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Dolphins Create Paintings at Vegas Resort

Published 01/24/13
By United Press International

A Las Vegas resort is offering visitors the chance to participate in the creation of artwork painted exclusively by dolphins. The "Painting With the Dolphins" program at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in The Mirage allows guests to pick and canvas and the three paint colors the dolphins will use to create a masterpiece, the Las Vegas Sun reported Wednesday (Jan. 23).

Link: UPI.com

'Blackfish' Asks Why Killer Whales Kill

Published 01/22/13
By Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

Opening with a heart-stopping 2010 video of SeaWorld Orlando senior trainer Dawn Brancheau being dragged to her death by Tilikum, an orca known for killing before, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary "Blackfish" is enough to make anybody think twice about the wisdom of turning whales into performers. "Blackfish," which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, relies on often-disturbing video shot by various park guests and trainers that shows orcas turning on staff in what experts in the film explain are not acts of aggression, but rather frustration at being held in, as one describes it, “a concrete bathtub.”

Link: TheStar.com

Booboo The Grizzly Bear Cub Escapes From His Florida Home, Later Found

Published 01/18/13
By Dominique Mosbergen, Huffington Post

Booboo the bear has been found. On Friday afternoon, "A Grizzly Experience," the business run by Booboo's owners, posted this message on their Facebook page: "Booboo is home safe and sound!" According to ABC News, the 125-pound cub escaped on Tuesday (Jan. 15) afternoon from his home in Naples, Fla. As authorities scoured the area for the bear, residents were "urged to use caution" until the animal was found.

Link: Huffington Post

Thailand May Face Heat Over Ivory Trade Business at Endangered Species Conference

Published 01/17/13
By Darryl Fears, Washington Post

It was a professional hit, the quick and ruthless slaying of a family of 12. Poachers with machetes hacked off the tusks of 11 African elephants on Jan. 5 in a Kenyan reserve, passing over a baby that was crushed by its mother after a gunshot felled her. The same day, customs officials in Hong Kong seized more than 770 tusks, weighing more than a ton and valued at more than $1 million, according to Born Free USA, a group that tracks poaching and government seizures.

Link: WashingtonPost.com

Ikea Monkey 'Stars' in Online Video Game

Published 01/16/13
By Toronto Sun

Darwin the Ikea monkey is the star of an online video game put together by a group of Ontario animators and programmers led by Barnabas Wornoff. Wornoff, reached at his Toronto home Friday (Jan. 11) night, explained that when the story of the primate found in the Ikea parking lot went viral before Christmas, he thought it would be a perfect opportunity to do something fun and current.

Link: TorontoSun.com

'Stand Closer to the Rhino' Results in Grave Wound

Published 01/15/13
By Associated Press

When do you not listen to the African wildlife expert? When he tells you to stand closer to the rhino. That suggestion by a South African game park owner resulted in serious injuries to a 24-year-old woman from Johannesburg.

Link: Yahoo! News

Hog-Nosed Skunk Spotted At Grand Canyon, Puzzling Wildlife Experts

Published 01/14/13
By The Inquisitr

A hog-nosed skunk has been confirmed to have been spotted at the Grand Canyon, across the Colorado River and a decent distance away from the area in which the animals are known to typically roam. The hog-nosed skunk was snapped by an eagle-eyed visitor back in August, and wildlife experts were puzzled by the animal’s presence, as hog-nosed skunks usually chill in Arizona, Mexico or Texas.

Link: Inquisitr.com

Scottish Wildlife Cameraman Films Polar Bear and It Tries to Break through His Safety Pod

Published 01/11/13
By Michael Walsh, New York Daily News

A polar bear chomped her sharp teeth against the protective pod of a wildlife cameraman, who kept his composure as he filmed the horrific encounter, despite being terrified. Scottish cameraman Gordon Buchanan was filming polar bears throughout the northernmost part of Norway, Svalbard, which is an Arctic archipelago. His team constructed a safety pod, so he could get as close possible to the largest carnivore on Earth without turning into lunch.

Link: NYDailyNews.com

Locals Say Shifting Sea Ice Frees Trapped Whales

Published 01/10/13
By Associated Press

About a dozen killer whales trapped under sea ice appeared to be free after the ice shifted, village officials in Canada's remote north said Thursday (Jan. 10), while residents who feared they would get stuck elsewhere hired a plane to track them down. The whales' predicament in the frigid waters of Hudson Bay made international headlines, and locals had been planning a rescue operation with chainsaws and drills before the mammals slipped away.

Link: Yahoo! News

Blind Baby Rhino Rescued by Wildlife Wardens after He Is Seen Bumping into Trees and Rocks in the Wild

Published 01/09/13
By Sam Webb, Daily Mail (U.K.)

A blind baby rhino rescued from the wild after being spotted bumping into trees and rocks on the African savannah has a new life. Nicky, a rare black rhino, is now getting 24-hour care at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya and has formed a close bond with staff. The wildlife reserve hit the headlines when Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton there in 2010.

Link: DailyMail.co.uk

Wildlife Officials Tranquilize and Release Mountain Lion in Santa Barbara

Published 01/08/13
By Los Angeles Times

A 100-pound mountain lion was captured and released into Los Padres National Forest on Monday afternoon (Jan. 7) after making its way into a Santa Barbara backyard. Officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to a call from a homeowner about 8:30 a.m. about a lion in a heavily wooded backyard bordering the Santa Barbara Golf Club.

Link: LATimes.com

Jan. 1 Law Change Makes It Legal To Carry Guns In N.H. Fish And Game Refuges

Published 01/07/13
By Michael Brindley, New Hampshire News

A fish and game refuge has been one of the few places in the state where carrying a firearm remained illegal. But on Jan. 1, 2013, that changed. Legislation passed last year and signed into law by Gov. John Lynch in June legalizes the carrying of a firearm, concealed or exposed, in a fish and game refuge.

Link: NHPR.com

Federal Judge Deals Setback to Group Trying to Overturn California Ban on Shark Fin Soup

Published 01/03/13
By Steve Harmon, Bay Area News Group

A federal judge on Wednesday (Jan. 3) denied an attempt to delay implementation of California's law banning shark fin soup, dealing a blow to Chinese restaurant owners and community advocates who argue that the ban is discriminatory and harmful to cultural traditions. U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled that there is little likelihood of success for the lawsuit, and the plaintiffs had failed to raise enough "serious questions" to merit a suspension of the law, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed in 2011.

Link: ContraCostaTimes.com

Wildlife Activists Push for Ban on Hunting Pens

Published 01/02/13

John Edwards was so haunted by the image of dogs chasing and killing foxes and coyotes in staged hunts that he promised to do something about it. Along with a coalition of wildlife groups, the former U.S. senator is pushing North Carolina officials to ban so-called hunt pens — fenced-in preserves where dogs track foxes or coyotes for sport.

Link: Robesonian.com

Tigers Making a Comeback in Parts of Asia

Published 12/31/12
By Ker Than, National Geographic News

Tigers are making a comeback, thanks to strong government initiatives in India, Thailand and Russia, scientists announced this week. Joe Walston, executive director for Asia Programs at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), praised the three countries for taking action to protect their tiger populations. The animals are endangered globally.

Link: NationalGeographic.com

Burned Bear Cub in Montana Could Be Returned to the Wild in June

Published 12/28/12
By Associated Press

An orphaned black bear cub burned in a wildfire last summer is recovering and may be released in June, an Idaho wildlife sanctuary official said. The 4-month-old bear nicknamed Boo Boo was discovered by a fisherman in a tree along the Salmon River in August days after the 312-square-mile Mustang wildfire complex passed through the area. The cub had second-degree burns on all four paws and was malnourished when U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Fish and Game workers rescued him.

Link: KATU.com

Wildlife Agency Reports Whooping Cranes in Kentucky

Published 12/27/12
By Associated Press

State wildlife officials are reporting that they've spotted an endangered whooping crane at the Sloughs Wildlife Management Area near Henderson and that they've received a report of two others along the Pond River in Hopkins County. The sightings of the rare birds, which are on the comeback from near extinction, prompted the Humane Society of the United States to again call for the halt of a hunting season on sandhill cranes for fear that shooters might mistakenly kill the whooping cranes instead.

Link: WBKO.com

Tanzania Retreats on Selling Ivory to China, Japan

Published 12/26/12
By Mkinga Mkinga, The Citizen (Tanzania)

Tanzania has withdrawn an application to sell to China and Japan more than 100 tons of ivory valued at over $55.5 million. The request submitted in early October was due to be discussed at the next Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in March in Bangkok. It already had drawn strong criticism from conservation groups and some so-called “elephant range” states. Tanzania said in the application that the ivory to be sold would exclude that which was seized from poachers and any whose origin is questionable.

Link: The Citizen

Wading Bird Nesting Dips In South Florida, Raising Environmental Concerns

Published 12/24/12
By Andy Reid, Sun Sentinel (For Lauderdale, FL)

South Florida's wading bird population suffered during 2012, with nesting on the decline due to the return of too much water too fast for herons, Wood Storks, ibises and egrets. The 2012 wading bird nest total was a 39 percent decline compared to the average over the past decade, according to the South Florida Water Management District. While the 26,395 wading bird nests found were just 57 less than last year, it was also the third year in a row of poor nesting totals.

Link: Huffington Post

Deadly Snakes Hatch In Toddler’s Closet

Published 12/21/12
By KTLA Channel 5, Los Angeles

A mother in Australia opened a cupboard in her son’s room and found seven poisonous snakes slithering inside. The brown snakes hatched in Kyle Cummings’ bedroom cupboard three weeks after he found some eggs in a tree in his backyard.

Link: KTLA.com

Boulder Wildlife Officials Responding to Report of Mountain Lion at Sunrise Amphitheatre

Published 12/20/12
By Mitchell Byars, Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)

Boulder wildlife officials are searching for a mountain lion in the area near Sunrise Amphitheatre on Flagstaff Road after a person reported the animal trapped her in a nearby bathroom, according to dispatchers. At around 9:50 a.m. the Boulder County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting that a female was trapped in a bathroom near the amphitheater after a mountain lion was spotted in the area.

Link: DailyCamera.com

Crayfish Harbor Fungus That's Wiping Out Amphibians

Published 12/19/12
By Helen Fields, National Geographic News

Scientists have found a new culprit in spreading the disease that's been driving the world's frogs to the brink of extinction: crayfish. In the last few decades, the disease caused by the chytrid fungus has been a disaster for frogs and other amphibians. More than 300 species are nearly extinct because of it. Many probably have gone extinct, but it can be difficult to know for sure when a tiny, rare species disappears from the face of the Earth.

Link: NationalGeographic.com

Elephants Near Timbuktu Make Astonishing Migration Treks

Published 12/18/12
By Live Science

A group of elephants near Timbuktu makes an epic journey each year in their quest for food and water. Researchers found that they travel across an area of 12,355 square miles (32,000 square kilometers) in the deserts of Mali, marking the largest known elephant range in the world. The animals' extreme journey is a product of life in harsh conditions.

Link: LiveScience.com

Meeting to Consider Everglades Restoration

Published 12/17/12
By David Fleshner, Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

After several restoration projects on the fringes of the Everglades, a state and federal team has begun work on a plan to revive the sawgrass sloughs and tree islands at the heart of the vast marsh. The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting Tuesday (Dec. 18) in Coconut Creek to hear opinions on four plans for increasing the natural flow of water through the Everglades, a project intended to restore wildlife habitat and deliver desperately needed fresh water to Everglades National Park.

Link: Sun-Sentinel.com

Bighorn Sheep Population on the Rise in North Central Washington

Published 12/14/12
By The Wenatchee (WA) World, K.C. Mehaffey

Wild bighorn sheep appear to be thriving in North Central Washington, including three herds in Chelan County, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says. Recent surveys indicate those herds are growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year, said Jon Gallie, the agency’s assistant district biologist.

Link: WenatcheeWorld.com

Wildlife Crime Said to be a Risk to Governments

Published 12/13/12
By United Press International

Wildlife crime not only threatens animals but puts the stability of some governments at risk, a report released by the World Wildlife Fund says. The global illegal trade in wildlife is worth $19 billion a year and some of that money from trafficking is being used to finance civil conflicts, the WWF said.

Link: UPI.com

Elephant Relocation Scheme Fails to Prevent Deaths

Published 12/12/12
By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience senior writer

An attempt to save the lives of both elephants and people by moving the pachyderms away from humans has failed in Sri Lanka, a new study finds. Instead of the relocated elephants living peacefully in their new homes, they wandered, researchers found. Relocated elephants died more often than problem elephants left in their original range. The relocated elephants also killed more people than elephants that stayed put.

Link: Yahoo! News

Web of Intrigue Surrounds Death of Jaguar (VIDEO)

Published 12/11/12
By Dennis Wagner, Arizona Republic

A snare is not complicated — just a thin wire with a noose that, when triggered, closes over an animal’s leg. The device in question was anchored to a mesquite tree near Peñasco Canyon in the remote Atascosa Mountains, about 20 miles west of Nogales and just north of the Mexican border.

Link: AZCentral.com

Britain Sees Decline in Christmas Doves

Published 12/07/12
By Associated Press

Just try finding a partridge in a pear tree in Britain these days. Britain's Royal Society for Protection of Birds says the two icons of the Christmas song — gray partridges and turtle doves — are in alarming decline. It said authorities should act to prevent them from becoming just distant memories within the famed "Twelve Days of Christmas" song.

Link: Yahoo! News

U.S. Senate Passes Two Bills That Help Protect Animals

Published 12/06/12
By Penny Eims, Examiner.com

On Wednesday (Dec. 5), the ASPCA issued a press release applauding the passing of two important bills which help protect animals. By a unanimous vote, the Senate passed the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act which penalizes individuals who attend organized animal fights. Individuals caught attending one of these cruel, organized events will now face federal penalties.

Link: Examiner.com

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy In Kenya Sees 4 Rhinos Shot By Poachers In 2 Days

Published 12/05/12
By Associated Press

Officials at a wildlife park in Kenya say they found four dead rhinoceros shot by poachers in a two-day span. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy said Wednesday (Dec. 5)that two male black rhinos and two female black rhinos were killed. The bodies were discovered on Saturday and Sunday. Lewa has lost 10 rhinos to poaching in the last three years.

Link: Huffington Post

Elephants Are Dying Out in America's Zoos (Part 2)

Published 12/04/12
By Michael J. Berens, Seattle Times

After decades of captivity inside America's zoos, the elephants arrived broken in many different ways. Maggie barely survived the harsh winters of the tiny Alaska Zoo. Confined many days to a cramped, indoor pen, she developed crippling foot and joint disease, collapsing to the floor — lifted only by a crane. Zookeepers conceded that frigid Anchorage was no place for a 4-ton tropical beast.

Link: SeattleTimes.com

Elephants Are Dying Out in America's Zoos (Part 1)

Published 12/03/12
By Michael J. Berens, Seattle Times

As the 1960s dawned, few Americans had ever seen a baby elephant. It had been more than 40 years since an elephant had been born in North America, and then only at a circus — never in a zoo. But in a ramshackle exhibit yard at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, in the summer of 1960, the extraordinary occurred: A 15,000-pound male, Thonglaw, mated with a much smaller female, Belle, and Belle became pregnant.

Link: SeattleTimes.com

Florida Wildlife Officials Capture, Release Crocodile (VIDEO)

Published 12/03/12
By WSVN (Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL)

A giant crocodile has been relocated to the Everglades after being spotted in the Florida Keys. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission captured the giant crocodile over the weekend. A 7News viewer submitted a picture of the 12-foot, 430-plus-pound reptile as it was captured in Key Largo. Instead of euthanizing the crocodile, FWC took it to the Everglades and released it.

Link: WSVN.com

Nile Crocodile Hunted Near Miami as Potential Danger

Published 11/30/12
By Associated Press

Florida state wildlife officials have given their agents the rare order to shoot to kill in the hunt for a young Nile crocodile loose near Miami. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials made the decision this summer after months of trying to catch the croc. The reptile is only about 3 feet long and not a threat yet, but it could be a danger if it gets bigger.

Link: NBC40.net

Official: Lack of Pipelines Threat to North Dakota Wildlife

Published 11/28/12
By James MacPherson, Associated Press

Too few pipelines moving crude to market is the biggest threat to wildlife in western North Dakota's booming oil patch at present, an industry official said Tuesday (Nov. 27). About half of North Dakota's record oil production is being shipped by rail and truck because of lack of pipeline infrastructure. Obtaining easements from landowners, acquiring permits and building a sufficient pipeline network "is a huge issue to the state of North Dakota and a huge issue to wildlife," said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. But a spokesman for the state chapter of The Wildlife Society said after the meeting that oil development in general is damaging wildlife and its habitat.

Link: Yahoo! News

New Hampshire Officials Release Bald Eagle from Trap

Published 11/27/12
By Associated Press

A bald eagle found in an animal trap on Thanksgiving Day was freed by police who watched it fly away apparently unharmed beyond a small cut on its leg, Salem police said Friday (Nov. 23). On Thursday afternoon James Ransom of Metheun, Mass., who was scouting hunting locations, called police to report he'd found the eagle next to the recently skinned remains of a beaver.

Link: FoxNews.com

Woman Arrested for Allegedly Riding Manatee

Published 11/26/12
By Reuters

A Florida woman photographed two months ago riding an endangered manatee in violation of state law was arrested on Saturday on misdemeanor charges, authorities said. The Pinellas County Sheriff's office said deputies arrested Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 53, without incident at her job at a Sears store in St. Petersburg on a warrant for violating the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act.

Link: Huffington Post

Galapagos Tortoise Species Can Be Revived, Scientists Say

Published 11/23/12
By Frank Bajak, Associated Press

Lonesome George, the late reptile prince of the Galapagos Islands, may be dead, but scientists now say he may not be the last giant tortoise of his species after all. Researchers say they may be able to resurrect the Pinta Island subspecies by launching a cross-breeding program with 17 other tortoises found to contain genetic material similar to that of Lonesome George, who died June 24 at the Pacific Ocean archipelago off Ecuador's coast after repeated failed efforts to reproduce.

Link: Huffington Post

Interview With a Thanksgiving's Turkey and Other Creatures of Rituals

Published 11/21/12
By Rym Tina Ghazal

Americans gather together this week with family and friends for one of their most important holidays: Thanksgiving. Throughout American history, it has been in times of great trouble when the holiday has meant the most. Even during the Civil War and Great Depression the country was able to pause and give thanks. But I can think of someone in the United States who never enjoys the fourth Thursday in November: the turkey.

Link: Huffington Post

Wildlife Officials Zap, Scoop Up Koi from Colorado Pond

Published 11/20/12
By Erica Meltzer, Boulder (CO) Camera

A crew from Colorado Parks and Wildlife cruised around Thunderbird Lake on Monday (Nov. 19) scooping up hundreds of bright orange koi that were discovered in the lake earlier this year. An electric current stunned the fish first, making them easy catching. Each pass of the net delivered anywhere from one to a dozen fish into waiting buckets.

Link: DenverPost.com

Lawsuits, Controversy Surround Ban on Exotic Animals

Published 11/19/12
By Tom Beyerlein and Andrew McGinn, Dayton (OH) Daily News

A year after a Zanesville man freed 56 jungle cats and other dangerous animals, triggering worldwide condemnation of Ohio’s lax regulation, the state is beginning to implement a ban on most private ownership of big cats, alligators and other wild creatures.

Link: DaytonDailyNews.com

Wildlife Officials Investigate Deaths of Three Moose in Colorado

Published 11/16/12
By Associated Press

Colorado wildlife officials asking for the public's help in finding who shot a cow moose and her two calves in a subdivision between Granby and Grand Lake. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say a hunter near Mountain Shadows Estates heard several shots Wednesday morning (Nov. 14) and later found the three animals had been shot in an empty lot in the subdivision. No one immediately approached the carcasses to claim responsibility.

Link: DenverPost.com

Wildlife Officer: Slow Down for Migrating Manatees

Published 11/15/12
By News 4, Jacksonville (FL)

Wildlife officers have a message for boaters: slow down for migrating manatees in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says as the weather cools, manatees move to warmer waters such as freshwater springs or canals near power plant outflows. Boaters are being asked to slow down and watch out for manatees as many of the seasonal manatee protection zones go into effect Thursday (Nov. 15). November is Manatee Awareness Month.

Link: News4Jax.com

Illegal Animal-Meat Ring Netted $10,000 Per Trip

Published 11/14/12
By Arelis R. Hernandez, Orlando Sentinel

Wildlife officials today (Nov. 14) announced they shut down a massive animal-meat ring involving 21 people accused of illegally buying poached animals in Florida and shipping the meat to other states. The animals ranged from whitetail deer — a native species that is illegal to harvest and sell — to several kinds of fish, including snapper, snook, bass and trout.

Link: OrlandoSentinel.com

Wildlife Trainer Says Grizzly Not Involved in Mauling Deserves to Live

Published 11/13/12
By Lauren Maschmedt, KTVM

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Head trainer Demetri Price of wildlife casting agency Animals of Montana said when Fish, Wildlife and Parks asked the agency to kill one of its bears, trainers thought FWP reacted too fast without looking at all aspects of the incident. "This scenario is really unfortunate, and I think their basis to want to kill this other bear without even asking any relevant questions is something that we can't fathom," Price said.

Link: NBCMontana.com

Hillary Clinton Slams Wildlife Poaching

Published 11/09/12
By Agence France-Presse

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Thursday for a stepped up fight against poaching, warning against criminal gangs seeking to satisfy growing demand for ivory and rhino horn. "Over the past few years wildlife trafficking has become more organized, more lucrative, more widespread, and more dangerous than ever before," the top US diplomat told a meeting at the State Department.

Link: Yahoo! News

Helicopter Pilot Accused of Harassing Wildlife

Published 11/08/12
By KGWN, Cheyenne (Wyoming)

Colorado wildlife officials have fined a medical helicopter pilot from Arizona after he was accused of harassing wildlife by a group of hunters who said he was flying low over an elk herd. Authorities said Thursday that Owen Park, of Page, Ariz., was issued penalty points against his hunting and fishing privileges and ordered to pay a $200 fine. The incident occurred on Sept. 23 near the headwaters of Granite Creek, southwest of Grand Junction.

Link: KGWN.tv

Idaho Voters Overwhelmingly Endorse Amendment to Preserve Hunting, Fishing and Trapping

Published 11/07/12
By Todd Dvorak, Associated Press

The right to hunt, fish and trap is now a constitutional right in Idaho. Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly threw their support behind HJR2, the amendment that enshrines the collective right to hunt, fish and trap in the Idaho Constitution. With 83 percent of the vote counted early Wednesday, the measure had approval from 74 percent of voters and was carried by overwhelming majorities in every Idaho county with the exception of Blaine County, where it was rejected by 65.3 percent of voters.

Link: The Republic (IN)

Bear Attack: Man Mauled To Death By Captive Grizzly In Montana

Published 11/06/12
By Associated Press

The trainer at a Montana wildlife casting agency where a man was fatally mauled while cleaning a grizzly pen says the victim may have fallen and hit his head or otherwise lost consciousness before he was killed. Demetri Price with Animals of Montana near Bozeman called Sunday's mauling of an unidentified 24-year-old man a "tragic accident" — but not an attack.

Link: Huffington Post

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