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Woman Finds Injured Bobcat, Puts It in Car With Toddler

'This could have been tragic,' officials say

(Newser) - Picking up wild animals is always a bad idea, wildlife officials say—and placing an injured bobcat next to your child is an especially bad idea. Parks and Wildlife officials in Colorado say a Colorado Springs woman was lucky her 3-year-old boy wasn't badly hurt or even killed by... More »

For Giraffes, a Piece of Much-Needed Good News

A key World Wildlife Conference committee vows to protect them

(Newser) - Nations around the world moved Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and scowls from some sub-Saharan African nations, the AP reports. Thursday's vote by a key committee at the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES paves the way for... More »

Florida's Big Cats Are Stumbling, and No One Knows Why

Panthers and bobcats in Florida appear to be afflicted with disabling nerve disorder

(Newser) - There's a problem with Florida's big cats. The New York Times reports on a bunch of strange sightings of panthers and a bobcat in the Sunshine State, caught on trail cameras, that show the felines having trouble walking, caused by an apparent neurological disorder. Kittens seem to be... More »

Infected Prairie Dogs Shut Down Wildlife Refuge

Parts of Commerce City, Colo., preserve are closed to visitors due to plague

(Newser) - Sections of a wildlife refuge near Denver remain closed due to plague-infected prairie dogs at risk of spreading the disease to people. The 15,000-acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo., closed in July as fleas spread sylvatic plague among black-tailed prairie dogs, per USA Today... More »

Where America Made Deadly Weapons, Wildlife Now Roam

And remaining cleanup will cost hundreds of billions of dollars

(Newser) - From a tiny Pacific island to a leafy Indiana forest, a handful of sites where the US manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife, the AP reports. An astonishing array of animals and habitats flourished on six obsolete weapons... More »

Famous Zoologist Dies —Not by the Anaconda

'Wild Kingdom' host hoped to teach nature preservation

(Newser) - In his 89 years, Jim Fowler was knocked out by a chimpanzee, swarmed by sharks, and had his arm swallowed by a 22-foot-long anaconda. It was all in a day's work for the 6'6" legendary zoologist, who was suffering a heart ailment when he died Wednesday at his... More »

Hundreds of Live Tarantulas Seized From 'Cookie' Boxes

They were shipped to airport in the Philippines

(Newser) - Philippine customs officials were astonished when they opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland and found a hair-raising contraband: hundreds of live tarantulas. Bureau of Customs personnel seized the 757 tarantulas at a mail exchange center near Manila's international airport Monday... More »

Guy Abandons 1.5K Live Turtles at Airport

They were found in unclaimed suitcases

(Newser) - Customs officers at a Philippines airport got a surprise when they opened four abandoned suitcases: Inside were 1,529 live turtles and tortoises of assorted species, wrapped in duct tape, the BBC reports. They included rare and endangered species like star tortoises and sulcata tortoises. Officials estimate they could have... More »

They Set Out the Krispy Kremes. Then, 'the Worst of the Worst'

9 accused of luring bears with doughnuts, then letting hunting dogs attack them

(Newser) - A nearly yearlong inquiry into a case that's been called "the worst of the worst" has led to the arrest of nine people in three states. Those are the words of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who says the case in her state is "one of the... More »

World's Oldest Known Wild Bird Will Make All Other Moms Genuflect

Baby No. 37 is on its way for Wisdom the albatross, 68

(Newser) - Dear tired moms of the world: Meet Wisdom, whose dozens of young ones are about to gain another sibling. The Guardian notes that while it may indeed seem "preposterous" for a 68-year-old human to still be having kids, it's apparently different for some birds, including this Laysan albatross... More »

In Central Park, a Rare Brilliance Spotted

Mandarin duck, usually seen only in Asia, shows up out of the blue in NYC

(Newser) - If there's anywhere you'll see a punk rocker with a "multicolored mohawk," New York City would be the place. But the Mandarin duck that's been hanging out in Central Park since mid-October is another story entirely. The New York Times reports the creature with brilliantly... More »

WWF: Wildlife Numbers Have Fallen Off Cliff Since 1970

WWF documents a 60% decline in various species worldwide

(Newser) - The WWF conservation group is out with the results of a massive new assessment of the world's wildlife, and things are looking pretty grim. The big takeaway stat is that populations of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have plunged by an average of 60% since 1970, reports the... More »

Idaho Official Resigns Over 'Nauseating' Safari Photos

Blake Fischer boasted about killing family of baboons

(Newser) - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says he has asked for, and received, the resignation of a wildlife official who was heavily criticized for sharing graphic photos of his kills after a hunting trip in Africa. Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer, who boasted about killing a family of baboons, failed to... More »

Exhausted Moose Drowns After Crowd Scares It Into Water

The tired animal had just made a long swim from New York to Vermont

(Newser) - Vermont wildlife officials say a moose drowned in Lake Champlain after people crowded around the animal to take its picture, per the AP . Fish and Wildlife Officer Robert Currier tells WCAX that the moose swam across the lake from New York to South Hero, Vt., on Saturday. He says it... More »

Bison Taunter Arrested After Hotel Disturbance

Raymond Reinke, 55, was apparently on a 'park crime spree'

(Newser) - Turns out Raymond Reinke wasn't just taunting bison this week . The 55-year-old Oregon man, who drew attention for provoking a bison at Yellowstone National Park, is under arrest after what USA Today calls a "national park crime spree." Seems it began July 28, when Reinke was arrested... More »

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 »

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