Sunday, July 27, 2014

Friday Roundup: The Week's Wildlife Links (July 27th, 2014)

Living Alongside Wildlife is now on Facebook. You know what to do.

Did you catch this Slate story about why it's not a good idea to release snakes in your yard to reduce the number of Copperheads, featuring lots of input by yours truly

If that wasn't enough of me for you, check out this piece on Vet Street about why we shouldn't be so afraid of snakes.

Must see incredible pictures of leaping Thresher Shark. Not to be outdone, this Fin Whale gets some air too.

Genius: absurd newspaper headlines about sharks, adjusted for accuracy.

Fisher (i.e., the weasel) photographed in NYC. More here and a summary of recent research describing why the species is making a comeback on the East Coast.

d-Con will no longer be producing their super-toxic rat poison, a huge win for wildlife, like this curious bobcat.

You may remember that beavers recently returned to England after being absent for centuries. Now there is talk of catching them and putting them in zoos.

Do you know how the myth of the Jackalope emerged?

Oakland heron tragedy reminds us all to pay attention to what we're doing (NY Times coverage here).

News not news: snake handling pastor bit by snake.

One-million Scimitar-horned Oryx once roamed through Africa but they are now extinct in the wild. A captive colony might allow for a reintroduction-but where would they go?

Caviar poaching and the conservation of paddlefish in Oklahoma. Similarly, a review of the conservation issues surrounding another ancient fish, the sawfish. Here's a 300 kg sawfish that was just killed in Borneo. Not to be outdone, Atlantic Sturgeon are being killed in a Delaware nuclear power plant's intakes in "shocking numbers".

What's wrong with the puffin chicks in the Gulf of Maine?

Picture of a rattlesnake in southern newspaper makes news...because the snake is alive

Man fires gun at snake, shoots foot.

Did you know that there is a U.S. federal agency that killed two million native animals last year?

Payments to Florida ranchers may help save cougars in the state. Over in India, the government makes moves to prevent lions from being killed on train tracks. Dismal news for tiger populations.

Skunks are thriving in the suburbs.

National Zoo closes their invertebrate exhibit.

Black Bear sightings are increasing across Alabama. Meanwhile, they're getting run over in Alberta and Grizzlies are being spotted in Calgary backyards.

Barn Swallows learn to open automatic doors to get to their nests.

The American Chestnut may be set for its revival.

The deceptive ecology of Australia.

New York Times story on the value of predators in ecosystems.

Did I miss something interesting? Let me know below.


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