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License to Kill: Michigan Wolf Hunters Snap Up Nearly 1,000 Permits in First 30 Minutes of Sale

License to Kill: Michigan Wolf Hunters Snap Up Nearly 1,000 Permits in First 30 Minutes of Sale | Wildlife | Scoop.it

It took 50 years to get Michigan’s gray wolf population up to 658, and only 30 minutes to sell three-quarters of the available licenses—900 out of 1,200—when they went on sale on Saturday September 28.

 

Only 100 licenses were still available by 5 p.m. on Saturday for the season, which runs from November 15 through December 31, the news website MLive.com reported. State residents paid copy00 per license, while nonresidents’ price was $500.

 

All this to kill just 43 wolves.

 

Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/10/01/license-kill-michigan-wolf-hunters-snap-nearly-1000-permits-first-30-minutes-sale-151512


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Laurel Stelter's insight:

I feel like Michigan is split on this decision: Kill 43 wolves, or let them be? Michigan has been trying for decades to get the number of wolves back to what was once "normal". Hunters got enough signatures for the legistlation to take a look at the possiblitity of a wolve hunt. I think that since Michigan has spent SO long trying to get  the number of wolves back up, why go back to the originally wanted number? Maybe if the hunt wouldn't happen this year then yes, there would be a higher amount to hunt next winter. 

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:49 PM

Okay hunters where are your scruples now?

You don't eat wolf meat... 

They're not too many of them...

So the only rationale I can think of you really enjoy killing!

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Endangered NS turtles get boost from zoo - CBC.ca

Endangered NS turtles get boost from zoo - CBC.ca | Wildlife | Scoop.it
Endangered NS turtles get boost from zooCBC.caThe Nova Scotia population of the Blanding's turtle is listed as threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, while the provincial Endangered Species Act lists them as...

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I think it is so neat what this zoo is doing to help the Blanding's turtle. It really surprised me how only one percent of all Blanding's turtles survive. It's cool how overtime the turtles can get so much stronger, therefore learning to avoid their predators.

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WWF - Bowhead whale sanctuary created in Nunavut in 2008

WWF - Bowhead whale sanctuary created in Nunavut in 2008 | Wildlife | Scoop.it

In a campaign spanning 26 years, WWF-Canada worked with the Inuit community of Clyde River to create Canada’s first national Marine Wildlife Area. Also known as Niginganiq, this extensive area off the coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut, became a sanctuary for bowhead whales in 2008.

“Isabella Bay is a pristine late summer and fall, feeding and resting stop for many of the Davis Strait-Baffin Bay bowhead whale population,” Mike Russill, then CEO of WWF-Canada said at the time. “This is not only a day to celebrate the protection of the threatened bowhead whale, but also to celebrate a community effort led from the beginning by the Inuit of Clyde River.”

At the community’s request, WWF-Canada invested over $1 million for scientific studies and to support Inuit requests for protection of this important area. WWF also negotiated with all levels of government and Inuit organisations to develop a management plan for this magnificent northern bay.

The sanctuary includes two deep offshore troughs that are rich in a type of crustacean known as copepods which are a main food source for the 18 metre-long, 70-tonne bowhead whale. A shallow shelf at the entrance to the bay provides protection from predatory orca whales.

Polar bears, ringed seals, Arctic char, halibut, narwhal, Canada geese, snow geese and king eider also benefit from the sanctuary.


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Laurel Stelter's insight:

This was a great idea by the Canadians and WWF! It is also great to see the Inuit community agreeing to support this cause! It seems to me that many people overlook whales. When someone hears "endangered" they immediately of polar bears, tigers, and panda bears. Many think of land creatures and forget about the water creatures. Every animal needs to be protected, and the Canadians and the WWF are doing a fantastic job and working hard to save our wildlife.

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Whitebark Pine Trees: Is Their Future at Risk

Whitebark Pine Trees: Is Their Future at Risk | Wildlife | Scoop.it
Tenacious photographer Mike Hollingshead spent 22 days observing the incredible display at Canada's Squaw Creek National Wildlife Park in spring this year.

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Laurel Stelter's insight:

I was very surprised when I stumbled upon this article. When most people think of endangered things, they immediately think of animals. I hadn't even thought about trees being endangered. Hopefully the U.S. and Canada can come up with a plan to save these pine trees. What I understood from this article is that these trees aren't producing the normal amount of cones and seeds, therefore, less are sprouting from the original tree. 

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Corin McKinstrey's comment, September 27, 2013 2:21 PM
I did not know that Trees future could be at risk. I think that scientists are doing the right thing by trying to figure out why at certain intervals wildlife reproduces. I think that they should try and find ways to preserve these trees. These seeds are important to some wild animals and to keep them from starving and dying out we need to do all we can to help them. I found this article very interesting.
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US dolphin deaths set to rise as migration begins - life - 23 September 2013 - New Scientist

US dolphin deaths set to rise as migration begins - life - 23 September 2013 - New Scientist | Wildlife | Scoop.it
A lethal virus epidemic is killing dolphins, and many more are likely to die. We explore the reasons behind the outbreak and what it means for conservation

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Hopefully researches can develop a way to save the dolphins before the disease spreads across many oceans. I wonder if there would be some way to create a virus killing liquid and somehow shoot it through the water, therefore killing some of the virus. I am not sure what I would do if I was in this situation. I really hope that they can figure something out.
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Nearly 7 million bats may have died from white-nose fungus, officials say

Nearly 7 million bats may have died from white-nose fungus, officials say | Wildlife | Scoop.it
More than five years since the white-nose fungus was detected, up to 6.7 million bats are estimated to have died in 16 states and Canada, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Although bats aren't too many peoples' favorite animal, they still are important. If bats are dying from a fungus at this rate, who knows what their future will hold. The U.S. and Canada need to come together to discuss a solution.
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Study finds bears embrace wildlife crossings in Banff

Study finds bears embrace wildlife crossings in Banff | Wildlife | Scoop.it
BANFF — A significant portion of Banff’s grizzly bear population is using wildlife crossings to safely get across the busy Trans-Canada Highway and access important habitat, according to a new landmark study.

Via Steve Judd
Laurel Stelter's insight:

I find it funny that the bears are using the over passes and underpasses built for them. Personally, I would think that if a road would be built between the forest, bears would just learn to use one side of the forest. It was really interesting to me how the researchers had a barbed wire hair collector, giving them all this information. It also surprised me that more bears used the overpasses rather than the underpasses. I think that it's awesome how Canada treasures their wildlife and does their best to protect it. 

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Steve Judd's curator insight, August 16, 2013 4:01 PM

The results concluded grizzly bears used overpasses more often than they travelled through underpasses, such as culverts or under bridges. In fact, they preferred overpasses 90 per cent of the time.

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Discover the Wildlife and Nature Holidays in Canada - Spirit Tourism

Discover the Wildlife and Nature Holidays in Canada - Spirit Tourism | Wildlife | Scoop.it
Wildlife Holiday in Canada; an enormous and spectacular country with amazing terrestrial and marine wildlife to see.

Via Krishna Sharma
Laurel Stelter's insight:

I find that Canada is a very special country. With most of the people of Canada living close to the border of the US, it leaves a lot of space for animals to roam without being threatened. Canada is also special in how they have dates that recognize the wildlife. I think that is a neat idea, and a good way to inform the community.

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Krishna Sharma's curator insight, May 15, 2013 8:09 AM

Canada has wildlife by the bucket load and you can see a vast array of animals everywhere. Bears of every colour are available; from the polar bears of Manitoba towards the elusive spirit bear, keeping in mind the splendid grizzly and black bears which you’ll see in their natural habitats.

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Mass Wolf killings are based on the most cynical of premises

Mass Wolf killings are based on the most cynical of premises | Wildlife | Scoop.it

JULY 24, 2013 - FOCUSING ON WILDLIFE

Each year, millions of songbirds are killed for food, for profit or just for the joy of shooting something, as they move from their winter grounds in AFRICA to their summer breeding territories in Europe.

In EGYPT, hundreds of miles of nets cover the entire coastline, catching almost every bird that makes its way to shore from across the Mediterranean Sea. In ALBANIA, hunters set up dozens of hunting blinds inside wildlife refuges while officials turn a blind eye.

In CYPRUS, trees are outfitted with glue-covered lime sticks that catch birds like flies on flypaper as they attempt to land, breaking wings as the birds struggle to free themselves. The problem is widespread and growing as new methods and technology increase the deadly toll of the annual slaughter.... http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/massive-bird-slaughter-around-the-mediterranean-shocking-photos/

 


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Laurel Stelter's insight:

Yes, sometimes wolves may seem scary. But this is truely sad. I cannot believe who would've ever thought that these wolves should be so wiped out. This is disappointing. These wolves are being killed to protect domestic animals and caribou. First problem; the amount of money to kill these wolves would cost more than the damage done to domestic animals alone. Spend the money on protecting domestic animals. Second problem; us humans are the ones responsible for caribou being endangered. Because of Canada's industrialization, it is simply hurting the caribou. Yes, the wolves are also killing the caribou, but I don't think that the wolve killing goal is reasonable. At the time of the article there were 3500 wolves. They are literally shooting for a goal of 500 remaining wolves. Killing 3000 wolves is a lot. Let's take a look at what we're doing wrong before going on mass killings of animals. 

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Who gave men the right to decide what species lives and doesn't? The wolf is not a species for sport hunting and is an integral keystone species for maintaining biodiversity and balance in our wilderness.

 

Candace Mitchel's comment, October 2, 2013 12:11 PM
I think that this is really sad that countries are willing to kill the wolves other than seeing if there is another way to save the Caribu. In my opinion its more like pointing fingers and saying well they can keep their wolves safe so we don't have too.
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Incredible photos of 1.3m snow geese taking off on their migration home

Incredible photos of 1.3m snow geese taking off on their migration home | Wildlife | Scoop.it
Tenacious photographer Mike Hollingshead spent 22 days observing the incredible display at Canada's Squaw Creek National Wildlife Park in spring this year.

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Laurel Stelter's insight:

I enjoyed looking at these photos of birds. It really showed another side of reporting. All these pictures told a story about the birds' migration. I think it is incredible how many can fly in a flock at once. If I had the chance to see these birds take off, I would be awestruck.

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Sara Aguilar's curator insight, October 1, 2013 9:56 AM

This article has some amazing pictures showing the thousands of geese flying in Canada's national park. I liked this article because of the pictures that help your mind see what the reporter was talking about. These geese sure put on a show without even knowing it and I bet they make noise that can be heard for miles!

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Free the Disney Dolphin Katie Emmons Petition b Katie Emmon wells, V T

Free the Disney Dolphin  Katie Emmons  Petition b Katie Emmon wells, V T | Wildlife | Scoop.it

• In the wild, dolphins can travel from 40 to 80 miles a day, using echolocation and sonar which they rely upon as acoustic creatures. 
• In captivity, they are confined to barren concrete tanks where they are forced to perform circus tricks for the paying public. They are unable to use echolocation- as the sound waves ricocheting off of the tanks walls create stressful confusion for these animals- in some cases causing them to go literally insane. 
• In the wild, they hunt live fish, and have a natural diet. 
• In captivity, they are hand-fed dead fish and are routinely given various medications to prevent serious ailments- such as stomach ulcers -which are a result of the stress in captivity.

Four male dolphins are currently being held at Disney World’s Epcot Park. They live in a dark and murky pool surrounded by observation windows lined with people, screaming children, loud music, amplified voices and other stressful sounds. 
They are literally treated as a ‘side-show’, and there is little to no information released publicly about them. 
Disney claims that these dolphins are involved in ‘research programs’ at their park, but by simply visiting Epcot, it quickly becomes clear that there seems to be no educational or conservation outcome from these ‘programs’. 
These dolphins do NOT belong at a noisy, crowed theme park- living in an artificial indoor facility with little to no exposure to natural sunlight- they belong in their natural habitat- THE OCEAN. 
Tell Disney to do the right thing- PLEASE RELEASE THESE DOLPHINS TO SEAPENS FOR REHABILITATION.

If Disney truly wishes to contribute to environmental research and help educate the public about these animals, they will make the humane choice and release these animals to sea-pens- allowing them to live in their natural habitat- the ocean -and receive rehabilitation. 
We’re flooding Disney with letters, pressuring them to release their dolphins- join us! 
By signing the petition, you are helping these dolphins get closer and closer to real freedom!

Visit our campaign site: 
www.freethedisneydolphins.org


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Laurel Stelter's insight:
I think that this is something very unique. Having a petition online is a great way to gain support. You would think that Disney would be friendly with their animals, realizing that caged life is much different than being in the wild. I feel like something needs to be done, this is wrong, and dolphins need to be free.
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Polar bears to be listed as species at risk in Canada

Polar bears to be listed as species at risk in Canada | Wildlife | Scoop.it

[excerpt] Canada is set to include the polar bear on its list of species at risk, but not as a threatened or endangered species.

The federal government gave notice this month that it intends to list the Arctic animal as a species of special concern — one level below threatened and two levels below endangered — under the Species at Risk Act.

The move would require a plan to be devised within three years to prevent the species from becoming endangered or threatened.

Environment Minister Peter Kent's office did not a return a call for comment. The proposal to list polar bears under the act was announced on July 2, and interested parties have 30 days to weigh in.

Ottawa's move comes almost three years after the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), an arm's-length scientific advisory body, recommended the special-concern listing for the polar bear.

The United States listed the polar bear as a threatened species in 2008, citing shrinking sea ice due to climate change.


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Laurel Stelter's insight:
I think that Canada needs to come up with a plan quickly. The sooner the better. The sooner they come up with a plan, the sooner it can be executed. Three years seems like not much would change. Take a look back on your life. Three years ago, the technology was different, along with many other things. In three years a lot can change. Everyone loves polar bears, so Canada needs to act quickly to save them.
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katelyn kime's comment, October 2, 2013 12:08 PM
I think its so sad that the polar bears are on the endanger list. If it wasn't for global warming the ice would not be melting. I think its crazy how pollution can spread so far away from the big cities to the upper part of Canada. It just shows just how bad global warming is getting. Its really to bad because sooner or later all of the cold arctic animals wont be here.