Thousands Of Ukraine’s Zoo Animals May Soon Starve


I hope word gets out so these unfortunate animals can be taken care of.

Originally posted on Igor Purlantov:

As political unrest continues to threaten the peace in Ukraine, thousands of animals at one of the country’s zoos are at the brink of starvation, an international conservation group announced this week.  The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization, a nonprofit headquartered in South Africa, told The Huffington Post there has been a severe scarcity of food and medical supplies for the estimated 5,700 animals at the 104-year-old Nikolaev Zoo, located in southern Ukraine, since government funding for the zoo dried up a few weeks ago.  “The fact is, they were just two days away from totally running out of food for the carnivores when we found out about this and began providing meat,” the organization’s international president, Barbara Wiseman, told HuffPost via email. “The rest of the animals were just two weeks away from running out of food.”

-Igor Purlantov

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Nebraska Governor Vetos Bill That Would Ban Cougar Hunting


Who knew so many people love to kill for recreation?

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

Nebraska Governor Stands Up For Sportsmen, Veto’s Hunting Ban

Columbus, OH –( Today, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman vetoed a bill that would have banned Mountain lion hunting in Nebraska.

The measure, LB 671, sought to remove the authority of the state’s wildlife management professionals in favor of legislative ban on mountain lion hunting.

In his veto message, Governor Heineman stated “Nebraskans expect responsible wildlife management. LB 671 eliminates an important tool used to accomplish it. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission should retain the ability to determine those management actions which are necessary to protect both the health and safety of our citizens and the wildlife in our state. Removing the agency’s authority to manage mountain lions through hunting at this time is poor public policy.”

The bill will now be returned to the legislature where they would need 30 yes votes to override the Governor’s veto.

“Our system of…

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How to Kill a Wolf

Read Christopher Ketchum’s take on the infamous Salmon, ID ‘Family Fun Weekend” Wolf and Coyote Derby. If you aren’t familiar, it happened a couple of months ago, and went viral with national opposition. This is an entertaining and disturbing juxtapose of the wolf hating, gut shot hunter.

All I can say is God help Idaho. Something went terribly wrong after the land was taken from the Nez Perce. Terribly wrong.




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Killing Wolves: A Hunter-Led War Against Science and Willdife


Nice commentary by a hunter.

Originally posted on The Wolf Preservation Blog:



**Photo courtesy of Tim Springer.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

“”We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then and have known ever since that there was something new to me in those eyes, something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.” – Aldo Leopold, 1949

We Americans, in most states at least, have not yet experienced a bear-less, eagle-less, cat- less, wolf-less woods. Germany strove for maximum yields of both timber and game and got neither.”  – Aldo Leopold, 1935

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the…

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12 Year Old Montana Girl Murders Her First Mountain Lion


Sickening humans.

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

[The oh boy, happy day reporting is about as hard to take as the photo of the dead cougar. Here's the headline the mainstream paper gave this vile act of murder: ]

Darby girl bags her first mountain lion


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Perry Backus

Taylor Wohlers of Darby poses with the mountain lion she shot last week while hunting with her father, Ben, near Sula. She has been mountain lion hunting with her dad since she was three years old.

 2014-03-03   Two weeks after her 12th birthday, Darby girl bags her first mountain lion               
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DARBY – Taylor Wohlers was 3 years old when she experienced her first mountain lion hunt.

It was something she never forgot.

The excitement of the chase through snow, over rocks and up steep mountains. The sound of the dogs baying at the base…

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Vote April 14 to Save our White Deer

Some will even hunt the white deer.

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The Extinct Coyote

Most of us know the sad story of the Passenger Pigeon.  While details may be missing in your knowledge, you are sure to know they are extinct. Probably, you’ve heard the story of Martha, the last surviving member of her species that lived in the Cincinnati Zoo. Some zoo patrons threw dirt at her because she simply sat perched; doing nothing to entertain them, her coos subdued. She succumbed to death on September 1, 1909, leaving us with only pictures, preserved bodies stored in a drawer in a natural museum, and the stories of this beautiful bird with the hazel colored eye, iridescent wings, and orange breast.


The Passenger Pigeon was believed to be the most abundant bird species in the world, with population estimates at 3-5 billion when Europeans first immigrated to the North American continent.  They were once so numerous that a flock was witnessed to be 1 mile wide and 300 miles long. Their flocks so dense they darkened the skies and could take weeks to pass.  It is unimaginable that a species so prolific is now gone, and long before I was able to experience the beauty of this colorful pigeon.

So what happened? Habitat loss for one. Europeans continued to immigrate and with the growing population they cleared millions of acres of forest. The pigeon was also used as cheap food for slaves and poor people. But still, it seems impossible that a species so prolific could be totally wiped out in a couple of hundred years.


The story of the Passenger Pigeon repeats itself. There is Lonesome George, the Pinta Island Tortoise who died in 2012; the last of his species. Before George, there were many others, like the Tasmanian Devil, the Do-Do bird, and the Falkland Islands Wolf., called the ‘friendly wolf’. The Falkland Islands wolf was easy prey to the men that landed on the island. They wolves were easily lured and men killed them for no reason other than because they were there—-until there were no more to kill.  FalklandIslandwolf

Extinction has been on my mind of late. There are so many species whose populations are threatened. In the recent past, here in America, there has been the bald eagle and the gray wolf. We can say the endangered species act successfully saved both of those species from extinction. The eagle population is now stable. The wolf is back from the brink, but it inhabits only a minuscule portion of its former habitat and home, and that is unlikely to change. The wolf is still hated and hunted by many people. It is these adversaries that made me think of the wolf’s canine cousin, the coyote.

The coyote? CoyoteNPupThe coyote is one of the most successful species in North America, ecologically speaking.  They aren’t just successful; they have spread across the continent and now live in abundance in regions that was once ruled by the wolf. So why do I think of the coyote in a discussion on extinction? If I were to bring this discussion up with coyote trappers and hunters, or even, with wildlife biologists they probably would laugh me out of the room. However, let’s think about how many coyotes are killed in America every year. I reviewed the USDA Wildlife Service’s ‘kill report for 2012. There were 4, 273 coyotes killed in the state of Oklahoma. I’ve not yet counted the national data. This is what was reported, and does not include the number of coyotes killed in the coyote ‘calling’ contests. You see, coyotes are considered to be ‘varmints’ and it is legal for anyone to kill them by any method or means at any time of the day. There are not legal limits, which loops me back to my thoughts on extinction. You think coyote extinction is not feasible? Let’s explore it.

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First, never underestimate the power of mankind’s ability to destroy other living beings.  Remember the Falkland Island wolf, the ‘friendly wolf’ ?  Easy prey. They were killed simply for being present, and were slaughtered into extinction. While destroying habitat and hunting the Passenger Pigeon for slave food surely contributed to population decline, I have a hard time believing those things alone drove them to extinction.  I think their sheer abundance worked against them. Likely, their high numbers made men think they would never kill them all, therefore, hunting them into oblivion. Killing them just to watch them fall from the sky, just for fun. That is not unlike what is happening to the coyote today.   If doubtful, picture a flock of Passenger Pigeons 1 mile wide and 3 miles long. Where are they today?  Extinct.  I do not want to be that woman on the other side of the fence that throws dirt on a lone coyote with his song subdued because there are no pack mates to create a chorus.  I don’t want to be that woman that watches the final coyote die.



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