First Dutch female wildcat gets GPS collar

Fascinating and wonderful news.

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This is a video about a wildcat in the south of Limburg province in the Netherlands, in May 2014.

Translated from the Dutch ARK conservationists:

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

In the Vijlenerbos forest near Vaals a fourth European wildcat has been provided with a collar transmitter. This is the first female that was caught. Slowly but surely, more is getting known about the numbers of wildcats in South Limburg.

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Wildcats born in the Netherlands, after centuries of extinction

How wonderful it is to hear some good news on the wildlife front. What a change from the norm.

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 6 December 2014 video is about the return of wildcats to the Netherlands.

The Dutch conservationists of ARK Natuurontwikkeling report (translated):

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

For the first time since centuries in the Netherlands wildcats have been born in the wild. ARK Nature investigates the return of this rare animal. During the study this year we found at least five different wildcats, two of the animals were born here. The return of the wildcat happens with impressive speed.

The wildcat research was in the Vijlenerbos nature reserve and elsewhere in Limburg province.

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Another place, another bull

The blog shows one more aspect in this ongoing genocide against elephants. I may not yet know how, but all of us from nations across the world must find a way to first, stop China’s bloodlust for ivory; and two, pressure the African countries to arrest and imprison the elite that allow this genocide to continue.

Mark Deeble


I woke to the sound of heavy breathing – and lay still. Next came grass-ripping, followed by the sound of sliding cloth – first loud and rough, then soft and slick. I knew that the grass-ripping would be Chota, our ‘camp elephant’, feeding close to our tent. The other sound puzzled me. I kept my eyes closed, delighting in the mystery of what it could be. I knew he was feeding within a few feet, but there was something else going on. The noise came again. I gave up. I opened my eyes. Chota’s huge bulk blocked the moon, and cast a shadow over the bed. He was up against the tent, much closer than usual – pulling grass from beneath the flysheet – where daytime shade and the occasional drizzle-drip has kept it slightly greener. With each trunkful, he’d raise his head – as he did, his tusk tips…

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Most of us know the sad story of the Passenger Pigeon. Details may be missing, but you are sure to know they are extinct. Today, September 01, 2014 marks 100 years since the last passenger pigeon, Martha, died. Maybe you’ve heard the story of Martha, the last surviving member of her species that lived in the Cincinnati Zoo. It must have been a pitiful site to see this once prolific species with only one, lone pigeon perched on a ledge. Or maybe not, some zoo patrons threw dirt at her because she simply sat perched on a ledge rather than entertaining them. Her coos silenced in a single world.  She died on September 1, 1909, leaving us with only pictures. There are a few preserved bodies of passenger pigeons stored in a drawer at a natural museum. Other than that we are left with 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 gone; extinct. Extinguished from earth. I will never be able to experience the beauty of this colorful pigeon. I will never experience skies darkened by flocks flying overhead.

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 annihilated within 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 others: 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 culled some of the actions driving them to extinction.  For now, it has worked. The eagle population is stable. The wolf is back from the brink of extinction, but still reviled and hated by some people, namely, many in the powerful livestock and hunting industries. 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.  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, likely, I would be ridiculed. 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.  Nationally, Wildlife Services killed approximately 75,000 coyotes. This is what was reported, and does not include the number of coyotes killed in the coyote ‘calling’ contests. Legally, coyotes are considered to be ‘varmints’, which means they have no protection. They can killed by any method at any time of the day or night. Most animals are at least afforded a season where they are not hunted, and their are limited numbers of tags hunters can purchase. That supposedly ensures there will be enough animals to kill the next hunting season. Coyotes are not afforded an ‘off season’.  There are no legal limits to how many can be killed, how they are killed, or when they are killed. That 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 until there were no more to kill—slaughtered into extinction. While destroying forest 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. Killing for entertainment and sport. 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?    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.


ID Fish and Game Kills 23 Wolves in Lolo Region

This article, Idaho Fish and Game use Chopper to Kill 23 Wolves,  written by Dr. Ralph Maughan on his blog, The Wildlife News is fantastic. It provides the information on why this slaughter of wolves in ID is not only unnecessary, but is unlikely to bring the elk population back to historic levels.

Well worth the time to read.


Good jaguar news from Belize

Looks good. Will watch this weekend.

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is called THE JAGUAR: YEAR OF THE CAT – Animals/Wildlife/Nature (documentary).

From Wildlife Extra:

Jaguar gains new protection in Belize

February 2014: The future of the jaguar in Belize is looking brighter following the signing of a conservation agreement between the Government of Belize, the Environmental Research Institute of the University of Belize and the wild cat conservation organisation Panthera.

The trio agreed to work together to implement science-based conservation initiatives that secure and connect jaguars and their habitats in Belize and beyond, facilitate land development that is both ecologically sustainable and economically profitable, and lesson human-jaguar conflict throughout the country.

The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Its decreasing population is primarily due to deforestation rates, human persecution and human-jaguar conflict, and [it] is considered Near Threatened by the IUCN who…

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Some winter musings

I found this to be so enjoyable. Wouldn’t you like to live where these species live? We have coyotes, foxes and bobcats, but no elk (not in my area of the state) and no wolves. If you love wildlife, you will love this post from The Human Footprint

The Human Footprint

So far this winter has been a roller coaster of temperatures.  December brought weeks of sub- zero temps, while almost every day in January was in the high 30’s and 40’s.  All our snow in the valley melted and the ground was bare.  Then one day two feet of snow fell, and didn’t stop. One constant has been wind–a lot of it and up to 50 mph.

Before all the deep snows came, I spent a lot of time watching for wildlife and sometimes seeing them.  I had several glimpses of a lame coyote, with a hurt or broken back left leg.  One day I saw him scurry across a wide field.  I wondered if he’d make it through the winter, with his lameness as well as wolves to watch out for.  Then a few weeks later I saw him stealing a large bone from a recent deer kill.  It…

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New Wolf Film in Production

Keep an eye on this one!

Exposing the Big Game

Check out Medicine of the Wolf– a film by Julia Huffman.

Needs funding to get off the ground; 25 Days to go..for the Pledge of $50.000…

Medicine of the Wolf pursues the deep intrinsic value of brother wolf and our forgotten promise to him.

“To look into the eyes of a wolf is to see your own soul.”

~ Aldo Leopold

Director of Photogaphy Lawrence Schweich with Director Julia Huffman and Chris Hunter, Sound.
Director of Photogaphy Lawrence Schweich with Director Julia Huffman and Chris Hunter, Sound.

Filmmaker Julia Huffman travels to Minnesota and into wolf country to pursue the deep intrinsic value of brother wolf and our forgotten promise to him.

Medicine of the Wolf will take viewers on a journey to understand the powerful relationship that we have with the wolf by interviewing prominent people who represent the different levels of connection to this ancient and iconic species – from Anishinaabe creation stories that reflect our interconnectivity to all…

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Animal Welfare Institute plans lawsuit over red wolf deaths

Exposing the Big Game

By Hayley Benton on 02/08/2014

From Tara C. Zuardo
Wildlife Attorney at the Animal Welfare Institute

To Whom It May Concern:

On October 29 2012 and you did stories on the red wolves being found shot dead in North Carolina (by Jake Frankel). There is a hearing on the next step of this campaign on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in case you are interested for Mountain Express: We are suing the North Carolina state wildlife agency for authorizing day and night hunting in the red wolf’s recovery area of an identical looking animal – coyotes – and hence violating the Endangered Species Act, which the red wolf is listed under. Again, the hearing on our injunction is this coming Tuesday, February 11, 2014. I have included below a list of facts about this red wolf population, and I am happy to send you anything else you need – a press…

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