Monday, August 31, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 083109

We lead off wildlife news today with a story about Western Plains Zoo, in New South Wales, Australia, which is in trouble for selling some endangered wildlife to hunting enthusiasts; but fallout from the poisoning of invasive possums in New Zealand includes concerns for pet owners and pollution concerns as rains washed carcasses into Wellington's harbor. An informative article about ferrets as pets reveals some interesting secrets, including the fact that they, like their stinky relative the skunk, also have musk glands that emit an odorous secretion; and speaking of skunks, a friendly one was the star of the show as a wildlife rehabilitator in Nova Scotia, Canada, conducted a presentation. With their mother missing, and no zoo willing to take them, three brown bear cubs had to be put down by Alaskan wildlife officials; but a motorcycle-bear collision in Tennessee evidently resulted in no injuries. A black bear wandering through a Connecticut town gave students going to school a bit of a scare; while grizzly bears in Wyoming have killed several dozen sheep so far this year, including a baker's dozen the middle of this month. Some videos of bears prowling around homes in New York State are up next; and a black bear visited Kent, Ohio, something which seldom happens in that community. Residents of a Fairbanks, Alaska, community reported a black bear going through the trash (most locals declared this a non-event); but bear hazing was the order of the day in Aspen over the weekend. An outdoorsman from Utah provides some tips for conduct in bear country; while several wildlife groups are appealing to the United States government to halt trophy hunting of polar bears. Given a choice between gang-bangers and a raccoon living in a vacant house, residents of a Colorado neighborhood prefer the raccoon; but after a second rabid raccoon was discovered in New York City, residents were provided with tips on avoiding dangerous situations with wildlife (and they probably just thought they had muggers and aggressive taxicabs to worry about!) A naturalist from Labrador, Canada, discusses the American kestrel; while a Utah resident who grew up in Simi Valley, California, recounts his interesting and sometimes hilarious interactions with birds and nature. Since over 100 raptors have been electrocuted by landing on power lines in Wyoming, a utility company will spend almost $10 million to retrofit their power lines to reduce this problem; but after trying rubber snakes and repellent sprays to scare off geese that were fouling athletic fields, Kentucky maintenance personnel have found that cardboard coyotes work the best. A cougar was reported in the vicinity of Lake Tahoe, California, so officials are advocating caution amongst hikers in the area; and a cougar was also seen near a mobile home park in San Mateo County over the weekend; while another big cat that has killed several livestock outside of Seattle, Washington, is still on the loose. A bill that would offer farmers greater latitude in dealing with crop-damaging deer in Michigan is discussed; even as officials debate the fate of deer at a preserve. A pair of deer-auto collisions occurred over the weekend in Ohio; and another in Missouri resulted in injuries. Although urban deer hunts have been approved in North Carolina, few townships are taking advantage to thin the herds; but poachers apprehended by officials in India included, surprisingly, a lecturer who was working on his PhD! And finally, officials in an Arizona tourist town are putting wild burros that frequent the area on a diet.

Ban for Australian zoo that sold antelope to hunter

Checks for poisoned possums in Wellington waters

Pets 101: About ferrets

Sweet skunk steals society’s show

Not a storybook ending: 3 bear cubs put down; mother missing

Motorcycle vs. bear in Blount County crash

Bear Causes Stir at New Britain Bus Stop

Grizzly Bear Kills 13 Sheep on Wyoming Grazing Allotment

Local Bear Sightings

Black bear visit unusual in Kent

Black bear roaming Gold Hill area

Bears busy in city, but not in county

Bear attacks: how to avoid them, how to survive them

Wildlife Groups Seek Halt to Polar Bear Trade

Neighborhood nuisance: Masked bandit moves in

With 2nd rabid raccoon found in Manhattan, NYC Health Dept. reminds citizens to avoid wild animals

The Sparrow Hawk

Cedar City 'bird man' has soaring dream

Nesting uncomfortably? G&F schedules study of golden eagle population

Ky. school uses cardboard coyotes to scare geese

Warning issued after mountain lions sighted

Possible Mountain Lion Sighting In Half Moon Bay

The Blotter

Deer population concerns farmers

Ferrysburg looks at impact of deer on dunes preserve

Deer cause two injury accidents

Passenger injured when car hits deer

Urban deer hunts raise quivers

Lecturer and electrician held with deer skin

Carrot-toting tourists making Arizona burros obese

Saturday, August 29, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 082909

An apartment-dweller from Seattle, Washington, reflects on wildlife interactions with humans and their pets in our first wildlife story today; followed by the story of a wildlife rehabilitator from northern Alabama, who is currently caring for a quartet of orphaned raccoons. Vermont has joined the list of states deploying fish-baited rabies vaccine cubes for raccoons; but a daycare operator in Mississippi has had to keep the children inside due to half a dozen unruly raccoons outside. A closer look at the habits of black bears in West Virginia is provided by the next article; and a trio of bear cubs in an Idaho wildlife park are putting on weight rapidly. A popular hiking trail in Montana's Bitterroot Mountains has been reopened after it was determined that the bear that was causing trouble there earlier this year had left the area. Bears in Aspen, Colorado, are proving to be a tourist tonic, but a law-enforcement headache; and an elderly man from Utah was mauled by a bear after returning from a river trip. There's a tussle over grizzly bear hunting in Alberta, Canada, between hunting advocates and environmentalists. A writer from Colorado describes the experience of being very, very close to a cougar in the road; and after sightings of a cougar in Utah, residents were given some tips on how to avoid a deadly encounter. Police in Rapid City, South Dakota, felt that a cougar in a tree was a threat to residents and shot it. An Arizona man was given a reduced sentence for unlawfully selling eagle feathers after intervention by the Navajo nation. Pet owners and parents are concerned about multiple coyote sightings in Central Virginia; but actress Katherine Heigl swung into action when a coyote attempted to make off with her pet, right from her own backyard! Possums in Texas are the topic of the next article; followed by one about someone's pet alligator that made it into a creek in West Virginia, causing quite a stir. Texas landowners, concerned for their crops, will now be able to purchase a year-long deer hunting license to protect their fields from browsing deer; while a New Mexico community, overrun by deer, is concerned because where the deer go, the predators follow. Even the nation's capital is complaining about too many deer, in this case at Rock Creek Park. And finally, a clever deer exploited the rivalry between a cheetah and a hyena in Africa to make a quick getaway after playing dead!

Wildlife and Human Life

Raccoons' foster mom knows goodbye is hard

Vermont fights rabies with planes

Raccoons Plague Jackson Daycare

Bear truth: The answer's in the oak

Bear World cubs growing up

With no sign of bear, Big Creek reopened

Bears keep police busy, tourists enthralled

Man, 79, recovering from bear attack

Hunting group wants Alta. grizzly bear hunt reinstated

Meeting a mountain lion from 15 ft. away

Cougar sighting in Eureka

Mountain lion shot in western SD

Man sentenced for selling eagle feathers

Coyotes Terrifying One County In Central Virginia

Katherine Heigl Saves Distressed Dog

Opossum Problems

Alligator Found In Big Wheeling Creek

Landowners killing deer in crops nothing short of slaughter

Deer deluge poses danger, conservation officer says

Too Many Deer in Rock Creek Park

Deer 'fakes death' to escape cheetah and a hyena: video

Friday, August 28, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 082809

In our first wildlife story today, hunters who poached deer from a farm in the UK may get more than they bargained for if they eat the venison (but at least they shouldn't get worms!) Arizona Game & Fish officials have posted a reward for a deer poacher who shot a doe illegally; while a bicyclist discusses collisions between bikers and deer across the country over the years. A Q&A session presented in the next article tackles the issue of deer management in regards to deer ticks; and as the hunting season nears, hunters in Missoula, Montana, discussed wolves and deer. A wolf pack killed over 100 sheep in the largest single attack recorded in Montana since the reintroduction of wolves, something that will not help their case in regards to hunting them; and Swiss farmers are up in arms over the number of sheep being killed by wolves that have been returning to Switzerland after being eradicated a century ago. It's a race against time in Idaho, as hunters quickly buy up permits to hunt wolves, and a number of animal rights groups, including the Humane Society of the US, work to try and stop the hunt before it begins; but some animal rights groups are advocating measures beyond the legal realm. New Brunswick, Canada, will soon have a better handle on how many birds of prey transit that province each year; and a fledgling bald eagle, rescued from a golf course in Florida, has been released back into the wild after being treated for avian pox. An orphaned cougar cub from California has arrived at its new home at a zoo in Binghamton, New York. The rare sighting of an endangered Asian black bear in Iran was reported after it attacked a villager as it was looking for food; and a New Hampshire resident returned home to find a young ursine visitor in the backyard. A writer from Baltimore, Maryland, describes the turnabout of being in a fenced enclosure in Alaska and being observed by bears! A skunk that bit a New York woman turned out to be rabid. A new study points to the possibility that skunk musk may prove deadly for some pets who get sprayed, such as a writer's dog in Michigan. Wildlife authorities in Georgia issued warnings to local residents about rabid wildlife after an infected raccoon was reported. And finally, a cautionary (and expensive) tale for hoteliers who allow wildlife to roam around their guests is offered by our last wildlife article from Colorado today.

Deer killed by barbaric poachers

Game & Fish seeks help catching Prescott-area deer poacher

Bicycles colliding with deer

Myths and Facts About Deer Management

Hunters talk wolves, ammo and more with FWP officials in Missoula

Wolves kill 120 sheep at ranch near Dillon

Appetite spells three wolves' doom in Switzerland

Many Idahoans are eager to shoot wolves

Wolves Or Taters?

Hawk Watch project to help conserve birds of prey

Nursed back to health, bald eagle is returned to the wild

Young Cougar Goes on Exhibit at the Zoo

Drought brings out endangered bear in Iran

Bear a backyard surprise for local resident

Taking the Kids -- And Meeting Some Bears

Town of Batavia woman undergoing rabies treatment

Beyond Stinky: Dog's death raises worries about skunks

Rabies Alert for Athens

Sky Hotel guest sues over alleged raccoon ‘attack’

Thursday, August 27, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 082709

The plight of cormorants in the Great Lakes region is discussed in our first wildlife article today; followed by the story of a wildfire which burned through 16 square miles of Nevada wilderness and is now contained, but not before destroying habitats frequented by sage grouse, desert bighorn sheep, and deer. A Texas man faces a stiff fine and the possibility of some jail time after beheading a tame deer in 2008; and a New York County which has been overrun by deer, and seen a consequent increase in deer-auto collisions, is moving up the date for their deer hunt. Environmental groups are offering up an unorthodox solution to help reduce climate change: wolves! A cautionary tale from North Carolina underscores the importance of keeping rabies vaccinations of pets current; and rabies vaccine baits will be distributed from the air and on the ground in Maine to help reduce the incidence of this virus in raccoons. The misadventures of an Ontario, Canada, family trying to "raccoon-proof" their trash is up next. A trio of cougar sightings in an Oregon neighborhood has both officials and residents edge; and a cougar, which was evidently struck by car over the weekend, disappeared from the crash scene in Idaho, prompting officials to request its return for study. A cougar is causing headaches for livestock owners on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. A black bear in Florida that had been rummaging through people's trash and birdfeeders has been captured, tagged, and returned to the wild. And finally, Pete Thomas, of the Los Angeles Times, provides a cautionary tale about leaving food out in Yosemite National Park where the bears can find it.

Governments killing once-endangered cormorants

Nevada wildfire northeast of Reno contained

Guilty plea over beheading of tame deer in Houston

Town in a deer dilemma

Wolves Provide a Buffer Against Climate Change

Two rabies cases reported

Vaccines target rabies in raccoons

Garbage follies

Three cougar sightings in three days near Keno

Officers search for cougar taken from crash scene

Cougar killing animals on Olympic Peninsula

Backyard bear captured in Hernando County

Yosemite bears appear smarter than the average camper

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 082609

Two articles from Los Angeles Times Outposts lead off wildlife news today: Julie Sheer provides some background material on the deaths of two grizzlies in Montana's Glacier National Park last week; and Kelly Burgess provides an article about three Riverside County men accused of poaching deer in picturesque Yosemite National Park. Although bears have been spotted in some unusual situations, one from Snowmass, Colorado, is quite unique! Several changes implemented by wildlife officials in Alaska have apparently resulted in fewer bear deaths this year compared to last year. Residents in one part of Missouri are convinced that they've seen cougars in the area; and a California landscaping crew got a front row seat to a cougar attack on a deer. A deer hunt for young people in California is generating a good deal of controversy; while a wildlife biologist weighs in on the contentious plan to cull deer in a Kansas Park; and a deer hunter from Minnesota reflects on the dangers of raccoon poop. There was a delay of a ball game in Illinois due to the game (in this case, a skunk!) A writer from Oregon recounts the wildlife that visits their back porch every night, including a pair of possums; but a Washington state man who accidentally shot himself in a standoff with an opossum has decided next time he'll use a trap instead! Wildlife biologists in Ottawa, Canada, are warning pet owners that coyotes are on the prowl; and an influx of coyotes in one North Carolina county is causing some concern among residents. Idaho wildlife officials are puzzled by the deaths of half-a-dozen juvenile wolves. Raptor rehabilitators from South Carolina comment on the release of two red-tailed hawks and precautions to take on approaching injured raptors. And finally, we all know that firefighters save lives, but how many of them do you know who save hawks, bobcats, and coyotes?

Glacier National Park grizzly deaths

3 from Riverside County charged with poaching deer in Yosemite

Bear climbs ladder to escape Snowmass skate park

Bear deaths way down on Russian, Kenai rivers

Several in area convinced they’ve seen mountain lions

Lion attack: Landscape crew witness cougar kill deer

Youth deer hunt drama

Deer do great damage to parks

No joking; raccoon excrement should be no laughing matter

Thanks to Leroy, now I've seen everything

Pixie O’Possum, a nocturnal visitor

Man shoots himself during standoff with opossum

Coyotes wander Ottawa streets

Coyote Attacks Deer Near Forsyth Co. Line

6 juvenile wolves found dead in Idaho

Rescued hawks take to the skies after being released

FDNY veteran rescues all kinds of wildlife in spare time: hawks, bobcats, coyotes

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 082509

We lead off wildlife news today with a study from a New South Wales university that shows that kangaroos account for an astounding 60% of the auto accidents with animals in Australia, resulting in 2,100 collisions and 13 human deaths! A deer that bounded onto the road in front of a pack of motorcyclists left one biker dead and several injured in Colorado; while residents of an Upstate New York community will have the opportunity to comment on deer culling after a reversal by the City Council that had previously barred public comment. A report on chronic wasting disease within Florida's white-tailed deer population has been compiled; and a graduate student conducting a deer tracking project in South Dakota comments on the aims of the project in the next item. A dispute between hunters and birdwatchers over the fate of an injured night heron played out on the Mediterranean island of Malta; but a pair of skunks brought to a rescue center in the UK produced not one, but two albino offspring. Some shepherds in Germany are relying on Pyrenean mountain dogs to protect their sheep from wolves. Farmworkers in Oregon were startled when a cougar suddenly appeared as they were gathering hay earlier this month; but in regards to cougars in Ontario, Canada, a paraphrased quote from Mark Twain is probably appropriate: "rumors of their extinction have been greatly exaggerated!" Rural dwellers in Texas are reminded of some of the dangers that wildlife pose to the unwary, such as rabies; while New Jersey officials confirmed that a raccoon which picked a fight with a dog was indeed rabid. It appears that polar bears, like the Arctic ice mass they inhabit, are also shrinking; but the limitations of relocating bears is highlighted in the next article. We often hear about the damage bear-auto collisions produce, but they're nothing compared to the damage bears do if they get inside a car, as the next article for Colorado demonstrates! Authorities in Florida have charged a couple with the death of a woman's daughter when she was asphyxiated by a pet python. And finally, some clever beluga whales which found themselves stranded on a mud flat in Alaska dug themselves a mud hole in order to survive until the tide returned!

Kangaroos a deadly Aussie road menace: study

Amarillo man dead in Colorado deer accident

It's OK to fawn over deer in Cayuga Heights again

No evidence of chronic wasting disease found in Florida white-tailed deer

Tracking the collared deer

Hunters hang on to injured heron

Skunk gives birth to rare albino skunks at Cumbrian rescue centre

Dogs recruited to protect German sheep from wolves

Hay harvesters encounter cougar

'Shadows' with teeth and claws

Rabies concerns and rural living

Rabid raccoon found in Absecon

'Stress' is shrinking polar bears

Bear sow killed in Basalt

Bear wrecks car in East Vail

Couple charged in python strangling

Stranded belugas in Alaska swim free

Monday, August 24, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 082409

First up in wildlife news today, a campaign in Australia to help Leadbeater's possums burned out by the Black Saturday bushfires is a big hit among school-age kids; but skunks, abandoned in the UK after passage of a law prohibiting de-scenting of pets, are adding their distinctive aroma to the countryside. In an ironic turnabout, either a skunk or a raccoon became a yellow jacket exterminator! A look at raccoons in Florida, where the four smallest varieties reside, is provided by the next article. Airborne distribution of a rabies vaccine intended for raccoons in northern New York state is underway; but a raccoon that quarreled with a pair of labs in Virginia a few days ago turned out to be rabid. The Southern California community of Sierra Madre played host to an ursine visitor. Hunters intent on reducing the urban deer population in Warsaw, Indiana, received training at the local police department; and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is putting together a survey on when the rutting season for deer in different parts of the state occurs. A motorcyclist who was not wearing a helmet is in critical condition after striking a deer in the road in Wisconsin; while another motorcyclist was killed and his wife injured in a collision with a deer in Arkansas. In a letter to the editor regarding an article about counting deer in a New Jersey community, a writer points out that deer should not be counted nor hunted, merely enjoyed. The next story underscores the virtue of procrastination in dealing with a Big Deer on Campus in Wisconsin! A meeting to discuss a proposed deer hunt in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been scheduled; and the virtue of culling deer in a North Carolina community is discussed. With seven dogs killed by wolves so far this year in Minnesota, residents are beginning to voice their concerns about having the predators in the area. The adaptability of coyotes in the Delmarva (Delaware-Maryland-Virginia) area is explored; and a writer from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, reflects on coyotes in the area. The annual hawk migration through New York State is examined in the next article; but a friendly eagle brought to a Virginia wildlife rehabilitation center will remain their permanent guest due to its inability to feed in the wild. Authorities are warning residents of a British Columbia, Canada, community to keep an eye on their pets and children after a cougar was spotted in the area; even as cougars appear to be making their way back into parts of Nebraska, after having been virtually wiped out in that state years ago. And finally, endangered species are facing a threat from an unexpected quarter: the Internet!

TV takes aim on possums

Locals scent strangers in garden

SKOL: Look out for those ‘bees’

Tropicalia Wild File: Raccoon

County, USDA to distribute rabies vaccine for raccoons

Rabies Case Confirmed in Henrico

There goes the neighborhood... bear moves in

67 Archers Attend Deer Training Saturday At WPD

FWC seeks hunters to complete deer rut survey

Updated: Motorcyclist in critical condition after hitting deer

Motorcyclist Dies In Crash With Deer

Resident sees no point in counting deer in Cranford

Oh, deer: 10-point buck wanders onto WSU campus

Proposed suburban Philly archery deer hunt debated

Safety issues end Kure Beach deer hunting proposal

Rise of wolves putting Minnesota pets at risk

Coyotes thrive in urban setting

Wild ideas about coyotes

Mt. Kisco preserve hosts hawk watch during migration

Eagle with misaligned beak to stay at Va. center

Saanich cougar sighting a warning to those with children and small pets

Outdoors: Cougar makes a cameo [Omaha World-Herald, Neb.]

'Cyber-traffic' endangering primates in Cameroon

Saturday, August 22, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 082209

The impact of wildlife on air travel, particularly at Los Angeles International Airport, is explored by LA Times reporter Dan Weikel in our first wildlife article today; but a young ferruginous hawk found emaciated outside of a Utah community has been released back into the wild after rehabilitation. A wildlife rescue operation in northern Illinois is showcased in our next story; followed by the recollections of a writer on her trip to Manitoba, Canada, in which she swam with the fishes (okay they're actually whales) and commiserated with other native wildlife. A wildlife park in Maine offers hikers glimpses of many forms of local wildlife. A resident of Georgia, trying to avoid a deer in the road, flipped her car and died in the resulting wreck; but three-legged deer and numerous road kills are the results of traffic collisions with deer in Nanaimo, British Columbia. An Op-Ed piece from New Mexico lambasts officials for planning to cull deer in one community due to a perceived overpopulation. A skunk which got into a fight with some dogs in Virginia turned out to have rabies; while a woman in the UK who lost a skunk found it nearby, but now he has to go on a diet after consuming excessive amounts of cat food! A Canadian cat was lucky to survive an attack by a cougar, startled by a passerby in North Vancouver, British Columbia; while a couple of small show dogs have disappeared from a California residence, but it's unclear as to whether the culprit is a coyote or a hawk. Our next article examines the fine line between dogs as pets and packs of dogs as predators, after the killing of a Georgia couple by a dog pack. The coyote situation in Santa Monica, California, is definitely getting ugly, with police reporting eight apparent coyote kills of pets since last month. Centennial, Colorado, is working with Humane Society of the US and others to provide coyote educational material to residents; but Yorba Linda, California, has decided to employ a trapper instead. A family's dog barely survived a coyote attack in Virginia. A writer from Washington DC comments on the pluses and minuses of keeping raccoons as pets. A writer from Utah provides a history of bears interacting with humans in that state; but the controversy over the shooting of a bear in a San Bernardino, California, community is still being discussed by residents and officials. Residents of Jacksonville, Florida, have been reporting a black bear in the neighborhood for the past week; while a spectacled bear at Washington DC's National Zoo lost 110 pounds on a diet, though it's doubtful that he will appear on Oprah to discuss this (his agent couldn't be reached for comment). Controversy is brewing in Mammoth, California, over what to do with a home-invasion bear that has been breaking into a house a day rummaging for food; however a black bear that made a visit to a Crestline, California, campground yesterday decided to just lounge around for a while. And finally, we take a look at a bear that could be used to help soldiers on the battlefield, among other things, and will never be accused of rummaging through anyone's trash!

LAX makes birds unwelcome

Hawk set free in Iron County

Mending wildlife

The Arctic warmth of Hudson Bay's belugas

Signs of Wildlife

Thomson woman dies trying to avoid deer on road

Deer paying the price for careless, uncaring drivers

Steve May: Public input sought on mule deer situation

Skunk killed by dogs found to have rabies

Lost skunk causes flap in Chippenham

Cat survives cougar fight in North Vancouver

Coyotes blamed for disappearing dogs

Ga. dog pack shows fine line between pet, predator

Coyote ugly

Coyote program education, awareness offered

Coyote trapping begins in Yorba Linda

Coyote Attacks Family Dog In Dinwiddie

Raccoons as pets

People have a way of turning bears into, well -- animals

Bear essentials provided at meeting

Bear sightings on the Westside

National Zoo Bear Loses 110 Pounds

Blonde bear keeps on raiding the Mammoth fridge

Bear makes itself comfy at campground

BEAR robot roars to the rescue

Friday, August 21, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 082109

Our first wildlife article today, from the BBC, delves into the fascinating life of some deep sea worms off the West Coast of the United States; but the seductive calls from male frogs in Australia may be missed by females due to excessive traffic noise. Aerial dispersal of 1080 poison, intended to kill possums in New Zealand, is slated for sometime between now and December. A nature columnist from Central California comments on squirrels, raccoons on outhouses, lost tortoises, and the safety of barn owls from cats; followed by a detailed look at eagle breeding in Minnesota. Residents of a Minnesota community have had an upsurge in coyote attacks on pets; but an Op-Ed from Oregon advocates cooperation between various groups in support of the wolf population. Yet another bear-hunting hound has been killed by wolves in Wisconsin; while over a dozen conservation groups are trying to derail plans to hunt gray wolves in Idaho and Montana. A Florida man turned himself in to authorities after he beheaded a 12 point buck at a game farm; and a Utah man has also been arrested for poaching. A Connecticut community plans to have a deer hunt to reduce deer tick problems and to provide venison to food shelters. Michigan will close a number of their deer-check stations in order to save over $500,000, but some will remain open to monitor areas affected by chronic wasting disease; but Florida wildlife officials contend that chronic wasting disease is at very low levels in that state. There is a debate raging in an Illinois community over whether footprints are from a cougar or dog; followed by the story of a Washington man who shot a cougar to save one of his pigs. Officials in a Southern California community advised people to keep an eye on their pets after the report of a cougar in the area; but environmentalists are supportive of Arizona wildlife officials preventing cougars from decimating the desert bighorn sheep population in Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. A gigantic grizzly bear who stood over seven-and-a-half feet tall has reportedly been shot in Montana; while, in a tale of two Colorado bears, one was killed, after having broken into several homes; the other was relocated out of another community, as Colorado's summer of bears continues! There has been a rash of rabid raccoon encounters in one Sarasota, Florida, community in less than a year; and a skunk that had attacked a Connecticut homeowner and his pet turned out to be rabid. A writer from Minnesota recounts the harrowing tale of being skunked in her bedroom (airplane oxygen masks may be installed over her bed for future attacks!) And finally, Dudley-Do-Right to the rescue, as Canadian Mounties freed a small skunk from its predicament!

Glowing 'bomber worms' discovered

Traffic noise could be ruining sex lives of frogs

Timeframe set for poison drop

Gary Bogue: Squirrels: Where do they go to die?

VNP reports increase in fledged eagles

Coyote a suspect in attacks on Tower-Soudan area pets

Cooperation could could help protect wolves, livestock

Fifth Bear hunting hound killed by wolves in Clark County, Wisconsin

Groups try to block Idaho, Montana wolf hunts

Polk County man arrested for beheading prized deer

Suspected deer poacher arrested, awaits trial

Deer Hunt to Return

Chronic wasting disease precautions spare Kent County from DNR closing of deer-check stations

No evidence of chronic wasting disease found in Florida white-tailed deer

Henry footprints: Cougar or dog?

'My hands were shaking': Cougar-shooter tells his story

Mountain lion spotted in Calleguas Creek bed

Arizona is right to keep cougar from sheep area

Shooting death of large grizzly bear in Montana investigated by federal, state authorities

Bear slain; more come knocking

Wildlife officers relocate bear from Glenwood Springs area

Another family pet kills rabid raccoon

Rabid skunk found in New London

Column - Gassed by Mother Nature

RCMP rescue skunk

Thursday, August 20, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 082009

The bizarre sex life of a California fish is explored in our first wildlife article today (parental discretion advised); followed by a story about an elephant fitted with a prosthesis in Thailand, mentioned last week, who has bent the artificial leg, forcing the manufacturers to rework it. A writer from Oklahoma takes a closer look at the life of possums; and an inadvertent Good Samaritan recounts the tale of a squirrel rescue in Los Angeles. Florida authorities have confirmed that a raccoon that bit a dog in Sarasota was indeed rabid. A wildlife rehabilitator from Massachusetts had two oil-soaked red-tailed hawks to attend to; but a fledgling eagle flew into power lines in New York State, and since she was wet from heavy fog, the results were fatal. A horticulturalist at the US National Arboretum provides some tips on deer-proofing your garden; followed by a rare look at the financial side of the deer industry in Texas. A woman in British Columbia, Canada, continues to fight authorities for the right to keep her five-year-old deer; but a proposal to unleash bowhunters on an overabundance of deer in one New York county has led to a heated debate between officials and environmentalists. An official from Norfolk, Virginia, responds to reports of coyote attacks in the area; even as Alabama continues to see an increase in coyote attacks on pets, especially in the central part of the state where over 21 coyotes have been trapped. Connecticut is seeing an upsurge in coyote attacks on pets; while residents of North Carolina are reporting coyote sightings and pet disappearances as well. An article from Malibu takes another look at the secret life of cougars in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains; and wildlife authorities are keeping an eye on a cougar seen hunting deer in a forested part of Oregon. An Ohio motorist was unable to avoid hitting a black bear; but Aspen, Colorado's, home-invasion bear was at it again yesterday. And finally, veterinarians at Texas A&M University had a very large patient on whom to perform a root canal (and you can bet that they gave him plenty of painkiller!)

Grunion only fish you have to run after to catch

Thai elephant damages newly fitted artificial limb

Outdoors - Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Those Nocturnal Opossums

Suffering Squirrel Stirs Consciences Near Fourth and Detroit

Raccoon that bit Sarasota dog was rabid, officials

Hawk found last month drenched in oil-like substance ready to fly again

Eagle electrocuted in Narrowsburg

Don't Eat These, Deer

Deer industry racks up sales

Ucluelet woman fights to keep her pet deer, gets help from local coalition

NY county seeking bowhunters to control deer

Letter: Leaving animals unattended puts them at risk for more than coyote attacks

Coyotes moving into cities a cause for concern

More Pets Become Coyote Prey

Triad Residents Complain Of Coyotes

A mountain lion's share of attention

Cougar reported in Dallas woods

Black bear killed in run-in with Ohio motorist

Bear that injured an Aspen woman breaks into nearby home next night

One Bear of a Cavity: Texas A&M Veterinarians Perform Root Canal on 17-Year-Old Black Bear

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 081909

We lead off wildlife news today with a look at a small member of the wildlife community: butterflies. A young Philippine hawk-eagle has been taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center and will be returned to the wild when it is older. A cougar that had been deviling mountain bike riders in Washington state was shot in a pigpen over the weekend; and an update on cougar sightings in Washington state is provided by the next article. In a follow-up to a story earlier this week, a cougar that had mauled a team of hunting dogs was killed by wildlife authorities in British Columbia, Canada; while elsewhere in that province, wildlife officials feel that they have killed a cougar responsible for attacks on livestock in the area. A number of disease-killed cattle in Wyoming will be removed to prevent wolves from feeding on the carcasses, which could lead to more attacks on livestock by the wolf pack. Coyotes in a Ontario, Canada, community may have killed a new pair of swans purchased by the city to replace ones killed by coyotes some time back; while a Florida resident has been forced to close down his fox pens on a technicality, but animal rights advocates wish to shut them down permanently. Delaware hunters will be providing venison to food shelters during the upcoming deer hunting season; however, a motorcyclist who collided with a deer in Kentucky ended up in the hospital. A commentator from Maryland weighs in on the best way to control tick populations on local deer. A Kansas City, Kansas, suburb has agreed to begin urban deer hunting in the fall, but animal rights groups are advocating a nonlethal solution to the deer overpopulation; and a plan to hunt deer who are ravaging crops on a New York state farm is also sparking discussion of nonlethal means of control. A story from Oklahoma discusses the different aspects of deer population control through urban hunting; but fearing that deer could spread diseases to Minnesota's declining moose population, wildlife experts are grappling with the issue of how to protect the 7,600 remaining animals in that state. Poachers in India attempted a brazen theft of a deer from a wildlife shelter; while a Michigan community is trying to obtain help for a deer who is apparently injured. One British Columbia community has a population boom of skunks, which is good news for a nearby pet groomer dealing with an abundance of 'skunked' dogs; but a Texas homeowner shot a rabid skunk that wandered into his yard. A docile grizzly who had become too friendly with people was euthanized in Montana's Glacier National Park, and, unfortunately, one of her cubs was over-tranquilized and died as well; while a bear in Aspen, Colorado, is being sought by authorities after breaking into several homes in the area. And finally, a Burmese python made an unexpected visit to a Southern California home!

This season, few flybys by butterflies

5-month old Philippine hawk-eagle rescued in Leyte

Aggressive cougar near Leavenworth shot and killed by property owner

Wildlife officials go after Ocean Shores cougar

Alberni Valley cougar treed and killed

Sunshine Coast cougar shot after livestock deaths

Dead Wyo. cattle moved to avoid attracting wolves

City's new swans dead

Fox pen shut down for illegal coyote possession

DNREC announces deer meat donation sites

Motorcyclist seriously injured in wreck with deer

Deer culling the best solution for Lyme disease control

Lenexa clears way for reduction of deer population in Shawnee Mission Park

Plan to hunt deer at eco-friendly farm sparks debate

Hunting Oklahoma's Urban Deer

Experts recommend steps to protect moose in Minn.

Oh dear! Monkey business with deer now

Russell Islanders seek help for wounded deer

Skunks creating a big stink in North Vancouver

Goliad County has first confirmed animal rabies case

2 bears killed in Glacier National Park

Hunt on for bear that attacked Aspen woman

11-foot python unexpected guest for Calif. family

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 081809

First up in wildlife news today, Sam Gowen of the Orange County Register sent along an article from San Juan Capistrano about a woman who spotted a family of bobcats in the back yard; while another female cougar has been collared in the Santa Monica Mountains by wildlife biologists who can now track her movements, along with several other big cats. A cougar in British Columbia, Canada, turned on a quartet of tracking dogs, killing one and mauling the three others; and a cougar in Glendale, California, evidently killed a large dog while it slept. Two cougar stories from Washington state today: a cougar has been sighted in Ocean Shores; and another had a fatal collision with an automobile. From now until October 14, raptors in Maine's Acadia national Park will be tabulated. The next item is a very brief listing of 29 new species to be protected by the Endangered Species Act. A study of aging within a population of Scotland's red deer has been completed; followed by an article that showcases the South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Texas, particularly their deer population. A possum trapped in a snare was nearly dead when wildlife authorities recovered the animal in a Victoria, Australia, neighborhood. A Michigan neighborhood will have to put up with some stinky neighbors for little while longer because the City Council refused to pass an ordinance that would've removed them from an abandoned house; followed by the misadventures of a Great White Hunter in Missouri who pit his efforts against a family of skunks with predictably stinky results. For once, good climate news for polar bears in Canada! Canadian Wildlife officials in Alberta have identified four more dump-diving bears they may have to shoot; but a black bear in Tennessee really enjoys the self-service apple trees on one property. In a move certain to bring an environmentalist lawsuit, Idaho wildlife officials have approved a wolf hunt in the state. New York town unleashes wolves against pooping geese (okay they're just cutouts)! Wildlife officials are telling residents of Bend, Oregon, that they'd better get used to coyotes in the area because they're there to stay; and residents of Park City, Utah, have made repeated reports of a coyote on the edge of town. Meanwhile, Denmark and Sweden are grappling with an influx of raccoon dogs. And finally, in echoes of the Kurt Russell thriller, 'Escape From New York', an unusually strong raccoon managed to pry his way out of a trap on the roof of City Hall in New York City and nearly made good his getaway!

Bobcat family romps in San Juan Capistrano yard

Third mountain lion collared in Santa Monica Mountains

Cougar kills tracking hound near Alberni

Necropsy shows mountain lion killed pet dog

Cougar Sighting in Ocean Shores

Car, Cougar Collide Near Quilcene

Acadia National Park kicks off HawkWatch

29 species tagged for possible federal protection

Age toll taken on wild red deer

Bambis or not, volunteer cares for 8 fawns

Cruel act

Burton City Council shoots down emergency skunk ordinance

Solving a stinky mess

Summer Sea Ice Good News for Hudson Bay Polar Bears

More bears in crosshairs

Bear spotted helping self to apples in Johnson City

Idaho F&G commissioners approve hunt of 220 wolves

Town uses cutouts of wolves to scare off nuisance geese

SW Bend coyotes getting bolder, residents say

Coyote reportedly seen on edge of Park Meadows

Sweden fears Danish raccoon dogs

'Houdini' raccoon makes an escape at NYC City Hall

Monday, August 17, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 081709

Our first wildlife story today takes an inside look at falconry, where birds of prey take flight in some incredible video footage; followed by the story of a hawk that collided with a car and is believed to have come from a Seattle urban park. Although physically the largest member of the hawk family, Ferruginous hawks' numbers are small and declining in Washington state; but South Dakota is beset by burgeoning wildlife populations, particularly geese, that are decimating their crops, and could probably use some additional raptors in the area. A motorcyclist had a fatal collision with a bear in California early this morning; while the Chicago Tribune recounts a series of bear encounters across the US; and although there've not been an abundance of bear sightings in an Ontario, Canada, community this year, wildlife officials are still cautioning homeowners to take precautions with bears around. Wildfires set by farmers clearing land in Borneo threatened to overrun an orangutan preserve harboring 8,000 individuals, as well as many other species; while the impact of climate change on Australia's flora and fauna is examined in the next item. An ingenious (though expensive) device for killing ticks on deer is showcased in an article from Maryland; and wildlife authorities in Maryland are proposing draconian measures to protect white-tailed deer from chronic wasting disease. Residents in West Virginia's capital fear for their safety as an urban deer hunt season nears; while a deer management workshop will be offered at Auburn University in Alabama at the end of the month. A friendly deer in Minnesota has wildlife and public safety officials worried. An Op-Ed from Connecticut blames mankind for a coyote population explosion in New England; followed by an update on the Massachusetts coyote attack mentioned last week. A cougar cub became an unexpected guest at a Washington state wedding; but California Department of Fish and Game officials are cautioning people living near Lake Arrowhead about a cougar in the area. Some background material on cougar attacks and steps to take to prevent them while outdoors is brought to us by the next article from Durango, Colorado. And finally, a Virginia real estate agent got a shock when she saw what she thought was a cougar in a shed on the property she was showing, but the cat turned out to be much more docile than she expected!

Their love of falconry hasn’t crested

Hawk injured in Central District might be from Volunteer Park

Ferruginous hawks in decline

South Dakota crops damaged by wildlife, birds

Motorcycle Hits, Kills Bear Near Cool

San Bernardino National Forest bear: Californians biting off more than they can chew by feeding it

Bear reports coming in here

Borneo ablaze: forest fires threaten world’s largest remaining population of orangutans

Climate change 'threatens Australia's biodiversity'

Device aids in Lyme disease battle

In Maryland, Hopes that Plan to Slaughter Deer Will Stave Off Disease

Urban deer hunt has some residents worried

Deer Management Workshop Planned by Extension

DNR concerned tame deer will be safety issue

Coyotes Trying To Fill Shoes Of Wolf Cousins

Dartmouth coyote attack brings attention to predator population

Cougar crashes wedding near Washougal

Mountain Lions Prowling Local Communities

Mountain lions' presence shouldn't paralyze us in wild

'Mountain Lion' Turns Out to Be a Softy

Saturday, August 15, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 081509

The amazing story of a Thai elephant getting a leg replacement after stepping on a landmine leads off our Wildlife News Of The Day; while wildlife officials in the UK reflect on the life of a very old golden eagle (estimated to have lived an amazing 22 years!) Native Americans in California are using cutting-edge science to help them reinstate ancient rituals that use condor feathers. Florida homeowners had to have their cat put to sleep after a raccoon that the cat quarreled with turned out to be rabid. An article from New Jersey reiterates the importance not only of not feeding bears deliberately, but of also securing your trash so as not to feed them inadvertently; and a potentially dangerous situation occurred in an Arkansas community, when a mother bear and her cub were separated, and a crowd gathered around the treed cub. A resident of Idaho is fighting to protect a grizzly sow slated for execution by wildlife authorities; but officials are in hot water in Alberta province, Canada, over the shooting of a dozen dump bears. The city of Toronto, Ontario, has given up the hunt for a Canadian coyote that has proved too elusive to be trapped; while many Southern Ontario communities are having problems with increasingly aggressive coyotes, as the next story shows. Canadian ranchers are on edge after losing $168,000 worth of stock to a hybrid coyote/wolf, locally dubbed a "coywolf"; followed by more details on Alaska's aerial wolf hunting, with video, and some links you can use to voice opposition to this practice. A trio of cougar encounters in British Columbia were deadly for the cougars, but fortunately no people were injured; followed by the amazing tale of a big black Lab who held off a pack of cougars who circled his injured owner in Washington state! Massachusetts wildlife officials debate the claim of a resident who claims to have spotted a cougar; but the report of a cougar in Utah is being taken more seriously. A six-legged deer discovered in Georgia last summer has made it into Ripley's Believe It Or Not. And finally, homeowners in a Michigan community have a stinky problem with small residents frequenting a derelict house down the street.

Thai elephant hurt by mine gets artificial leg

'Oldest' golden eagle found dead

Tribal effort to fix broken world hinges on condor

Cat euthanized after fight with rabid raccoon

People in bear country

Mama bear,two cubs visit Jasper

Cd'A man fights to save bear

Bear shootings blasted

Toronto gives up on wily coyote

Coyotes surrounded newspaper carrier

Meet the coywolf

Aerial gunning of Alaska's wolves being challenged in Congress, and you can help.

Three young cougars killed after stalking Princeton residents

89-year-old man stranded; dog fends off cougars

Officials say Hubbardston mountain lion reports exaggerated

Mountain Lion spotted in Sandy & South Jordan

Believe it or not – story of 6-legged deer lives on

Residents need government help dealing with skunks

Friday, August 14, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 081409

Hunters in Montana have been asked to provide information on any gray wolf encounters to wildlife officials, our first Wildlife News Of The Day entry today. Residents of Toronto, Canada, are seeing a population boom in local coyotes, leading to increased claims of predation; while pet owners in Mill Valley, California, are concerned about coyote sightings in the area. In a follow-up to one of yesterday's articles, some of a Virginia community's members are protesting a bounty on coyotes; but residents of a Pennsylvania community fault residential development as the cause of increased coyote sightings in their area. A Colorado hound was lucky to be alive after an attack by a pack of coyotes. A hungry bear paid a visit to a Virginia watermelon patch; and Ontario, Canada, has reported an increase in the number of bear sightings this year. An Op-Ed from a California resident comments on cougar attacks and the need to review current policy on these cats; followed by musings of a mountain biker from Washington state on precautions to take before venturing into the wilderness around Leavenworth, where a cougar has been spotted. A cougar was seen near Alberni, British Columbia, by some Canadian bike riders; and a cougar is suspected in an attack in Highland, California. The thorny issue of urban deer is reflected in a story about Helena, Montana, sanctioning a deer hunt; while a 60-year-old man died in a motorcycle collision with a deer in Michigan. An Illinois man has pleaded guilty to shooting a protected bald eagle in January. The mail can finally go through in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, as Canadian mail carriers are no longer harassed by nesting hawks; but pet owners in Atlanta, Georgia, have a mystery on their hands: did a hawk make off with a Shih Tzu? And finally, a New Zealand motorist was unable to convince a traffic court about the cause of his reckless driving: a swooping hawk!

Montana hunters asked to report signs of Wolves

Coyote population explodes near Toronto

Increase in coyote activity has residents worried

Augusta County Coyote Bounty Opposition

Coyote sightings on the rise around Marjol battery site

Vet hospital nurses dog back to health after coyote attack

Bear feasts on watermelons

Sault second in number of bear reports

Tight Lines: The truth about lion attacks

Cougar incidents in Leavenworth make wilderness unsafe for people

Sisters spot cougar in Alberni

Suspected mountain lion attack

FWP approves killing 150 more deer in Helena

Harrison man dies in deer-motorcycle collision

Calhoun County man pleads guilty to shooting bald eagle

Mail delivery resumes in Moose Jaw after hawks move on

Did hawk steal Shih Tzu?

Hawk claim fails to convince court

Thursday, August 13, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 081309

In wildlife news today, Exxon Mobil was slapped with a heavy fine for contributing to the deaths of dozens of birds over the past five years; while several communities in England are keeping an eye out for a hand-raised owl that escaped its owner. A plastic coyote came to the defense of a Georgia sports field that was being overrun by geese; followed by some commentary on a study from Arizona about coyotes preying on cats; and the story of a Massachusetts kitty that used up most of its nine lives fending off a coyote attack. But cats aren't their only fare, as coyote incursions into one Ohio county are diminishing the population of red foxes in the area; even as a wildlife biologist from Alabama weighs in on coyote settlements in the eastern US. Next is a tale of two Virginia communities: one is reconsidering its bounty on coyotes, in light of the fact that livestock owners report no reduction in coyote attacks; while another considers changing the bounty. Denver, Colorado, pet owners are concerned that coyotes in the area are now attacking in packs; and a Colorado man has an uneasy waiting period after coming into contact with a coyote that may have had rabies. The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association is concerned about Mexico's intention to release grey wolves, fearing that they could cross the border into the US. The National Park Service has a new subject to study, in the form of a female cougar captured in July and given a GPS collar to follow her exploits in California's Santa Monica Mountains; but California homeowners are on the watch for a cougar that is been seen repeatedly in the area for the past month; and ranchers in a Nebraska community are on the lookout for a couple of cougars that may have been seen prowling around in the area. A Canadian woman has been told by provincial officials that she must return her pet deer to the wild; but the decline in the deer population in South Carolina, as explained by the next article, shows the impact of residential development on wildlife numbers. Officials in a New Jersey county have reported another case of rabies in the area, their third so far this year; and an Ontario, Canada, community reported their fourth rabid animal so far this year. A pair of dogs that were attacked by a skunk in Kansas had to be euthanized as the skunk turned out to be rabid. A new medical study underscores the danger to children, particularly to small children, from raccoon droppings. A bear decided to ramble through some back yards in San Dimas, California, yesterday afternoon. And finally, a bear in Boulder, Colorado, gave two paws up for Italian cookies at a local store!

Exxon Mobil Pleads Guilty to Killing Migratory Birds

Eagle owl at large in Great Sankey, Warrington

Water fowl don't dare cross path of Paran coyote

Study shows Southern Arizona coyotes are a risk to outdoor cats

'Lucky' Jasper the cat survives coyote attack

Coyotes wile away in Madison County

Coyote migration worries urban East

Coyote bounty discussed by supervisors

Coyote Bounty May Become Flat Rate

Pet Owners Warned About Coyotes Training Pups

Coyote attack brings rabies close to home

Wolf release in Mexico sparks concern in US

Meet the Newest Mountain Lion of the Santa Monica Mountains

Residents report lion

House Cat Or Mountain Lion? Animal Spotted In Elkhorn

Pet deer that sleeps on a bed must go: official

Deer season forecast good for 2009

3rd rabies case in county confirmed

Rabid skunk confirmed

Dogs that killed rabid skunk euthanized; make sure your pets are vaccinated

Raccoon Latrines Pose Risk to Kids

Bear goes for a dip in San Dimas

Bear Breaks Into Home For Biscotti

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 081209

We begin wildlife news today with a success story: Sea Eagles, hunted to extinction in western Scotland many years ago, have made a stunning comeback. Three environmental groups filed petitions with wildlife officials in New Mexico to bolster protections for the Mexican Gray Wolf; but in Idaho, wolves have apparently killed a dozen sheep. A New Jersey county near New York City has sounded an alert about coyotes in the area that have killed several sheep. With increased black bear sightings in New York State, some tips for bear encounter survival are offered in the next article; but a black bear that had frequented parts of Florida and Georgia, was shot by a Georgia homeowner after doing damage to his house. More details and some background material on the story of a Colorado woman who was killed by a bear she was feeding; followed by an article from California that underscores the danger feeding wildlife poses not only to humans but to the animals as well. Iron workers in Chicago got a surprise visitor when a load of metal from Detroit arrived with a stowaway. And finally, a New South Wales, Australia, home had some electrical problems when a possum got entangled in their power lines, so who do they call: the fire brigade, of course!

Sea eagle chicks take to the sky

Groups push for special wolf protections

Wolves Kill 12 Sheep

Coyote Warning in Bergen County

VIDEO: Bear in Bolivar

Westley, who gained fame in South Florida, dies at age 3

Colorado woman who fed bears is killed by one

Humans threaten bears in San Bernardino National Forest

Stowaway raccoon finds home on North Side

Fire Brigade rescue possum from Caringbah Home

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 081109

In our first wildlife story today, an Ohio motorist got a shock when an 8 pound fish came crashing through her windshield, dropped by an eagle flying overhead (and you thought it was hazardous walking under pigeons!) Three Canadian men have been fined for shooting at ducklings, then posting the slaughter on YouTube as a joke. Despite offering to donate wolves to other states, there been no takers for Idaho's proposal; but Alaska may have its aerial wolf hunt legislated out of existence by Congress. A rat terrier was lucky to survive a coyote attack in Orange County, California; followed by some sage advice offered by wildlife experts about coexisting with coyotes in the region. Two coyote tales from Connecticut today: residents of a community are on edge after several cat killings by coyotes in the area (caution: graphic image in this article); but a mutt will be honored for saving his feline companion from the jaws of a hungry coyote earlier this year. South Carolina's burgeoning coyote population is the topic of the next item; while a Pennsylvania Township has settled on a hunting season for coyotes in the area. A Sprint Cup car struck a coyote in Arizona at nearly 200 mph (caution: graphic images in this article). A woman in Missouri was killed when the motorcycle she was riding collided with a deer; but an informal convention of deer and elk ranchers in Wisconsin will seek to inform interested parties on how to get into the business. More details are provided in the next story about the trapping of a cougar outside of Denver, Colorado; while hunting dogs have been brought in to track down a cougar that pursued a mountain biker in Leavenworth, Washington, last week. Rabies cases in New Jersey are discussed in the next item. Seattle residents have been cautioned about raccoons who attacked small dogs in the area; even as a coalition of groups is protesting Washington state's spring bear hunt. Polar Bear International is donating $75,000 to Wisconsin to plant trees which can help offset Global Warming; but a Colorado woman who fed bears from her home was evidently killed by one of her ursine visitors. And finally, after perusing the inventory in an Aspen, Colorado, fur store, a black bear decided not to part with his coat!

Fish dropped by eagle hits car in Danbury Twp.

YouTube duck shooters fined: media

State gets no takers for Idaho wolves

Stop aerial wolf hunt: 105 congressmen sign bill

Coyote attacks pet rat terrier in Ladera Ranch

These wild neighbors aren't knocking for sugar

Hungry Coyotes Prowl The Annex

Special canine will be honored for rescuing feline friend

Coyote expansion posts no threat to outdoor recreation in S.C., experts

Douglass Township supervisors set coyote hunting dates for township-owned sites

Nascar Driver Hits Coyote at 190 mph

Eastern Mo. woman dies in motorcycle-deer accident

Picnic to offer tips on raising deer, elk

Man talks about trapping mountain lion in shed

Hunt is on for cougar prowling trail near Leavenworth

Fifth rabies case of year reported in Salem County; rabid raccoon was found in Upper Pittsgrove

Dog recovering after raccoon attack

Group: Stop Washington bear hunt

Polar bear group donates $75,000 to Wisconsin

Autopsy shows bear killed CO woman who fed animals

Bear browses Aspen fur shop

Monday, August 10, 2009

WILDLIFE NEWS OF THE DAY - 081009

The Himalayas proved to be a biological hotspot, as shown by the results of a ten-year study of the area; followed by the fascinating world of an animal rehabilitator in North Carolina. Four men are being sought in India for poaching protected deer; while Dubuque, Iowa, is seeing noticeable results from their urban deer hunts. Residents of a tiny Maine community plan to feed deer despite the risk of road hazards and other problems associated with artificial feed sources; something underscored by the story of a Utah motorcycle passenger who was killed when the bike collided with a deer over the weekend. A stunning photograph shows a bald eagle in British Columbia attempting to bring down a swan (unsuccessfully, as it turns out); but after implementing restrictions on people frequenting areas where bald eagles were nesting, Arizona has seen a resurgence in the eagle population. A border collie in Illinois that keeps geese off the golf course is profiled in the next item; but a black Labrador is in critical condition following a coyote attack in Massachusetts. A cougar was seen in San Mateo County over the weekend; another was tranquilized, then removed from a Denver suburb; while rumors of a black panther prowling the hills to the east of San Francisco persist. The next article discusses the possum, an animal many regard as "ugly enough to make a freight train take a dirt road". Law enforcement officers in a Michigan community chased a black bear around town; followed by the hilarious encounter between a Colorado homeowner and a pair of amorous raccoons. And finally, the next time you're at a pay phone, beware of raccoons soliciting!

Flying Frog, Smallest Deer Among Array of New Himalayan Species

Animal rescuer is Surry’s answer to ‘Doctor Doolittle’

4 accused of deer poaching

For Dubuque, the doe stops here

Taxpayers warm to deer cause

Motorcycle passenger dies after collision with deer

Pictured: the moment eagle swooped on swan

Eagle-nest protection helps species soar in Ariz.

Wiley keeps geese away from Coyote Run

Dartmouth dog attacked by coyote

Mountain lion spotted near Woodside

Mountain lion captured in eastern part of Denver metro area

Bear, black lion - impossible? Not necessarily

Ode to the 'possum

Public Safety is out for bear

It's sure a noisy in the world of raccoons

Gary Bogue: Touched by nature -- life's little surprises
 
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