Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Roundup: This Week's Wildlife Links (August 2nd, 2013)

Yes, the United States is in the natural range of the Jaguar. There's one left. Here are some pics.

Harming migratory birds in North America is sacrilegious. Elsewhere, it is a hobby.

Too many monitors, among the world's biggest lizards, are being harvested.

"In 1813, President James Madison occupied the White House, Americans occupied Fort George in Canada (a result of the War of 1812) and a rockfish was born somewhere in the North Pacific.  Two hundred years later, that same rockfish was caught off the coast of Alaska by Seattle resident Henry Liebman — possibly setting a record for the oldest rockfish ever landed...He plans to have the fish mounted,  so he can continue to tell the fish story that he's already been "getting a lot of mileage" out of, according to the Sentinel." How can it be legal to stuff an animal that had already lived about three times as long as we can? Oh, actually it's only about a third as old as the initial reports stated.
Interesting take on how the quest for balance unfairly portrays conservation controversies.
Breaking down the evidence for the Loch Ness Monster.
The forests in eastern North America may soon be whole again.
Epic battle documented between a Copperhead and a major predator, the Kingsnake, here and here.

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