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Rufus the Hawk, a Wimbledon Fixture, Stolen

Published 07/02/12
By Sydney Lupkin, ABC News

The hawk that patrols the skies over Wimbledon tennis courts to scare away the pigeons that interfere with play has been stolen, United Kingdom Metropolitan police told ABCNews.com. Rufus, a 4-year-old Harris hawk, and his cage were stolen out of a car either Thursday night or Friday morning in Wimbledon, according to police spokeswoman Kate Campbell. The car was parked on a private driveway, and a back window was cracked open for air, she said.

Link: Yahoo! News


Gabon Torches Tusks, Ivory to Keep out of Smugglers' Hands

Published 06/28/12
By Miguel Llanos, msnbc.com

The Central African nation of Gabon on Wednesday burned all the elephant tusks and ivory ornaments it had in its stockpile — an amount equivalent to 850 elephants — so that smugglers, via corrupt government officials, won't get their hands on the black market commodities treasured in China and other parts of Asia.

Link: msnbc.com


Cee Lo Takes Heat for Plans to Have Cockatoo on TV Show

Published 06/25/12
By TMZ.com

Cee Lo is taking some serious heat over plans to rock out with his cockatoo out on the upcoming season of "The Voice" ... over concerns that stress from the show could cause the bird to self-mutilate.

Link: TMZ.com

Nepal To Use Drone Aircraft To Combat Poaching Of Endangered Species

Published 06/23/12

Poaching has long contributed to the dwindling populations of endangered species worldwide. Now, conservationists in Nepal are combating the illegal trade by using unmanned drone aircraft in an effort to protect the country's endangered tigers and rhinos from poachers, Agence France-Presse reports.

Link: Huffington Post


New NY Bill Attacks Exotic Animal Owners

Published 06/21/12
By James Arkin, New York Daily News

A new bill passed by the Assembly and Senate today would increase the restrictions and punishments concerning exotic animal owners in New York State. Owners would not be penalized with a fine for the intentional or negligent release of exotic animals and are required to report the release to law enforcement immediately. Adam Roberts, an exotic animals expert for the animal advocacy group Born Free USA, said mistreatment of animals and danger to the public are both at play.

Link: NYDailyNews.com

Will Elephants Still Roam the Earth in 20 Years?

Published 06/18/12
By By Cyril Christo, Special to CNN

At the start of the 1980s there were over a million elephants, during that decade 600,000 were destroyed for ivory products. Today perhaps no more than 400,000 remain across Africa, according to Samuel Wasser of the University of Washington, who is widely recognized as an authority on the subject. It is a tragedy beyond reckoning and humanity needs to pay attention to the plight of the elephants before it is too late.

Link: CNN.com

Bear Chased From School Grounds By Alaska Authorities

Published 06/15/12
By Huffington Post

Authorities say a bear had to be chased away after wandering into an Anchorage, AK, high school. Police say the small black bear on Wednesday wandered into Bartlett High School — home of the Golden Bears — through a door left open for construction workers. Police responded and searched the school for the bear. They found clues like knocked-over trash cans that contained food.

Link: Huffington Post

Cougars Returning To Midwest, Study Finds

Published 06/14/12
By Jim Suhr, Associated Press

Cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near extinction in much of the region, according to a new study billed as the first rigorous statistical look at the issue. The findings, detailed in The Journal of Wildlife Management, showed 178 cougar confirmations in the Midwest and as far south as Texas between 1990 and 2008. While confirmed sightings of Midwest cougars were sporadic before 1990, when there were only a couple, that number spiked to more than 30 by 2008, the study shows.

Link: Huffington Post

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