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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 11, 2018, 05:52:09 pm »



For Immediate Release, October 6, 2018

Contact: Kierán Suckling, (520) 275-5960, ksuckling@biologicaldiversity.org

Statement on Kavanaugh's Confirmation to Supreme Court

TUCSON, Ariz.— Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, released this statement after the Senate’s vote today to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice:

This is a profound and shameful moment for the U.S. Senate and the Trump administration that will have disturbing ripple effects for decades to come. By brushing aside serious and credible allegations, Republicans in the Senate are doubling down on an ugly kind of politics that rewards the powerful and pushes everyone else, including women, to the margins.

The U.S. Supreme Court will now tilt firmly in favor of right-wing ideologies, corporations, perpetrators and those to whom the notion of civil rights for all is a nuisance rather than a necessity.

“Beyond that Kavanaugh’s vote on Supreme Court will have awful consequences for clean air and water, wildlife, climate and anyone struggling against pollution in their own communities. Time and again, he has sided with corporations and other powerful interests when it comes to wildlife and the environment. That will continue. 🤬

“But Trump and his network of corruption shouldn’t rest easy. The resistance will galvanize and strengthen during this dark hour. We’ll link arms, speak louder, get more organized, demand more justice and fight harder than we ever have before. Too much is at stake now to do anything less.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2018/brett-kavanaugh-10-06-2018.php
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:31:45 pm »



October 3, 2018

See the Great Migration come alive in this video featuring our East Africa safaris in Kenya and Tanzania.

WATCH: East Africa's migration





Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 02, 2018, 01:27:09 pm »


Do Elephants Thrive in the Wild?

In many parts of the world, elephant populations are threatened, due to demand for ivory and loss of habitat. A comprehensive study, however, suggests that protected areas may offer real hope for both Asian and African elephants.

According to the results of the six-year study, elephants living in protected areas of Kenya and Myanmar have lifespans that are at least twice as long as those housed in zoos.

In fact, even elephants born and raised in zoos tended to have shorter lifespans than those captured in the wild and later taken to zoos.

The study's authors point to factors such as obesity and stress as likely reasons why elephants do not survive nearly as long in zoos as in protected areas of the wild.

A trunkload of elephant facts: 🐘

African elephants have the longest gestation period of any mammal, at an average of 22 months.

Only cartoon elephants eat peanuts; real ones never touch the stuff.  ;D

No Asian elephant has ever been filmed running; they appear to always keep at least two feet on the ground.

https://www.wisegeek.com/do-elephants-thrive-in-the-wild.htm

We elephants belong in the protected (FROM HUMANS) wild, NOT in a prison you humans call a zoo.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 27, 2018, 05:21:20 pm »

 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Yellowstone grizzly bear cubs

Victory: A Safe Future for Yellowstone Grizzlies 🐻

We're still buzzing with excitement over Monday's historic court ruling that restored Endangered Species Act protection to Yellowstone grizzlies.

The federal judge's decision to overturn a 2017 Trump administration order that stripped protection from these threatened bears is a massive victory. The Center for Biological Diversity, with our environmental and tribal allies, has been fighting that order since it was issued. Monday's decision not only returns protection but also halts plans in Wyoming and Idaho to hunt more than 20 bears.

Thanks to everyone who helped with this fight. We couldn't have done it without you.

But we fully expect the Trump administration to appeal this decision — and your gift to our Predator Defense Fund will help us defend this lifesaving victory.

Pacific fisher

A Crucial Win for Pacific Fishers

Thanks to another court victory won by the Center and allies, Pacific fishers now have a better shot at Endangered Species Act protection.

Relatives of minks and otters, Pacific fishers once lived in forests from British Columbia to Southern California. But intense logging and trapping drove their numbers way down, and now only two naturally occurring populations are left in California and Oregon.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed federal protection for the fishers in 2014, but in 2016 arbitrarily withdrew that proposal. So we challenged the decision, and a judge just ruled the agency must reconsider by March 2019. Hopefully that means these amazing, forest-dwelling creatures will finally get the protections they so badly need.

Read more in High Country News.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 27, 2018, 05:09:14 pm »



September 27, 2018

Scientists Oppose Trump Attack on Endangered Species Act

Polar bears

The Trump 🦀 administration 🐉🦕🦖 has proposed brutal 👹 changes to the Endangered Species Act. But hundreds of scientists and organizations, including the Center, are fighting back. We've called on the administration to withdraw the proposed rules, which ignore science, would strip protection from many species, and would speed up habitat destruction.

And you've spoken up too: On Monday we delivered more than 56,000 comments from Center supporters, defending the Act, to Interior Secretary Zinke. Thank you. We'll keep you posted.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 27, 2018, 04:56:09 pm »

 

September 27, 2018

Judge Blocks 'Energy Dominance' Policy on Public Land


Sage grouse

Win for the West

A federal judge has blocked a Trump "energy dominance" policy slashing public and environmental review of oil and gas leasing on public lands. The injunction bans the Bureau of Land Management from using the policy on more than 67 million acres in 11 western states.

Lease sales slated for December — spanning hundreds of thousands of acres of sage-grouse habitat — must now face full public and environmental review.

"This is good news for public lands and the millions of people who love them," said the Center's Taylor McKinnon. Read more.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:16:35 pm »

🐻 Grizzly Bear technique for relieving back itch: ;D 

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 31, 2018, 08:24:52 pm »



Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Faces Outrage After Guard Kills Polar Bear During Arctic Cruise Excursion

July 30, 2018 by gCaptain

MS Bremen. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

German cruise line operator Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has found itself in the middle of an online firestorm after a guard shot and killed a polar bear during a shore excursion to an Arctic archipelago from one of its expedition cruise ships over the weekend.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Sunday, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises says it “very much regrets” the incident but made clear that lethal measures against the polar bear were taken purely out of self-defense.

The incident occurred Saturday as the company’s cruise ship Bremen was stopped in Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, for an excursion.

According to the cruise line, a four-man armed security detail was securing the landing area in preparation for guests when out of nowhere the polar bear attacked one of the guards, inflicting non-lethal injuries that required medical attention.

“The guard suffered head injuries, however, he was responsive after the attack and was airlifted. He is out of danger, with no threat to life. In an act of self-defence, unfortunately, it was necessary for the polar bear to be shot dead. We very much regret this incident. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is very aware of its responsibility when travelling in environmentally-sensitive areas and respects all nature and wildlife,” Hapag-Lloyd said.

In its statement, the cruise operator provided the following account of the incident:

“The incident occurred when the four-person polar bear guard team, who are always on board for these expedition cruises as required by law, prepared for a shore leave. One of the guards was unexpectedly attacked by a polar bear that had not been spotted and he was unable to react himself. As the attempts of the other guards to evict the animal, unfortunately, were not successful, there had to be intervention for reasons of self-defence and to protect the life of the attacked person. The injured person was immediately provided with medical care and flown to a hospital with a rescue helicopter. We are in personal, direct contact with him. His condition is stable and he remains responsive.”

Despite its explanation, the cruise line was intensely criticized online over the incident, with many calling for a boycott of the company.

“‘Let’s get too close to a polar bear in its natural environment and then kill it if it gets too close,’ Morons,” tweeted comedian Ricky Gervais. Others also accused the company of exploiting polar bears for profit.

In its statement, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises defended its shore excursion practices, insisting that they are not meant for polar bear observation.

“To illustrate the situation: Spitzbergen is a large geographical area, about one and a half times the size of Denmark. Landings are possible only in a few places; these are not there to serve the purpose of polar bear observation, on the contrary: polar bears are only observed from aboard ships, from a safe distance. To prepare for a shore leave, the polar bear guards go ashore in advance after sighting the landing site as a group and without passengers. They then set up a land station and check the area again to make sure that there are no polar bears in sight. As soon as such an animal approaches, the shore leave would be stopped immediately,” the company wrote on Facebook.

As of Monday, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Facebook post about the incident had over 1,000 comments, many of them negative.

The MS Bremen was built in 1990 and can hold 155 passengers and 100 crew.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises says it is working with Norwegian authorities to fully investigate the circumstances of the incident.

http://gcaptain.com/hapag-lloyd-cruises-faces-outrage-after-guard-kills-polar-bear-during-arctic-cruise/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 31, 2018, 02:28:22 pm »

Grieving Mother Orca Has Been Carrying Her Calf’s Body for the Past 7 Days 😟

Estelle Rayburn

July 31, 2018 

In her research on orca whales (also known as “killer whales” though they are known for being quite the opposite), neurobiologist Lori Marino discovered that the limbic system — a group of structures in the brain which deal with emotions and the formation of memories — of these whales is “so large it erupts into the cortex in the form of an extra paralimbic lobe.” In plain words, this means that these majestic aquatic creatures may just be more emotionally aware than us humans.

In light of the orca’s high capacity for emotion, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when a mother orca recently lost her just-born calf near Vancouver Island, she has reportedly been carrying the baby for the past seven days. This heartbreaking act of grief was witnessed by researchers from the Center for Whale Research, who were tracking the mother killer whale and her pod at the time of the calf’s death.

As the Center for Whale Research reportedly stated, “The baby’s carcass was sinking and being repeatedly retrieved by the mother, who was supporting it on her forehead and pushing it in choppy seas. The mother continued supporting and pushing the dead baby whale throughout the day until at least sunset.”

The incredibly sad death of this baby orca clearly had profound emotional impacts on the calf’s mother. And unfortunately, this type of occurrence — a killer whale calf dying mere days after birth — is not at all uncommon in the present day.

As far as scientists can tell, Southern Resident killer whales like the mother in this story have not had a successful birth in three years. In fact, over the last two decades, the Center for Whale Research estimates that only 25 percent of the newborn calves have survived.

Ken Balcomb, Founder of the research center, offered some insight into how humans are playing a major role in the plight of these gentle giants. “The cause [of the birth rate] is lack of sufficient food resources in their foraging area,” Balcomb reportedly told CNN. He added, “There’s not enough food, and that’s due to environmental reasons.”

More specifically, humans are rapidly lowering the population of Chinook salmon — the orca’s main food source — by polluting and destroying their oceanic habitats, not to mention harvesting the fish at rapid rates.

In turn, we are causing widespread food scarcity for these whales, thus resulting in an unprecedentedly high rate of miscarriages and making it extremely difficult for the whales to give their surviving young the proper nutrition. With the population growth of this species seriously stunted, only 75 Southern Resident orcas remain in the wild, putting these precious creatures at a high risk of disappearing from the planet for good if we don’t soon take action to protect them.

If you’d like to learn more about what these poor whales are up against and find out how you can help give them a fighting chance for survival, check out these helpful resources: (at article link)

• There Will be More Plastic in the Oceans Than Fish by 2050 – Here’s How You Can Help!

• 10 Alarming Facts About Overfishing

• Vivid and Stunning Photo Campaign Reveals the True Cost of Holding Orcas and Dolphins Captive

• 10 Simple Actions That Just Might Save Our World’s Oceans From Plastic

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/grieving-mother-orca-carrying-calfs-body/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 23, 2018, 01:32:37 pm »

The above is a picture of a dik dik. For the incredibly cute and cudly pictures of an orphaned baby dik dik (they are tiny!) walking over a keyboard and being given loving care, go here:






Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:10:11 pm »

June 11, 2018

Guardians and allies call for ending the War on Wildlife in new film

Watch, share, and engage
Across the American West, Guardians is fighting to protect wildlife from the many threats. From Ending the War on Wildlife by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s secretive “Wildlife Services” program to freeing our public lands from dangerous, indiscriminate traps and snares, we work tirelessly to create a new paradigm in wildlife conservation free of archaic tools of cruelty.

Because many people are not aware of the risks to wildlife and people on OUR public lands, we made a film to spread the word. Partnering with Mountain Standard Creative, we traveled across New Mexico talking to wildlife scientists, advocates, and people whose dogs were caught in traps. The result is a film that presents some of the most challenging issues in wildlife protection today and how we can move toward a brighter future.

We are proud to share our new film with you. Please watch and share far and wide.

For the Wolves,

Bethany Cotton, Wildlife Program Director

WATCH THE FILM


WildEarth Guardians ✨ protects and restores the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West.

© 2018 WildEarth Guardians | MAIN OFFICE: 516 Alto Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
p) 505.988.9126

http://wg.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=24441.0&dlv_id=41767&current=true&em_id=24441.0#.Wx8do4pKg2w
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 27, 2018, 12:03:55 pm »

Deadly Disease Threatens Deer, Elk, and Moose

LAUREN ANDERSON   |   MAY 22, 2018

Mule Deer. Credit: Greg Ochocki.

Wildlife face a host of threats in today’s changing world. Invasive species, habitat loss, and disease are often at the top of the list when wildlife managers talk about the pressures with which wildlife must contend. Wildlife disease is by far one of the scariest dangers. Many people have heard of chytrid fungus, which has decimated native frog species, and white-nose syndrome, which has had severe consequences for native bats. But there is another wildlife disease that has gotten less attention, though it poses an equal threat.

It is called chronic wasting disease (CWD) and it heavily impacts deer, elk, and moose in North America.

TAKE ACTION

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal disease with no known cure. Once contracted, there is not pathway back to health. It is a prion disease, like mad cow disease, that affects cervids (deer, elk, and moose), and symptoms include drastic weight loss (wasting), stumbling, listlessness and other neurologic symptoms.

White tailed deer. Credit: USFWS

The Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

To date, chronic wasting disease has been detected in 24 states. The disease was first discovered in a captive breeding facility in 1967. It was then found in free-ranging elk in 1981 and was next found in free-ranging white-tailed deer in 1990.

More recently, chronic wasting disease was detected in Montana’s wildlife in late 2017 and just this year Mississippi had its first confirmed case when an infected white-tailed deer was found in Issaquena County. If the disease continues to spread and establish itself in new wild cervid populations, there is potential for a conservation crisis that could decimate wildlife populations.

Please join us is calling on the U. S. Department of Agriculture to ensure adequate surveillance, and prevent this devastating disease from spreading further.


https://blog.nwf.org/2018/05/deadly-disease-threatens-deer-elk-and-moose/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 03, 2018, 04:43:10 pm »

National Parks Conservation Association

The Art and Science of Camera Trapping

Ryan Valdez, Ph.D.  Apr 27, 2018

SNIPPET:

The rise of camera trapping has allowed a growing number of volunteers to make significant contributions to academic research. Here’s a look at the practice, how these devices are used, and ways to get your own glimpses at wildlife “selfies” and help with ongoing research.

NPCA uses camera trapping to monitor pronghorn antelope crossing through modified fences throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.    Photo by NPCA.


Our national parks and protected areas are vital habitat for numerous species of wildlife, and the ability to accurately survey and monitor them is important for their survival. A not-so-new technology is now sharply on the rise — camera trapping, a method by which a camera armed with infrared sensors is placed in the field to remotely capture time-lapsed images and video whenever the devices sense motion.

It can be difficult for wildlife biologists and park rangers to keep up with emerging threats to wildlife. Particularly with mammals, accurately documenting their presence and estimating their populations remains a challenge. Many of these species are nocturnal, travel great distances, have complex behavior and avoid humans. Additionally, species like the endangered jaguarundi in south Texas or the red wolf in North Carolina are so rare and elusive they are almost never seen. Camera traps allow people to see animals in the wild in ways that they otherwise simply could not.

Educational article with lots of great pictures:  👀  ;D

https://www.npca.org/resources/3236-the-art-and-science-of-camera-trapping
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 02, 2018, 06:43:22 pm »



In Kenya, a Local Tribe Is Saving the Elephants 🐘 It Once Killed 😇

May 1, 2018

Yessenia Funes

SNIPPET:

The Samburu people of Kenya’s northern plains have been in conflict with elephants for years. Elephants and people both need water, and drought means there’s less to go around. The majestic animals also tear down acacia trees the Samburus’ livestock eat.

These are just a few of the reasons people in the region have a history of killing elephants.

But recently, the conflict has transformed into community. My Africa, a virtual reality film released Monday, puts viewers into the plains to see what a local, indigenous-led effort to protect elephants looks like.

The Samburu, who are nomadic livestock herders, have partnered with their local government since 2016 to raise and release injured and orphaned baby elephants in the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. They now take care of more than 12 of these little kings and queens, forging a new relationship between humans and animals. It’s the first elephant orphanage in Africa that a local community owns and runs.

Released by Conservation International and narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, My Africa tells the tale of Kenya’s wildlife conservation as elephants fight for their very existence in the face of poaching and human-wildlife conflict.




Full article

https://earther.com/in-kenya-a-local-tribe-is-saving-the-elephants-it-once-1825693138
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 13, 2018, 04:33:45 pm »

One Green Planet 🍃

April 13, 2018

Investigation Reveals California Fisheries Are Responsible for Killing Hundreds of Dolphins, Turtles, and Whales 😱

By Aleksandra Pajda

SNIPPET:

An undercover investigation carried out off the coast of California by animal rights and marine conservation groups Mercy for Animals, Turtle Island Restoration Network, SeaLegacy, and Sharkwater has discovered the shocking hidden effects of the driftnet fishing industry. It was found that besides the targeted swordfish, marine mammals like dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, sharks, and even seabirds are dying in these massive nets that are essentially walls of floating netting. Some of these species are even considered threatened or endangered. In 2017, two endangered sperm whales were entangled in the California driftnet fishery – and died as a result.

Quote
“These driftnets are over a mile long, 100 feet deep, and designed to kill everything in their path,” said Paul Nicklen, SeaLegacy co-founder.
😟

The bycatch rate of driftnet fishing is staggeringly high. For some nets, the estimates are as high as seven to one – which means that for every swordfish, as many as seven other animals may be caught in the net. The California driftnet fishery has an estimated 65 percent bycatch rate – which, as Nicklen points out, makes it “the most destructive fishery in the U.S.” 😠
 
Many animals die when they become entangled in the huge nets, but not all do. As undercover observers found out, in some cases, instead of being freed with basic respect, live bycatch animals are severely maimed and discarded overboard – as if the animals were nothing but waste. 



http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/california-fisheries-responsible-killing-dolphins-turtles-whales/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 03, 2018, 05:52:56 pm »

WildEarth GUARDIANS

VICTORY

Ensuring Lobos Will Roam their Southwestern Homelands

April 2, 2018

Celebrating a Win for Wolves

Last week we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the return of Mexican wolves to the wilds of Arizona and New Mexico. This week we celebrate the most significant legal victory for lobos in years. We couldn’t have done it without you.

In 2013, the federal government began a process to change how wolves, including Mexican wolves, were managed. We called on you to speak out against weakening protections and you answered: you signed petitions, sent comments, came to rallies and testified at hearings. Together, we laid the groundwork for a lawsuit challenging the government’s flawed plan that capped the Mexican wolf population at less than half what leading scientists say is necessary for recovery, limited where Mexican wolves can roam, liberalized trapping and killing wolves at the behest of the livestock industry and labeled the wolves “non-essential” to the species’ survival in the wild, a designation that allows weak protections.

Yesterday a federal judge agreed with us  and criticized the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for ignoring scientists who sounded the alarm. Now the Service must create management guidelines that do not merely keep lobos hovering on the brink, but will truly recover this critically imperiled species. At just 114 wolves in the wild, the need is urgent.

Today we celebrate. Tomorrow we go back to work.   

http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=13424&news_iv_ctrl=1681#.WsP0LIjwY2y
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 30, 2018, 02:29:24 pm »

Victory! Turtles Return to Beach That Used to Be Covered in Plastic Trash After Massive Clean Up Effort

Aleksandra Pajda

March 30, 2018 



http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/turtles-return-beach-covered-plastic-trash/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:39:36 pm »



The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced last week that it will now consider all permits for importing elephant trophies from African nations on a “case-by-case basis," breaking from President T…
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:28:03 pm »

Something Mysterious Is Killing Captive Gorillas  :(

Just before 8 o’clock on a snowy Wednesday morning, deep in a maze of doors and steel fencing in the basement of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, a 30-year-old gorilla named Mokolo is getting a heart ex…
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 15, 2018, 01:59:32 pm »

 

This yearling ringed seal was rescued off Unalaska in 2017 and treated at Alaska SeaLife Center. (Alaska SeaLife Center)

Win:🌟 Protection Upheld for Arctic's Ringed Seals 

We celebrated this week when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Endangered Species Act protection for ringed seals, Arctic ice seals threatened by climate change. The ruling reverses a 2016 lower-court decision that rejected protection for the seals, which give birth in snow caves built on top of sea ice. Global warming is causing caves to collapse and leaving pups vulnerable to death by freezing or predation.

The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned to protect these seals in 2008. Four years later they were put on the endangered species list — but the oil industry and the state of Alaska challenged that decision.

"The decision underscores the recklessness of the Trump 🦀 administration's proposal to open up the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling ," said the Center's Kristen Monsell. "Ringed seals have a shot at survival thanks to the Endangered Species Act, but only if we rapidly reduce the greenhouse pollution destroying their habitat."

Read more in Anchorage Daily News.

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/environment/2018/02/12/court-approves-threatened-species-status-for-ringed-seals-in-alaska/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 26, 2018, 08:26:49 pm »

 

Veterinarians treat burned 🔥 bears 🐻 with fish 🐟 skin  — and it seems to be working

Last updated on January 26th, 2018  at 7:24 pm by Mihai Andrei

SNIPPET:

Vets from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have used an unusual treatment for two bears and one cougar suffering from severe burn 🔥 wounds: fish skin.

n December 2017, the Thomas Fire ravaged through California, blazing approximately 281,893 acres (114,078 hectares). It was the largest wildfire in modern California history.

It destroyed over 1,000 buildings, forced 100,000 people to evacuate, and was only put out on January 12, 2018. It claimed at least 15 lives, but humans weren’t the only ones to suffer — wildlife was even more severely affected.

Among the animal victims of the fire were two adult bears (one of which was pregnant) and a 5-month-old cougar from Los Padres National Forest. The bears had third-degree burns on their paws — one of them was so badly injured it couldn’t even stand. Instead of treating them with the conventional bandages, veterinarians went for a different option: fish skin.

As strange as it seems, fish skin (tilapia in particular) has been used to treat burns before, on humans. Brazilian doctors have used fish skin to treat burn victims, due to a shortage of transfer collagen, which is the standard treatment. The doctors then reported that the tilapia skin is very rich in collagen proteins which help with the skin healing and scarring process. The treatment shows promise and is now undergoing clinical trials. But it wasn’t just the desire to try a new, unusual treatment — vets had several reasons why they opted for tilapia skin instead of bandages.

For starters, working with bears and cougars, especially when they’re injured, is no easy feat.

Full heart warming article with pictures:

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/animals-ecology/veterianrians-fish-skin-26012018/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 19, 2018, 05:32:36 pm »



🐘 New calf born to a Sumatran elephant trained to reduce human-elephant conflict


A Sumatran elephant trained to help reduce human-elephant conflict in Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park gave birth to a female calf. Named Harmoni Rimbo, meaning “the harmony of the jungle,” this little elephant is the third birth for mother Ria, one of the four trained adult Sumatran elephants in the elite Elephant Flying Squad.

When elephants wander into human inhabited areas in search of food—which happens more frequently as human settlements encroach on elephant habitat—the result is often damaged crops and property. WWF and the Indonesia Ministry of Forests established the Elephant Flying Squad in 2004 to address human-elephant conflict in Tesso Nilo.

Trained elephants like Ria, along with their handlers called mahouts, drive back wild elephants into the forest when they stray too close to villages or farms surrounding the park. The birth is a significant step in the conservation of this critically endangered elephant species.



https://www.worldwildlife.org/videos/new-calf-born-to-a-sumatran-elephant-trained-to-reduce-human-elephant-conflict
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:26:06 pm »


Is the Ivory Trade on the Decline?

Ivory is a precious commodity in China. Some wealthy residents think that owning ivory makes them appear more successful. Others say that ivory brings them luck. Ivory is also used in traditional Chinese medicine. Historically, China has been one of the largest markets for ivory, and experts say that up to 70 percent of the illegal ivory from 30,000 annual elephant deaths end up there. But there’s hope for the gentle giants: On the last day of 2017, China made the entire commercial ivory trade illegal, closing 172 factories and shops throughout the year.

A big day for the elephants:

From 2007 to 2014, a census of African elephants revealed that their numbers had dropped by nearly a third -- a decline of about 144,000 animals in just seven years.

The international ivory trade has been banned since 1989, under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). China continued to allow the sale of ivory products crafted before 1975, and many poachers have passed off newer ivory as antiques.

"Decades from now, we may point back to this as one of the most important days in the history of elephant conservation,” the World Wildlife Fund said in a statement.
http://www.wisegeek.com/is-the-ivory-trade-on-the-decline.htm
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 19, 2017, 01:44:28 pm »


Quote
It’s been a difficult year for the environment and your public lands. Anti-conservationists control power in the White House and Congress, and they’re selling out our wilderness to their friends in Big Oil and Gas.

But we’re not giving up. Not now, not ever. And neither should you. The Wilderness Society is in all-hands-on-deck defense mode to protect irreplaceable wild spaces like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and our national monuments. The battles to save them are just beginning. You can help protect these places. Please donate to The Wilderness Society to help us keep up the fight in 2018. Your donation today will be matched 2-to-1 and double the impact of your gift.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 20, 2017, 11:22:51 pm »




Grizzlies ‘Saved His Life’ and Now He Fights To Save Theirs

By Jessica A. Knoblauch  | Monday, November 13, 2017

SNIPPET:

After naturalist and author Doug Peacock served two tours as a Green Beret medic in Vietnam, he went into the American wilderness to confront his demons. There, he closely observed grizzlies across the west—an experience he says “saved his life.” 

Below, Peacock talks about the government’s recent decision to delist grizzlies and why now—more than ever—we need to “fight like hell” to save them.

Full article with heart warming pictures:

https://earthjustice.org/blog/2017-november/grizzlies-saved-his-life-and-now-he-works-to-save-theirs
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:11:24 pm »



Trump Administration reverses ban on African ivory

SNIPPET:

Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, seems hellbent on reversing every piece of environmental legislature enacted by his arch-nemesis, his predecessor in the Oval Office, Barrack Obama — even if that means setting the world on fire.

Trump’s Administration has done so much to hurt the environment that keeping a tally can be a full-time job. National Geographic has a running list of all the vast changes Trump has made to U.S. science and environmental policy, if you’re interested.

Read more bad news:


https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/trump-reverses-ban-0432432/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 09, 2017, 02:20:38 pm »

The M-44 Bait Trap





Big Win: Wildlife Services Halts Use of M-44s in Colorado

We just won an important reprieve for Colorado wildlife under attack by the USDA's Wildlife Services.

In response to a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians, the program has agreed to temporarily halt  the use of M-44s — deadly, exploding cyanide capsules employed to kill animals — while it completes a new environmental analysis.

Also in response to our lawsuit, the USDA won't participate, fund, or approve hunting or trapping of black bears or mountain lions as part of a questionable study on the effects on mule deer.

"We're thrilled that Colorado wildlife are getting a break from Wildlife Services' deadly work," said the Center's Collette Adkins. "The new analysis resulting from our lawsuit will reveal Wildlife Services' killing is scientifically unsound, ineffective and cruel."

Thanks to those who donated to help us fight Wildlife Services.

Read more in U.S. News & World Report:   

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-11-06/us-to-suspend-use-in-colorado-of-cyanide-bombs-to-kill-wild-animals

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 07, 2017, 03:00:08 pm »

EcoWatch

Sierra Club

Where Have All the Salmon Gone?
By Heather Smith

SNIPPET 1:

To get to the largest surviving population of wild Spring Chinook salmon on the Klamath River, I drive farther north than I've ever been in California, then turn right. Gradually, the highways disappear, and the roads narrow. Commerce becomes more improvisational. Grocery stores and restaurants disappear and in their place there is a farm stand staffed by Gandalf in overalls and a naked baby cooing to itself and scooting along on a tricycle.

The roads become more improvisational too, and begin to curve and twist until they nearly double back on themselves, until my rental car is trundling along a single lane of dirt and gravel carved into the edge of a cliff. It becomes clear to me that if I meet another car going in the opposite direction that one of us is going to die, probably me. But when I do round a corner and see another car it does a set of maneuvers that seem to bend space-time, and somehow we pass by each other smoothly, and continue on our way.


SNIPPET 2:

That evening we learn that the recorded count this year is 110—just a little under the all-time low of 90, back in 2005, and a far cry from the highest recorded count of 1593 back in 2012. At a conference the next day, the tone is somber. "When I heard last night the number of salmon in the system it was like a kick to the gut," says Josh Saxon of the Karuk Council. "We are failing this species. If this disappears so will our ceremonies."

Full article:

https://www.ecowatch.com/salmon-chinook-sierra-2507519718.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 30, 2017, 03:06:56 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Smart geese! 


 

Canada geese flock to cities to escape hunters

LAST UPDATED ON OCTOBER 30TH, 2017 AT 2:34 PM BY MIHAI ANDREI

Researchers were wondering why so many Canada geese were popping up in cities more often. After doing a bit of research, they found that the geese were actually hiding from hunters. Instead of being “sitting ducks” in the countryside, they take refuge in urban areas.

Canada Geese are large wild birds, native to arctic and temperate regions of North America, but also found in northern Europe. They’re so successful and widespread that in many parts of the world, they’re regarded as pests. They’re also one of the most commonly hunted species in North America.

From mid-October to mid-January, it’s hunting season in many parts of the US and Canada. University of Illinois ornithologist Mike Ward wanted to see if there is some connection between this season and the urban shift of the geese.

“We thought the geese would fly to forage on nearby agricultural fields during the day, then fly back to the city to roost, but that wasn’t the case. What we learned is that they weren’t going to the city for food, they were going there because there were no hunters,” he explains.

They tracked the birds and found that 85 percent of them wintered in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area, and none made foraging flights to agricultural fields within or outside of the urban area. Their strategy worked well, Ward says.

“All of the Canada geese that spent the winter in Chicago survived, whereas half of the birds that decided to leave the Chicagoland area and go to areas where hunting is allowed, and more prevalent, were harvested.”

However, while this is good news for the birds, it might not be so good for local communities. There’s a reason these birds are often regarded as invasive — not only do they tend to push out native species, but they can also cause problems for locals. They can contaminate water sources, spread diseases, they can even be aggressive. Geese are also the largest bird commonly struck by aircraft in North America, Ward writes.

Researchers don’t really know what’s the best way to treat the problem, but they’re looking at what the geese are most interested in: food.

“We have future studies that will investigate the best ways to harass geese to make them leave the city,” Ward says. “We are approaching this from an energy use perspective. If the geese cannot find good sources of food and the harassment cause them to use energy, they may be forced to leave the city in search of food in agricultural fields.”

The paper “Survival and habitat selection of Canada Geese during autumn and winter in metropolitan Chicago, USA” is published in The Condor: Ornithological Applications by the American Ornithological Society.

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/animals-ecology/canada-geese-hunters-29102017/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 01, 2017, 07:06:34 pm »

WATCH: ELEPHANTS SAVED FROM MUD PIT!
Eleven elephants, including three babies, were trapped in a muddy bomb pit. Its walls were too high for them to climb. Without food, they became even more stuck as the mud dried up. Until help arrived:


Whether it's constructing ramps for a dramatic mud pit rescue or keeping poachers and traffickers at bay, WCS relies on your support to save wildlife.

With species like elephants, tigers, and gorillas hanging on by a thin thread, their future in the wild depends on your continued compassion and generosity.

https://secure.wcs.org/donate/watch-elephants-saved-mud-pit

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