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  • Bad Yellowstone: Park Was All-Out Petting Zoo 100 Years Ago

    09/13/2023 8:53:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | September 09, 2023 | Jake Nichols
    Yellowstone today is on high alert for “touron” behavior, but in the Roaring ’20s it was an all-out petting zoo. Attractions included the popular feeding of the bears -- a nightly dinner show that became more popular than Old Faithful. Hardly a day has gone by this summer season where a tourist in Yellowstone National Park hasn’t been caught doing something illegal, dangerous, stupid — or all three. Facebook page Yellowstone National Park: Invasion of The Idiots! has become the TMZ of the NPS (National Park Service). Public shaming hasn’t seemed to slow offenders much. Healthy fines do not appear...
  • Global wildlife trafficking on the rise, aided by drug cartels

    09/03/2023 4:28:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/02/23 | Rafael Bernal
    Global wildlife trafficking is on the rise, adding a dimension to transnational crime and increasing the risk that U.S. corporations could unwittingly become entangled in the illicit trade. A new white paper by Moody’s Analytics highlights the growing risk for private enterprise, and the growing involvement of transnational crime in wildlife smuggling. “Brands sometimes are involved in supply chains and they might not truly know who their supplier is,” said Richard Graham, Third Party Risk Management lead at Moody’s Analytics. “If you’re doing business with someone that is a supplier that is involved in some sort of wildlife trafficking, via...
  • Once in a lifetime shot. Park ranger uses a shotgun to separate and save two antler locked bucks.

    08/20/2023 11:13:54 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 20, 2023
    Once in a lifetime shot. Park ranger uses a shotgun to separate and save two antler locked bucks.
  • A 3-Ounce Woodpecker Stored 300 POUNDS Of Acorns In AT&T Antenna, Completely Blocking Signal

    08/19/2023 12:54:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    WHISKEYRIFF ^ | August 18, 2023 | Andrew Mies3
    Talk about pulling above your weight… Back in 2009, AT&T California was perplexed when one of their transmission towers suddenly wasn’t emitting signal anymore. Its strength had been weakening for a little bit, but it appeared the antenna had finally kicked and needed some maintenance. When they arrived, technicians were surprised to see the antenna cover bulging, apparently stuffed with, well… they didn’t know, but it was obviously a lot of something. When they inspected it closer, it turned out the antenna had mysteriously been completely filled with an insane amount of acorns. In fact, around 300 POUNDS of acorns...
  • Fourth Defensive Handgun Failure Against Bears Discovered

    07/14/2023 5:30:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | July 6, 2023 | Dean Weingarten
    A plausible fourth failure of a defensive firing of a handgun against a bear has been discovered. The fourth incident was found in the incidents discovered in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for a polar bear and human conflict database. The incident occurred near Churchill, Canada, as part of two incidents from October 19 to October 26, 1986. Bear spray had recently become available. There are two separate incidents. The first involves bear spray, which marked the bear. The second involved “cracker shells” and a .44 caliber handgun, probably a .44 magnum. From the FOIA, incident 41:October 19-26,...
  • Alleged Killer of Beloved Pennsylvania Bald Eagle Turns Self in — as ‘Devastated’ Residents Demand Answers

    07/08/2023 5:41:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 8, 2023 | Rich Calder
    A Pennsylvania poacher who allegedly killed a Pittsburgh suburb’s beloved bald eagle later turned themselves in — but locals are fuming at the lack of information on the suspect from authorities. “The killing of our beloved eagle had a major impact on the entire community,” Cherry Valley Lakeview Estates resident Linda Carnevali told The Post Saturday. “We cannot fathom why anyone would want to harm our eagles and take it to the extreme of killing one.” The eagle, who Carnevali and her husband Raymond called “Sam” after the popular character “Sam the Eagle” in Disney’s Muppet Vision 3D, was allegedly...
  • Rare lizard found in major US oil patch proposed as endangered species

    06/30/2023 3:41:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2023 | BY SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers on Friday proposed federal protections for a rare lizard found only in parts of one of the world’s most lucrative oil and natural gas basins. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the dunes sagebrush lizard should be listed as an endangered species due to the ongoing threats of energy development, mining and climate change in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. The agency will be collecting public comments on the proposed listing through Sept. 1. Environmentalists have been pushing for protections for the reptile for decades, resulting in petitions and lawsuits. There...
  • Watch Rare Footage of ‘Ferocious’ Platypuses Fighting in the Wild

    06/23/2023 4:45:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Two male platypuses have been caught on camera fighting for territory in Tasmania, Australia. Esme Atkinson, who filmed the video, said the animals were “ferocious” and showed no signs of stopping after 20 minutes. One expert told the BBC the male platypuses, which have venomous spurs,
  • Santa Cruz Surfers Shocked as Otter Climbs Aboard, Goes for Ride

    06/20/2023 1:57:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    An otter with dreams of being a surf champion shocked Santa Cruz beach-goers when it swam right up to a group of surfers, picked out a board and went for a ride. The incredibly anthropomorphic encounter happened on Sunday at Cowell Beach near the boardwalk. Mark Woodward, who goes by Native Santa Cruz on Twitter, posted photos and video of the moment. Woodward wrote that the otter sniffed around a number of boards before settling on its favorite, a blue one. Advertisement “He was going from board to board and seemed calm and friendly even as he was a few...
  • Fishing crew’s 1-in-30 million lobster gets permanent home at the University of New England

    06/07/2023 12:11:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Fox Weather ^ | Andrew Wulfeck
    The lobster was caught in Casco Bay by Capt. Gregg Turner. The odds of catching an orange lobster are about one-in-30-million. By comparison, Blue lobsters are considered to be a one-in-two-million finds, and split-colored lobsters are a one-in-50-million catch.A brightly colored orange lobster found off the coast of Maine is now part of a collection of multicolored crustaceans that call the University of New England home. According to the university, the one-in-30 million catch was found Friday by Captain Gregg Turner and his crew in Casco Bay, Maine. Most lobsters are known to be a mottled brown color, but according...
  • 'Leave it alone': Yellowstone issues warning after tourists place baby elk in car, drive to police station

    06/04/2023 3:32:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 3, 2023 | Chris Williams
    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - With the summer tourism season kicking off, Yellowstone National Park is reminding visitors not to disturb wildlife, even if the animal looks to be distressed or in need of help. Park rangers said over the Memorial Day weekend, visitors placed a newborn elk into their car and drove it to the local police station. The elk later ran off, and its condition is currently unknown with an investigation underway. ... Last month, a visitor was seen taking a selfie dangerously close to a bison while visiting Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park. Video captured on...
  • Animal break! Check out this ginormous snapping turtle dubbed "Chonkosaurus" in this rare and hilarious sighting

    05/12/2023 12:19:54 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    Not The Bee ^ | 🐢 · · May 12, 2023 | Jessica Swietoniowski
    In a rare and hilarious sighting, a giant snapping turtle was caught on video in the Chicago River. This video is going viral and for good reason! This isn't your average snapping turtle. This big boy has been dubbed "Chonkosaurus," and the guy who caught it on camera just made my day. Joey Santore was kayaking with his friend last weekend when they spotted the turtle sunbathing on some rusty chains and rotting logs – in pure bliss and relaxation. Santore was stunned, so he started filming, and his commentary was just perfect. Look at this guy. We got a...
  • Why I hate pandas and you should too

    05/01/2023 5:22:22 PM PDT · by Borges · 34 replies ^ | 8/29/2013 | Timothy Lavin
    Congratulations on your new panda cub, Washington! You’re prolonging the existence of a hopeless and wasteful species the world should’ve given up on long ago. I understand the impulse. Some people find them cute. Pandas don’t have much of a habitat left in the wild, thanks to heedless human development. And zoos imagine they’re doing the right thing, pulling in some extra visitors while helping conservation efforts. But the first test of a species’ worthiness for conservation should be some instinct for self-preservation. And pandas fail objectively. First, their breeding habits don’t suggest a species brimming with vitality. Pandas at...
  • Transparent Box Jellyfish With 24 Eyes Is A Newly Discovered Pond Weirdo

    04/26/2023 9:44:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    IFLScience ^ | April 26, 2023 | Eleanor Higgs
    If someone calls you a weirdo they're probably just jellous.If you go down to the intertidal shrimp pond today, you’re sure of a big surprise – which is certainly what researchers in Hong Kong received when they discovered a completely unknown species of box jellyfish, the first species of box jelly ever to be found in Chinese waters. The class Cubozoa, most commonly known as box jellyfish, has around 50 known species including the world’s most venomous jellyfish, the Australian box jellyfish. This class is subsequently split into two easy-to-tell-apart orders: the carybdeids which have only one tentacle per pedalium...
  • Caught on camera: Bear drinks soda after smashing woman's car window

    04/22/2023 10:03:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Koat ABC ^ | 20/4/23 | Jocilyn Brumbaugh
    Video Sharon Rosel told CBC she caught the bear in the act in the middle of the night outside her home in Earls Cove, British Columbia. "It was about three in the morning, and my dog actually alerted me to something was out there," she said. "So I took a look outside, and I saw the bear and then, later on, looked at my security cameras and saw him enter the yard and smashed the window really quickly." Rosel said she eventually began noticing the bear coming in and out of her car with different cans of soda. "He started...
  • Linda McCartney - The American Love Of A Beatle's Life

    04/16/2023 7:15:26 PM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 28 replies ^ | 17th April, 2023, Australian time | Ozguy1945
    I always loved Wings Wild Life, Mumbo was and is sexier than John Lee Hooker or Elmore James. Tomorrow - a beautiful little bit of pop. Dear Friend - an enigmatic hymn to yearning for reconciliation with John Lennon. It was recorded for Ram but I'd be guessing the intense emotions of the breakup delayed it. The Lovely Linda underpinned both albums. A marriage that lasted. Ram on. Read on ........ for more ...... please .......
  • Bird flu threatening the Central Coast California condor population

    04/15/2023 11:48:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    KSBW ^ | Apr 15, 2023 | Leslie Duarte
    Wildlife officials on Central Coast are concerned for the California condor population after an avian outbreak in ArizonaThe death of six California condors from avian flu in Arizona raised concerns for wildlife officials on the Central Coast. "The last thing we need is a population of 88 to be threatened by bird flu with no treatment or vaccine, so that's why we're taking these additional preparations,” said Kelly Sorenson. Sorenson, with Ventana Wildlife Society, leads a team that monitors and protects the condor population locally. In 2022, they reported a low population of the already critically endangered species. They...
  • Half Of Antelope In Rawlins-Red Desert Could Die As Brutal Winter Hammers Wyoming Wildlife

    03/20/2023 2:38:44 PM PDT · by CFW · 18 replies
    Cowboy State Daily ^ | 3/20/23 | Mark Heinz
    The Red Desert and the larger area surrounding Rawlins is usually a winter haven for wildlife – one of the few places elk, deer and antelope can migrate to where large patches of ground afford at least some forage. That’s not happening this year, and as many as half of the antelope in the area, as well as significant numbers of mule deer, are expected to die as a result, some Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials said. Radio collars are telling a heart-wrenching story in some areas. Game and Fish frequently captures animals to be fitted with radio collars...
  • ‘This is family’: Wolves kill two dogs in northern Colorado

    03/18/2023 12:27:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 66 replies
    Craig Daily News ^ | Mar 17, 2023 | Dylan Anderson
    North Park rancher Greg Sykes said he has tried to do things the right way since wolves migrated across the boarder from Wyoming into the area near Walden. He has kept an eye on the predators as they could be seen in the distance around the ranch he manages and got guardian dogs to watch over his cattle. “I was that one rancher that said, ‘OK, they’re here. Let’s figure out how to get along,'” Sykes said. “That’s what I intended to do.” Early on Monday, March 13, wolves killed one of his cattle dogs named Cisco, according to Colorado...
  • Loss of timber revenue may affect rural Oregon schools

    03/10/2023 4:10:34 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    KPTV ^ | Mar. 2, 2023 | Anna Katayama
    School leaders in rural northwest Oregon are worried about big budget cuts. The Oregon Department of Forestry is working on a plan to protect habitats for endangered species across 640,000 acres of state forest. The loss of timber revenue will affect local schools. The Jewell School District expects to be the most heavily impacted because it gets almost all of its funding from timber revenue. It could see budget cuts of 40 percent. The Jewell School District has about 150 students and a budget of $5 million. District superintendent Cory Pederson estimates the cuts will bring his annual budget down...