User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-National
Category: Specific Organisms :: Amphibians
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As a killer fungus looms, scientists call for a ban on salamander imports 31.7.2015 LA Times: Science
If it makes its way to our shores, a newly discovered fungus from Asia could wipe out large numbers of salamander species and spark a major North American biodiversity crisis, scientists are warning.
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What It’s Like to Watch a Species Go Extinct 30.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
When scientists talk about the sixth extinction, there's one example that stands out above all others: ...
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Group demands change in dam operations to protect frog 22.7.2015 AP Washington
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A conservation group demands a change in operations at two irrigation dams on the upper Deschutes River to protect the Oregon spotted frog, a threatened species....
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Photo: Spiny tropical frog is smaller than a finger tip 15.7.2015 TreeHugger
This little guy from Ecuador is no bigger than a finger tip.
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Great White Shark Rescued By Heroic Beachgoers In Cape Cod 15.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Bystanders did a great white job of saving a beached great white shark on Monday. The 7-foot-long male juvenile shark was found on the South Beach area of Chatham, Massachusetts in Cape Cod, according to WFSB. Beachgoers kept the shark wet until rescuers arrived to pull it into the water and release it safely back into the ocean. "The shark was stuck there for a while in the sand, so then people got buckets and were trying keep it wet so it could continue to breathe,” Isabelle Hegland told CBS Boston. "I was a little afraid, but I could tell it wasn’t moving anytime soon because the shore was going way out, it was approaching towards low tide so it was becoming increasingly difficult for the shark to keep its gills wet and be able to breathe." Witnesses told the station that the young shark beached itself chasing after a seagull. Great white sharks are listed as "vulnerable" (one step better than endangered) by the World Wildlife Fund because humans hunt them for food and sport. -- This feed and its ...
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Toronto Residents Create Memorial For Dead Raccoon 12.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
He/she will be missed. On Thursday, people in Toronto decided to pay tribute to a dead raccoon on the sidewalk by creating a memorial for the fallen critter. It all started with a tweet: @311Toronto There’s a dead raccoon on the sidewalk outside 819 Yonge (at the SE corner of Church). — Jason Wagar (@jasonwagar) July 9, 2015 The city responded: @jasonwagar Thank you for letting us know. This was reported a short while ago and Animal Services has been notified. ^de — 311 Toronto (@311Toronto) July 9, 2015 But Animal Services didn't get there before a memorial and a hashtag (#DeadRaccoonTO) emerged. sleep well my sweet prince, people loved you and remember you #deadraccoonto pic.twitter.com/G7erlbktnx — Chris Hahn (@heyhahn) July 9, 2015 Candlelight vigil now being held for #DeadRaccoonTO . Picture courtesy of @gavingraham . pic.twitter.com/HrpApfbBfJ — Norm Kelly (@norm) July 10, 2015 Finally the raccoon was removed, but not forgotten. One last candle for our little buddy Conrad. #DeadRaccoonTO ...
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10-Foot Alligator Captured Near Downtown Fort Worth 11.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A blind alligator stretching more than 10 feet has been removed from the Trinity River in a park near downtown Fort Worth and taken to a refuge. Game wardens and a reptile hunter, Chris Stevens, used a noose to capture the male gator Thursday night at Riverside Park. Stevens said the animal needed to be moved to ensure public safety. "The problem is not the alligator — it's the people," he said. "Being in that high profile of a location, people are going to start feeding it, and anytime you have an alligator like this, it's just a matter of time before people poke it." Stevens took the 10-foot-2-inch alligator to a nature reserve. He said it was likely blind in both eyes. Texas game wardens summoned Stevens to help catch the alligator after several reported sightings in recent weeks. Recent heavy rain and flooding may have brought the animal to the area. A man swimming in a Southeast Texas marina, Tommie Woodward, was killed July 3 by a 400-pound alligator. That animal was shot ...
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Macaque Monkey Escapes Enclosure At Memphis Zoo, Eludes Capture 10.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
July 10 (Reuters) - A small monkey was on the loose at the Memphis Zoo on Friday hours after escaping its enclosure and making a dash for freedom while the zoo was packed with visitors. The three-year-old Sulawesi macaque named Zimm scaled the wall of her exhibit on Thursday, got through an opening and then took off running through the garden, zoo officials said. The zoo was filled with visitors when the monkey escaped, and some saw the 10-pound primate flee, local media reported. "As we were looking at the primates, lo, and behold, a little monkey ran right in front of us," zoo visitor Kimberly Cross told WMC-TV. "Five minutes before, my son said, 'Momma, can they get out?' I said, 'No, they can't get out,' and I tell you the truth he came right across from us." Zoo officials believe Zimm is still on the premises and hiding in a drain pipe. "While we're still looking into exactly what happened, rest assured that we have found little Zimm on Zoo property and expect to have her back in her habitat ...
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This Is How A Species Goes Extinct: More Than A Ton Of Frozen Pangolin Meat Seized In Indonesia 9.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Pangolins are one of the most trafficked animals in the world. Pangolins are one of the planet's most unique and adorable species. The scaly, anteater-like creatures live in parts of Asia and Africa, and there's an entire task force dedicated to their protection. A popular Pokemon character, Sandslash , was even based on these " artichokes on legs ." And yet, humans can't seem to stop killing them. Authorities in Indonesia recently busted smugglers trying to transport 1.3 tons worth of dead pangolins into Singapore. Heart-wrenching photos taken by a Getty photographer show dozens of the animals frozen in their trademark armored ball before they were burned by customs officials on Wednesday. Warning: The pictures below may be upsetting to some readers. Pangolins are the world's " most-trafficked " mammal. The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the Chinese pangolin -- one of eight species of pangolins -- as " critically endangered ." But despite this designation, consumers in parts ...
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Alligator Pulled From Northern New Jersey River 8.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Officials in northern New Jersey pulled an unwelcome guest from the Passaic River on Wednesday afternoon: an alligator . A man fishing for carp in the river called police shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday to report the gator. Luis Acosta thought it was a snapping turtle at first, but then saw its body. He told the Bergen County Record he was glad police also spotted the gator and could confirm it. "If that alligator goes inside the water, they're going to think I'm crazy," he said. Police and state wildlife officials spent several hours tracking the dangerous reptile before they were finally able to capture it around noon. They said the gator was 4 to 7 feet long. PHOTOS: Gator pulled from the Passaic River in Elmwood Park, NJ #nbc4ny pic.twitter.com/x5JRBgy14k — Steven Bognar (@Bogs4NY) July 8, 2015 “I think it was probably someone’s pet that got too big so they released it into the wild,” Elmwood Park Police Chief Mike Foligno told NBC New York. “We do have a lot of fishermen around here and I don’t want ...
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Groundbreaking Tennessee Law Lets Good Samaritans Save Dogs Trapped In Hot Cars 8.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If Bonnaroo, Graceland and the Grand Ole Opry weren't enough, here's one more reason to love Tennessee: They're doing right by dogs trapped in hot cars. Under a law that went into effect July 1 , anyone in Tennessee who breaks into a car to save an animal will be free of civil liability. House Bill 537 is thought to be the first of its kind in the country . The move has been cheered by animal advocates. “The ASPCA strongly supports states giving law enforcement and Good Samaritans the ability to intervene to protect animals suffering in hot cars,” said Chloë Waterman, the ASPCA's senior manager of state legislative strategy, in an email to The Huffington Post. Mike Franklin, chief of staff of the Nashville Fire Department, explained the parameters of the new law to a local ABC affiliate. “If you act reasonably, as any reasonable person would respond, you will not be at fault to save a life," he said. "You will not be at any fault to save a life [and/or] animals." Tennessee state Rep. David Hawk (R) told ...
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Michigan Police Hope Squirrel Mug Shot Helps Nab Nut Thief 8.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police in suburban Detroit are having a little fun while asking for help from the public in figuring out who swiped roughly 28,000 pounds of packaged nuts. The Shelby Township Police Department says a truck and trailer packed with 18 pallets of walnuts and other snack nuts were taken the weekend of June 27. Police say the truck and trailer were found July 1 in Detroit, but the nuts worth more than $128,000 were gone. The department on Tuesday issued an appeal for information on its Facebook page — posting a mug shot of a squirrel along with details of the case. Police in the Macomb County community have had a few noteworthy animal encounters recently, rounding up a goat in a parking lot and capturing a stray pig. ***Cargo Theft***Late last week a semi-tractor and loaded trailer were stolen from the area of Auburn and Ryan. ...
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Killer Alligator Killed In Eastern Texas 7.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
An alligator that was illegally poached in Texas on Monday has been identified as the one that attacked and killed 28-year-old Tommie Woodward early last Friday morning. Woodward ignored posted and verbal warnings about alligators at a marina in eastern Texas and dove into the water late at night. A gator quickly grabbed him and dragged him under the water, where he died. A game warden found his body shortly after, about 200 yards from the scene. Woodward died from drowning, an autopsy found , but the gator had severed his left arm below the elbow. A customer at the same marina who identified himself only as "Bear" brought in the dead alligator on Monday, saying he'd baited it with a chicken and then shot it in the head , according to the Houston Chronicle. "He had to go," "Bear" said. "That's what happens when you kill someone." Texas game wardens get assistance from Orange firefighters as they lift the body of an alligator into the back of a truck at Burkart's Marina, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Orange, ...
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Grizzly Bear Slams Basketball-Sized Rock Into Glass At Minnesota Zoo 7.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — A grizzly bear exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo is temporarily closed after one of the bears picked up a basketball-sized rock and shattered a barrier. Startled visitors stood on the other side as the bear repeatedly slammed the rock into a pane of glass Monday morning. Zoo animal collections manager Tony Fisher tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1JQshzo ) the five-layer pane stayed in place "like a windshield." No one was hurt. The grizzlies were called back inside. The area will be closed until a temporary fix can be made ahead of a permanent pane being installed. Fisher isn't sure which of the three bears is responsible for busting one of pane's five layers. But he suspects it was Kenai, a nearly full-grown male who is "usually the clown out there." ___ Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may ...
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U.S., European Regulators, the Pope Agree: Time to Re-assess Pesticide Risks 3.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We know a lot about glyphosate, the pesticide widely known as Roundup. We know it kills the only food of the monarch caterpillar, linking it to nearly a 90 percent decline in monarch butterflies over the past two decades. We know that a report released by the World Health Organization in March links it to cancer. We know the Netherlands has banned over-the-counter sales of it. We know this month, France did the same. And this week, in response to a lawsuit filed by the conservation group where I work, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed for the first time to analyze how 1,500 endangered plants and animals are impacted by Roundup and atrazine -- the two most commonly used pesticides in the world -- as well as well as two other pesticides similar to atrazine. Despite the many known risks associated with all four toxins, hundreds of millions of pounds of them are dumped on U.S. fields and gardens every year. So a fair response would be to ask why the EPA wasn't already assessing those risks. The ...
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A Government Snoop That Puts the NSA To Shame 2.7.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to monitor 95% of all credit-card transactions by 2016.
Is it endangered? More study for alligator snapping turtles 2.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal protection may be needed for three amphibian species and seven reptiles, including the hard-biting, spiky-shelled alligator snapping turtle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.
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Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws 1.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
ATLANTA (AP) — Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious ...
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RIP Tama The Cat: Thousands Attend Funeral Of Japan's Famed Feline Stationmaster-Turned-Goddess 1.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Thousands of people gathered in a Japanese city over the weekend to bid farewell to a beloved local icon: a cat named Tama who served as stationmaster of a rural railway station for almost a decade. The calico cat has been credited with saving the struggling station, and its railway line, from financial collapse. Tama in 2008. Tama’s road to glory began in 2007 when she was appointed honorary stationmaster at the unmanned Kishi station in rural Wakayama prefecture. Tama, who had been a stray who hung around the station, was the first cat in the world to hold such a position. According to the Associated Press, the Wakayama Electric Railway had been almost bankrupt at the time of Tama’s appointment, and the Kishi station had let go of all its staff. The president of the railway, Mitsunobu Kojima, told the news outlet that appointing Tama as stationmaster had initially just been an excuse to keep the cat at the station. “But she was really doing her job,” he said. Tama, wearing a custom-made stationmaster’s ...
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Everyone Loses In This Python vs. Porcupine Battle 26.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The life of a python in South Africa came to a thorny end last week. A mountain biker at the Lake Eland Game Reserve in a coastal part of KwaZulu-Natal province reportedly spotted the snake with a full belly on June 14. Last Saturday, the snake -- of which there are some graphic photos below -- was found dead not far from the original sighting. Experts at the game preserve autopsied the python and discovered a 32-inch, 30-pound porcupine inside of it. While a snake swallowing a spiky porcupine whole may sounds like a classic case of mutually assured destruction, it's actually not that uncommon. "The porcupine did not injure the snake at all and eating the porcupine should not have caused the snake to die," Lake Eland Game Reserve general manager Jennifer Fuller told The Huffington Post in an email. "The real cause of death is unknown." She said the stress from human interaction may have prompted the snake to try to regurgitate the porcupine but it got stuck. Fuller said the snake fell off a rocky ledge , ...
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