October 17, 2018

Living Together in Perfect Harmony?

Somewhere I hear a distant voice singing Kumbaya…….

The below photo was taken by our good friend and photographer, Milt Inman. It’s not photoshopped but I thought rare enough to find this many and various forms of wildlife all closeup and within camera lens. The black bird I believe to be an anhinga, there’s two turtles and one snake…..no partridge in a pear tree. Cool shot Milt. Thanks!

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Milt Inman Photo

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New Yorkers Push Back Against SAFE Act, Burn Gun Reg. Forms

Authoritarians in the Northeast exploited the media hype surrounding Sandy Hook to crack down hard on the right to bear arms. But patriots are fighting back: first in Connecticut, where citizens by the tens of thousands have refused to register their guns; and now in the very heart of liberal tyranny, Andrew Cuomo’s New York itself:<<<Read More>>>

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Veterinarian Warns of “The Wolf Tapeworm”

Powell veterinarian warns of problems that may be spread by wolves

A nasty tapeworm found in Alaskan wolves has turned up in Park County and has infected multiple elk and four dogs, according to a Powell veterinarian.

State and federal officials say the risk of infecting humans is low, but veterinarian Ray Acker, who owns and operates Big Horn Animal Care Center in Powell, said it behooves hunters and dog owners to take precautions to protect themselves and their pets from the parasite.

Echinococcosis granulosus (E. granulosus) can infect and kill humans, but there have been no reported cases of human fatalities in Wyoming.

Acker said he fears it is only a matter of time before the tapeworm’s cysts invade humans and potentially kill them.

E. granulosus tapeworm can infect all carnivores, but wolves and other canines are the primary host. “You could call it the wolf tapeworm,” Acker said.<<<Read More>>>

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In Spain, Hunters Can Kill Wolves While Hunting Other Game

Hunters can kill wolves in Asturias as action hunting other species. It is the novelty of the new management plan of the Government of the Principality, that ecologists describe as “grotesque that hunters can shoot a non-game species. You can have many serious legal consequences, “they say in a statement.

The Minister of Livestock Farming and Natural Resources of the Principality, María Jesús Álvarez, defends this measure especially in those areas where no management on the species, such as the Park of the Picos de Europa, “to make them look not punished for attacks and prevent excessive growth of the population. ” Moreover, the disclaimer Facilities, so far the only accommodate abate wolves. With the new plan, go to boar hunters, if they encounter a wolf can shoot.<<<Read More>>> (Google Translate)

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Two Wolves Attack Dog Near Twisp, Washington

It’s difficult to confirm this story, however, Hunting-Washington is reporting that two wolves attacked a dog, or two dogs near Twisp, Washington. The only other media report I have been able to find was at The Wenatchee World. That report is extremely brief and only states that it was NOT an attack by wolves.

Hunting-Washington says:

She immediately saw 2 wolves holding one dog on the ground. One had the head and the other had the rear. She screamed and the wolves let go and headed up the hill into the woods.

A fish and game biologist at the scene went to the defense of any wolves saying that this was an incidence of neighborhood dogs or perhaps coyotes. But an animal specialist called to the scene declared otherwise:

The animal conflict specialist showed up and examined all the tracks and skuffle in the snow and quickly declared it was 2 wolves. Agent Treser also agreed it was wolves.

The attack happened about 40-yards from the house where the owner’s children often play.

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Russia: “Wolves Tore Him to Death”

KC sources report that on Thursday near the village Alhasty pack of wolves attacked armed gangs of Russian infidels “internal forces”. One of the infidels had been killed. Wolves tore him to death.<<<Read More>>>(Google Translate)

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Backcountry Safety Course Likely Will Be Incomplete and Ineffective

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has plans for a backcountry safety course to teach people how to protect themselves against bears, lions and wolves when they, “…get into conflicts with people’s dogs.” And that may be the extent of it.

According to the linked-to article above Wyoming officials admit, “…wolf attacks on people are rare but sometimes wolves get into conflicts with people’s dogs.” Is this suggesting that if you venture into the backcountry without a dog, you will not be attacked by wolves?

Topics include how to use pepper spray and proper food storage. These are all well and good but why not present a complete an honest course on what MIGHT happen in order to properly teach people to be prepared? I just don’t get it.

Missing from this short list is how to be safe from contracting Echinococcus granulosus (Eg) from wild canine scat or other sources.

Will Graves, author of “Wolves in Russia: Anxiety Through the Ages” and canine disease researcher says of the planned safety class, “This is a bit of ‘progress.’ Authorities admitting that wolves can, under circumstances, become dangerous. Also, there is the threat of becoming invected with E.g.”

To which Dr. Valerius Geist, professor emeritus University of Calagary, replied, “Agreed. But it could be better. Time will tell.”

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Feds in Cahoots With Environmentalist With “Sue and Settle?”

“Oklahoma’s attorney general and an oil and gas industry trade group have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over its decision to settle a lawsuit with an environmental group over the listing status of several animal species.

Scott Pruitt claims in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Tulsa on Monday that federal agencies are colluding with like-minded special interest groups and using “sue and settle” tactics that violate the federal Endangered Species Act and have a “crippling effect” on the U.S. economy.

“Increasingly, federal agencies are colluding with like-minded special interest groups by using ‘sue and settle’ tactics to reach ‘friendly settlements’ of lawsuits filed by the interest groups,” Pruitt said in a statement.”<<<Read More>>>

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Ailing Alaska Wolf Kills and Eats Pet Dog While Owner Watches

According to an article in the Alaska Daily News that was sent to me, a woman, who lives in Alaska, was walking her 4 dogs (two hers and two her sister’s), evidently a regular routine, when she and her dogs were confronted by a wolf that the dog owner described as: “…weak and wobbly and was panting a lot.”

After a few struggles, one of the dogs gets killed by the ailing wolf, that evidently just remained in place and ate the dog.

The wolf got him by the throat and killed him in an instant. It was done in a second. Without ever looking at us, she began eating his body, with us standing right there,” Bochart said.

The article presents the story as though the dog owner, Hannah Bochart, 24, mostly apologizes for the wolf, saying it meant her no harm. She also made statements of never needing any kind of protection when walking dogs in the wilds of Alaska.

“I don’t want it to make me fearful. Ninety-nine percent of the time you can move through the wilderness and be safe if you’re respectful of large animals. It’s a one-in-a-million occurrence when you meet an animal that’s desperate and willing to take a chance.”

“I really wouldn’t want this to end with the wolf getting shot. I’d rather she just leave and live a full life somewhere else,” Bochart said.

There are untold numbers of records available that might refute some of Bochart’s claims that 99% of the time large predators won’t bother you “if you’re respectful” of them. One of the problems that exist in dealing with people that seem to have some corrupted and ill-perceived ideas of wild animal behavior, is that upon mention of historic records that show that people like Bochart might be pushing the envelope a bit, they deny the records exist, claim them to be nothing but folk lore or simply deny the accuracy of the report.

After receiving the Alaska Daily News article, I also received a copy of a study done by Mark E. McNay, in 2002 for the State of Alaska. I had a copy of this report which I have read a few times and referred to often, but I will make it available for readers. The report is titled, “A Case History of Wolf-Human Encounters in Alaska and Canada.”

It might be of interest for Bochart and others like her to take a reading of McNay’s report and then decide whether you want to venture into the Alaska and Canada forests and wilderness without any kind of protection other than a ski pole.

Of course a person has a right to go into the woods with no protection but I encourage people to have a full understanding of the risks involved before rendering such a decision.

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Too Low Bear Mortality Results in Overpopulation Crisis in Ontario

In Maine, the Humane Society of the United States and their trusty blind followers, are promoting a fall referendum to outlaw bear hunting, using bait, traps and dogs. Opponents to the referendum argue that such a move would usher in an overgrown number of bears presenting a myriad of problems. Anti hunters use false claims to support their myth that bears, like all other wildlife, “balance” themselves in numbers.

In Ontario, Canada a proposal is being considered to institute a spring bear hunt in order to help reduce the bear population that is, by some, described as a crisis. From an editorial opinion:

Today Ontario has a black bear overpopulation crisis, stemming from over 15 years of uncontrolled growth due to extremely low mortality yield percentage (hunter harvest mortality is less than 4%) over total population.

Black bears in growing numbers in Ontario are invading cottage areas, backyards, schoolyards, city and town streets. Landfill sites are full of overcrowded hungry bears.

During spring, summer and fall, Ontario news media endlessly report stories of problem bears, destroying public property, attacking, mauling, injuring and indeed tragically killing humans.

Both sides in this issue cannot be right!

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