Saturday, May 30, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, legislators in Connecticut wrangled over a bill that would ban possession of wild animals in that state; while a patriotic squirrel in Michigan is accused of stealing small flags placed at gravesites to use for its nest. There's been a cougar sighting near a Nebraska school. Dozens of whales had to be euthanized when they washed up on shore in South Africa; and New York has some big fans, but they would be dwarfed by these fans! A town in Manatee County, Florida, is coping with a young black bear who keeps popping up in the neighborhood; while three lucky koala bears were released from Victoria's Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, fully recovered from their bushfire injuries. A black bear that had been frequenting Everett, Washington, was tranquilized and moved back into the wild. A white tail deer in Delaware apparently decided to go for a swim in the Atlantic; but an overabundance of deer has prompted a Wisconsin community to ask wildlife officials for help; and deer culling protesters in a Michigan town risk arrest if they continue to interfere with sharpshooters targeting an exploding deer population. With one in six motorcycle fatalities in Iowa caused by collisions with deer, motorcyclists are voicing their concerns; however, a fawn that was rescued when a coyote was driven off has died, apparently from his wounds, in Massachusetts. Virginia country dwellers are beginning to become annoyed with coyotes attacking pets and livestock; and Greenbrier County, West Virginia, has seen a spike in rabid wildlife in the vicinity. Ornithologists are concerned that over fifty species of birds that frequent Britain may be in danger of extinction due to lack of food in sub-Saharan Africa. Perhaps the title for this next item from New Zealand should be 'Polly wants a passport'! And finally, while neither snow, nor sleet, nor dark of night may prevent the mail from coming through, a pair of Canadian hawks in Saskatchewan just might!

Conn. lawmakers won't take up wild animal ban

Squirrel at Mich. cemetery wraps nest in Old Glory

Mountain lion reported on Doane College campus

SAfrican officials kill 35 stranded whales

Blue whales found near NY, off their usual path

Weston bear remains on loose Saturday morning

Happy to be home

Bear tranquilized, removed in Everett

Deer in Rehoboth Beach waters no big deal, officials say

Little Chute residents ask village to control destructive deer herd

City to consider more deer herd reductions

Deer Pose Major Threat to Motorcycle Riders

Fawn rescued from coyote dies

Coyote scary

Society warns cuckoo bird in danger of extinction

Brazen NZ parrot steals passport, heads into bush

Pair of hawks cause mail delivery suspension

Friday, May 29, 2009


An article from Santa Rosa, California, underscores the importance of deer-repellant vegetation around homes and types of plants to use; but a maintenance man at a Colorado Springs motel has some extra work to do after a deer crashed into one of the rooms and trashed the bathroom. A nimble deer was caught on video leaping over the hood of an Indianola, Iowa, police car; while an outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in West Virginia is discussed in the next item. Although there are no documented cases of cougars in Kansas, evidence about hog killings points in that direction. A wolf who had become dependent on human handouts was euthanized in Yellowstone National Park; and a meeting to discuss Wyoming's take on wolves was convened in Casper today. Coyotes in Newfoundland, Canada, are being considered for sterilization as the caribou population drops; while the police in Salem, Massachusetts, have been besieged with calls about nuisance coyotes. The hazards of feeding wildlife, in this case bears, is highlighted by a trial going on in Oregon. Plans to eradicate the invasive possum population on New Zealand's Otago Peninsula are proceeding, according to the next article. The back-story on how rabies was reintroduced to the East Coast of the US after virtually being wiped out is revealed; and rabies cases cropped up in Maryland, North Carolina, and Florida, as the next three articles detail. A desert museum in Arizona has added a show featuring an orphaned skunk to their repertoire; and a South Carolina rehabilitation center is showcased in our last wildlife item today.

Gardens are risky diets for deer

Deer crashes through motel room window in Springs

Caught On Tape: Deer Leaps Over Police Car

Seven More Deer Test Positive for CWD

Mountain Lion May Have Mauled Hogs

Wolf Euthanized

Symposium looks at wolves, public lands

Does the coyote belong in predator protection?

Police swamped with coyote calls

Ore. woman on trial for feeding bears

Peninsula possums in firing line

Disease nearly eradicated until rabid raccoons released in state

9 rabies cases seen in populated areas

County sees second rabies case

Confirmed Rabid Raccoon Found In North Escambia

Shining start at the Desert Museum

Going Wild in Columbia

Thursday, May 28, 2009


In West Virginia, farmers are getting fed up with browsing deer destroying their crops at night; but maybe they should outlaw Windex during the rutting season, as another deer, this time in Nebraska, injured itself when it crashed through a window. Sheriff's deputies in California's Yolo County have had a couple of run-ins with local deer; while police in a Pennsylvania town were forced to shoot a frantic deer who was rampaging through town. The debate over Wisconsin's controversial 'Earn-A-Buck' deer-hunting provision continues; but Arizona Fish and Game's hunting raffle has reaped about $1.5 million for programs that benefit the hunted animal populations. A fawn in Rockland, Massachusetts, has a local resident to thank for rescuing it quite literally from the jaws of death. Coyote problems in an Oregon community have homeowners improving de-fences; but an Ohio couple had to be hospitalized after their car had an accident while avoiding a coyote in the road. One or more bears appeared in a Washington community, causing a bit of a stir; and rangers at Glacier National Park accidently killed a bear with a 'cracker shell' noisemaker while trying to drive it off. A new bear-proof cooler has been tested in Yellowstone National Park by experts (grizzlies) and approved for use in bear country, dispensing with the need to hoist food ten feet off the ground at a campsite; but a black bear decided to visit a couple of horses in New Mexico who were not happy to make her acquaintance. An elusive bear has popped up again in Arkansas; while about 500 school kids were in lockdown after a bear was sighted in a Pennsylvania neighborhood. A pesky grizzly was tranquilized and relocated to a grizzly habitat in Wyoming; and a black bear's odyssey continued in Pennsylvania. Residents of a Texas town that had another rabid animal show up earlier this month brought the tally of rabid wildlife in that region to over a score so far this year; and pet owners in Kansas are being advised to keep their pets' rabies vaccinations up to date after rabid wildlife encounters spiked in the area. A hawk that apparently was struck by a car last month in Massachusetts was rehabilitated and released into the wild; and a pair of red-tail hawk chicks were removed from Seattle's airport to prevent future bird strikes by the raptors. The Ottawa Wildlife Refuge in Ohio was banding eagle chicks today, an event that was open to the public; while a bald eagle in Tennessee apparently died from ingesting lead, probably from a carcass. A couple of articles from Down Under: a New Zealander was given a hefty fine for setting an illegal possum trap and catching a weka (flightless bird) instead; and a fairly interesting article about possums in Australia is provided next. The cougar in an Ohio wildlife preserve that bit a girl will be quarantined for 30 days instead of being euthanized outright; but the dog who tangled with a cougar in Southern California will be grand marshal at a pet parade this weekend. And finally, proving that it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog that matters, a pair of pups chased off a cougar in Oregon!

Deer Causing Problems for Putnam County Farmers

Deer breaks through Lincoln, Neb., agency's window

Deputies hit deer on Highway 16 twice in 3 days

Police: Shooting of deer was a 'mercy killing'

Taking aim at deer management

Big game, deer raffles provide various options

Rockland resident stares down coyote to save fawn

Coyote kills family's dog, injures their other pooch

Ohioans injured after hitting coyote

Bear spotted in central Everett

Park rangers kill bear while trying to scare it away

Relax in grizzly country with a bear-tested cooler

Black bear shows up in Aztec horse pen

Residents Spot Bear Again

Bear sighting causes school lockdowns

Grizzly bear relocated in western Wyo.

Bear seen heading west in Bucks

Second positive animal rabies case found here

Owners warned to vaccinate pets with presence of rabies confirmed in area

Wounded hawk is back on the wing

Bird-strike prevention: Sea-Tac airport moves hawks

Eagle banding today at Ottawa Wildlife Refuge

Bald eagle dead from lead poisoning

Man Fined For Catching Weka In Possum Trap

Possum House Invader

Pet Mountain Lion To Be Quarantined After Biting Girl

Dog who challenged lion is parade grand marshal

Chiquita the Chihuahua and Rosie the Terrier Chase Off Cougar

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


The first installment on a series offering some advice about how to deal with wildlife in your backyard in Los Angeles, California, leads off wildlife news today. A rare white tiger killed one of the workers at a wild animal park in Wellington, New Zealand; a day after a cougar bit a child in eastern Ohio, a pet cougar bit a girl in western Ohio; and more details on the cougar that escaped her cage at a zoo in Great Bend, Kansas, are provided by the last article in the set. A small black bear has been frequenting some towns in Pennsylvania; while residents of an Arkansas community have been warned not to shoot a black bear that is foraging in their area. Two bear stories out of New York state today: a man was arrested for killing a bear; and a dead bear cub was reported along an upstate highway. A New Hampshire homeless man was accosted by a hungry black bear that proceeded to chase him through the woods. Nebraska wildlife officials are warning residents about rabid wildlife in the area. Some background material on Maine's bald eagle success story is provided by the next item. With increased sightings of coyotes, a Connecticut community is being advised on what to do about them; and a coyote was spotted in a Massachusetts community over Memorial Day. A teenage driver in Indiana struck a deer in the road, then careened into an oncoming semi; another article about the problems associated with an exploding deer population in one West Virginia county is next up; and wildlife officials in Nebraska announced that their deer herds appear to be free of bovine tuberculosis. And finally, police in South Carolina discovered an intruder at a local business and concluded he was looking for some doe.

How to save a skunk: rescuing wildlife in our own backyards

NZ white tiger mauls keeper in front of tourists

Pet Mountain Lion Bites Girl

Staff error led to cougar killing

Bear on the loose

Black Bear Spotted In Van Buren

Felon faces charge of killing bear

Dead Bear Cub Found Along the I-190

Hungry Bear Chases Homeless Man

Be on the watch for rabid skunks, says wildlife officer

A life's work takes bald eagles off state's endangered list

Coyote sightings on the rise

Coyote seen on Hobart Avenue in Braintree

Semi, car hit head on

Deer a growing nuisance in Putnam County

Tests show Nebraska deer free of bovine TB

Police alerted after deer breaks into Orangeburg Co. business

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


In our first wildlife story today, a wildlife rehabilitation center that was overrun by wildfires during Santa Barbara's Jesusita Fire is trying to recover. There were a host of deer-related accident stories in the news today: a deer was struck and killed by a motorist in Southern California; a young motorist in Tennessee was injured after trying avoid a deer in the road; a deer that had reached Boston's city hall was struck and killed by traffic; and, adding insult to injury, a Utica, NY, woman was ticketed following an accident that resulted from swerving to avoid deer in the road. With Queensland's red deer population surging to over 30,000, culling of the Australian deer herds looks to be imminent; but a Wichita, Kansas, family had an unexpected guest at their Memorial Day barbeque! A Wyoming rancher saved his dog's life by sucking rattlesnake venom out of its nose. Residents of Busselton, Western Australia, were given some background info on the local possum population. In another success story, Maine's governor has delisted bald eagles as their population rebounds in that state; but raptors elsewhere in the US are facing a threat from an unexpected quarter: landfill gas plumes! An update on wolves in Washington state is provided in the next article. Coyotes in Newport Beach, California, are raising pet owners' fears in the area. A New Jersey resident discovered a small bandit living on the premises. A girl in Ohio needed medical attention after being attacked by a cougar. A Pennsylvania motorcyclist needed hospital care after running into a bear. And finally, even after being dead for 16,000 years, a bear was not immune to poaching!

After the Fire, Wildlife Rescue Center Could Use One of Its Own

Deer killed in wreck on toll road; BMW suffers front-end damage

Driver Injured Trying To Avoid Deer In Road

Deer is killed on Pike after Hub sightings

Woman crashes to avoid deer

Red deer on Queensland coat of arms declared a pest

Deer Stuck in Wichita Backyard

Man saves dog by sucking snake venom from dog’s nose

Display board informs about local possums

Maine governor signs eagle delisting bill

Landfill methane towers scorch perched hawks

Twisp wolves ‘well-behaved’

Coyotes stir pet concerns

Raccoon takes up suburban residence

Local Mountain Lion Attack

Motorcycle hits bear in western Pa.

Police Search for 16,000 Year-Old Bear Skeleton Stolen From Sarajevo Museum

Monday, May 25, 2009


Greetings All,

A nature walk in Orange County, California, provided some interesting views of varied wildlife in the area, in our first installment of wildlife news today; and two 'nature tourism' ranches in Texas are showcased in the next item. It's been a battle royal in Florida over the future of eagles and tortoises. An 850-acre thoroughbred horse farm in Kentucky is also a wildlife rehabilitation center; and the life and work of an accredited skunk rehabilitator in Arkansas is up next. A protective mother hawk in a Newfoundland, Canada, nature area has prompted erection of warning signs to unwary hikers; but with 475 nesting pairs of bald eagles identified in Maine, the governor will be removing them from government protection. Canadian researchers refuse to signal defeat in the fight to save polar bears from the effects of climate change; while a bear is prowling around the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. A black bear spotted in upstate New York gave pet owners and parents a bit of a fright; and a pair of bears visited two Oregon communities. The black bear that has been materializing around Seattle neighborhoods may have been spotted again. The Wolf Inquiry Project asks the question, 'Are there wolves in Maine?'; but, with losses of camels and sheep in the hundreds to wolves, herders in China's Mongolia region don't need to ask. Connecticut residents are vexed by an influx of coyotes in their region; and urban coyotes caused some grief for residents of Long Beach, California, as well. An Ohio couple was injured when their motorcycle swerved to avoid a deer in the road; while a community in Ontario province, Canada, is coping with an over-abundance of deer. A cougar that escaped its enclosure at a Kansas zoo was shot before it could escape the zoo grounds; Tyler, Texas, residents are being warned of a cougar in their midst; and residents of an Ontario, Canada, community are curious as to whether it is being haunted by a cougar. And finally, some youngsters in Illinois got up close and personal with wildlife.

Mines, Mountain Lions and More at Fremont Canyon

Where the deer & the researchers play

Why does Florida Fish and Wildlife refuse to protect eagles and tortoises?

Horse farm doubles as a wildlife rescue and rehab center

BENTON COUNTY : Skunk rehabber sees more than black, white

N.L. residents duck and cover during attacks from protective mother hawk

Governor to remove bald eagle from endangered species list

Scientists continue battle for fate of polar bears

Bear Spotted In Gwinnett Neighborhood

Northern Niagara Co. Residents Shocked by Black Bear Sighting

Bears show up in Ashland and Klamath Falls neighborhoods

Bear spotted in Edmonds this morning might be "Urban Phantom"

Project seeks volunteers in search of Maine wolves

China's herders plea for help as wolf packs return

Coyotes a rising concern

Woman: Coyotes invade neighborhood

2 hurt as motorcycle swerves for deer, crashes

Oh deer, there's just too many of them now

Mountain Lion escapes at Great Bend Zoo

Beware of Mountain Lions?

Ontario's ghost cat

Wolves and bears and coyotes, oh my; animal stories in Glen Ellyn

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Two wildlife experts will be discussing endangered wildlife in California's San Gabriel Mountains this coming week; Arizona State University's Institute for Species Exploration has released its Top 10 list of new species discovered around the world; and Oregon's High Desert Museum is providing wildlife training for interested parties. WildEarth Guardians are advocating the return of gray wolves to parts of Colorado and New Mexico; but a battle between city officials and animal rights activists is heating up over a seal influx at a La Jolla, California, beach. A New York motorist had a fatal collision with a black bear; while one of the largest black bear habitats in the country, an exhibit at Florida's Naples Zoo, is reviewed. Washington state wildlife officials caught a dumpster-diving black bear in Carnation, but a phantom bear that has been eluding capture elsewhere in Seattle is still on the loose; followed by an update on an article run earlier this week about an Alaskan who is being prosecuted for feeding bears. Some advice on diminishing skunk encounters with your pets (and what to use to remove skunk stink) is provided in the next article. The remains of a wayward cougar that was killed in Chicago a year ago are examined; and San Bernardino Press Enterprise reporter Rich Brooks tells of a case of mistaken identity when residents of a San Bernardino neighborhood thought a cougar was really just a kitty! A pair of young raccoons were rescued from a building in Colorado and reunited with their mother in the wild; but a curious raccoon once again knocked out power, this time to hundreds of Michigan residents. A pot belly pig is in quarantine at a New Jersey farm after exposure to a rabid raccoon (there is no approved rabies vaccine for pigs, hence the need for a six month quarantine); and discovery of a rabid skunk in Greenville, Texas, has authorities advising residents what to do when encountering wildlife. A deer in Mississippi crashed through a window into an unoccupied classroom; while Washington, DC, is being invaded by whitetail deer that are chomping on the foliage. A followup story out of Boston, Massachusetts, about fears of deer ticks carrying encephalitis, in addition to Lyme disease, is up next. And finally, the curious case of the attack deer in Virginia grows even curiouser after it was determined that it was not rabid.

Wildlife experts to speak at Pasadena Sierra Club meeting

Tiny snake, long bug top ASU's new-species list

New live animal programs at High Desert Museum

Group lobbying for return of wolves to Colorado

San Diego to blast seals from beach with dog noise

Car Collides with Bear on Route 400

Grin and bear it: New black bear exhibit at Naples Zoo mimics nature

Bear captured; another still out there

Alaska cracks down on man who feeds wild bears

Here's what to do if your dog gets skunked

What happened to the Chicago cougar?

Residents mistake mountain lion for house cat

Baby raccoons rescued

Raccoon behind Muskegon County Power outage

Raccoon found in Monroe tests positive for rabies

Rabid skunk found in Greenville

Deer breaks into Bolivar Co. school

Wildlife-Resistant Landscaping

Fatal Deer Tick Virus Raises Concern

Pulaski County deer tests negative for rabies

Friday, May 22, 2009


We lead off with a wildlife story from the UK today, where worries about invasive species are being voiced. A big cat in a Southern California home's backyard was tranquilized and returned to Angeles National Forest. A community college in Troy, New York, received a visitation from a bear this week; but a grizzly sow who frequented an Idaho community's trash bins has been removed to the wild. A young bear appeared near a Colorado neighborhood's park; and bear sightings continue in Seattle, Washington, neighborhoods. A couple of contrasting possum stories from Down Under next: concern has been raised for Victoria's iconic Leadbeater possum, which may have been all but wiped out by the Black Saturday bushfires; but New Zealanders are being encouraged to exterminate overabundant possums in that country. One West Virginia county is reporting a rash of rabies cases; and a North Carolina region has tallied up 13 rabies cases so far this year. A West Virginia community is complaining to wildlife officers about deer destroying their ornamental foliage; while Minnesotans are being warned about the danger of Lyme-disease-laden deer ticks. Researchers in North Negros Natural Park in the Philippines have discovered that a breed of deer thought extinct still survives. A trio of hunting stories today: Arkansas deer hunters had a banner year; a look at Tennessee's hunting seasons is provided by the next article; and a pair of deer poachers were apprehended in Nevada after a tip by a witness. Greensboro, North Carolina, has been alerted to some new four-legged neighbors; while residents of an Ontario, Canada, community attended a meeting to discuss the increasing coyote problems in their neck of the woods. A four-wolf pack that had set up housekeeping in a human-populated portion of Yellowstone National Park has now departed; but a Washington state community is learning how to coexist with gray wolves. Several episodes of the BBC's 'The Life Of Birds' program will be airing on YouTube exclusively for US viewers. A brood of hawks was removed from a tree near student housing at Purdue University in Indiana after the parents dive-bombed students walking by the nest. Radio tagging of predators is fairly common, but Scottish researchers are now tagging prey as well. And finally, firefighters in San Ramon, California, rescued some fluffy youngsters who ended up in a storm drain.

Raccoons and snapping turtles join the foreign threat to our native wildlife

Dad: Hungry cat was 'eyeballing my kids'

HVCC staff told to beware of the bear

Biologists move dumpster-diving grizzly

Bear seen near Dad Clark Park

Another black bear sighting in Shoreline

Endangered possum struggles to survive bushfires

Go for it Bro! Get them possums

More Rabies Cases Reported in Greenbrier County

County's 13th case of rabies confirmed in Forest Hills raccoon -- with map

Deer pose problem for some South Charleston residents

Battling Disease-Spreading Deer Ticks

Rare deer reveals signs of life

Ark. deer harvest second-highest on record

TWRC Makes Controversial Deer Season Change

Two sentenced for shooting deer from truck window, leaving them to rot

Greensboro Neighbors Concerned About Possible Coyote

Don’t feed the coyotes, residents told

Wolves depart from Mammoth area; no pups after all

Methow Residents Adjust To Life With Wolves

BBC's "Birds" headed for U.S. YouTube screens

Hawks nest removed at Purdue

Lambs radio tagged in eagle study

San Ramon firefighters rescue baby quails from storm drain

Thursday, May 21, 2009


As bear mating season gets underway in Pennsylvania, wildlife folks provide some tips to homeowners, in our first wildlife story today; followed by one in which Arkansas wildlife officials alerted residents of Lonoke County about a 2-year-old black bear that was roaming around a neighborhood there. Bear sightings recurred in the Seattle area; and a Georgia driver struck a bear in the road. Deer home invasions continue, as an Omaha, Nebraska, family had a bloody mess to clean up after a deer crashed into their home. Some tips for motorists are provided by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in the next article; but an Ohio woman couldn't avoid hitting a deer in the road, causing it to crash through her SUV's windshield and sending her to the hospital. Discussion of the deer population in Wisconsin by state agencies is continuing; followed by a detailed study of whitetail deer in Louisiana. A debate between wildlife advocates and ranchers over cougar attacks on livestock continues in South Dakota; while an aggressive cougar tackled a pregnant pit bull in British Columbia, Canada. A young bald eagle has been radio tagged, one of 65 eagles being tracked in Virginia; but a pair of red shouldered hawks have an Akron, Ohio, neighborhood under siege as they defend their nest. A rabid raccoon brought the total of rabies cases in one New Jersey county to five. A hunter from Illinois reflects on the impact of coyotes on the whitetail deer population; and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers are concerned about the 17% increase in the local wolf population and the threat to livestock.

Young bear visits Milton

Developing News: Black Bear Loose In Lonoke County Neighborhood

Bear pops up again -- this time in South Seattle

Bear hit by car in Cherokee

Oh deer, this was one wild home intrusion

Game Commission advises motorists to watch for deer

Collision with deer injures woman

Panel Makes Recommendations for Deer Population Goals

Two-year deer telemetry study completed by LDWF, LSU's school of natural resources

Mountain lion diet dispute

Port Alberni pit bull attacked by cougar

Scientists to Track Baby Bald Eagle in Va.

Protective hawks go on attack near nest in Akron

Fifth rabies case reported in Salem County

Into the Outdoors: Coyotes are detrimental to whitetail deer population

Increasing Number of Wolves a Problem for Area Landowners

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Our first item in wildlife news today is from Emily Loose, Director of Communications at The Wild Foundation and concerns the fate of elephants in Mali, Africa, faced with worsening drought conditions; nor will the National Zoo in Washington, DC, be decorating the panda nursery anytime soon, as it appears a previously-announced pregnancy was a false alarm. As the Western Black Bear Workshop in Reno kicks off, some detailed statistics about the 850,000 black bears across the US is provided. Wildlife authorities in Central Virginia are receiving plenty of calls about bears from residents as the weather continues to warm; and folks in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California and Nevada are wondering whether they will have problems with bears this summer. Alaskan law enforcement has lowered the boom on a retired school teacher who has been illegally feeding bears. Law enforcement officials in a Minnesota town provide tips to homeowners after coyote attacks in the area; meanwhile, Massachusetts residents have been given some pointers about coyotes and foxes; but it was a rough day for wildlife in New Brunswick, Canada. The gray wolf population in Wisconsin is up by 26%, but the bad news is that the state has had to pay out over $750,000 for livestock killed by wolves; and while gray wolves have been in the news quite a bit lately, red wolves, which have been extinct in the wilds of the Midwest for a quarter century, are making a comeback at a Chicago, Illinois, zoo. Next up: Bambi with an attitude, as an elderly woman in Bath, England, had a deer crash into her home; and a deer attacked several people in Virginia over the weekend. An Ohio man was severely punished for his deer hunting style; while a study from Ireland of fallow deer bucks revealed that calling for a mate can really take their breath (or at least their voice) away. A cougar apparently died in a traffic collision on Interstate 5 in Southern California; and Wyoming wildlife folks are on the lookout for a cougar spotted on the outskirts of a town there. A Wisconsin town that derives an estimated $1.2 million a year in tourist dollars due to eagles in the area is concerned about a drop in the raptor population. New Zealanders are debating the virtues and vices of using a controversial poison to eradicate wildlife that are carriers of bovine tuberculosis. A writer describes the positives and negatives of spring wildlife visitations in Michigan; and a North Carolina family's adventures with wildlife is told in the next item. Columbus, Georgia, has a new resident, and not everyone in the neighborhood is happy about it. A Texas wildlife rehabilitator shares her love of the much-maligned possum. And finally, contrary to popular opinion, some bankers do have a heart, as one in Spokane, Washington, demonstrated.

Worst Drought in 26 Years Threatens the Survival of the Last Desert Elephants in West Africa

No babies after all for National Zoo's panda house

Experts: Bear problems usually fault of people

Bear sightings near town

Weather key to summer Sierra bear problems

Alaskan officials charge 70-year-old in massive bear-feeding operation

Coyote Attacks Puppy in Eagan

From the Board of Health: Coyotes, Foxes and You

Moose, coyote killed by vehicles

Wisconsin wolf population surges

Zoo's red wolves to grow up in wild

Deer bursts though house window

Deer attacks 2 men, 7-year-old in Pulaski County

Hunting deer at night with a spotlight from a vehicle -- does the punishment fit the crime?

Fallow Deer Become Hoarse In The Hunt For A Mate

Sad. Mountain Lion Found Dead on the 5 Freeway

Mountain lion sighted on Riverton's north side

Where have all the eagles gone?

Turangi/Tongariro Battle Over 1080

Second wave of birds more reliable sign spring is here

Animal clamor

Raccoon invades midtown

A passion for possums

Banker Rescues Darling Ducklings

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


With a decline of nearly a third of honeybee colonies across the US, experts are beginning to see some hopeful signs; but experts on komodo dragons are wrangling over how deadly its bite really is. A number of road kill articles in wildlife news today: deer-automobile collisions in the US are adding up to over $1.5 billion a year, according to a story from Nebraska; Canadian authorities in New Brunswick are trying to reduce collisions with deer by reducing feeding of deer by humans; while the Pennsylvania Game Commission is trying to make drivers more vigilant; but the next article will give readers a whole new perspective on the value of road kill to wildlife biologists; and not all road kill occurs on roads, as a small plane struck a deer while landing in Oregon. What to do about an exploding deer population (and attendant foliage damage) is the topic of discussion in Grand Haven, Michigan. A letter to the editor of a Santa Clarita, California, newspaper defends cougars; followed by some advice about dealing with raccoons using a home's deck for their bathroom. Mockingbirds have been shown to be more intelligent than previously thought, giving the lie to the term 'birdbrain'! Although the California Condor population is recovering, lead poisoning is still a problem among the carrion feeders; and going green could have its downside, as a golden eagle was killed by a wind turbine in Washington state. Bear experts are postulating that a bear attack in Alberta, Canada, occurred because the bear saw a teenager as food; while an Arkansas university had an unwanted visitor to the campus (it probably really needed to be at UCLA!) Custody battles can be such a messy thing: the zoo that provided the father of a valuable polar bear cub wants the cub from the zoo where the mother resides; but it's not every polar bear that gets a new home, courtesy of Britain's Royal Marines! A Vermont community had a bear stop by for a visit; but an elusive bruin materialized again on Monday in a Seattle park. The 10th Western Black Bear Workshop will be held in Reno this year, bringing together black bear experts from all across the western US. A commentator from Illinois reflects on urban coyotes; followed by a collection of wildlife advice. Another potential means for relieving dogs of skunk scent is offered up by an article from Denver, Colorado. A trio of rabies stories are up next: a rabid raccoon accosted two dogs in Georgia; and two encounters occurred in North Carolina. And finally, a wolf pack is descending on a Virginia town, but residents don't seem to be alarmed.

Study finds decline of honeybee colonies slowing

Chemicals in Dragon’s Glands Stir Venom Debate

Two Panhandle Car-Deer Collisions Cause $19K in Damage

Deer-feeding bans hard to enforce, could reduce vehicle accidents: biologist

Pennsylvania Game Commission Advises Motorists to Watch For Deer

Dead deer give up secrets about species

Landing plane hits deer, later skids off Redmond runway

Deer still hot topic in Grand Haven

Mountain lion being stereotyped

Fixit: Raccoons have made their deck a latrine

Study: Mockingbirds recognize individual humans

Calif. condor deaths shows lead still a problem

Golden eagle killed by Wash. wind turbines

Predatory bear saw northern Albertan teenager as food, expert says

Bear Captured On Henderson State Campus

German zoos battle over Knut

Soldiers build polar bear's home

Brattleboro, Vt., gets springtime visit from bear

Black bear spotted in Shoreline

Western bear experts meet in Reno

Coyotes now a part of urban life

Gary Bogue: Skunks: Another reason they smell bad at night

Use bubbles for skunk treatment

Raccoon Tests Positive After Attacking Two Dogs

Four treated in Pasquotank for rabies exposure

Rabies outbreak concerning for many

Wolves back in Wolf Hills

Monday, May 18, 2009


Our first story in Wildlife News Of The Day is about the bumper crop of desert bald eagles Arizona is enjoying this year; followed by a story that adds urban hawks to the list of urban wildlife, as this next story out of Texas demonstrates. Officials are considering culling excess deer on the grounds of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; but Monmouth County, New Jersey, is delaying a hearing on their plans for deer management in the area. Road encounters between wildlife and motorists were a major item in the news today, leading off with the story of a Kansas motorist who collided with a deer in the road; followed by a story about motorists in Florida who had to have quick reflexes to avoid collisions with deer; a new car that was wrecked when the driver tried to avoid a deer in the road in Vermont; a question about whether increased deer kills by hunting has resulted in fewer road kills in one part of Connecticut; and the tale of a motorist in New York state who had a deadly encounter with a black bear. A 150-lb black bear that came to a Pennsylvania town was relocated; and a teenager was mauled by a bear at a remote campground in Alberta, Canada. More details about last week's fatal shooting of an aggressive bear in North Dakota are provided by the next item; followed by a story about a bear in the city, as an ursine visitor comes to Seattle, Washington. Citing the lack of information since 1988, agriculture officials are asking California wildlife officials for an updated cougar count; but reports of a cougar attack on a Frazier Park, California, man were greatly distorted, as authorities soon found out. Wisconsin wildlife officials are on the lookout for a cougar; and something feline is prowling around a North Carolina community, as more reports of big cat tracks are made. A reporter in Maryland discusses the local coyote population and the need for public education; but with trappers in Solano County, California, becoming an endangered species due to budget cuts, residents will have to find their own way to deal with coyotes in the area. With increased sightings of coyotes in New England, one community in Maine will be hosting a public information meeting on the topic. Examination of the federal program for wolf predation is made in the next item. Dealing with urban wildlife in New York City is discussed in a blog entry; while a raccoon who got mixed up with power equipment in a Washington state community paid the ultimate price for its curiosity (along with knocking out power for about an hour). But not all wildlife has suffered at the hands of people: Washington, DC, firefighters came to the rescue of a family of ducks after some ducklings were swept into a storm drain.

Empty nests for local eagles

Neighborhood hawks are lawn feeders

The Watchdog: D'oh! A deer...

Monmouth board pushes back hearing on new deer management plan

One injured in crash with deer

Palm Bay motorcyclist avoids jumping deer

Deer makes short work of new Chevrolet

Deer-hunt kills increase, deer-car crashes decrease: Is change related?

Motorist strikes, kills rarely seen black bear

Bear tranquilized in western Pa. neighborhood

Bear mauls boy, 15, camping east of Swan Hills, Alta.

Bear tried to gain entry to Fairmount trailer home

Bear wanders through Seattle neighborhood

SBC ag official to request cougar count

Firefighters: Man lied about being attacked by mountain lion

Cougar Sighting Reported Near Chippewa Falls

Big-cat accounts continue

Coyotes in Columbia

Solano residents on their own battling coyotes

Vistein sings praises of coyotes

Federal program allows wolves that prey on livestock to be trapped and killed

Skunk hunting again today

Blame it on a raccoon

Firefighters rescue baby ducks

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Surplus South African wildlife sold at an auction, including springboks, hippos and rhinos, provided much-needed funds to support the care of endangered wildlife, in our first wildlife article today; but with their food supply burned up by the bushfires, hungry wildlife is heading into settlements and onto roads in Victoria, Australia, creating many dangerous situations, which keeps one wildlife shelter very busy. Corrupt officials in Borneo have encouraged land clearance, including forest fires, in exchange for political favors, further endangering the orangutan population and worsening climate change. A Missouri resident missed a deer in the road, but didn't miss the power pole alongside the road; while a poacher in Maine was sentenced for preying on local deer. A Minnesota youth has a friendly deer companion (although the deer still needs a bit more work on 'fetch'). A rabid raccoon that was accosting some livestock brought Salem County, New Jersey's, total for the year up to four. California wildlife officials have issued a warning about a cougar spotted in Folsom Lake State Recreation Area; followed by an article that examines the controversy of Oregon's officially-sanction cougar hunt. The terrifying encounter between a Canadian, her lab, and an aggressive coyote is up next; and a jogger was attacked by an aggressive coyote in Colorado, resulting in the euthanizing of the mother coyote and her pups; the follow-on story detailing the angry reaction by local activists. A pair of stories detailing what it's like to co-exist with a pack of gray wolves in Washington state is up next. In a bizarre turnabout, one endangered species is preying on another, putting Maine wildlife officials in a bit of a bind. Eurasian brown bears who inhabit a zoological park near Athens, Greece, are showcased in the next article. A bear decided to pay a visit to a Richmond, Virginia, park; while a graphic example of what grizzlies (or any bear, for that matter) can do to your campsite was provided by a Minnesota zoo. And finally, another safety tip in regards to bears and food: don't leave any Weight Watcher bars in the SUV!

SAfrican game auction shrugs off the recession

Bushfire survivors fill shelter

Orangutan population in Borneo park plunges 90% in 5 years

Dodging deer causes crash, patrol says

Deer Poacher From Bangor Gets 25 Days in Jail

Park Rapids boy befriends stray deer; ‘Panther’ is learning to chase a ball

Fourth rabies case reported this year in Salem County

Mountain Lion Warning Issued

State hunts cougars, though fewer complaints are reported

Brazen coyote confrontation a warning to all

Jogger bitten by coyote

Activists protest after coyote shot, killed

Methow Valley residents adjust to living with wolves

What to do if you encounter a wolf

Hungry eagles feast on Maine's coastal seabirds

Your morning adorable: Brown bear cubs

Bear spotted in Matoaca Park today

Bear Awareness Week

Bear Climbs Into SUV, Goes On Rampage

Friday, May 15, 2009


First up in wildlife news today, a success story from Australia, where five wallabies that were injured in the Black Saturday bushfires are going back into the wild; followed by a story about a pair of rare red pandas on display at a zoo in Iowa in hopes of breeding them to bolster their numbers. A black bear was seen near a high school in Minnesota; while, in yet another Southern California bear sighting, one was spotted in the high desert town of Quartz Hill, where it played hide-and-seek with sheriffs deputies for a bit; followed by still another from Montecito, no doubt due to the wildfire that burned in neighboring Santa Barbara. A Massachusetts town had a furry tree-sitter in its midst; but a Swedish fisherman apparently hooked something a little too big to be reeled in: a bear! A Pennsylvania beagle that was harassing a pair of black bear cubs got more than she bargained for when mama showed up! A black bear was seen near a Virginia residential area; and Utah wildlife officials offer some advice to prevent hungry bruins from intruding on residents. Pennsylvania wildlife officials have released a young bald eagle that was raised in a zoo back into the wild; followed by some background info on Cooper's Hawks (aka Chicken Hawks) in the next item from Colorado. People had gathered at a bird-watching festival in Alaska, only to have the guest of honor trounced upon by an eagle! A deer with bovine tuberculosis was discovered in northern Minnesota; and Louisiana wildlife officials, like their counterparts in other states, are reminding people not to handle newborn fawns (which is actually a crime in that state). The Maryland Food Bank received a windfall of over a ton of venison from deer hunters. Yesterday it was urban coyotes and urban deer, today it's urban raccoons, which are multiplying in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as is the threat from rabies. Montana's Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are wary of lawsuits as they proceed in creating gray wolf hunt quotas. A pair of aggressive coyotes frequenting a Colorado city are firmly in the crosshairs of animal control officers. A young cougar was spotted in a British Columbia, Canada, town; but a big cat in Santa Paula, California, is not sticking to prototypical cougar behavior. Residents of a Saskatchewan, Canada, community have reported what appears to be a cougar prowling around the edge of town. And finally, police tasered a cougar in Lansing, Michigan, right in the stuffing!

Fire-hit wallabies going back to bush

Blank Park Zoo Receives Pandas That Are Neither Bears or Raccoons

Black Bear Spotted Near Anoka High School

Bear captured in Quartz Hill neighborhood

Black Bear Romping Through Montecito Backyards

Black bear hangs out in Westfield

Pilot spots bear in trouble

Pa. beagle recovers from mother bear attack

Bear Spotted In Chesterfield Neighborhood

DWR offers tips for seasonal bear safety

Baby bald eagle gets lift to secret site in Bucks

Cooper's Hawks Sitting on Nest

Eagle kills crane at bird festival event

DNR detects TB-positive deer in northwest Minnesota

LDWF issues reminder to leave young deer alone

Loch Raven deer hunt yields bounty for Md. Food Bank

Finally, Philly's population is growing - from raccoons!

MT FWP weighs wolf hunt quotas

Coyotes facing death sentence

Cougar sighted near Interurban Road

Oaks mountain lion sighting breaks rules of animals’ inherent behavior

Cougar sighting on outskirts of town

Warren police shock cougar — a toy one — with Taser

Thursday, May 14, 2009


In our first wildlife story, a bear visited a Southern California community to the west of Los Angeles before returning to the wild yesterday; but a South Dakota black bear met its demise when it tried to push in the bedroom window of a homeowner. The travels of a restless bear in the Northeast is chronicled; and, although the number of bear sightings on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe is down this year, wildlife officials caution against homeowners getting lax in their precautions. An encounter with a bear in Colorado underscores the hazards of new housing developments abutting wilderness areas. Residents of Alabama are under siege as heavy rains have driven wildlife (including insects) into their homes; and 8,000 customers were blacked out in a Canadian community when a wayward raccoon got across some power lines. Citing how dangerous coyotes are towards children, a writer from North Carolina discusses getting hunting permits; meanwhile, Salem, Massachusetts, is getting more reports of coyotes and foxes within the city limits. Some tips are provided by California Fish and Game in regards to urban coyotes; and while we've heard quite a bit about urban coyotes, the next article discusses urban deer. A Kansas woman was injured in an automobile accident with a deer; followed by an article about a worrisome development in the deer tick virus - its first human victim. An Oregon man is in hot water over the hunting death of a protected blacktail deer. A trio of red-tail hawk chicks rescued from an endangered nest in Texas are growing up fast; while, looking to keep people away from a downtown eagle's nest, an Ohio town has installed a $34,000 eagle cam. A Virginia man snapped a photo of a cougar in the neighborhood, an unusual occurrence in that area; and Central Coast communities in California are keeping an eye out for a cougar prowling around the area. A Washington state cougar who had had a painful encounter with a porcupine was lucky he decided to take a nap on a back porch; followed by the story of a near-fatal encounter in British Columbia, Canada, between a hitchhiker and a cougar. A cougar was killed by a Washington state wildlife agent due to difficulties trying to tranquilize it. Some pointers on rabies are provided to Colorado residents; while a West Virginia county has recorded the ninth case of rabies there this year. In a followup to yesterday's cautionary tale about moving injured wildlife, the North Carolina man who tried to move a raccoon that had been hit by a car now has to worry about the fact that the animal that bit him had rabies. And finally, a Wisconsin family that traps raccoons to prevent them from digging up their lawn had a very rare specimen show up in their trap.

Bear takes detour through Moorpark

Black bear killed

Well-traveled bear wanders through Norway

Tahoe officials: bear sightings may be down this year

Bear ambles into Highlands Ranch

Heavy rains send wild animals indoors

Raccoon, fallen tree knock out power

Hunter seeks permission to hunt coyotes on your land

Sightings up of coyotes, foxes

The coyote: suburban stalker or part of the community?

The deer and the city

Woman, deer injured in crash

Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus

Grants Pass man cited in killing of trophy-class Blacktail deer

Hawk chicks relocated from Southlake stadium growing up fast

Ohio city on lookout for eagle's nest intruders

Isle of Wight man claims he caught a cougar on camera

Community On-Alert After Mountain Lion Spotted

Cougar caught asleep in George back yard

Man fends off cougar attack in B.C. Interior

Wildlife agent kills cougar near Bridgeport

Rabies in Yuma Co.

Another rabid raccoon killed near Renick

Raccoon that bites motorist confirmed as rabid

Rare albino raccoon trapped

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Our wildlife news leads off with a story about how biological control of fire ants in Texas, where they cause an estimated $1 billion in damage each year, is offering a way to diminish their numbers. Florida's Treasure Coast Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is working with a malnourished bald eagle that was rescued after being trapped at a water treatment plant; but illegal trading of raptors is covered in the next story from Wales. A cautionary tale from North Carolina about approaching injured wildlife is offered up next. A rabid skunk in New York's Hudson Valley has prompted animal control folks to issue warnings to local residents; while Ohio will be distributing over 100,000 raccoon baits with rabies vaccine from the air and on the ground. An Oregon family is concerned that there is a cougar in their neighborhood after two of their sheep were clawed; a cougar was feeling collegiate in Palo Alto, California; and a bit of legend from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, about a cougar in the vicinity. An aggressive coyote in New Jersey is being hunted by animal control officers; a story about an attempt to boost the pronghorn antelope population in Arizona by culling the coyote population follows; and another about how an Ohio homeowner had a bloody mess to clean off his deck, courtesy of two ravenous coyotes. After two other bruins visited Southern California locales, Glendora was visited by a third bear who took an early morning dip in a pool before heading back into the hills; and a study by US Geological Survey researchers of the Northern Continental Divide grizzly bear population is underway. A judge has determined that animal cruelty laws do apply to wild animals, even though they don't belong to anyone. Academy Award winner Tom Hanks had a stinky situation at his home outside of Los Angeles, California, that he probably wishes was just a bad movie. And finally, in a followup to yesterday's story about an Australian snake that feted on possum at a restaurant, a fresh-water crocodile decided to belly up to the bar at a resident's home!

New weapon turns fire ants into headless zombies

FWC officers rescue distressed bald eagle

Arrest after golden eagle death

Not dead yet: Raccoon bites motorist who hit him

Oddly behaving skunk puts rabies in spotlight

Officials release raccoon vaccine

Cougar stalking Waldo

Mountain lion reported near University Avenue

Blogbits: There is truth to local lion lore

Coyote ugly incident in White Township

Coyote vs. pronghorn: Predator removal project

Wild Coyotes Terrorize Medina County

Third bear found in residential Southern California neighborhood

Grizzly bear study planned for Northwest MT

Judge: Animal Cruelty Law Does Apply in Deer Killings

Tom Hanks - Skunk Attack Forces Hanks To Move

Snake drops in for party snack and croc wants a drink

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Sam Gowen, of the Orange County Register, sent along our first wildlife news item today that explains how, for a nominal fee, pets can be protected from deadly encounters with rattlesnakes. An article from Pennsylvania provides techniques for keeping wildlife away from your garden; followed by a press release from that same state that warns homeowners about the adverse consequences of feeding wildlife. A New York resident sent in some security camera video of a bear who came to visit a Monticello home; but a Jacksonville, Florida, man has been charged with illegally killing a Florida black bear last fall. Well-known wildlife researcher Jane Goodall has weighed in on the issue of British Columbia's trophy bear hunts. An elusive Florida black bear who made national headlines by appearing on TV (inadvertently) has avoided traps set to catch him. Purdue University, in Indiana, has completed a study of wildlife hazards at airports; followed by the exploits of a man who chases wildlife away from Seattle-Tacoma airport in Washington State. A small gathering heard from a wildlife expert about coyotes in Upstate New York. A Kansas woman attempting to extricate a raccoon from an enclosure in which it had become trapped was bitten for her trouble; but Toronto, Canada, construction workers found a raccoon litter with one exceptional member who was pure white. With 700,000 deer scattered across the state, Ohio has a high auto-deer collision rate, as could be expected; but one town in that state will employ bow-hunters to cull their overpopulation of deer this fall. A couch potato discusses the capabilities of a cougar in the next item. And finally, some startled diners had an unexpected dinner guest near their table in Adelaide, South Australia (this is a restaurant that really caters to multiple species!)

Poll: Would you vaccinate your dog against rattlesnakes?

Keeping critters from the garden

PA Game Commission Offers Advice to Avoid Attracting Bears; Public Supports Game Commission's Management of Bears

READER VIDEO: Bear on Monticello homeowner's porch

Charges filed in death of Osceola National Forest black bear

Jane Goodall joins campaign to end B.C. bear hunts

Bear traps removed in south Fort Myers

Purdue study finds deer, wildlife common hazards at airports

Sea-Tac's 'bird man' works to keep critters away from jets

NORTH TONAWANDA: DEC informs residents about coyotes

Raccoon bites Wakefield woman, 84

Wildlife Crew Finds Rare Albino Raccoon At Construction Site

OSP: Deer-Vehicle Collisions Increase

Heath residents favor deer hunting in city

Indoorsman heads to the desert

Carpet snake caught swallowing possum

Monday, May 11, 2009


In wildlife news today, Kenya and Tanzania have decided to spread the wealth with their endangered black rhino herds; followed by a summary of wildlife counts for the state of Nevada. A blogger from Syracuse, New York, discusses the sighting of some raptors near their bird feeder; and a lake in Missouri has been cordoned off by wildlife officials after bald eagles took up residence along the shore. Two webcams monitoring bald eagle nests in British Columbia, Canada, are drawing quite a crowd; and a similar project in Maine also has cameras at nesting sites of other species. Some furry visitors stopped by the Southern California community of Duarte. A Congressional press release sums up the opinion on Capitol Hill about the US Department of Interior's decision on polar bears; but not everyone is happy with the decision, one Canadian Inuit group to be specific. Residents of some Ohio counties have reported over two dozen black bear sightings; but after three maulings last summer, the annual spring influx of bears into Anchorage, Alaska, is rousing the ire of residents. A wayward raccoon is accused of causing an explosion that knocked out power in a New York county; and an adventurous 11-year-old in pursuit of a raccoon required some assistance from local firefighters. A resident of North Platte, Nebraska, got an unwelcome surprise when they opened a refrigerator door in their garage! Public opinion in Toronto, Ontario, is shifting against coyotes as Canadian authorities are sucked into a no-win situation. With livestock and pet attacks on the rise, residents of Vacaville, California, ponder how to better control coyotes; while the plight of Greenwood, Colorado, and their invasive coyote problem is examined in an LA Times article. Some notes on wolf packs in Idaho are next up. The owner of a Florida wildlife shelter reflects on the strange journey that got him there; and the mystery of a prowler in the woods of North Carolina is explored. The annual possum cull in New Zealand underscores the problem of the invasive species in that island nation. An Iowa motorist who swerved to avoid hitting a deer ended up trapped in her car; and a motorcyclist in California collided with a deer as well. Poachers and their dogs are causing grief for wildlife officials in Scotland. And finally, Kansas City International Airport may want to consider getting a doorman after a recent four-legged visitor barged in!

Conservationists hope to move and breed rare rhino

NV deer herds down; other species doing well

Sighting might be one of two hawks

Portion of Longview Lake closed because of bald eagle nest

Eagle webcams reveal new life

Web camera records eagles hatching in Maine

More Bear Sightings: Cute Family Strolls in Duarte

Interior Makes Right Call on Polar Bear: ESA not a Climate Law

U.S. polar bear decisions frustrate Nunavut Inuit group

Black bear sightings begin to mount in Northeast Ohio

Outrage builds in Anchorage after bear attacks

Power back on in Onondaga County

Firefighters rescue girl stuck in tree

Another rabid skunk found in North Platte, Neb.

Snare deadly coyote, Beach resident says

Coyote calls haunting farmers, pet owners north of Vacaville

To shoot coyotes or shoo them?

Wolves Local Status

Creature comforter

Santers, wampus and cougars, oh my!

Three thousand possums bite the dust

Driver waits 8 hours for police rescue

Motorcyclist strikes deer

Poachers' dogs kill and maim deer

Deer enters, runs around KCI’s Terminal A

Saturday, May 9, 2009


We lead off with a story about flooding in Brazil that produced a situation where alligators were swimming through city streets, while scorpions, snakes, and legless lizards were trying to occupy the same high ground as people (fun!) The epic battle of wits between a resident of Central California and a raccoon intruder is chronicled in the next item; followed by the story of a Wisconsin outdoorsman and his encounters with some new furry neighbors. A black bear prowling around South Dakota has demonstrated its ingenuity in getting into places residents would rather it hadn't; while Virginians are warned about bear incursions as spring and summer draw out the hungry bruins; and two bears who decided to sample Reno, Nevada's, charms were returned to the wild. An update on the story of the dog and cougar that tangled in a Southern California wilderness park is provided; a list of cougar sightings in New England accompany this tale of the hunt for what might be a cougar in a Massachusetts community; concluding with a happy ending for a cougar cub who was trapped in a window well in Colorado. The continuing saga of the hunt for Canadian coyotes in Sarnia, Ontario is up next; and an article from Florida discusses the growing practice of hunting nuisance coyotes. A close-up of the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program's New Mexico operations is detailed in an article. Pembroke Pines, Florida, is supporting a pair of eagles nesting on city land in the hopes of increasing the population, which has been absent from Broward County since the early 1970's; but a raptor recovery organization in Nebraska is struggling to pay the bills with a record nine eagles to treat. It's skippy in the crosshairs, again, as Australia's government begins culling an overabundance of kangaroos on an army base in order to protect endangered species; and law enforcement in upstate New York is on the lookout for a wily escapee: a wallaroo! Just in time for Mother's Day, right whales are experiencing a small population boom! A sad ending to yesterday's story of a small deer trapped on a dam in Iowa. Minnesota residents were warned about the danger of deer ticks with Lyme disease in a segment from National Public Radio; as are folks in Upstate New York. In a turnabout, Australian environmentalists are asking for a culling program to be imposed on sambar deer, while hunters are resisting that course of action! Wisdom in dealing with deer comes to us from Birmingham, Alabama; followed by a story about how the reflexes of a school bus driver in Vermont were severely tested as a white tailed deer tried to climb aboard (wonder if they sell one of those yellow diamond-shaped signs that says 'Deer On Board'?) Deer migrating through Bend, Oregon, have a bypass they can use to avoid traffic (something many of us wish we had at rush hour!) And finally, a family in Lincoln, Nebraska, had a confused deer come visit - right through their windows!

Brazilians flee flooding, stay in cow pens

Tony Hicks: It's me vs. nature, and nature's winning

New neighbors in southern Wisconsin: bears, wolves

Bear Seen In South Dakota Near Minnesota Border

Handling the Growing Bear Population

2 bears head back to wild

Man recounts encounter with mountain lion

Elusive quarry

Mountain lion goes to new home after getting stuck in window well

No magic answer for coyotes

Ex-cop ready to take aim at coyotes

Wolves get a little help from their two-legged friends

Eagles' nest may get roots

Neb. group struggles to pay for hurt eagles' care

Australia to shoot 6,000 kangaroos

Wallaroo on the loose in New York

Nice going, mom! Right whales break birth record

Deer shot after being stuck by dam

Study: large number of deer ticks carry Lyme disease

Rise in deer ticks puts pets at risk

Fight for deer life as greens take on hunters

Learning to live near deer

Deer tries to board school bus

Ore. deer can avoid deadly highway using tunnels

Deer jumps in one window, out another
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