Category Archives: Animals

Alberta to Protect Woodland Caribou

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The sharp decline of Alberta’s woodland caribou population has long been a concern. According to Mark Hebblewhite, associate professor of ungulate habitat biology at the University of Montana, compared the province’s previous attempts to resolve this situation by culling wolves – but not prioritizing habitat restoration –  to shovelling sand. The University of Alberta agreed, and pointed to the fact these animals are “in an area with high levels of human disturbance resulting from forestry and oil and gas activity.” That changed this morning, the province of Alberta is extending its’ protection over an additional 1.8 million hectares of forest.

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Watching Humans Court Like Animals Is Hilarious

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM“Act of Love” is one of those rare commercials that entice, rather than assault, the imagination. A combination of excellent choreography and ever changing charades keeps you guessing.  Watching humans court like animals is hilarious.

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Where are Germany’s Bears, Wolves and Eagles?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOne of my wife’s fondest memories of Germany is the well maintained trails going through idyllic forests. She was visiting relatives during the late 1960’s and early 70’s. My impressions are both much later, and different. After my second trip to Germany, last year, I asked Andreas König, Head AG Wildlife Biology and Wildlife Management at the Technical University of Munich, where are Germany’s bears, wolves and eagles?

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Four of Oregon’s Wolves Executed For Livestock Kills

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere is little doubt as to who carried out the recent livestock killings in Wallowa County, Oregon.  Both the tracks and numerous bite marks are wolves’.  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife report of the first incident notes that “Four wolves of the Imnaha Pack were aerially observed by ODFW approximately 3 miles from the dead calf.” GPS radio collar data shows  OR4 and OR39, the Imnaha pack’s alpha pair, in the vicinity of subsequent cattle and sheep kills. Now four of Oregon’s wolves were executed.

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Abandoned Fish Lures Can Kill Wildlife

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe picture you see at the top of this page was taken at Lake Shasta, in California. When Jim Wiegand first saw this gull, he thought it had a severely broken leg. Two weeks went by before he saw it was hooked by a bass lure. Abandoned fish lures can kill wildlife.

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California’s first Modern Wolf Pack

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Pictures of a large, dark-colored, “canid” were taken in May. In June, biologists encountered wolf tracks, but confirmation of California’s first Modern Wolf Pack did not come until earlier this month.

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Legal Challenge to Idaho’s Wildlife-killing Contest

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio (CKTZ, 89.5 FM)

“Legal Challenge to Idaho’s Wildlife-killing Contest ” is an interview with Amy Atwood, Endangered Species Legal Director, Senior Attorney, The Center of Biological Diversity.

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British Columbia’s latest Bear Smart Community

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Kamloops, Squamish, Lions Bay, Whistler and Port Alberni have previously been recognized and another 20 communities are actively pursuing this status. Naramata is British Columbia’s latest Bear Smart Community.
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OR-7 is a DAD!!!

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It is now official, North America’s most famous wolf is a dad. “Journey,” officially known as OR-7, was spotted with a female in Siskiyou National Forest last month. There are now at least two pups.  OR-7 is a DAD!!!

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Dozens of Animals Rescued from San Diego’s Wildfires

Nearly all the animals rescued by the County Department of Animal Services during the recent wildfires are back home with their owners.

From San Diego County News Service 

Animal Services rescued more than 50 animals when fires broke out across North County last week. In all six cats, four goats, 18 dogs, 21 horses, an emu and a bird were taken in to the department’s care. Only three cats remain.
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