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Category: Specific Organisms :: Amphibians
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150 Cats Evacuated From New York Home, Some Were In Walls 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. (AP) — State police say building inspectors have condemned an upstate New York home after crews had to tear out the walls to find many of the more than 150 cats that were removed from the property.

Troopers say the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society spent Tuesday and Wednesday removing the kittens and adult cats from Bertha Ryan's home in the Rensselaer County town of in Schaghticoke (SKAT'-ih-kohk), 20 miles northeast of Albany.

Police say 11 dead cats were found on her property.

Officials say a trooper who went to the home earlier this month to check on the welfare of a resident saw that there were numerous felines inside living in deplorable conditions. After obtaining a search warrant, authorities discovered that many of the cats were hiding behind the walls.

Troopers say charges are pending.
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This Is What It's Like To Be A Lion Killing Its Prey 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Nature can be brutal. GoPro recently released footage (below) of a human-raised lioness called Meg as she patrols the South African plains. With a camera strapped to her back, Meg does what lions do, stalking a waterbuck and taking it down for the kill. The video begins with " Lion Whisperer " and wildlife conservationist Kevin Richardson palling around with Meg and outfitting her with a GoPro. Then Meg goes off to hunt, and Richardson rejoins her after her kill. Though he says his heart goes out to Meg's prey, he concedes that "this is nature." While Richardson's closeness to lions he raised has generated some controversy , there's no denying Meg and her ilk's place atop the four-legged food chain. Lionesses do 85 to 90 percent of the hunting in prides, Out To Africa notes. Take a look at the footage from Meg's hunt (below), starting at the 2:19 mark. WARNING: Footage is ...
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Michele Bachmann, queen of the tea party, searches for what’s next 28.10.2014 Washington Post

IN ST. CLOUD, MINN.

Last month, on a cool Minnesota afternoon, Rep. Michele Bachmann donned an oversized white lab coat and made the rounds in St. Cloud’s newest kidney center. Soon to be out of a job in Congress, the pint-sized ball of tea party energy came to this hospital as part of her goodbye tour around her district, a suburban and rural area just north of the Twin Cities that never quite seemed big enough for her ambitions.

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U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Proposes Listing African Lion As Threatened Species 27.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday proposed listing the African lion as threatened after a study showed the big cats were in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future. A listing as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act would bar trafficking of the species as it faces dwindling habitat in Africa and more competition with humans. African lions, or Panthera leo leo, are found across a wide range in the continent, but about 70 percent, or 24,000, of them live in only 10 major strongholds, the service said in a statement. Listing the African lion as threatened "will bring the full protections of U.S. law to lion conservation, allowing us to strengthen enforcement and monitoring of imports and international trade," Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said. The main threats to the African lion are loss of habitat and of the animals lions prey on, and increased conflict with humans, the statement said. People and farming and grazing ...
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Why Big, Old, Fat, Fertile Female Fish Are The Rockstars Of The Ocean 27.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The next time you catch a BOFFFF, maybe you should throw her back. A growing collection of research shows that big, old, fat, fertile female fish -- what scientists call BOFFFFs -- are critically important to ocean fisheries because they’re basically rockstars of reproduction . Conventional wisdom has held that, in order to protect ocean stocks and maintain strong populations, fishermen should catch big fish but release smaller ones so that they can grow, produce eggs and continue the circle of life. But in the October 2014 issue of the “ICES Journal of Marine Science” , three experts argue that fishing efforts should focus on medium sized fish, rather than snatching out and bragging about the huge ones. “The loss of big fish [often] decreases the productivity and stability of fishery stocks,” explained Mark Hixon, a marine biologist at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, who published the paper with California State University marine biologist Darren Johnson and NOAA Fisheries ecologist Susan Sogard. ...
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Is This Panda Masturbating? 21.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Researchers may have finally discovered why panda bears are so finicky about their mates . It could be that nothing satisfies quite like the pleasure paw. World Wildlife Federation researchers caught this panda allegedly touching himself following a meal of bamboo in the forests of Sichuan province. (There's no date cheaper than a date with yourself!) If the bear was really caught having "a quick wank," as Shanghaist suggests, it might be a first for science. Or it might be a joke that sailed over our heads. Who cares. Look at him go! Bonus ...
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Bear Eats Body Of Marion Williams, California Man Who Died Of Cardiac Arrest 18.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(Reuters) - A man who suffered a heart attack and died outside his rural Northern California home had his corpse dragged away and eaten by a black bear that was sheltering nearby, medical officials said on Friday. The 65-year-old man, identified as Marion Williams, had walked from his trailer in Humboldt County to a water source about 100 yards (meters) away on Oct. 8 when he suffered cardiac arrest, said Humboldt County Deputy Coroner Roy Horton. A bear that was bedding just feet (meters) from the water source apparently saw or smelled the body and dragged Williams away, he said. "The bear saw the opportunity for a food source and took advantage of it," Horton said, adding that the bear stripped Williams out of his clothes and necklace, feeding on him for several days. "The bear did eat most of this guy," he said. "He was about 85 percent consumed." Friends became concerned about Horton on Oct. 11 and called the sheriff's department. They also visited his property and could smell the decaying body, ...
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Guy Meets Bird, Bird Drops F-Bomb 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This guy was sitting on a bench when a bird, described as a black crow , apparently decided to stop by and say “hey” “f—-k you.” (Warning: Video contains explicit language) “That's one ballsy bird! Hopped up next to a giant and tried to pick a fight,” quipped one YouTuber Thursday. “Damn nature, you scary!” wrote another. Crows are pretty intelligent creatures ; and some birds in the crow family — including jackdaws and ravens — are known for their ability to mimic human speech ...
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Spanish amphibians struck down by virus attack 16.10.2014 New Scientist: Sex and Cloning
Spanish amphibians struck down by virus attack
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Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals Making Very Cute Comeback 14.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Hawaiian monk seal births are on the rise, according to The Marine Mammal Center. The species is considered critically endangered, with fewer than 1,200 individuals left in the wild. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program recorded 121 monk seal pups this year, up from 103 in 2013. The increase might seem minor, but for a species with such a small population, it's a huge victory. Plus, it means more of this kind of adorableness: **Swoon!** Conservationists hope to see additional population increases in the future, now that a new healthcare facility devoted entirely to the Hawaiian monk seal is up and running. Located in the town of Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Ke Kai Ola hospital opened in early September and aims to "give monk seal pups a better shot at survival and adult seals a second chance when they need it." Ultimately, the hospital hopes to restore the Hawaiian monk seal population. For now, administrators ...
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Man Injured Trying to Save Dog In Nevada Hot Springs 13.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
GERLACH, Nev. (AP) — A man was hospitalized after jumping into a hot spring on the northern Nevada desert to rescue a dog. Gerlach Volunteer Fire Chief Willard Gooch said the man was scalded late Friday afternoon by water in the Double Hot Springs on the Black Rock Desert, about 120 miles north of Reno. He told the Reno Gazette-Journal the man was flown by medical helicopter to a Reno hospital, where his condition was not immediately released. Water in the hot springs can reach about 180 degrees, and a fence was installed around them after similar accidents in the past. U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Chris Rose said Sunday he did not have any immediate details of the latest accident. In 2000, a 27-year-old Reno woman and a friend were walking near the Double Hot Springs when their dogs leaped into one of the pools. They tried to rescue the animals and ended up getting severely burned themselves. The woman died from her burns and her friend suffered second- and third-degree burns over 80 percent ...
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We’re mad about Madagascar. 11.10.2014 Earth Times
How much research flows out of Madagascar, on the lemurs, chameleons and frogs alone. We have to preserve this island and sustain its people in their struggles with nature, including climate change. The age of introspection is over. This is one planet and we all are one with it – just investigate the biodiversity and the climate change conferences mushrooming in response to popular demands.
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Illegal Marijuana Farms Among Threats To Fisher Populations, Federal Biologists Warn 8.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Citing a threat from rat poison used on illegal marijuana plantations, federal biologists on Monday proposed Endangered Species Act protection for West Coast populations of the fisher, a larger cousin of the weasel. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published notice in the Federal Register that it wants to list the fisher as a threatened species in Oregon, California and Washington. The full proposal was expected Tuesday. Other reasons for the proposal include the loss of forest habitat to wildfire, logging and urban development, disease, being eaten by other predators, illegal fur trapping and climate change. The fisher is the second species in the West for which biologists have formally recognized a threat from marijuana cultivation. A recovery plan for coho salmon calls for reducing pollution from pesticides and fertilizers used on pot plantations; decreasing illegal water withdrawals from salmon streams; and easing clear-cut logging. Scientists are also working to see how ...
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The Loneliest Frog in the World 8.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Every morning when Mark Mandica opens the door, he feels a pit in his stomach. He knows that today could be the day that he discovers the last Rabbs' Fringe-limbed tree frog has passed away. When that day comes, his species will be extinct forever - another in a long and growing list of animals that are disappearing at an alarming rate. He will close his eyes, and his kind will vanish from the face of the Earth forever. Many of these species will disappear without even a mention from the media. "It's kind of nerve-racking taking care of him, knowing he's the last one of his kind," says Mark, the Amphibian Conservation Coordinator at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. He admits he was not much of a conservationist when he first became fascinated with amphibians. "I was more interested studying how fast their tongues move to catch prey, not much to do with conservation. Since then it has become harder and harder to finds frogs and amphibians and so now I feel obligated to help conserve these amazing and vital ...
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Japanese Zoo Spends Years Trying To Mate Male Hyenas 6.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Hyena sexing by sight alone is "very difficult," says a Japanese zoo that spent years trying to mate a pair of males.

The Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo says Kami and Kamutori were obtained in a 2010 exchange with a South Korean zoo that said they were a male and female pair.

Zookeepers put the pair in the same cage for breeding in 2012 but didn't discover they were both males until experts conducted hormone checks while they were under anesthesia.
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World Falling Behind On Plan To Protect Natural World By 2020, UN Says 6.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Governments are failing to meet goals to protect animals and plants set out in a biodiversity plan for 2020 that also aims to increase food supplies and slow climate change, a U.N. report showed on Monday. Many rare species face a mounting risk of extinction, forests are being cleared by farmers at an alarming rate, and pollution and over-fishing are continuing despite the U.N. push agreed in 2010 to reverse harmful trends for nature. "There has been an increase in effort (by governments) ... but this will not be enough to reach the targets," Braulio de Souza Dias, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), told Reuters, citing a progress report. Overall, the Global Biodiversity Outlook issued at the start of a biodiversity meeting in South Korea on Monday showed that only five of 53 goals set for preserving nature were on target or ahead of schedule. The other 48 were lagging. Governments were on ...
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Photo: Red-spotted newt climbs over a branch 4.10.2014 TreeHugger
The red-spotted newt is a subspecies of the Eastern newt.
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Invasion of voracious bullfrogs spreads in Montana 3.10.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
An invasion of American bullfrogs that will eat just about anything -- including each other -- is spreading downstream along Montana's Yellowstone River and poses a potential threat to native frogs, government scientists said Thursday.
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Bullfrog invasion spreads along Montana's Yellowstone river, could threaten native frogs 3.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Invasion of voracious bullfrogs spreads in Montana 3.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An invasion of American bullfrogs that will eat just about anything — including each other — is spreading downstream along Montana's Yellowstone River and poses a potential threat to native frogs, government scientists said Thursday.
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