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Shark Pulls Woman Off Yacht by Her Finger

The Australian woman is just fine, though

(Newser) - An Australian woman is feeling lucky to be alive after she was reportedly pulled into the water by a shark. According to PerthNow , Melissa Brunning was on a friend's yacht off the coast of Australia's rugged Kimberley region in late May when her group got the opportunity to... More »

Lion Mauls Man Who Bottle-Fed Him as a Cub

Michael Hodge suffered lacerations and a broken jaw

(Newser) - The owner of a wildlife park in South Africa is recovering from several lacerations and a broken jaw after a lion attack on Saturday, reports Newsweek . Michael Hodge was investigating a strange smell in the lion's enclosure at the Marakele Animal Sanctuary , near Thabazimbi; it seemed to be disturbing... More »

'Friendly' African Warthog Captured in Florida

The tusked beast took five days to finally capture

(Newser) - African warthogs, not surprisingly, are not native to Florida so state wildlife officials are investigating how one wound up loose in a suburban neighborhood. Per the AP , Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials told TCPalm.com that it captured the tusky animal last month after a five-day search about 50... More »

Ivory Sleuth Who Traveled Underworlds Killed at Home

Top ivory investigator Esmond Bradley Martin, 75, found stabbed in neck in Nairobi

(Newser) - "Pachyderms have lost a great champion." That's the tribute of one elephant expert for Esmond Bradley Martin, one of the world's most well-known ivory investigators, who was found killed in his home in Nairobi, Kenya, per the Telegraph and BBC . The 75-year-old had a stab wound... More »

TV Host Kills Cougar, Posts Pics of Cougar Stir-Fry

Canadian TV personality Steve Ecklund is taking heat for showing off hunting trip online

(Newser) - "Loser." "Creep." "Must be compensating for something, small penis probably." These are just a few of the comments—some of them from an ex-prime minister's wife—being lobbed at a Canadian television host after he posted pictures online of himself with the cougar... More »

Baby Dolphin Dies After People Can't Stop Touching It

It was dead by the time a rescue group arrived

(Newser) - A baby dolphin that beached itself on the shores of Mojacar in southeastern Spain was quickly surrounded by a mob of curious beachgoers, many out for a good selfie, reports Newsweek . The calf was likely sick or had become separated from its mother, and someone called the local emergency number.... More »

Once Again, Human Ill-Advisedly Interferes With Nature

Man takes baby from mother, thinks he's helping

(Newser) - A 3-day-old baby deer is being sent to a wildlife reserve after somebody thought they were helping the fawn by removing it from a desert area in Arizona, the AP reports. Mike Demlong, Wildlife Education Program Manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, says a man found the fawn... More »

'Incredible': California Has 2nd Pack of Gray Wolves

A century after being wiped out of the state, the wolves are rebounding

(Newser) - "This is a pretty incredible conservation moment," a rep for the Center for Biological Diversity tells the San Francisco Chronicle following news from California: A second pack of gray wolves has been spotted in the state. State officials have known for about a year that a pair of... More »

Maine Woman Drowns Rabid Raccoon With Bare Hands

'Imagine the Tasmanian devil,' says Rachel Borch

(Newser) - Rachel Borch was out for a jog in the woods near her home in Hope, Maine, when a "ferocious-looking" attacker with beady eyes and tiny teeth made a beeline for her, reports the Camden Herald . Borch, 21, knew immediately that something was wrong with the raccoon that was charging... More »

Student Discovers Ride-Sharing With Gators Not Legal in Maine

Or keeping gators at all without a permit, as taxi passenger finds out

(Newser) - A cab driver transporting a college student in Maine discovered he had five other surprise passengers: a handful of baby alligators. Per CentralMaine.com , Frank Folsom says on Tuesday he picked up a 20-year-old IDed as Yifan Sun, a student from China who's studying at the University of Maine... More »

'Fierce' Carnivore Documented in Iowa After 150-Year Absence

The fisher probably wandered over from Minnesota

(Newser) - It's no Bigfoot sighting, but it'll do. KCCI reports a fisher has been documented in Iowa for the first time in 150 years. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources , fishers are carnivores related to the weasel and otter and are "known for their fierceness."... More »

'Saturation Point:' Wildlife Populations Have Collapsed Since 1970

New report is 'a pretty shocking snapshot of where we are,' says WWF rep

(Newser) - A disturbing study says the world's wild animal population has plunged 58% since 1970, the BBC reports. Researchers from the WWF and the Zoological Society of London warn that if current trends continue, two-thirds of the world's wildlife will be gone by 2020. The finger points squarely at... More »

Baby Deer Euthanized After Humans 'Rescue' It

They, likely wrongly, believed the fawn had been abandoned

(Newser) - “It’s a death sentence when people pick up a baby critter and turn it over to us.” That's the message Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Joe Lewandowski had for a group of people who tried to help a week-old baby deer last weekend in the La... More »

Irritated Elk Charges Yellowstone Tourist

Animal charged after woman kept creeping closer and closer with her camera

(Newser) - First we had Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. the elephant ; now, Yellowstone tourist vs. the elk. Yellowstone's wildlife rules are clear: Stay at least 25 yards away from large animals, quadruple that for bears and wolves. But one woman ignored that Sunday and got too close for an elk's comfort—... More »

Wolves Have Taken Over Chernobyl

Elk, deer, wild boar also enjoying life free from human habitation

(Newser) - What happens when humans abandon 1,600 square miles because of radioactivity? Wildlife runs rampant, apparently. A new study on animals in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone shows what once looked something like a wasteland is now packed with elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and wolves. Researchers conducted aerial... More »

Tiger Cub Found ... in California Neighborhood

Little guy was wandering the streets of Hemet

(Newser) - On the list of "Things You Don't Expect to Find Roaming Around a California Neighborhood," tiger cub is probably pretty near the top. Yet that is exactly what one woman in Hemet found yesterday, CBS Los Angeles reports. She brought the 3-month-old, 25-pound Bengal-Siberian tiger to a... More »

Cops: Man Kept 2 Deer in Home

He's charged with misdemeanor in West Virginia

(Newser) - Officials say a West Virginia man had been keeping two deer at his home for at least a year. Authorities discovered the white-tailed bucks when they visited the Cabell County man's home July 4 after receiving a public tip. State Division of Natural Resources officer Joshua Addesa says the... More »

Scientists Map America's Loudest, Quietest Places

It's part of investigation into how man-made noise affects wildlife

(Newser) - Scientists have put 1.5 million hours of acoustical monitoring to an interesting use: They paired them with data on overhead air traffic and average summer precipitation and turned a computer program loose on the info. The result: a detailed map of America's loudest and quietest places. Science News... More »

Debate Over Border Fence Ignores One Big Factor

Scientist: We need to be smart about wildlife's ability to roam

(Newser) - As the US beefs up its border fence along the Mexican border, one group very much affected isn't getting a say in the matter: wildlife. In the New York Times today, a scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society writes that jaguars, ocelots, wolves, bears, and other animals are finding... More »

Alligator Taken From Backyard After 37 Years

'Jaxson' had been family pet of sorts in California since 1977

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Animal Services Department found an 8-foot male alligator in the backyard of a home in Van Nuys, Calif, and he wasn't exactly a recent arrival to the neighborhood. Named Jaxson, the reptile had lived there for 37 years. Jaxson was soon transported to the Los Angeles... More »

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