July 17, 2018

Parasite Transmitted By Ticks Discovered In Canada Lynx

From the Granite Geek:

“Scientists found lungworm infection in 22 of 32 animals where the lung was examined. According to Stevens, it is unclear how much of an affect the presence of these parasites had on the health of the lynx. Many cases had minimal reaction associated with the infection so the parasites were likely incidental. However, other cases had more severe inflammation associated with the parasites, which may suggest some effect on the overall health of these individuals.

However, scientists also found inflammation in the heart and skeletal muscle of multiple Canada Lynx, and in two animals noted a microscopic protozoal organism suggestive of Hepatazoon sp. Additional diagnostic tests are being performed at the University of Georgia to definitively identify the protozoal species in these lynx. Protozoa are unicellular organisms, which occasionally lead to parasitic disease in different animal species.”

It appears that it is not known, or at least made public, enough information to know the full extent of the presence of this lungworm which is passed on by ticks…and what brand of ticks are involved.

However, I will guarantee one thing. We also read this: “To our knowledge, the parasite we believe this to be has not been diagnosed this far north as it tends to infect animals in the southern states and has not been diagnosed in Canada Lynx, although they are often diagnosed in Bobcats in southern states. This parasite is transmitted by tick vectors and to this point, the range of these tick vectors is not described to be in Maine so it is unclear if the tick range has expanded into Maine or if the Hepatazoon-like organism in these lynx is one not normally found in North America.”

The guarantee is that the root cause of this “previously unknown” parasite will be attributed to Climate Change. It’s what’s for lunch.

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Canada Lynx Report: An Extremely Rare Discovery

Maybe I tricked you with my title to this article. Regardless, read and consider the rarity of this report on the Federally protect Canada lynx.

It is almost unheard of these days to find any kind of written report about any animal, wild or domestic, that isn’t fraught with Romance Biology, Voodoo Science, Scientism, Environmentalism, emotionalism, animal rightism and any other “ism” you can think of.

Nope! Sorry that this report might be disappointing to most but what a breath of fresh air. It contains only what one man observed when he went into the forest to collect some data about Canada lynx. He followed paw prints in the snow, backtracked on them and discovered the lynx had caught and killed a ruffed grouse and carried it 0.37 miles before eating it, perhaps sharing it with lynx.

No talk of global warming. No talk of we’re all gonna die. No talk of any of that nonsensical crap almost always found in such reports.

Thank you to wildlife biologist Scott McClellan, for filing such a report. Thanks to Emily MacCabe for posting this report and thanks to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for allowing this rare event to take place.

Please send more just like it.

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USFWS To Begin Work to Remove Canada Lynx from Federal Protection Under ESA

The following link and its landing page will provide the reader with ample links to all the work that is about to begin and what has already been done to remove the Canada lynx from Federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Please follow this link and scroll down to find other links to recent actions and status assessment.

On January 11, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the completion of a scientific review of the Canada lynx in the contiguous United States. The review concludes that the Canada lynx may no longer warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and should be considered for delisting due to recovery. This recommendation is the result of an extensive review of the best available scientific information and almost 20 years of working in partnership with state, federal, tribal, industry and other land managers on the conservation of this species. As a result of this status review, the Service will begin development of a proposed rule to delist the species.

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Canada Lynx: The Comeback Cat

“Biologist Jen Vashon was in the North Woods of Maine, deep in a sea of rolling spruce and fir and a couple hundred miles from any town or paved road.

She wasn’t alone. Peering over the top of a large fallen tree, she spied what she’d come for. Just yards away lay the storied cousin of the bobcat: a Canada lynx, distinguished by its black-tipped tail and ears and long legs with large, furry paws. Snuggled against the lynx were balls of fluff with blue eyes and their own black tufts of fur rising like antennas from the ear.

The Maine biologist was witnessing a nursing female Canada lynx for the first time.

“I was so anxious to get a photo that I called in my crew member, but due to his excitement his approach spooked the cat,” Vashon said. The mother took off, leading her scent away from the litter.

This allowed the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife crew to quickly gather information on the month-old kittens and attach ear tags. The mother’s radio collar that had led them to the den revealed that she lurked nearby. Vashon, with each rise from the den, saw the yellow eyes warily stare back.

The litter became one of 44 litters with a total of 116 kittens that have been tagged and monitored in Maine since 1999. Nearly 100 adults have been tracked with radio collars, all in an effort to better understand the abundance of lynx in the state, their ability to survive and reproduce, and the factors that may limit their numbers.”<<<Read More>>>

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USFWS Begins Process To Delist Canada Lynx From ESA Protection

The self-flogging begins for those animal perverts whose selfish and bizarre world is coming to an end in their eyes. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has announced that it will open a public comment period to receive input on plans to remove the Canada lynx from protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Maine biologists say the state has a minimum of 1,000 animals and is thriving. The head of the Wildlife Alliance of Maine says that 1,000 or 1,200 Canada lynx are not enough – a typical response from animal protectionists who perpetually say there’s never enough of any animal.

We can only expect lawsuits to follow, which, no doubt, will delay and scientific conclusions and actions for at least another decade and cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

It is my opinion that federal, state and local authorities had little to do with the Canada lynx recovery. If we should thank anyone for abundant Canada lynx, it would be the forest industry and spruce budworm for creating prime habitat for the snowshoe hare – the main diet of Canada lynx. When that habitat is gone, so will the snowshoe hare, followed soon thereafter by the Canada lynx that will migrate north or to some other region to find food.

The Federal Government and animal rights groups are misled or intentionally mislead on the myth of “Climate Change.” For this reason, more than likely it will be the convenient basis of lawsuits. The Feds state that “Climate Change” poses no threat to the animal into the near future. Animal rights groups are already saying “Climate Change” poses an immediate threat.

It doesn’t much matter. The system is rigged and will play out as already intended and planned.

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Canada Lynx Are So “Endangered” They Play on People’s Decks

While the moment is presented as a unique opportunity for a photographer in Alaska to take pictures of a family of Canada lynx hanging out on his deck, it also shows the inanity of the U.S. Federal Government, and the useful idiots who enable them, spending millions of dollars protecting a species that doesn’t even come close to being endangered or threatened in any way.

But, we are living in an insane and post normal existence now.

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Two Lynx Share Brief Conversation on Road Near Kokadjo

Read More here, but I think the statements that indicate there aren’t enough Canada lynx around is just typical propaganda.

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Maine Lynx Trapping Case Ends with Anti-Hunters Conceding Defeat

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit officially dismissed an appeal brought by animal-rights organizations concerning the trapping of Canada lynx in Maine, likely ending a multi-year, multi-lawsuit court battle concerning the protections offered the predator in the state.<<<Read More>>>

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Sportsmen’s Alliance, Maine Trappers Victorious in Lynx Lawsuit

Press Release from the Sportsmen’s Alliance:

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, U.S. District Judge Jon Levy issued his ruling in a lawsuit that sought to revoke the state of Maine’s Incidental Take Permit (ITP), which would open individual trappers to Endangered Species Act (ESA) violations. Judge Levy ruled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s use and application of ITPs were lawful and in keeping with the requirements of the ESA.

The ruling is a clear victory for the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, trappers in Maine and the Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife. In his ruling, Judge Levy found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “actions were in keeping with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act…the National Environmental Policy Act…and the Administrative Procedure Act…”

“We are extremely pleased that District Court Judge Levy has sided with reasonable and responsible management,” said Evan Heusinkveld, Sportsmen’s Alliance president and CEO. “Today’s clear ruling is nothing short of a full victory for trappers, but also hunters and anglers, too. This case had far-reaching implications for how Endangered Species Act policies would be implemented. If anti-hunting organizations can ban all trapping in the areas where protected lynx are found, what[sic] would stop them from banning fishing in streams or rivers that contain[sic] endangered fish species?”

The case, filed by the anti-hunting and anti-trapping groups Center for Biological Diversity, the Wildlife Alliance of Maine, the Animal Welfare Institute and Friends of Animals, was essentially a backdoor attempt to use the Endangered Species Act to stop trapping in the state. At the heart of the legal battle were Incidental Take Permits, which are granted under the ESA and provide for limited, incidental taking of federally protected species. Without such protection, individual trappers and state wildlife agencies could be held liable for ESA violations every time a lynx was accidentally caught in a legal trap.

“Today is a great day for Maine trappers, and this judgment vindicates the great work of the Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife,” said James Cote, director of government affairs for the Maine Trappers Association. “We are so pleased with this outcome, which is positive for trappers and Canada[sic] lynx alike, and that wouldn’t have been possible without our partnership with the Sportsmen’s Alliance.”

Canada lynx, which are listed as a threatened species in the U.S. due to fragmented populations at the southernmost range of their habitat, are abundant north of the border in Canada. In fact, there are many who believe that the lynx populations should be removed from the ESA altogether.

This is not the first time that the Sportsmen’s Alliance and Maine trappers have prevailed in trapping litigation. In 2010, we successfully defended against a similar lawsuit that also tried to use the Endangered Species Act to stop trapping. That case paved the way for trapping to continue.

Joining the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation in the most recent case was the Maine Trappers Association and the National Trappers Association.

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We’re All Gonna Die! Or Maybe Just the Canada Lynx

But never fear the Climate-Changemongers are doing the best they can to earn money and retire with cushy pensions.

I read recently that a former employee of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Mark McCollough, who went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and has since been protected by his government agency, is planning to speak in Bangor on his, and others, strategies to save the Canada lynx from “Climate Change.”

What a scam!

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