Wildlife

Hundreds Gather In Florida To Hunt Invasive Pythons

CNN reports: Deer, raccoons, possums and fox once flocked the area of the Everglades National Park in south Florida. Nowadays, you’re lucky if you spot one mammal in the area, according to wildlife experts. Who’s to blame for this decline in wildlife? The invasive species known as Burmese pythons. To help combat this problem for Florida’s ecosystem, snake hunters are …

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Congress Set To Ban Private Ownership Of Big Cats

Roll Call reports: The Senate is expected to take up and approve a House-passed bill that would restrict the breeding or possession of “big cats,” including tigers, lions, jaguars and cougars, and limit ownership of the animals to zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, veterinarians and universities. The bill, the Big Cat Public Safety Act, was approved by the House 278-134 on July …

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Japanese City Battles Monkey Attacks On Babies

The Associated Press reports: People in a southwestern Japanese city have come under attack from monkeys that are trying to snatch babies, biting and clawing at flesh, and sneaking into nursery schools. The attacks — on 58 people since July 8 — are getting so bad Yamaguchi city hall hired a special unit to hunt the animals with tranquilizer guns. …

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PA Man Strangled To Death By 18′ Pet Boa Constrictor

Philadelphia’s NBC News affiliate reports: The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office reported Monday that Elliot Senseman, a 27-year-old Upper Macungie Township man, died Sunday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. In its news release, the coroner ruled the cause of death as “Anoxic Brain Injury due to Asphyxiation by Constriction.” The manner of death was ruled an accident. “A Boa …

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Monarch Butterfly Placed On Endangered Species List

National Geographic reports: A beloved visitor to summer gardens is officially an endangered species. The migratory monarch butterfly — the iconic subspecies common to North America — was declared endangered today by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global leading authority on the status of biological diversity. The butterfly, known for its twice-yearly, 2,500-mile journey across …

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Awemaweh: Trophy Hunter Murdered In South Africa

Global News reports: A trophy hunter who was known for killing large animals and helping others do the same was shot and left for dead on the side of the road in South Africa, police have confirmed. Riaan Naude, 55, was the owner and founder of Pro Hunt Africa, a tour group that facilitates paid wildlife hunting trips in the …

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FL Warns Of Meningitis-Laden Invasive African Snails

Tampa’s CBS affiliate reports: The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirms the detection of a giant African land snail in the New Port Richey area of Pasco County. If you’re wondering what harm a snail can do — it’s a lot. This species of snail is known to consume at least 500 different types of plants. Not only …

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Two Gored By Bison At Yellowstone National Park

It’s a big news day for wildlife. The Associated Press reports: For the second time in three days, a visitor to Yellowstone National Park was gored by a bison, park officials said Thursday. A 71-year-old woman from West Chester, Pennsylvania, and her daughter inadvertently approached the bison Wednesday as they were returning to their vehicle at a Yellowstone Lake trailhead. …

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Teenage Girl Loses Leg In Florida Shark Attack [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: A girl suffered serious injuries Thursday when she was attacked by a shark at a beach in Florida, authorities said, continuing a frightening trend in the state that accounts for nearly 40% of unprovoked shark bites worldwide. Taylor County Sheriff Wayne Padgett told CBS affiliate WCTV that the girl had surgery and lost her leg, but is …

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Court Rules Bronx Zoo Elephant Is Not A “Person”

The Associated Press reports: New York’s top court rejected an effort to free Happy the elephant from the Bronx Zoo, ruling Tuesday in a closely watched case that she does not meet the definition of a “person” who is being illegally confined. The 5-2 decision by the state Court of Appeals affirms an earlier court decision and means Happy will …

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Woman Gored To Death By Bison At Yellowstone Park

Via press release from Yellowstone National Park: A 25-year-old female from Grove City, Ohio, approached a bison to within 10 feet on the morning of May 30, 2022. Two other individuals were also within 25 yards of the same bison. Park regulations require visitors to remain more than 25 yards away from bison. As the bison walked near a boardwalk …

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Camel Kills Two Men, Attacks Police Outside TN Farm

Via press release from the local police: On Thursday, March 10, 2022, at approximately 4:44PM, the Obion County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a loose camel near Shirley Farms on South Bluff Road in Obion, Tennessee attacking people. Deputies arrived on scene to find two unconscious victims on the ground at Shirley Farms and a camel still on the …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Man Injured Saving Dogs From Bear

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: A man who was trying to protect his dogs was injured by a bear in Daytona Beach Wednesday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say the man sustained non-life-threatening injuries, while the dogs were unharmed. Law enforcement and bear biologists attempted to capture the bear but have been unable to. Wildlife officials say the …

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Zoo Tiger Killed After Mauling Florida Idiot [VIDEO]

The Naples Daily News reports: A man suffered serious injuries Wednesday when he attempted to feed or pet a tiger after hours at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. According to Collier County Sheriff’s Office, a member of a third-party cleaning service, a man in his 20s, entered an unauthorized area near the tiger that was inside its enclosure. The …

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COVID Long Tail: Record Rat Reports For New York City

The New York Times reports: Rodents are among New York’s permanent features. But across the city, one hears the same thing: They are running amok like never before. Through Wednesday, there had been more than 21,000 rat sightings reported to 311 this year, compared with 15,000 in the same period in 2019 (and about 12,000 in 2014). The rate of …

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Georgia Sees Millions Of Invasive “Palm-Size” Spiders

CBS News reports: A large spider native to East Asia has spun its thick, golden web on power lines, porches and vegetable patches all over north Georgia this year — a proliferation that has driven some unnerved homeowners indoors and prompted a flood of anxious social media posts. Millions of the large spiders have spun three-dimensional golden webs in roughly …

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Elephant Kills Poacher In South African Wildlife Reserve

ABC News reports: A suspected poacher found dead in a South African national park is believed to have been killed by an elephant, park officials said. Rangers in Kruger National Park discovered the body on Thursday after following tracks in the Stolznek section of the giant game reserve, a spokesperson for the park said in a statement on Twitter. “Initial …

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Woman Jailed For Approaching Grizzly And Her Cubs

From the Department of Justice: Acting United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that SAMANTHA R DEHRING, age 25 of Carol Stream, Illinois, pleaded guilty to willfully remaining, approaching, and photographing wildlife within 100 yards. Dehring appeared in front of Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming on October 6, 2021, for her change of plea and …

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Hundreds Of Birds Dead After Striking WTC Towers

The Associated Press reports: Hundreds of birds migrating through New York City this week died after crashing into the city’s glass towers, a mass casualty event spotlighted by a New York City Audubon volunteer’s tweets showing the World Trade Center littered with bird carcasses. This week’s avian death toll was particularly high, but bird strikes on Manhattan skyscrapers are a …

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Woman Charged After Viral Close Call With Grizzly

The Billings Gazette reports: Samantha Dehring of Carol Stream, Illinois, has been charged in U.S. District Court in Yellowstone Park with feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentionally disturbing wildlife and violating closures and use limits. She is set to appear in court Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. in Mammoth. On May 15, Dehring was visiting the Roaring Mountain area of …

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