The 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.
“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.
One 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?
There 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.
The 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.