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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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
A mother’s attempt to give her 2-year-old son a better view of wild African dogs turned into a fatal tragedy after the boy fell into the exhibit and was attacked by a pack of the animals as relatives and bystanders looked on. The mother had picked the child up and put him on top of a railing at the edge of a viewing deck at the Pittsburgh Zoo late Sunday morning, Lt. Kevin Kraus of the Pittsburgh police said.
Link: Chicago Sun-Times