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Web of Life Unravelling, Wildlife Biologist Says

7 Sep
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Barn Swallows on a limb / naturevancouver.ca

By Brian Wilford / Oceanside Star

Wildlife biologist Neil Dawe says he wouldn’t be surprised if the generation after him witnesses the extinction of humanity.

All around him, even in a place as beautiful as the Little Qualicum River estuary, his office for 30 years as a biologist for the Canadian Wildlife Service, he sees the unravelling of “the web of life.”

“It’s happening very quickly,” he says.

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Wyoming Wild Horse Herds in Jeopardy

7 Sep

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Cross Posted from Straight From the Horses Heart

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced public meetings to be held in Rock Springs (Sept. 11) and Rawlins, WY (Sept. 12) to discuss removing all wild horses from the private and public lands of the Wyoming checkerboard.

“Press releases issued by the BLM have been confusing to say the least,” says GingerKathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation.  Press releases dated August 16th and 27th state that BLM agreed to remove all wild horses from the Rock Spring Grazing Association’s (RSGA) private lands. However, the Federal Register Announcement clearly states the scoping notice is to consider the environmental effects of revising the Resource Management Plans (RMP’s) for the Rock Springs and Rawlins Field offices by considering managing the Salt Wells Creek (572 horses), the Great Divide Basin (439 horses) herds for zero wild horses, changing the Adobe Town (433 horses) herd’s Appropriate Management Level (AML) to 225 horses, and managing the White Mountain (205 horses) herd as a non-reproducing herd: eliminating 46% of the wild horses in Wyoming.

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WIRT Newsletter: September Events

7 Sep

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Cross Posted from WIRT

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allied activists have invited hundreds of tribal and non-tribal friends, students, and supporters in north central Idaho, the Treasure Valley, and beyond to the following events.  Please participate and contact WIRT at wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com and/or 208-301-8039 to arrange carpools from the Moscow/Pullman area to Bellingham, Boise, Helena, and Lapwai.

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Another Fur Farm Hit

6 Sep

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from Bite Back

At least 100 mink were freed from cages at a fur farm in Keota, Iowa early on August 30. According to a police spokesperson (as reported on Animal Liberation Frontline), “It looked like someone had opened the lids on the cages and let them run out.”

Protesters Cut Hole in Fence, Enter US post in Italy

6 Sep

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Cross Posted from Stars and Stripes

Protesters cut into the perimeter fence Wednesday at Caserma Del Din and made it onto the base before being dispersed by Italian military personnel, the U.S. Army confirmed Thursday.

The facility, headquarters for the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) and eventually the home of U.S. Army Africa, opened this summer.

Various groups have opposed the U.S. military’s use of the former Dal Molin air field since plans were announced publicly in 2005. Most of the protesters belong to anti-war movements, with some others concerned about the impact on the local environment.

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CrimeStoppers Reward Offered in 300 Portland Tire Slashings

6 Sep

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By Kimberly A.C. Wilson / The Oregonian

Vandals have punctured tires on more than 300 trucks and vans in Portland since May, and officers need the public’s help to solve the frustrating crimes.

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is offering $1,000 for tips leading to arrests in the cases of vehicle vandalism.

The first reports of vandalism came on May 19, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a police spokesperson.

A map shows clusters of reported tire puncturings: large and small crossover-style SUVs, as well as trucks and vans, all parked on the street. Some victims have been hit multiple times. The crimes have taken place under cover of darkness and in broad daylight, on every day of the week.

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“Death Sentence” for Raccoons, Other Orphaned Wildlife

5 Sep
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Photo: Washington Post

By Jay Reeves / AP

Wildlife lovers are protesting a new state rule in Alabama they say is a death sentence for helpless baby raccoons, skunks and other wild animals there.The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said Thursday that it will no longer issue permits for the rehabilitation of certain orphaned or injured raccoons, skunks, opossums, foxes, coyotes, feral pigs or bats.

Anyone who finds an orphaned or hurt animal should leave it in the wild, the agency said, and humane organizations should euthanize any of the animals they receive.

“Basically there is no biological reason to rehabilitate these animals,” said biologist Ray Metzler, assistant chief of wildlife for the agency. Continue reading
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