Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday Roundup: This Week's Wildlife Links (May 9th, 2014)

OK, ok. I know I'm late and this is more like links for the month.

First off, don't miss Buzz Hoot Roar's explanation of why we should want lots of snakes around, featuring some of my recent work with Kingsnakes and Copperheads.

You know Alligator Snapping Turtles? Well, it turns out that what we've been calling one animal is actually three different species.

13 epic animal migrations that prove just how cool Mother Nature is.

Africa's illegal charcoal trade engulfs Cheetah habitat.

Snake bites off more than it can chew with giant centipede.

Last month Japan said they would abide by the latest International Whaling Commission ruling and end their whaling program off Antarctica. Psyche! More here.

Remember in Alien when the creature's second set of jaws shoots out? Well, Moray Eels can do that too (with a note about how they cooperatively communicate and hunt with groupers).

You may also remember a Florida woman recently being attacked by some bears. Over half a dozen bears have been killed as a result. She speaks up, says she wants that to stop. Kudos. Here's another solution: bear-proof garbage cans are being given away in Leon County.

The dogs are coming. Asiatic Wild Dog (Dhole) spotted in Bengal India for the first time and Golden Jackal was found in Latvia. Meanwhile, wolves have been spotted in the Czech Republic after 100 years.

Pine Marten are recolonizing south Scotland after a two century absence. Also, Montana might be moving them around to improve their status in the state.

The strange history of the man-eating lions of Tsavo.

Magnificent giant ocean predator caught-to be stuffed.

Rare Red Kites are being poisoned in Scotland.

For the first time in 70 years, wild Whooping Cranes laid eggs in Louisiana.

Cosmos was too soft on our current mass extinction event.

You may have heard of the whale that recently washed up in Newfoundland and resulting concern that it would explode. Here's a brief history of exploding whales.

Bears are really good rock climbers (video). They are also starting to recolonize Texas from Mexico.

Does catch and release actually benefit endangered species?

After two years, Nepal's streak of two years without poaching is over. Rhino killed in Chitwan National Park.

Extinctions are a real concern in Myanmar.

African bird mimics alarm calls of other species to scare them off food it then steals.

Rare sturgeon found in Connecticut River.

Anemone eats baby seabird.

Is Alberta really rat-free after all? Rat spottings spark concern. Good news for landowners in Saskatchewan that want to kill ravens and wolves without a permit.

Areng Chorng ethnic group petitions Cambodia to stop dam construction, because, “We do not want the compensation.… What we want is no dam to be built, as the dam will destroy our life, animals, and wild forest.”

Dolphins don't really save people from sharks. At least there's no evidence for it.

Giant Otters damned by giant hydroelectric dam in Brazil.

Gaboon Viper search scaled back in South Carolina.

Do panther releases work in Florida? Is the northeastern United States ready for their imminent return?

Does this really need to be said? Don't hit a Polar Bear with a snowplow and then chase it on snowmobiles...

Fisheries recovery in the United States is a conservation success story, mostly.

Second Goblin Shark ever found in the Gulf of Mexico. There was something else interesting in those photos though-giant isopods.

Shark fin soup sales plunge in China. How much shark fin soup could you make from an adult Megalodon? On that note, the ever increasing size of Godzilla: implications for sexual selection and urine production.

Did I miss something interesting? Let me know below.


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