repelling deer from garden foliage are provided in the next article. Australians can empathize with Americans as kangaroo-car collisions mirror deer-car collisions in the US. A webcam provided a video record of the birth and adventures of an endangered baby Brazilian Tapir in a Bristol, UK, zoo. Japanese researchers have found that raccoons can detoxify their food by rubbing it on the ground, as the next article details. In an update on an article from last week's Wildlife NOTD, the police in Colorado Springs, Colorado, are debating what to do about an incident in which a pregnant woman was struck by a car while fleeing a bear. And finally, a naturalist in Montana had what some would say was a 'unique' best man at his wedding!

Pet show raises cash for animals injured in bush fires

Wildlife watchers will see smaller white deer

In the midst of wildfire, what happens to wildlife?

Tests run on dead golden eagle

Rare owl convalescing in southern Sweden

More WI areas prone to deer tick and Lyme disease

Population is tick-ing

Deer Heaven: How the Animals Are Flourishing in Suburbia

Addison County men plead guilty to deer-jacking

Louisville, Lafayette create coyote management plans

Club official: Migrating coyotes ‘getting bolder’

Michigan removes wolves from endangered list

Evidence doesn’t support a mountain lion attack on llama

CDA setting up natural habitat for black bucks, hog deer

Spotted deer dies of water scarcity

Two Motorcyclists Hit the Same Deer

The Beer Deer

Ideas for keeping your landscape deer-free

Drivers hopping mad over repairs

Brazilian Tapir Striped Like A Skunk Born At Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

'Washing bear' a hygiene-conscious eater

CSPD Considering Charges Against Driver In Pregnant Woman/Bear Case

Living With Brutus, the 800-Pound Bear

Saturday, April 25, 2009


First up in wildlife news, a European couple recounts life in the mountains of Southern California among winged and furry neighbors; followed by a story about a teenager in India who was arrested trying to sell hides of panthers and deer, which is illegal under The Wildlife Act in that country. Cattlemen and others in San Benito County, California, are concerned about increased sightings of cougars; and the California community of Paso Robles had a feline visitor Friday. Despite the offer from a wildlife sanctuary to take a cougar that has been prowling around Corvallis, Oregon, wildlife authorities are leaning towards euthanizing the cat when caught. The black bear population in Arkansas, once hovering near zero, numbers in the thousands due to efforts by wildlife officials; while $200 bear-proof bins are being sought for a community near Yellowstone National Park. The rare Iranian black bear is on the verge of extinction; and yesterday we read about a black bear that traveled from New Jersey to Maryland, but today a black bear in New Jersey had a much shorter trip up a 40 foot tree! Two people were hurt in Wisconsin when a motorcycle hit a deer; while the wisdom of an additional hunting season in Vermont is being debated. The ups and downs of eagle-watchers are chronicled in the next four articles: unfortunately, a pair of newly-hatched bald eagle chicks on California's Santa Cruz Island died; followed by an editorial about the reintroduction of bald eagles to the Channel Islands; the sighting of a rare sea eagle on Scotland's East Coast has excited birders there about the prospect of an expanding population; while a New Jersey eagle cam provides copious video of a thriving nest of eaglets! Forensic evidence debunked the claim that a wolf killed a small dog in Missoula, Montana, the culprit turning out to be a coyote; and authorities are warning residents of New Bedford, Massachusetts, about rabid wildlife in the area. An Ontario, Canada, Humane Society provides some useful tips on keeping raccoons from turning your home into theirs; while authorities had their hands full as a marauding raccoon paid a visit to a Florida school. And finally, if you live in Florida, watch your step going out the front door!

Beautiful winged friends brighten Big Bear Lake

Teen held with panther, deer skins

Mountain lions: Is the threat growing in SBC?

Mountain lion reported seen east of Paso Robles

Death remains likely fate for Corvallis cougar

Arkansas reclaims its status as the Bear State

Group wants to buy bear-proof bins

Iranian black bear facing extinction

Black bear in tree creates commotion in Lake Parsippany

2 hurt when motorcycle hits deer

New fall deer hunt proposed

Webcam fans mourn Calif. bald eagle chick deaths

Editorial: Mixed bag for eagle project

East coast eagle sparks interest

Live -- See Nests Of Eagles

South Hills wolf actually a coyote

Rabid raccoon, skunk found in New Bedford

Keeping raccoons away from your home

Wandering Fla. 'gator winds up on Tampa doorstep

Friday, April 24, 2009


Wildlife news leads off with a couple of tragedies today: an electrical fire claimed several dozen animals at a California wildlife refuge; followed by a story about how lead poisoning from mine runoff has killed many tundra swans in Idaho as they stop off on their way back to Alaska. The Federal Aviation Administration has provided data of nearly 90,000 bird strikes, along with data on airplane collisions with other wildlife, including deer, bats, rabbits, and even turtles on the runway. A black bear that has travelled over 100 miles from New Jersey to Maryland has been captured and will be relocated; and the infamous Washington state freeway bear has been captured and will be relocated to a lesser-trafficked area. Wolves who would have been euthanized are being allowed to live out their lives at a wolf refuge in Pennsylvania; while the US Department of Agriculture has installed a pair of wildlife cameras in Madison, Wisconsin, to help track urban coyotes. A Washington Post article discusses practical methods for keeping deer from devouring homeowners' groundcover; and a motorcyclist in Iowa was killed in a collision with a deer outside of Des Moines. A California man recalls his encounter with a cougar; followed by a tale of two cougars who have grown too comfortable with people: one from Oregon has a wildlife habitat to go to if wildlife officials can capture it; one from New Mexico, however, isn't so lucky. Georgia animal control officers remind pet owners to keep their rabies shots current; sage advice which pet owners in Florida, waiting anxiously to see if their dog, bitten by a rabid raccoon, will develop rabies, should have followed. And finally, some amusing skunk videos to start your weekend off right!

38 animals die in fire at Calif. wildlife refuge

Toxic mining wastes kill tundra swans in Idaho

FAA makes public its airplane-bird strike data

Eastern Shore Black Bear Captured and Relocated

Freeway bear trapped near Stanwood

Wolves Find Refuge in Lititz

Cameras Used To Track Coyotes In Madison

Man vs. Deer [Let's get practical]

Motorcycle-deer collision kills Norwalk rider

San Benancio resident recounts close call with mountain lion

Corvallis-area cougar gaining supporters

State officials opt to euthanize cougar

Rabies Vaccinations Critical For Pets

Raccoon tests positive for rabies

Some skunks for the weekend

Thursday, April 23, 2009


A hawk crippled in an accident is ready to take to the air after a stint in a Pennsylvania wildlife rehab center as Wildlife News Of The Day gets underway. A proposal for volunteers to keep track of the whereabouts of coyotes in Orange County, California, is outlined next; followed by an article about a wildlife biologist's attempts to allay the fears of residents of Madison, Wisconsin, as more coyote sightings are reported. In a New York community where more than one coyote attack was reported, wildlife officials are conducting a meeting to discuss the issue; while an article from Massachusetts discusses the impact of urban development on coyotes. Residents of a New Mexico community had an unexpected feline visit; but wildlife officials in Oregon are debating the wisdom of euthanizing a cougar seen three times in a Corvallis neighborhood; amid reports of a cougar seen near the San Francisco State Fish and Game Refuge in California. In the UK, a rare albino deer (not to be confused with white deer, which are more prevalent) was freed from a rope entanglement; and deer hunting enters the 21st century, as a web-based program in Ohio matches up deer hunters with property owners. A Georgia deer farmer who allowed deer hunting on his property, which is illegal in that state, faces a hefty fine and possible confiscation of his herd; a planned housing development in Vermont stirred up a debate; and Wisconsin hunters gathered to discuss the 'Earn-A-Buck' program, among other things. An article from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, provides pointers on how to raccoon-proof a home, important info as raccoons start looking for places to start their families; but the woodrat population in New York State is in peril due to its practice of caprophagy of raccoon feces. A desalination plant project is being evaluated for environmental impact, particularly in regards to wildlife, in West Australia; while All Species Kinship of Battle Creek, Michigan, offers some tips for cohabitating with wildlife. Wichita County, Texas, has already had a year for the record books in regards to rabid wildlife. Residents of Connecticut are reminded about the spring bear incursions in that state; but a black bear in Washington State has chosen a very noisy habitation - right in the middle of a freeway! In a bizarre incident, a pregnant woman who was being pursued by a bear was struck by a car in Colorado; and a bear with a sweet tooth was photographed prowling around bee hives in a Massachusetts neighborhood. And finally, onlookers got quite a show in Wisconsin as a bear hanged twenty on Lake Superior (reading the article to the accompaniment of the Beach Boys 'Surfin' USA' is optional)!

Hawk Rescued By PennDOT Workers Flies Again

Map: Help track coyotes in O.C. neighborhoods

Experts: Coyotes a small threat

NORTH TONAWANDA: Coyote awareness event scheduled

Development makes coyote encounters more common

Cougar startles Eldorado residents

'For every cougar you see, a thousand have already seen you'

Resident reports mountain lion sighting near Woodside

Deer Me! Rescuers Free Trapped Rare Albino

Outdoor Notes: Web-based program seeks input of deer hunters

Deer farm owner fined $70,000

Deciding between deer and humans

Board OKs suspension of buck rule

Raccoons looking for new homes

How we killed off the woodrat

Birds, possums and whales pose final hurdle to Binningup desal plant

Wildlife concern? Learn valuable tips to common wildlife issues

Tenth Rabid Skunk Found in Wichita County

DEP: It's Time to Prepare for Bears

Black bear living on I-5 median

Chased by bear, pregnant woman hit by car

Busted! Bear snapped red-pawed at beehives

Bear puts on perilous surfing show on Lake Superior ice floe

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Wildlife news leads off with a story about a $5,000 bounty that has been placed on a hunter who shot an immature bald eagle in Tennessee. In a barbaric practice, bears are being harassed by dogs while caged in South Carolina wildlands, a practice decried by Humane Society of the US, and worse may follow. With a bear population expanding from 100 to over 3,000 in the region, Salem, Massachusetts, residents have begun to see incursions by their furry neighbors; and in a sign that the bear population in Florida is expanding, wildlife officials received a third sighting of one in Broward County, an area that has not reported any sightings in over 30 years. A South Carolina couple finds rescuing baby skunks to be their calling; while Pennsylvania wildlife officials are fine-tuning their deer hunting program to maintain a healthy population. With an eye towards co-existence with a minimum of culling, Centennial, Colorado, is implementing a balanced response to coyote incursions; and a wildlife expert in Florida will be conducting some public education about coyotes as encounters with people increase. Wildlife officials in Wyoming are looking for a pair of wolves who killed a calf; and a series of seminars decrying the influx of wolves from Canada, with consequent increases in livestock deaths, is taking place in Idaho. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has received reports of a cougar sighting near a middle school in Astoria; and wildlife officers aim to trap a juvenile cougar that has been prowling neighborhoods in Corvallis, Oregon. The Cougar Network provides some details on the ecology of cougars in the next article; which is useful when one considers an Associated Press article that details the expansion of cougars across the heartland. The Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, in Arizona, is continuing efforts to restore a struggling Desert Bighorn Sheep population; but a cougar captured in a Montana neighborhood had to be euthanized when no home could be found for the 120-pound cat. And finally, a very old wildlife specimen was unearthed in Canada's arctic that may show the switch from land to sea for some creatures millions of years ago.

$5,000 Reward for Eagle Poacher

Confining of bears stirs furor

Middleton backyard was bear's buffet

Bear spotted in Broward County a 3rd time

Summerville family raises skunks as pets

PGC allocates same number of doe licenses

City making progress implementing coyote plan

Pinellas County launches information campaign on coyotes

Officials hunt for pair of wolves south of Casper

Anti-Wolf Group Spreads Message in Idaho Falls

Police reveal details of cougar sighting in Astoria

Neighbors watch for cougar after weekend sightings

Some facts about the cougar

Sightings show cougars expanding into central US

Arizona Game and Fish extends moratorium on lethal removal of mountain lions

Without Home in Zoo, Mountain Lion is Killed

Otter-like fossil reveals early seal evolution

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Today in wildlife news, California's Fish and Game Commission decided to cancel a proposed bear hunt this year after public outcry that scientific data justifying the hunt was flawed; followed by an item about an Alaska man who has spent 20 summers living with bears who will be featured in a series on Animal Planet. Floridians are being told to watch for a young black bear that was seen near a gated community. Costing the European Union members millions of Euros, thousands of invasive species are wreaking havoc in some parts of Europe; but a New York Times story offers hope of controlling America's burgeoning horse population, as well as elk, deer, and even kangaroo populations, without culling. Another case of rabid wildlife accosting domestic pets, this time from Sarasota County, Florida; mirrored by one from Maryland. Officials in Kentucky tallied an eighth case of rabies in a county this year; followed by another reason to avoid areas frequented by raccoons: a dangerous parasite (baylisascaris procyonis) may be present. An Oregon-based wildlife rehabilitation outfit is chalking up another victory, as a bald eagle that was nearly dead will be released back into the wild. Two pairs of sea eagles have produced offspring in the UK, much to the delight of observers; while a Texas school had to remove a pair of red-tail hawk chicks from a light tower to effect repairs to the cracked pole. An Indiana deer rancher had to destroy a Labrador retriever that had attacked his herd of Sitka deer; the next article discusses the lack of scientifically-based studies done on deer herd management, as described by a wildlife biologist from Pennsylvania; and a deer cull outside of London, Ontario, Canada, has been called off. Residents of an Oregon community have been alerted to the presence of a cougar within the city limits; and the wanderings of Southern California cougars is discussed in the story that follows. Coyotes in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area are highlighted in the next item; followed by reports from Georgia about coyotes encroaching on farms and ranches. After several livestock were killed by wolves in Montana, wildlife officials killed one adult male; and the next story compares Oregon ranchers' response to wolves with the situation in Wyoming. And finally, a fox decided to visit city hall in Amarillo, Texas, in order to get above it all.

No bear hunt in SLO County this year

Alaska 'bear man' TV series begins

Beware of the bear, Weston residents told after sighting

Study reveals costs of damage caused by invasive species

As Wild Horses Breed, a Voice for Contraception

Rabid raccoon bites dog in Sarasota

Garrett County’s first rabies case of year reported in Bittinger area

Eighth Rabies Case Of 2009 Reported In Lexington

The little known raccoon roundworm

Injured eagle to be released over Lost Creek Lake in Oregon

Double hatching for sea eagles

Hawk chicks removed from damaged Southlake stadium light towers

Dog attacking exotic deer shot dead

Changes urged on deer control

Deer dodge bullet once again

Cougar on the Loose in Corvallis, Oregon

New study tracks mountain lion paths

Pinellas residents confront coyote problem

Coyote numbers grow

State agency kills wolf for depredation west of Augusta

Wyoming not lone state concerned about wolves

Fox on Roof

Monday, April 20, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, the history of a well-equipped wildlife center in Ohio is recounted; followed by another about a wildlife preserve in Idaho where bear cubs receive personal attention. Reports out of Montana cast a worrisome light on the fate of grizzly bears as numbers killed continues to increase; while wildlife officers are out canvassing Pennsylvania to determine the black bear population in that state. In a case of mistaken identity, what was believed to be a coyote in a New Jersey community was actually a fox that was given food and shelter by residents; but there was no mistake when a Boston, Massachusetts, resident had to scare off a coyote who had snatched a shih tzu; and a concerned resident of Galveston, Texas, inquired in a letter to the editor about addressing coyote issues in the area. Half-a-dozen hawks have been stolen from locations in Yorkshire in the UK, prompting one establishment to post a reward. In the annals of bizarre jobs, this one surely ranks high on the list: road kill tabulator. A pair of exotic deer are causing a fierce debate in Wooster, Ohio; and a retired Iowa nature writer will give a presentation on the fate of deer in that state. And finally, a few amusing stories from the San Francisco Bay area, leading off with a reminder to both humans and predators: don't mess with mama!

Ohio Wildlife Center comes to the rescue of animals in need

Yellowstone Bear World Open

Grizzly bears spreading through yellowstone region

Pa.'s black bear population steadily increasing

Chatham police say animal reported as a coyote was actually a fox

Woman Rescues Family Dog From Coyote

Coyote Problem Needs Investigating

Reward offered over stolen hawks

Road kill counts in nature studies

Oh deer, we've got a problem!

Nature writer Stone to speak on deer

Gary Bogue: Even predators run from angry animal mothers

Saturday, April 18, 2009


In the confusion of a wildfire evacuation, pets and owners get separated - enter the pet detectives! The importance of crayfish (crawfish?) to the biosphere is explored in the next item; while Interior Secretary Salazar will decide whether the Endangered Species Act is endangered after tampering by the Bush Administration during their last days in office. A resident of South Carolina was under observation after being bitten by a rabid raccoon; but apparently the coyotes in a New York State area are just aggressive, as tests of the latest one shot for attacking humans came up negative on the rabies test; although the father of one bite victim was not convinced that authorities got the right coyote. An animal farm worker shares his thoughts on a face-to-face encounter with coyotes in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada; while residents of a New Jersey neighborhood are receiving warnings from authorities of a coyote prowling their area. As it becomes increasingly evident that wolves are responsible for Oregon livestock deaths, ranchers are clamoring for depredation permits to hunt them. Something peculiar is happening to deer on Kodiak Island off the coast of Alaska; followed by a discussion of ways and means to protect vegetation from foraging deer, as outlined in the next item from Pennsylvania. Reports of an injured deer along the Metro rail lines in Chicago nearly caused an interruption of service; but lest you think deer-car collisions are isolated to the US, Scotland records an average of 3 deaths and millions of pounds in damages due to the same phenomenon each year. Late snows have kept the snow geese population in South Dakota longer than usual, keeping eagles that prey on the geese in the area as well, which has produced more eagle deaths in the area that ordinarily would have taken place further north; and due to technical difficulties, the Caltrans Eagle Cam is off the air, frustrating avian voyeurs trying to check up on the progress of a trio of hatchlings. What was believed to be a cougar was spotted in a residential area of New York's Hudson River Valley. And finally, a Canadian gas station has some amenities for dogs at the car/dog wash where pets can be cleaned up, including special soap to remove skunk smell (although one wonders who would put a skunk-sprayed dog in the car to bring it to the wash?)

'Pet Detectives' Help Wildfire Victims

SAUNTERINGS: ‘Is it a crawfish or a crayfish?’

Salazar reviews 'midnight' endangered species rule

Easley man treated for rabies after raccoon bite

Coyote tested negative for rabies

Victim's Father Speaks Out About Son's Coyote Attack

COYOTES: Attendant shares his face-to-face encounter with animals

Coyote spotted in Chatham Borough

Oregon ranchers cry for wolf hearings

Malformations seen in south-end deer

Solutions for keeping deer out of your garden

Crews Investigate Report Of Deer Near Blue Line

Deer threaten drivers in Scotland

Agent: Snow cover could be increasing eagle deaths

Caltrans eagle cam malfunctioning

Feline sightings spread to Pearl River

Be careful not to step in a poodle

Friday, April 17, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park is showcased in a Washington Post article; followed by some suggestions for getting along with your furry neighbors in the urban jungle of San Francisco. Maria Mercurio of the Australian RSPCA announced a remembrance service for animals lost in the Black Saturday bushfires for later this month; and in an environmental success story, the iconic blue crabs in Chesapeake Bay seem to be recovering. A wildlife refuge in Arkansas that cares for dozens of animals will be releasing a female puma back into the wild; followed by two stories about rabies: one from Poughkeepsie, New York; and another from Texas. A suburb of Seattle, Washington, is having a visitation from a furry family; and if you think losing weight is a bear, imagine trying to get a bear to lose weight! An Op-Ed from South Dakota revisits the issue of reflector effectiveness in reducing deer-car collisions; but a Michigan deer-hunting plan has been unveiled by wildlife officials. Inbreeding problems among India's brow-antlered deer are the focus of the next article; while some supportive talk for Wisconsin's DNR in the midst of angry recriminations is offered in the next piece. A mangy-looking coyote has been seen frequenting a New Jersey community, prompting cautions from authorities; an article from New York State demonstrates increasing boldness by urban coyotes in that area; and it's not exactly your standard morning talk show - this one had a pair of live wolves on it! Office workers in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, welcomed a couple of baby raptors into the world; but an unknown shooter (or shooters) in South Dakota risk a $100,000 fine for shooting eagles in that state. A deer carcass laced with pesticides most likely killed an eagle in Michigan, according to wildlife authorities. And finally, a foursome of baby pythons got loose during a Qantas flight across Australia and have yet to be retrieved, prompting one to wonder if the in-flight movie was 'Snakes On A Plane'?

Wildlife, Cuddly and Otherwise

The Urban Jungle: City Offers Tips for Harmonious Coexistence with Skunks, Raccoons, and Squirrels

Bushfire pet remembrance service to be held in Coldstream

Blue Crab Population Increasing in Chesapeake Bay

Rescued cougars will run free for first time in northern Arkansas

County: Dead raccoon found in city had rabies

Wichita County Confirms Ninth Case of a Rabid Skunk

Bear, Cubs Make Appearance On Eastside

VIDEO: Bear told he’s too fat

Our View: Keep trying to rid S.D. roads of deer

Officials to unveil plan for deer hunting at For-Mar

Saving endangered deer from inbreeding

Not everyone is unhappy with the Wisconsin deer herd

Chatham police issue warning after coyote sightings

Recent incidents suggest that coyotes are growing less timid

Wolves Appear on KOHD Daybreak

Happy Birthday, baby hawks!

Fourth eagle shot in eastern S.D.

Deer, eagle likely poisoned in Baraga County

Baby pythons escape during flight in Australia

Thursday, April 16, 2009


First up in wildfire news today, the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia, has successfully bred platypus in captivity, one of only two institutions to do that, and something that could ensure the endangered species' survival in the future; but New Zealand's national symbol, the kiwi, is in danger of extinction due to their young being ravaged by stoats (relatives of weasels brought there, ironically, to reduce the rabbit population - no good deed goes unpunished, it seems). Passing cars are hitting wildlife in a Florida community, prompting officials to consider safeguards for the local wildlife; and an aggressive raccoon in North Carolina was suspected of being rabid. The injured Canadian polar bear mentioned in yesterday's Wildfire NOTD had to be euthanized; and an Op-Ed piece from Anchorage, Alaska, discusses the intrusive bear problem the city is trying to grapple with. A brown bear, apparently looking for love, was caught in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia in Central Europe; while British Columbia, Canada's, trophy bear hunt is getting some A-list criticism. Deer hunters arrived at Wisconsin's capital to voice their objections to proposed deer hunting policies in that state; and the next item provides information to Pennsylvania landowners interested in reducing deer populations on their property. If you think deer are a problem running across a road, imagine what they could do if they ran in front of a speeding airliner in Illinois! A spray-on product is offered as a deer repellent in the next item; but a Vermont housing development is being scrutinized by wildlife officials due to the area being a deer wintering ground. Scientists were rechecking the results from a study of deer done in New York State that showed an abnormally high level of pesticides in muscle tissue. A Michigan man claimed he spotted a mountain lion near a golf course; while residents of Pleasanton, California, are being warned to exercise caution after a cougar was spotted in the area. Another New York resident was attacked by a coyote, which was then shot by police and will be tested for rabies; but with the coyote population in Florida beginning to encroach on ranchers, a unique foil is being employed to keep them away: donkeys! The mystery over lambs being killed on an Oregon sheep ranch is solved - wolves were caught in the act by a wildlife camera; and speaking of cameras, you just never know how valuable a wildlife camera can be, as authorities in Estonia found out!

Sanctuary welcomes baby platypus Ember

Kiwi vs. Stoat: National symbol of New Zealand endangered by voracious species

Traffic taking toll on inlet's critters

Rabid raccoon found in Orange County

Injured polar bear on roadside killed by wildlife officials

Editorial: All sides bring something to bear

Bear captured after wreaking havoc in Ljubljana - Summary

Deepak Chopra condemns bear hunt

Deer herd fight arrives at Capitol

PA landowners can file for Deer Management Assistance through July 1

FAA: Deer keep out!

Protect your landscape and wallet against deer damage

Subdivision OK’d by DRB; state approval more challenging

New permethrin results released

Summit Township man reports seeing possible cougar near Cascades Golf Course

Police urge caution after Pleasanton mountain lion sighting

Coyote shot after attacking man outside Buffalo

Coyote sightings worry ranchers in Tampa Bay area

Camera captures wolves killing lambs in Oregon

Estonia's 'Eagle-cam' helps snare wood thieves

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


A rash of livestock and deer deaths is being investigated in South Dakota in our first wildlife story today; followed by one for those interested in getting a little exercise, as wildlife officers in Wyoming are recruiting volunteers to help tabulate deer data. As hard economic times hit home, Iowa deer hunters have provided over one million servings of venison to needy families; followed by some musings on pronghorn antelope by a resident of Arizona. South Dakota Department of Transportation has been running a two-year-long experiment with reflectors in an attempt to reduce deer kills on a major highway; something Alabama wildlife officials might consider after a motorist came out the worse for wear from a close encounter with a deer. Wrangling over the controversial 'Earn-A-Buck' program continues in Wisconsin with the defeat of an alternative plan. A deer hunter got more than he bargained for when a trio of bears attacked him on Alaska's Kodiak Island. Due to increasing incursions of bears into Anchorage, Alaska, the city has hired a bear cop to address the situation; which has gone from bad to worse, as the next article demonstrates. A warning went out from Royal Canadian Mounted Police about an injured polar bear outside the Canadian town of St. John's. In another example of predators following prey, a study from Washington State shows that cougars were attracted to game (no surprise there), but not people. A discussion of cougars in North Dakota is provided in the next item; but, still unconfirmed, the sighting Sunday of a cougar in a Chicago suburb continues to make the news. Another commentary on why gray wolves should not be delisted: coyote population suppression; and, with 17 lambs killed and a pair injured at a ranch in eastern Oregon, ranchers fear a gray wolf may be involved. The hunt is on for wolves in Oregon, but with a more benign purpose; and an expert on coyotes is doing an encore presentation for residents of a Colorado community beset by coyotes. A resident of a New York State community was bitten by a coyote Monday evening; while a school outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, had an unwelcome guest on the playground; and a coyote, one of hundreds estimated to live in Portland, Oregon, is caught on video in the next item. With an estimated 80,000 saltwater crocodiles in one Australian state, authorities are expanding egg harvests to limit their numbers in the aftermath of recent attacks on humans. Bald eagles are making a resurgence in Georgia with over 120 occupied nests reported. And finally, the plot thickens in York, Maine, where a mysterious skunk cutout, first mentioned in Wildlife NOTD 4/1, has reappeared.

Ticks tied to reports of cattle and deer deaths south of Interior

Volunteers needed for deer mortality surveys

Iowa Deer Hunters Share Harvest With Needy

Who's that playing with the deer?

Results of deer reflectors inconclusive so far

Motorist hurt trying to avoid deer in St. Clair County

WI deer herd: No support for earn-a-buck alternative

Montana deer hunter rescued after attack by Kodiak bears

Anchorage Assembly approves hiring bear officer

17 bears killed in Anchorage this year

Injured polar bear on N.L. roadside attracting a crowd, prompts warnings

Study tracks where cougars roam in WA

What others think: Let’s learn more about the big cats in N.D.

Cougar in suburbs? Resident says yes.

Delist wolves? Not so fast

Killing of lambs ignites wolf concerns

Biologist searches for wolves in Central Oregon

Coyote expert returns to Broomfield for televised presentation

Coyote bites North Tonawanda man

Coyote on playground startles Algiers school

A close encounter of the coyote kind

Australia wants better control of killer crocs

Population of bald eagles beat DNR expectations

York's skunk-sign prankster strikes a second time

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


In wildlife news today, activists handed Interior Secretary Salazar a stack of petitions in a push to reverse Bush administration policies; but military authorities are warning families on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska about bear incursions as they wake from hibernation. Michigan's bear hunting is discussed, along with info about bear population projections in that state; and the controversy over hunters using bear spray to defend themselves from grizzlies in Montana is discussed in the next item. The plight of the endangered sun bear of Borneo is highlighted; followed by one about a wildlife organization in southern Michigan that delves into the details of wildlife care as the spring baby boom takes off. Three residents of Charlotte, South Carolina, learned the hard way to vaccinate pets after their encounter with a rabid dog. A wildlife biologist in Virginia put on an informative program titled "Panthers in the Southern Appalachian", in a state where cougars are not supposed to exist; something police from Chicago might want to attend after the sighting of a cougar in the suburbs of that metropolis. Farmers in New Zealand are advocating continuation of the possum cull around Wellington; and the Quality Deer Management Association is highlighted in an article from ESPN. A young bald eagle was released after rehabilitation in New York State; and a rehabilitated red-tailed hawk will be released on Earth Day in Ohio. It seems the US government can't win: after being sued by environmental and animal rights groups fighting to prevent gray wolves from being delisted from the Endangered Species Act, they're now being sued by a coalition of hunters and business interests who DO want the gray wolves delisted (allowing wolves to be hunted again)! The Colorado Division of Wildlife has had a busy time lately: in the first article, it offers up a caution to homeowners about the incursions of coyotes into neighborhoods; in the second, it addresses the concerns of a llama owner about what attacked his animal. A coyote prowling an Ontario, Canada, neighborhood gave residents something to worry about; but the Canadian coyote who has been eluding animal control in Toronto, Ontario, has been spotted again; while the Toronto chapter of the Humane Society is upset with the means being used to catch the elusive beast. And finally, in a turnabout, an Ottawa, Canada, resident was treed by a coyote!

Center for Biological Diversity Delivers 52,000 Petitions...

A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear

State changes bear hunting rules, reduces licenses

Saving grizzly bears vs. hunter safety

Environmentalists Increase Efforts to Save Borneo's Sun Bears

Keeping wildlife wild and safe

South Carolina Residents Advised To Vaccinate Pets

Professor talks about cougars in area

West Suburban Cops on Lookout for Cougars

Farmers back continued possum control

Working for whitetails

An eagle's flight to freedom

Red-tailed hawk to be released

Coalition sues to delist wolves

Coyote Warning: More Likely To Target Your Home

Silt llama owner still looking for answers

Boy encounters coyote in Point Edward

Coyote returns to yard where dog killed

Humane Society protests use of snares to catch Beaches coyote

Coyote chases dog owner up tree

Monday, April 13, 2009


In wildlife news today, residents of a Central California community are getting warnings from wildlife officials about a cougar in the area; followed by a New York Times editorial that discusses the new Interior Secretary and the dilemma of the gray wolves he ultimately oversees. A commentary on the spring emergence of coyotes in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, follows; but the debate over what to do about problem coyotes is once again broached by a letter to the editor at an Ontario, Canada, paper. A look at the trapping industry is provided in the next item; followed by a couple of stories about rabid wildlife - one from Connecticut, the second from Texas. A crippled eagle suffering from lead poisoning (among other things) is recuperating at a wildlife shelter in Utah; and a new product removes skunk odor from your possessions, like furniture or carpet, but it looks like other methods will have to be tried on the pet that brought the smell into the house! In Minnesota, a family is beset by deer due to a river overflowing its banks; and a program in Saginaw, Michigan, aims to show a kinder, gentler way to obtain a rack of antlers. A New York State Department of Transportation official is questions in the next article about deer and clover on highway roundabouts; while tuberculosis has raised its ugly head in a herd of ungulates in Nebraska. Australia's government is once again considering culling the exploding kangaroo population in the capital of Canberra; but a kinder method of brushtail possum control has been developed at a Victoria, Australia, university and holds high hopes for alleviating the possum problem in New Zealand, where an estimated $110 million in losses are racked up each year by the furry interlopers. With an estimated $302 million having been contributed to the Victoria Bushfire Appeal, charities throughout Australia are seeing donations for their causes dry up, another casualty of the Black Saturday Bushfires; and as funding dries up, Australia's wildlife may have a very tough winter ahead. And finally, the corrections officer who took off in a wild pursuit of deer in Nebraska (himself being pursued by law enforcement officers) is free on bail.

Mountain Lion Reported Seen Near San Mateo Co. Park

Science, Mythology, Hatred, and the Fate of the Gray Wolf

Coyotes: Never out of sight - or mind

Remove The Coyotes

Trapping industry recovering from lean years

Enfield Raccoon Tests Positive For Rabies

Another rabid skunk confirmed in Arlington

Bald eagle recovering at shelter

Skunk Odor Wiped Out with Biocide Systems' Room Shocker

Deer dilemma: Impact of flood extends beyond people

Duo takes Deer by it's Antlers

Deer rolling in clover at Route 85 traffic roundabouts

Herd of elk, deer in NE Neb. positive for TB

Capital may take up arms against a kangaroo glut

Possum contraceptive developed

Financial crisis, bushfire appeal hits charities

Native wildlife needs Diamond Valley’s help

Man Who Chased Deer Released On Bond

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Leading off wildlife news today, an uninhabited island in the Galapagos Islands chain has erupted, spurring fears that it could affect wildlife on populated islands. After wildlife was suspected as an E. coli vector (and many animals were killed off by farmers as a result), California Department of Fish & Game is casting doubt on the veracity of that assumption. Residents of an Ontario, Canada, town were given a briefing on coyotes; and the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is providing some public education on the lifestyles of various canines in the wild. A trio of young black bears was released back into the wild in Wisconsin; but Montana residents are curious as to the whereabouts of grizzlies in their neck of the woods. An Australian man took an ill-advised nighttime swim in crocodile-infested waters with predictable results. An article from North Carolina provides a list of deer-resistant vegetation, now that spring is here and the deer are munching; followed by one along the same lines by a Florida horticulturalist. Sharpshooters in a Virginia community are starting their deer thinning program, with the resultant venison detailed for needy families in the area; while a Wisconsin hunter brought home a legendary rack of antlers without firing a shot! A California resident takes exception with treating a cougar as the aggressor, as portrayed in a newspaper article; and residents of a South Dakota community had a feline visitor pass through this week. An elusive cougar remains in the news in Wisconsin; while residents of Selma, Alabama, are working with a wildlife organization to puzzle out what is killing dogs in their area. Tennessee wildlife authorities are seeking the perps who carved up a bald eagle. And finally, the BBC shows one man's solution to London's perpetual pigeon problem. Happy Easter, everybody!

Galapagos volcano erupts, could threaten wildlife

Wildlife found to be unlikely E. coli culprits

Town gathers experts to have discussion on coyotes

Howl with the wolves

3 orphaned bears released into wild by Eau Claire

Where are all the grizzly bears?

Crocodile kills swimmer in Australia

How to keep the deer away

A few ideas to keep deer from making your landscape dinner

Sharpshooters Set Sights on Staunton Deer

Hunter discovers record-setting rack of elusive deer in Rusk County

Lion attack not shocking

Mountain lion tracks in Rapid City

Paw’-sitive print ID?

County narrowing down animal trouble

Reward for info on mutilated bald eagle remains

Hawk Rider

Friday, April 10, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, we've all heard of seeing eye dogs, but to Muslims that's anathema, so the solution for a blind woman: a seeing eye horse! A report on wildlife in Wyoming's Big Horn Mountains is provided in the next item; followed by a story from Newsweek Magazine that discusses Alaska's controversial wolf-hunting program. A group of older folks have been hit with over 800 wildlife charges by law enforcement officers in Kentucky; and a game ranch in Michigan is under scrutiny as law enforcement moved in to shut it down due to animal cruelty and illegal activities. In a sign of the times, Native Americans may be required to show proof-of-purchase of ceremonial feathers at their gatherings. Li'l Smokey has ventured forth from his den, according to wildlife officials in California; and an orphaned Alaska bear cub has found a new home far to the south. A coalition of environmental and animal-rights groups, 37 in all, are taking on a proposed bear hunt program in California. An update on a pair of cougar cubs being cared for by wildlife authorities in California is provided; and what was believed to be a young cougar was seen in a wash in southern Utah. In a testament to the single-mindedness of a cougar with its prey, the next story, out of Colorado, underscores their determination even in the face of firecrackers and grass fires! A follow-on article to one posted in Wildlife NOTD last week from New York discusses means of keeping deer from decimating forest vegetation in rural parts of that state; while a trio of stories from Wisconsin deal with their controversial 'Earn-A-Buck' hunting program. Authorities in the UK are seeking a pair of trained raptors stolen from a wildlife sanctuary. A raccoon that was foaming at the mouth was killed in a Massachusetts community and will be tested for rabies. And finally, Australia's ambassador for bushfire-injured wildlife is doing well, giving people hope even as wildlife support organizations scramble to help injured wildlife there (you can watch the video of Sam's initial encounter with Australian firefighters here).

Tiny horse trains as guide for blind Muslim woman

Wolves photographed in Big Horn Mountains

Palin and the Wolves

Six Arrested In Kentucky In Coyote And Fox Trafficking Ring

Mich. game ranch draws animal cruelty charges

Tribal identification should accompany eagle feathers, a federal agency says

Young bear rescued from Calif. fire doing well

Bear cub rescued in Valdez is a thriving Texan now

Bear hunt expansion plan in California under fire

Mountain lion cubs captured in Solvang

Mountain lion spotted near Washington Fields

See Photos: Mountain lion attacks raccoon at couple's home

BEYFUSS: Deer can reduce forest regeneration

Deer Hunters, Landowners Meet to Discuss Closing Land


DNR addresses 1 spring hearing issue early

Popular hawks 'stolen to order'

Officer kills raccoon that was chasing people

Sam the koala wins hearts

Thursday, April 9, 2009


As Wildlife News Of The Day takes flight, we lead off with a report due out in the journal Science tomorrow that will discuss new findings in the flight of avians and insects. A Southern California Eagle Scout found an interesting way to earn a badge - help a hawk! For college students, life is often difficult enough with exams, grades, and everything else, but at the University of Miami, add hawk attacks to that list! Another side effect of the fierce Black Saturday bushfires: cataract problems for Australian wildlife; and the darker side of animal control in Oregon is revealed in the next article. A Chicagoan discusses the issue of raising wildlife as pets. An errant coyote was tasered by police before being relocated out of a Connecticut town; while some background material on the effort to resurrect the wolf population in the western US provides interesting reading in the next article. An Oregon family recounts their close call with a cougar; but after the tragic shooting death of a cougar cub in Santa Paula, The Mountain Lion Foundation has offered to provide info on cougars to personnel in that city. Rabies cases popped up in Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina; and an unexpected casualty of wildlife with rabies, cattle in Vermont are now exhibiting symptoms after exposure to a rabid raccoon. A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologist discusses black bear ecology; while a pair of high-school students in Utah are doing their part to save polar bears in the Arctic. Deer repellents is the subject of the next item from West Virginia; but Wisconsin's controversial 'Earn-A-Buck' program, in which an antlerless deer must be shot before one with antlers can be taken, is still being debated. A wildlife biologist addresses the issues of deer in a Connecticut community. And finally, in a bizarre police chase, a 25-year-old corrections officer was arrested for disturbing the peace (among other things) during his wild pickup truck pursuit of a deer in Nebraska.

Scientists start to unlock secrets of bird flight

Eagle Scout works to help house hawk

Hawk Attacks Miami College Student

Fighting to restore sight to sore Koala eyes

Humane treatment? Maybe. Deadly? Hmmm, afraid so.

Some thoughts on A Daily Coyote

Cops Corral Compo Coyote

Of wolves and politicians: A senator tries to make peace

Father kills cougar near kids’ bus stop

Mountain Lion Foundation briefs personnel on cat encounters

Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Ringgold

Rabid Raccoon Found in Catoosa County

More rabies cases confirmed in Greenbrier

More Vt. Cows Contract Rabies

FWP biologist studies state's black bears

Teens work to help save polar bears

Using Deer Repellents in Your Landscape

Earn-A-Buck moratorium proposed

Town Deer Management program under consideration

Corrections Officer Arrested for Chasing Deer in Pickup Truck

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


We soar with the eagles in the first wildlife story today, as new eaglets are popping up at a New Jersey estate equipped with a webcam; followed by a success story that is none too popular with residents of South Florida: the American Crocodile has bounced back from near-extinction with a vengeance. A new University of California, Davis, report on cougar behavior questions the wisdom of standing your ground versus running away; while retraining of police personnel in Santa Paula, California, has been ordered following an official report that shows police used excessive (i.e., lethal) force on a mountain lion cub. A North Carolina man clearing some debris was bitten by a coyote; but officials in a Pinellas County, Florida, town were unable to respond quickly to the report of an injured coyote. Due to budget cuts, it will be a little safer for coyotes in Utah for the foreseeable future; and a reader pontificates on wildlife trade-offs in New York state. In an example of cause and effect, the coyote population has been steadily increasing on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula since the wolves were eradicated there in the 1920's; something worth considering in Idaho, where a debate over a bill dealing with wildlife incursions has moved from the House to the Senate. The life cycle of a tick is presented in a Washington Post article that highlights the role of wildlife in spreading and feeding ticks. In two stories of fatal human/wildlife interaction, a doe had a very bad day in an Arkansas community; and, in another case of humans behaving badly, Wisconsin teens have been clubbing wildlife with baseball bats. A number of rabid animals have turned up in Texas, Virginia, and New Mexico, as the next three articles show. With depredation of hundreds of nuisance bears in Vancouver, British Columbia, a new black bear rehab center for orphaned cubs will be of benefit to the area; and as bears push further south in Wisconsin, wildlife officials are providing warnings and guidelines in regards to encounters. A Virginia man was using bait to attract bears in the Cascades Recreation Area, setting up the undesirable association bears make that people equal food. And finally, a pregnant raccoon turned out to be just a little too bloated to make it through the customary entrance to her nest - wildlife officials to the rescue!

UPDATE: Web cam witness to bald eagles hatching at Hillsborough's Duke estate

Make way, gators: Croc numbers surge in South Fla.

Mountain Lion! Stand or Run?

Report Indicates Officer Unjustified In Shooting Death Of Mountain Lion

Man Bit By Coyote In Lincoln County

Help with injured coyote in Seminole is slow to arrive

Utah wildlife agency budget cuts strip funding for coyote bounties, sportsmen's access program

Let's trade: coyotes for deer

Coyotes kick canines around town

Wolf controversy spurs a House bill that makes introducing non-native species a felony

Cases of Lyme Disease Soar in Region

Deer smashes through doors, 3 vehicles in Ark.

Teens accused of raccoon bashing

4 rabid skunks found in southeast, southwest Arlington

Rabid Animals Attack in Oakton, McLean

Rabid skunk found near Logan

Black bear rehab centre to open in North Vancouver

NEWS UPDATE: DNR reports early black bear sightings in southern Wisconsin

Man pleads guilty to baiting bears at Cascades

Rough day for trapped raccoon

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


A California newspaper warns readers doing spring cleaning about some uninvited guests they might disturb in our first wildlife story today. Colorado Division of Wildlife is investigating whether a llama was attacked by cats or canines; a Wisconsin community is still talking about the visitation by a cougar in March; and the president of the Oregon Hunter's Assn offers his opinion on Oregon's controversial cougar culling program. An animal shelter in Colorado had to close due to rampant distemper among the animals there; and residents of northern Arizona have been put on alert about rabid wildlife encroaching on residential areas. Georgia wildlife officials are alerting nature lovers of the danger posed by wildlife in wilderness areas; a pair of hunters who killed several bears in Alabama face a hefty fine and up to one year in the pokey; followed by a story in which a representative of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks provides important tips in reducing bear attacks on humans (and consequent bear deaths). The debate over delisting gray wolves on the Endangered Species List is heating up in Wisconsin; while coyotes in Madison, Wisconsin, are again in the news in the next two stories as they continue to prey upon pets. Two fishermen alerted wildlife officials in Texas about a bald eagle that had been shot; followed by two stories about raptors in Orlando, Florida: a nesting hawk is pouncing on personnel at a local news station; and an airliner was forced to return to the airport after striking an eagle, the sixth such incident at that airport in three years. Farmers in New Zealand discuss removal of a couple of invasive species in their area; but there are some unintended victims, as a pair of dogs have died after eating poison pellets intended for possums in that region. New Jersey is undertaking an expensive repair job on foliage damaged by their burgeoning deer population; while nine deer had to choose the right moment to cross a busy thoroughfare in Ohio. Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials provide deer pointers for residents of that state as spring begins; some of which would have been useful for a young Minnesota driver who was ejected from his vehicle after swerving to avoid a deer in the road. And finally, a little deer humor to end today's installment!

Caution: It's `baby season' for suburban wildlife

DOW investigating llama attack near Silt

Cougar Sighting Raises More Questions Than Answers

Oregon's cougar plan is based on science, not emotion

Dozens Of Dogs, Raccoons Euthanized For Distemper

Rabid skunks, foxes found in Flagstaff

State warns Georgians to beware of bears, coyotes

Two hunting club members arrested in Mobile County bear killings

Web exclusive: A good reason not to run ... pack bear spray

State wildlife federation supports delisting wolves

Urban coyotes increasingly aggressive


Hunt on for person who wounded bald eagle

Aggressive hawk ruffling feathers at Fox 35

Plane forced to land after bald eagle hit

Tapora farmers aim for pest free peninsula

1080 pellets kill second dog in regional park

Deer herd carefully crosses local road

Essex County launches reforestation plan to repair deer-damaged Reservation

Road-killed deer more apparent as spring arrives

Driver dies after trying to miss deer near Bemidji

Deer in the news
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