Florida Manatee Deaths up Almost 50% in 2018

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Florida manatee deaths rose significantly in 2018. Here’s Looking at You Kid – Meet a Florida Manatee by the U.S. Geological Survey. Public Domain.

Here’s a heart-breaking story by John R. Platt and Dipika Kadaba of The Revelator. It turns out that 824 Florida manatees died last year, almost 50% more than in 2017.

Those 824 mortalities (deaths) represent 13% of the Florida manatee population, and many of them were caused by people – either directly or indirectly.

The Revelator released a video that goes into more detail about why so many manatees died last year. Click below to watch it, and be sure to visit this link for the original story.

Video by The Revelator about the dramatic rise in Florida manatee mortalities in 2018.

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Protect the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the Endangered Species Act

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The deadline to tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to roll back protections for the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo is next Wednesday, June 26. More than 16,000 Audubon supporters have already sent comments—will you join them?  It’s quick and easy to send your own comments through our Action Center.

Read more at  National Audubon Society

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Animal brains, like humans, sync up with one another

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So it turns out that like humans, animals’ brains sync up with one another during social interactions. This, according to new research examining the neural activity of Egyptian fruit bats and mice engaging within their respective social groups.

We already know from prior research there is synchronization of neural activity in humans’ brains during social activities such as conversation when one person picks up social cues from the other and modulates his or her own behavior based on those cues. Now there is evidence the same thing occurs with nonhuman animals–especially with animals that are highly social by nature like bats and mice.

The synced-up bat study overview

Researchers monitored the bats for sessions of about 100 minutes each as they engaged in a wide range of natural social interactions, such as grooming, mating, and fighting. The bats were filmed with high-speed cameras, and their specific behaviors and interactions were carefully characterized.

As this was happening, the scientists were using a technology called wireless electrophysiology to simultaneously record the brain activity in the bats’ frontal cortices across a wide range of neural signals, ranging from brain oscillations to individual neurons and local neural populations. They saw that the brains of different bats became highly correlated and that this correlation was most pronounced in the high-frequency range of brain oscillations. Furthermore, the correlation between the brains of individual bats extended across multiple timescales of social interactions, ranging from seconds to hours. Remarkably, by looking at the level of correlation, they could predict whether the bats would initiate social interactions or not.

The in-sync mice study overview

Researchers used a device called a miniaturized microendoscope to monitor the brain activities of mice during social situations. These tiny devices, which weigh only two grams, are fitted on the mice and allow the researchers to monitor the activity of hundreds of neurons at the same time in both animals. They saw that mice also exhibit interbrain correlations in natural social interactions where animals freely interact with each other. Moreover, the access to thousands of individual neurons gave them an unprecedented view of both animals’ decision-making processes and revealed that interbrain correlation emerges from different sets of neurons that encode one’s own behavior and behavior of the social partner.

Social interactions are often nested within the context of a dominance hierarchy. By imaging two mice in a competitive social interaction, they discovered that behavior of the dominant animal drives synchrony more strongly than behavior of the subordinate animal. Remarkably, they also found that the level of correlation between two brains predicts how mice will respond to each other’s behavior as well as the dominance relationships that develop between them.

https://firepaw.org/2019/06/25/animal-brains-like-humans-sync-up-with-one-another/

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Journal Reference: Wujie Zhang, Michael M. Yartsev. Correlated Neural Activity across the Brains of Socially Interacting Bats. Cell, 2019;

Study DOI: https://firepaw.org/2019/06/25/animal-brains-like-humans-sync-up-with-one-another//j.cell.2019.05.023

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Journal Reference: Lyle Kingsbury, Shan Huang, Jun Wang, Ken Gu, Peyman Golshani, Ye Emily Wu, Weizhe Hong. Correlated Neural Activity and Encoding of Behavior across Brains of Socially Interacting Animals. Cell, 2019;

Study DOI: https://firepaw.org/2019/06/25/animal-brains-like-humans-sync-up-with-one-another//j.cell.2019.05.022

Poachers’ Poison Kills 530 Endangered Vultures in Botswana


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June 24, 2019 12:45PM

More than 500 endangered vultures died in northern Botswana after feasting on elephant carcasses laced with poison, the country’s government announced last week. Conservationists say that poachers targeted the birds—two tawny eagles and 537 vultures comprising five different species—because their scavenging activities, particularly circling carrion, can alert authorities to hunters’ presence.

“Vultures are sentinels to poached animals, so they’re directly being targeted,” Kerri Wolter, CEO and founder of conservation charity VulPro, tells The New York Times’ Kimon de Greef.

According to the government statement, the dead include 468 white-backed vultures, 28 hooded vultures, 17 white-headed vultures, 14 lappet-faced vultures and 10 cape vultures. (White-backed vultures in particular were once common across Africa but they’re now among the most threatened of the continent’s vulture species, with mere thousands remaining in the wild.) Per the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, all of these species are endangered or critically endangered.

As the Telegraph’s Catrina Stewart notes, it’s likely that the ramifications of this event will extend far beyond the initial death count. Given the fact that it is currently vulture breeding season, many of the deceased were new parents; now, they leave behind orphaned youngsters ill-equipped to survive on their own.

“[Since] vultures are late maturing and slow breeders, the magnitude of losing just under 600 vultures in one week is incomprehensible,” Wolter says to BBC News’ Alastair Leithead. “The species cannot withstand these losses and it is impossible to recover the disappearance of these individuals and breeding pairs in our lifetime.”

While vultures may pose an obstacle to poachers, the African Wildlife Federation explains that they are essential for maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Ella Hurworth of CNN further writes that the scavengers help keep the environment clean and minimize the spread of contagious disease. In India, where vultures have “all but disappeared,” according to De Greef of The New York Times, rat and feral dog populations have skyrocketed, leading to an increased likelihood of severe disease outbreaks.

As De Greef reports, the birds were found in a wildlife management area near the border of Botswana and Zimbabwe. Although the mass killing isn’t the first of its kind—in 2013, some 400 to 600 vultures died after dining on a poisoned carcass in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, and between 2012 and 2014, researchers catalogued 2,044 poaching-related vulture deaths in seven African countries—it is the first to be widely reported in lieu of Botswana’s recent decision to lift its five-year suspension of elephant hunting.

The reversal, which has been criticized by conservationists but lauded by locals who say wild elephants are wreaking havoc on their livelihoods, could pave the way for increased poaching activity in the region. Previously, Rachael Bale points out for National Geographic, Botswana “appeared to have largely escaped the recent ivory poaching crisis,” but in 2017 and 2018, according to the Telegraph’s Stewart, poachers reportedly killed around 400 of the country’s elephants.

If elephant poaching becomes more prevalent in Botswana, vultures will pay part of the price, falling prey to poison left by illegal ivory hunters hoping to evade detection. For now, however, authorities are focusing on decontaminating the area where the birds were found and sending samples of the animals’ carcasses for laboratory analysis.

“The public in the vicinity … is [requested] to report any wildlife mortalities which may be spotted in their areas,” the government statement concludes. “The Department is concerned with the habit of some individuals who deliberately poison animals, as this is dangerous and harmful to the environment. Furthermore, the public is encouraged to desist from engaging in such illegal acts and report any suspicious activities which may suggest environmental poisoning to the nearest wildlife office or the police.”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poachers-poison-kills-530-endangered-vultures-botswana-180972477/

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‘Bring Your Dog To Work Day’ aims to raise money for charity on June 21

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If you’ve always wanted to bring your dog to work, it’s your chance to do on Bring Your Dog To Work Day this Friday, June 21! Aside from a whole lot of fun for dogs and their parents, this event is dedicated to raising money to help several animal charities.

Also known as Take Your Dog To Work Day, the annual holiday allows pet-owners to bring their dog with them to the office – that is, if their company allows it. So don’t get too excited, okay? Make sure that bringing your pooch to work is legal and boss-approved!

This year marks the 21st year that the holiday is celebrated in the US and the 4th year in the UK. The event occurs annually on the first Friday after US Father’s Day and aims to support dog lovers and their pets through fundraising.

In the US, the holiday was commenced by Pet Sitters International in 1999. PSI is a database for professional pet sitters and dog walkers where people can search for available pet sitters. Their objective for starting BYDTWD was for people without dogs to see the bond that their co-workers have with theirs, so as to encourage them to adopt one of their own.

The charity initiative supports the well-being of dogs without homes and the welfare of dogs around the world.

In the UK, several animal charities benefit from the funds raised such as All Dogs Matter, an organization that rescues and finds homes for more than 400 dogs in London every year. Another is Animal Asia, an international charity that aims to stop the practice of bear bile farming, as well as the improvement of the welfare of dogs in China and Vietnam.

In the US, participants are called to donate animal charities of their choice.

Aside from helping animals, bringing your dog with you to work is scientifically proved to be good for you too. According to studies, the presence of pets in the workplace can help reduce a person’s stress level.

Employees who take their pooch with them to work reported increased levels of job satisfaction and had a more positive perception of their employer.

“Not only are there proven benefits to having pets at work, like lowered blood pressure, lessened anxiety and increased physical activity, but it also helps attract and retain employees, especially among millennial workers,” said Chanda Leary-Coutu, director of consumer experience for Wellness Natural Pet Food.

If your company does participate in the holiday, there are a few key things to remember. First, confirm that your workplace is a dog-friendly space – meaning, there should be no exposed wires or any dangerous appliances that they can chew on.

Remember to bring a water bowl, snacks, toys, and any other necessities for your dog to ensure that his office experience will be comfortable. Be mindful as well of your pup’s bathroom needs – you wouldn’t want to stink up the whole office, wouldn’t you?

To commemorate the event, make sure to take photos of your new “co-workers” this Friday! If you are from the UK, you may even win a dog-themed gift from event sponsors if you donate and upload a picture of your dog at work to the Dog with a Job Hall of Fame.

https://mypositiveoutlooks.com/bring-your-dog-to-work-day-is-happening/

Sign the Petition: Shut Down the Abuse of Animal Cruelty to Cows at Fair Oaks Farm

 

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Kai Marten started this petition to Coca-Cola and 1 other

On June 4, 2019, a video was released exposing Fair Oaks Farm, in Indiana, for their animal abuse and cruelty. The video showed calfs being separated from their mothers, being thrown into trucks, being stepped on, being hit, and other forms of cruelty. The lack of respect show to these animals is unacceptable.

Everyone sees Fair Oaks as a family friendly place to be. It is an animal killing place for profit by big corporations. I urge Coca Cola to stop funding this place.

Fair Oaks kills cows everyday. They show the proper way to milk a cow everyday in the showrooms. However, they fail to show the extreme abuse from the handlers to the cows. The lack of dignity from these employees is unacceptable. This is not just one or two bad workers, it’s all of the cow handlers.

Coca Cola has the power to shut down this operation. I urge you to sign this petition to stop this abuse and give these innocent animals liberation.��✨

https://www.change.org/p/shut-down-the-abuse-and-animal-cruelty-to-cows-by-fair-oaks-farm

Sign Petition: Togo’s Evala Festival Forces Teenage Boys to Gorge on Dog Meat

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by: Pet Dog Meat Group
recipient: President of Togo Faure Gnassingbé

Each year thousands of teenage boys in Togo, Africa, go into isolation for a full week, to gorge on dog meat for a full seven days. The teenagers then reappear and spend the following week, the first week of July, gorging on even more dog meat, as they compete in ‘traditional initiation’ wrestling competitions known as Evala, in Togo, Africa.

The two week annual ritual is performed by each teenage young man for three years. As the Evala wrestling practice spreads across more locations, so does the mass number of brutal slaughtering of dogs for dog meat, seen as the wrestler’s secret weapon for success.

Each competitor desires the attributes which dogs posses: loyalty, courage, intelligence, endurance, cunning, faithfulness and so on. It is falsely believed eating dog meat will transfer the dog’s attributes to the consumer, giving the consumer supernatural powers over their opponent. Dogs are eaten because they are considered to be cunning, enduring, courageous, smart and faithful. These are qualities required for wrestlers to defeat their opponents during the fights.

The number of dogs slaughtered for the Evala festival each year is unknown. We do know thousands of young men from numerous different tribes compete against each other, so the number of dogs killed would be staggering.

The young Kabye man does not become a fully fledged member of his community unless he completes the three year initiation ritual. To refuse participation in initiation ceremonies means being driven out by your family, elders and the entire community at large.

Rabies is a serious problem across Africa and while we do not know how many people have died of rabies in connection to Evala, we do know the dogs are not health checked prior to slaughter or consumption. Togolese people falsely believe rabies can be cured by grinding up a dog’s head and placing it in the wound.

Fight Dog Meat is calling for the Evala festival to ban the slaughter of dogs and consumption of dog meat, and embrace the window of opportunity to become a professional event, guaranteeing the survival of the wrestling performance of athleticism.

Rabies is a serious problem in Togo and the Evala festival is placing local people and tourists in jeopardy by continuing to slaughter and consume dogs and cats which receive no health checks. The slaughtering and eating of dogs and cats in Togo must be done away with and banned.

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The Evala initiation ceremony is gaining larger numbers of international tourists each July, as spectators marvel at the wrestlers performance. The mass killing of dogs and gorging on dog meat by teenage competitors a week prior to the festival, followed by a second week of eating dog meat, has been relatively unknown up until now.

As news of thousands of young men gorging on dog meat for two weeks, prior and during the festival, public outrage will overcome many people who may otherwise have visited your event, as tourists. Similarly, seeing teenage wrestlers smeared in the fat of freshly slaughtered dogs, to make their skin slippery in an effort to avoid competitors from holding them, will also cause outrage on the public stage.

Togo is playing Russian roulette with people’s lives by continuing to slaughter and consume dogs which receives no health checks prior to slaughter or consumption. It is a false belief to say that grinding up the head of a dog and placing it in the wound will cure rabies. It will not cure rabies!

Fight Dog Meat is calling for the Evala festival to ban the slaughter of dogs and consumption of dog meat, and embrace the window of opportunity to become a professional event, guaranteeing the survival of the wrestling performance of athleticism.

The slaughtering and eating of dogs and cats in Togo must be done away with and banned.

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/942/070/302/africa-evala-dog-eating-festival-stop-dog-meat-abuse/

 

Feinstein Calls for Enhanced Safety Reviews at All California Horse Racing Tracks

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Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) this week sent letters to California Governor Gavin Newsom and the owners of the Del Mar and Los Alamitos horse racing tracks urging an expansion of the enhanced safety review the governor implemented at Santa Anita Park.

“The extra layer of review you established to examine each horse’s medical records and racing history is a prudent step to ensure racehorse safety. I urge you to implement it at racetracks throughout California for the remainder of the year,” Senator Feinstein wrote.

Full text of letter to Governor Newsom is below.

June 18, 2019

The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Governor
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Governor Newsom,

I write in support of your agreement with The Stronach Group to require an enhanced safety review of horses before they race at Santa Anita Park. While this policy is currently limited to Santa Anita, I ask that you extend the protocol to all horse races and tracks in California for the remainder of 2019.

The 29 fatalities experienced at Santa Anita this year have brought into focus the danger horses face when competing at a high level. Statistics show that most horses who suffer a fatal injury while racing are found to have had a preexisting condition that may have contributed to their breakdown. We should pursue any reasonable measures to detect those preexisting conditions and prevent horses from racing when they are at-risk of catastrophic injury.

The extra layer of review you established to examine each horse’s medical records and racing history is a prudent step to ensure racehorse safety. I urge you to implement it at racetracks throughout California for the remainder of the year.

Sincerely,

Dianne Feinstein
United State Senator

https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?id=AD64E56D-F1F4-49FF-94AD-120D744E8269

Stingray Found Dead With Stomach Containing a Book, a Camera, a Bottle, and a Packet of Cigarettes – WORLD OF BUZZ

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Published June 16, 2019By Alief Esmail

There is no more denying the fact that we are fully responsible for all the bad things happening to our animal friends. More and more animals are suffering as a direct result of our own ignorance. The war against plastic is happening at full force but we need to do even more before its too late.

Another sad reminder has surfaced recently, where the carcass of a stingray was found dead and after further investigation, its stomach was found to contain full of random objects which might have been thrown by irresponsible individuals. Here are some of the pictures shared by 5 Minutes Beach Clean Up on Instagram.

From the pictures shared, it can be clearly seen that the stingray died from swallowing a pack of cigarettes, a book, an empty bottle and lastly a digital camera!

Poor stingray!

Although the location of the incident happened cannot be determined, the book has what appears to be Mandarin hanzi printed on it. In any case, this is a grim reminder for all of us.

Stingray Found Dead With Stomach Containing A Book, A Camera And A Bottle. – WORLD OF BUZZ 5

We only have one Earth and every living creature on this planet has a vital role. What is the point of being the most powerful creatures on earth, if we only use that power to destroy everything we touch?

Most of us have already started to do something in order to save the environment but we need to step it up! Let’s do this for our future ok?!

Also read: 40kg of Plastic Waste Found in Stomach of Whale That Died From Starvation

Stingray Found Dead With Stomach Containing A Book, A Camera And A Bottle.

https://www.worldofbuzz.com/stingray-found-dead-stomach-containing-book-camera-bottle-packet-cigarettes/?fbclid=IwAR35dzJHuuuCHO6XWUPbqmDqjSywLVb5XAna8CBpBi-kPxySfuzzLqtUG3I

About That Russian Oligarch Linked To Trump And Kremlin Inner Circle With Stasi Ties And Alleged Mafia Ties – Deripaska

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Navalny (25 min) video link. Watch it asap in case Youtube removes it under Russian pressure: http://youtu.be/RQZr2NgKPiU

Oleg Deripaska is President of Rusal. Former German Stasi agent, friend-associate of Putin (from KGB days in Germany) Matthias Warnig, is Chairman of the Board of Rusal, as well as Managing Director of Nord Stream 2. En+ Group controls Rusal. Deripaska is President and Director of En+ Group. Nat Rothschild is Chairman of the Board of En+ Group.

The most recent Navalny corruption video, which is now banned in Russia, is about an important Russian official hanging out on Deripaska’s yacht. Russia is demanding that Youtube remove the video.

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has represented Deripaska as a lobbyist in the past, and had business interests with him. Although Deripaska has sued Manafort in the past, and currently, lawsuits can act as a channel for money-laundering.

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Poachers die in high speed chase – The Chronicle

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Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Court Reporter

TWO suspected rhino poachers in Beitbridge died on admission to the Bulawayo United Hospitals (UBH) after they were involved in an accident while being pursued by police and game rangers during a dramatic high speed chase.

The incident occurred last Wednesday at Bubye Valley Conservancy on the outskirts of Beitbridge.

This emerged when two other suspects James Mauto (41) of Zaka in Masvingo and Celestino Shate (35) of Soshangane Flats in Bulawayo appeared before Beitbridge resident magistrate, Mr Langton Mukwengi, facing charges of unlawful hunting of a specially protected animal in violation of the Parks and Wildlife Act. They were remanded in custody to June 28.

Prosecuting, Mr Guwanda said on June 12 this year, Mauto and Shate who were in the company of their deceased accomplices, Godfrey Makechemu and Charles Runye, were allegedly spotted by game rangers inside Bubye Valley Conservancy in Mazunga, Beitbridge.

The quartet, which was allegedly illegally hunting for rhinoceros, took to their heels with the game rangers hot in pursuit.

Their footprints indicated that they were tracking fresh rhino spoors at the conservancy.

“Acting on a tip off, a police mobile unit saw the suspected poachers coming out of Bubye Valley Conservancy and heading towards a nearby Jopembe village and pursued them,” said Mr Guwanda.

The court heard that as the police and the game rangers were making a follow up, they spotted the accused persons jumping into their car, a Toyota Wish and speeding off.

While in the process of fleeing from the pursuing police officers and game rangers, the car hit a stray goat resulting in the driver losing control of the vehicle and it veered off the road and overturned.

When police arrived at the scene, they found the four injured suspects inside the wreckage.

A search was conducted leading to the recovery of a telescopic sight rifle.

On being quizzed the suspects failed to give a satisfactory response leading to their arrest.

The accused persons were taken to Beitbridge District Hospital.

Makechemu and Runye were further transferred to UBH where they died upon admission.

https://www.chronicle.co.zw/poachers-die-in-high-speed-chase/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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Lost and starving polar bear seen scavenging in Russian city

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By Will Stewart In Russia For Mailonline 09:07 18 Jun 2019, updated 09:44 18 Jun 2019

Lost and starving polar bear was spotted wandering in amongst traffic in Russia
Motorists in the nickel mining city of Norilsk watched as the beast dodged cars
Bear thought to have walked nearly 1,000 miles from Russian Arctic Ocean shore
Animal appeared too weak to attack humans and was seen scavenging for food

A starving polar bear has wandered into an industrial city in Russia after ‘walking almost 1,000 miles in the wrong direction’.

The lost beast headed south and inland from shore of the Arctic Ocean, far from its natural feeding habitat.

Motorists in the nickel mining city of Norilsk watched in amazement as the bear crossed busy roads.

The bear was scavenging for food and appeared too weak to attack people who were watching the wild animal – but local officials have warned of the threat to human life.

Locals said it is the first time a wild polar bear has been spotted in the city since the 1970s.

The animal is believed to have made a lonely trek of at least 950 miles crossing Arctic islands and frozen sea to reach Norilsk, according to reports.
The emaciated polar bear was seen on the streets of Norilsk dodging in and out of traffic and the animal scavenged for food
It is thought the polar bear walked nearly 1,000 miles from the Russian Arctic shore south to the mining city of Norilsk

Irina Yarinskaya, a photographer of Zapolyarnaya Pravda newspaper, snapped the bear dodging cars in the city’s traffic.

She told local media: ‘He is seriously hunger-bitten, he is hardly able to blink and keep his eyes open, almost unable to walk.

‘He was lying for a long time, having a rest, then he crossed the road and entered the industrial zone.

‘He went towards the gravel and sand factory. Then he crossed one more road and headed to a dump.’

Earlier, the same bear was spotted at Talnakh on the outskirts of Norilsk.

The animal has become a star attraction in a barren area normally populated by brown not polar bears, reported The Siberian Times.
The lost and starving wild animal appeared too weak to attack humans but was being monitored by the authorities as it still posed a threat to life
During the bear’s long walk it was pictured by residents of Norilsk and at one point was seen lying on the ground in the industrial city’s outskirts
The polar bear reportedly walked around 950 miles south from the Arctic shore to Norilsk

The bear had the ‘wrong compass settings’, and walked across the Taymyr Peninsula to reach the Soviet-era nickel city which is normally closed to foreign visitors.

Local police and emergency services are closely monitoring the bear – which poses a threat to residents.

But they are awaiting a decision from Moscow on whether to sedate the beast and return it to the Arctic shoreline – or move it to a zoo in Krasnoyarsk, the regional capital, come 950 miles further to the south.

Initially the local emergency services refused to believe there was a polar bear in the Talnakh district of the Arctic city which is some 350 miles inland.

Anatoly Nikolaychyuk, head of Taymyr department of state hunting control, said: ‘This is a unique and rare case.
The polar bear was seen wandering around industrial area of Norilsk and walking in busy roads looking for food
Norilsk is an industrial city in Krasnoyarsk Krai region above the Arctic Circle, east of the Yenisei River. It is what’s known as a ‘closed city’ as foreigners cannot visit and during the Soviet-era did not appear on maps, road signs or connect to public transport
Residents took videos and pictures of the emaciated polar bear as it made its long journey from its natural habitat over the Taymyr Peninsula

‘There are two options now – either to relocate him to the shore, or, perhaps, some zoo will take him.’

Local campaigners are demanding the bear is returned to its natural habitat.

Oleg Krashevsky – who specialises in tours to the remote Putorana Plateau – posted: ‘I don’t understand how the bear could have walked such distance, across Taymyr and not come across anyone.

‘He must have encountered many hunters. The same thing happened in 1970’s when a polar bear showed up at an explosives warehouse around the same place as this time.’

Polar bears are an endangered species in Russia’s Red Book.

The bear’s mammoth journey is believed to have started on islands deep in the Arctic either in Krasnoyarsk or Yakutia regions.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7153051/amp/Lost-starving-polar-bear-seen-scavenging-Russian-city-nearly-1-000-miles-natural-habitat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ico=taboola_feed&__twitter_impression=true

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Reality of Greenland’s melting ice sheet shown in photo of sled dogs walking through water – CNN

In this photo taken on Thursday June 13, 2019 sled dogs make their way in Northwest Greenland with their paws in melted ice water.

Steffen Olsen, a scientist with the Danish meteorology institute, was on a routine mission in Northwest Greenland to retrieve oceanographic and weather monitoring tools place by his colleagues on sea ice when he ran into a problem.

He couldn’t see them — they usually flat white sea ice was covered in war, the result of flooding from Greenland’s ice sheet, the second largest on the planet.

The incredible photo he took, of sled dogs ankle deep in a wide expanse of white blue water, quickly went viral, destined to join pictures of starving polar bears, shrunken glaciers, stranded walruses and lakes turn bone-dry in the pantheon of evidence of our ongoing climate catastrophe.

As Olson said on Twitter, communities in Greenland–mainly indigenous — “rely on sea ice for transport, hunting and fishing.” They will be among the first affected by the melting of the ice sheet, but the repercussions will not remain limited to Greenland or even North America.

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https://us.cnn.com/2019/06/17/health/greenland-ice-sheet-intl-hnk/index.html?no-st=1560855756

First sanctuary for rescued dolphins opens on Greek island of Lipsi | TornosNews.gr

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First sanctuary for rescued dolphins opens on Greek island of LipsiIts aim is to offer refuge to stranded, injured and formerly captive dolphins, which is part of the initiative to end the exploitation of dolphins in zoos all over the world

The world’s first permanent sanctuary for dolphins rescued from captivity was founded by the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, according to int.ert.gr.

The sanctuary is situated on a small, beautiful bay on the north side of the Lipsi island and its aim is to offer refuge to stranded, injured and formerly captive dolphins, which is part of the initiative to end the exploitation of dolphins in zoos all over the world.

“We decided to create the world’s first Marine Life Sanctuary in the Aegean, wishing to achieve a great goal, while at the same time honoring the Greek cultural heritage, as the first country to protect dolphins by law over 2500 years ago!” noted the Archipelagos Marine Protection Institute’s research director Anastasia Miliou.

The exploitation of dolphins for commercial gains and the entertainment of children and adults is being attacked by environmental organizations around the globe. However, the International Law prohibits the dolphins’ release in the open seas.

The Archipelagos Institute decided to offer a solution. After carrying out extensive studies, the institute elected Vroulia’s narrow gulf to create a sanctuary where formerly captive dolphins could be transported. Under surveillance and in a safe environment, the dolphins will be able to get back their hunter’s instinct so that later on they could be released into their natural environment.

“Today, there are 2,913 dolphins in captivity around the world. We want them to be released, because it is scientifically proven that they have a high degree of intelligence and they are suffering in captivity” Ms. Miliou explains, underlining that the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary in Lipsi will serve as a prototype, with a view to develop others in every corner of the planet”.

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/green-travel/35905-first-sanctuary-for-rescued-dolphins-opens-on-greek-island-of-lipsi.html

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Petition: No to the puppy mills in China

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The animals live confined in small cages, surrounded by their own faeces and urine. These places are true dog factories where they give birth until they die, while living a horrible life. The animals suffer a horrible life and end up with mental illnesses that cause them to be constantly turning in their small cages, hitting each other.

Dogs are poorly fed, almost never leave their cages and when they do it is only to be used to impregnate or leave pregnant females, and when they do not serve them anymore, they are killed or abandoned because they are no longer profitable.

Do not condemn dogs to a life of agony, suffering and pain. It is our duty to do something to be respected and their lives saved.

And remember that these places exist because there are people who buy pets, so ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

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Stop Selling Wildlife for Relief Funds

Over 1,000 wild animals will be auctioned off in exchange for emergency relief funds. Not only is selling wildlife like property inhumane, but the measure is also counterproductive as it risks the lives of many animals to save others. Help stop these cruel auctions as soon as possible.

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Save Endangered Parrot Species From Extinction

The beloved kākāpō parrot faces possible extinction as several die from a fungal disease, leaving only 142 adults left. Help prevent future deaths by ensuring the protection of these parrots from the disease.

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Sign Petition: This Guy Ripped the Feathers Out of a Live, Wounded Emu

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Sign Petition: This Guy Ripped the Feathers Out of a Live, Wounded Emu

Animal abuse isn’t funny, but some people think it’s a hoot.

Take the story of a group of people in Australia who filmed themselves howling with laughter as one of their friends brutally tortured an emu. Emu birds are enormous and imposing, but it seems its stature wasn’t enough to dissuade a group of hooligans from setting upon it.

In a video that was posted to social media, a man grabs the emu and drags it along the ground and underneath a wire fence. At the same time, he begins to mock ride the bird, which reportedly had a broken leg. It only gets worse from there.

The man grabs large chunks of the flightless bird’s feathers and plucks them out of its body as it writhes in pain. Imagine someone grabbing your fingernails and ripping them out just for fun. That must be how it felt to the poor bird.

According to reports, the police have been made aware of the incident but has refused to take action because they can’t discern where it took place. Yet, the same report, also says that the video was recorded by a 19-year old in Walgett, New South Wales and a young woman interviewed for the story says she knows the person who uploaded the video. That’s how she came to see it in the first place and report it!

So, with all those clues, why exactly aren’t the police taking any action?

Sign the petition and demand that New South West Police do their job, follow the clues and find the thugs who did this.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/734/152/004/this-guy-ripped-the-feathers-out-of-a-live-wounded-emu-all-while-his-friends-watched./

Proposed US House Laws Appear to Remove Benefits Agreement Guarantees for Places where Nuclear Waste is Sited; Give California Waste Priority Removal

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Any priority in removal of spent nuclear fuel (nuclear waste) should be based on multiple factors, including flood and fires, and not earthquakes alone. Many California members of Congress are currently trying to rig the system and make sure that California nuclear waste gets ahead in line, when, and if, an interim or permanent nuclear dump is opened, by specifying that earthquake prone areas, with closed reactors and high population, get priority removal. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2995/cosponsors. Instead of this bill, there should be investigation of which sites are most at risk. Earthquakes and nearby population shouldn’t be the only criteria. Flooding and/or fire may be more serious issues for protecting the nuclear waste. This should be a technical decision and not a political one. If the California nuclear waste were properly repackaged and housed correctly, it might survive a major earthquake.

The system of US Congressional Committees appears to be destroying the…

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Breaking! New Report Estimates That By 2040 60% Of “Meat” Will Not Come From Animals – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
June 14, 2019

According to a new report, 60% of “meat” will no longer come from slaughtered animals by 2040.
While the ultimate goal for many is that 0% of what we eat will come from animals or their byproducts, as per global consultancy firm AT Kearney which released the report, an estimated 35% of all meat will be cultured by 2040, and 25% will be vegan replacements.
According to the report, which was based on interviews with experts, the threat to disrupt the multi-billion-dollar global meat industry is predominately due to environmental impacts such as climate change, as well as the public’s growing concern for not only their own health but for the welfare of animals.
“The large-scale livestock industry is viewed by many as an unnecessary evil,” the report states. “With the advantages of novel vegan meat replacements and cultured meat over conventionally produced meat, it is only a matter of time before they capture a substantial market share.”
The report estimates that approximately one billion dollars has already been invested in vegan meat replacements.
As reported by WAN, the shift toward plant-based diets has resulted in the formation of innovative and successful new start-ups such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, which already have products available in restaurants and supermarkets in several countries.
The move also has many companies and brands scrambling to restructure their food products by eliminating meat completely or incorporating plant-based options into their offerings.
With plant-based options becoming more mainstream and available to consumers at retail outlets, restaurants, and fast food eateries such as: Burger King, Del Taco and KFC, the percentage of people NOT consuming meat from animals by 2040 may be much higher than the report’s 60% estimation.
We truly hope so!
You can help all animals by choosing compassion on your plate. #GoVeg

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New ‘Finn’s Law’ Inspired by UK Police Dog Who Became a TV Sensation | Care2 Causes

In 2016, constable Dave Wardell and his partner, a German shepherd police dog named Finn, chased down a 16-year-old boy who had robbed a taxi driver in Stevenage, England. But then the teenager pulled out a 12-inch hunting knife.

To protect Wardell, Finn lunged at the boy. He was stabbed in the chest and head.

The hero dog was almost fatally injured, and he required four hours of emergency surgery. But because police dogs were considered property, the teenager could only be charged with criminal damage, not animal cruelty. He was sentenced to only eight months in a juvenile offender institution, followed by eight months’ probation.

Finn with some of his get well cards.
He’s feeling more himself today & starting to get a little cheeky to – much more like his old self. pic.twitter.com/wfcs5Eu5nI

— BCH Police Dogs (@BCHPoliceDogs) October 13, 2016

Fortunately, as of this month, offenders like that brutal teenager will no longer be punished with what amounts to a slap on the wrist. The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act — aka Finn’s Law — went into effect on June 8, thanks in large part to over 100,000 people who signed a petition on the UK government’s website demanding that police animals be given protection reflecting their status when they are assaulted in the line of duty. More than 1,400 people also signed a similar Care2 petition started by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Finn’s Law amends the existing Animal Welfare Act 2006 in regard to service animals, such as police dogs and police horses, in England and Wales. Under the new law, it is an offense to cause unnecessary suffering to these animals, and it will be more difficult for these abusers to claim they were acting in self-defense. In the United States, the Federal Law Enforcement Animal Protection Act of 2000 provides similar protections to police animals.

Hi Team Finn. We sent you a DM yesterday morning but you may have missed it. After speaking to the dog section, we can confirm the words property will no longer be included on any new dog tags. When current tags are replaced, the same will apply. pic.twitter.com/2vfQDAOeXQ — Surrey PCC (@SurreyPCC) April 25, 2019

Finn recovered from his injuries, and he was even able to return to work with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit just 11 weeks after he was attacked. He retired in 2017 at the age of 8.

“A little emotional, but so happy Finn has gone down in history,” Wardell said when Finn’s Law was approved by the House of Lords in April. “What a legacy for the job he absolutely loved doing every day of his career.”
Finn and Dave Become ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Finalists

If you live in the UK and watch “Britain’s Got Talent,” you’re already well aware — and probably a fan — of Finn. He and Wardell won millions of hearts this season when they became finalists on the popular competition TV show.

Their talent? Not taking down bad guys, but showcasing Finn’s amazing “mind-reading” abilities. Finn even made Simon Cowell cry! You might also want to have a tissue or 10 handy before watching this video.

Creating a Care2 petition is easy. If you have an issue you care deeply about, why not start your own petition? Here are some guidelines to help you get started and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.

Photo credit: @BCHPoliceDogs/Twitter

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Concern rises about possible uranium mining near Grand Canyon

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Concern rises about possible uranium mining near Grand Canyon

By Gregory Wallace, CNN

(CNN)  Federal officials are expected to rule in the next month on a petition that could eventually lead to uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, which conservation advocates warn could irreparably pollute the region’s limited groundwater supply.

While the petition is under consideration, the Commerce and Interior departments have made a series of decisions including reclassifying uranium as a critical mineral and developing a plan calling for increased domestic mining.
The departments’ decisions have raised the concern of those who oppose mining in the region, who worry the administration may use the moves to justify modifying or rescinding the Department of Interior’s 2012 decision that largely blocked mining on more than 1 million acres near the national park for 20 years. That 2012 decision, which was made to give the…

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Buggy Weather Radar

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featured_imagefeatured_imageWeather radar is a wonderful thing ? and many of us depend on it to know such important facts such as ?When will that rainstorm hit my area??.

At sea, I used my on-board radar to detect the edges of rainfall and rain squalls, track them, and predict when and if they would affect our little sailboat. Occasionally, I used the radar to ?see? through rainfall and detect the navigation buoys (which had special radar reflectors mounted on them) that marked the entrance to a safe harbor (the sailing equivalent to ?flying on instruments?.)

Some of the online (and broadcast media outlets) use ?future radar? to predict the movement of storms ? computerized projections mapped on the radar graphic as if it were actual radar return.

?Modern weather radars are mostly pulse-Doppler radars, capable of detecting the motion of rain droplets in addition to the…

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Nevada Passes Bill Banning Animal Testing For Cosmetics

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By Liam Gilliver

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Nevada has become the latest state in the US to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics but will exempt products imported from China, which by law have to be tested on animals.

The Nevada Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB 197), which was first introduced to state legislators in February, will take effect from January 1, 2020.
‘No longer necessary or acceptable’

Senator Melanie Scheibel, who authored the bill, told Cruelty-Free International: “For more than 50 years animals have been used in painful tests for cosmetics. But science and public opinion have evolved and today it is no longer necessary or acceptable to harm animals for new cosmetics.

“The time has come to make cruel cosmetics a thing of the past and I am proud that Nevada is leading the way.”
Not a ‘total victory for animals’

Animal-rights organization PETA said: “While the new law is certainly exciting progress, we’re not quite ready to call this one a total victory for animals,” while pointing out the exemption of countries such as China.

Nevada follows in the footsteps of California, who passed a similar law against animal-testing earlier this years, that will also come into effect from January 2020.

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23 Natural Ways To Repel Insects

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23 Natural Ways To Repel Insects

When it comes to repelling insects, we fortunately have dozens of products, herbs and chemicals at our disposal.

However, not all of us are willing to buy and use the commercial-grade insect repellents and for a very good reason, as they may contain harmful chemicals that trigger allergies, skin reactions or severe respiratory conditions.
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If you are a fan of picnics and camping trips or you just like to hang out with your friends in your back yard without being invaded by mosquitoes and other insects, you might want to consider these DEET-free, cost-effective and natural insect repellents. Read on to learn more on what repels bugs.

1. Use Citronella To Keep Mosquitoes At Bay

It is a known fact that mosquitoes (and virtually all the other insects) cannot stand the smell of citrus, and lemons in particular. To avoid mosquito bites and other bug bites, make use of citronella oil or other products from the same grass.

Citronella being a lemongrass-like plant, is certainly your biggest ally to repel mosquitoes and in your fight against insects of all kinds, and it is mainly found in the form of candles that can be used both outdoors and indoors. Citronella candles make a great room scent and insect repellent at the same time. This grass is also available as a natural essential oils/plant extracts!

2. Bay Leaf

Although this is a lesser known herb, bay leaf has been used for a very long time both in the international cuisine and in the traditional medical field. Known for its bitter taste and intense fragrance, the bay leaf is an efficient and natural insect repellent that can be used to keep roaches, moths, earwigs and mosquitoes away without too much effort.

3. Catnip

Catnip is yet another great natural insect repellent that is free of DEET and other toxic chemicals, and it can be used for all types of insects. You can crush the plant and gently rub it onto your skin, and the strong scent will keep cockroaches and mosquitoes away, thus allowing you to enjoy a pleasant night out.

4. The Wormwood

Scientifically known as the Artemisia, but commonly referred to as the Wormwood, this plant is legendary for warding away the mosquitoes. The leaves are used to keep insects away!

5. Rosemary

Rosemary has an amazing scent, but did you know that you can either use it alone or in conjunction with other insect repellents to keep mosquitoes at bay?

6. Rue

A rare woody plant, rue has also been widely used in the Ayurvedic and traditional medicine due to its advanced disinfectant and antibacterial properties. In addition to this, rue is also used for its natural insecticidal effect as well!

7. Peppermint

Known for its very strong scent and flavor, peppermint is also a great natural way to repel insects whenever you go outdoors. No insect or biting bug likes the scent of peppermint, so simply crush the leaves, rub them onto your skin and let them work their magic!

8. Coconut Oil

Widely used in the beauty industry, the coconut oil is also highly effective against insects. Commonly available in a spray bottle or as a lotion, you can either buy this natural oil from the local store or make it yourself, at home.

9. Avoid Scented Toiletries

One of the biggest mistakes that we do and that tends to attract mosquitoes is that we use strongly scented toiletries such as flowery or fruity toiletries. Opt for unscented toiletries, as it is better to prevent the insect bites than to treat them!

10. Use Clothes To Repel Insects

This is a known natural mosquito repellent that repels mosquitoes and other biting bugs in an instant if used properly!

11. Eucalyptus Oil More Effective Than Synthetic Insect Repellents

Most of us are charmed by the pleasant smell of the eucalyptus oil, but how many of us are aware of its mosquito repelling properties? It can also keep stable flies, ticks and sandflies at bay!

12. Wild Bergamot, The No.1 Insect Repellent

Also known for its pleasant smell, wild bergamot can easily repel insects when diluted with water and gently sprayed onto the skin.

13. Basil

Basil is a trustworthy ingredient in the kitchen, but you might want to plant this herb in your back garden as well if you want to keep insects at bay during the summer!

14. Marigolds Are Great!

Marigolds will benefit you on many different levels: not only will they prevent biting bugs such as mosquitoes from feeding on you, but they will also ward off all the pests such as spider mites, aphids, squash bugs and tomato hornworms around your veggies!

15. Use Tansy To Keep Mosquitoes Away

Another highly efficient and natural insect repellent is tansy, which is a flowering herb that is known for keeping flies at a safe distance. Highly efficient for keeping roaches, bedbugs, mites, ants and moths away, tansy can be found as an essential oil that you can rub onto the skin.

16. Lavender

There is nothing more beautiful and soothing than planting lavender around your house and garden, as it will keep bugs away with its lovely (for us!) scent.

17. Use Baby Powder

This is a good trick to keep insects away when you are indoors – lightly sprinkle the baby powder around the corners of your home just to keep wasps, mosquitoes
and bees at bay.

18. Tea Tree

Tea tree is a very common ingredient in the beauty and health industry, as it is known for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Known as Melaleuca in the botanical industry, the tea tree has a very strong scent that no bug likes!

19. Citrus Peels Also Come In Handy!

Another useful tip for keeping insects away from your home is by cutting and using citrus peels – place them around all the areas of your home where insects (and spiders in particular) may use to crawl inside.

20. Cinnamon

Most people are fond of cinnamon, given its pleasant smell and taste, but apparently, it is a great and natural way to keep insects away – sprinkle it lightly around your house and it will keep you safe!

21. Vanilla Extract

This is another pleasant smelling extract that will act as an effective natural repellent against insects – you can either use it alone or you can mix it with mint extract, lavender or lemongrass extract, for the best results.

22. Do Not Underestimate The Power Of Natural Cedar

Cedar blocks, cedar oil or simple cedar shavings are also great for keeping mosquitoes, bed bugs and any other creepy crawlers away. These pesky little bugs will not bother you anymore if you insert the cedar in the right places!

23. Use Garlic!

If you thought garlic is only great for keeping vampires at a safe distance, think again! Garlic is also great for keeping mosquitoes away – just sprinkle some garlic powder around your home and see for yourself!

https://bestplants.com/23-natural-ways-to-repel-insects/

Human negligence causes deaths of 10 bears in Prince George this spring

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Bear cubs being transferred to Northern Lights Wildlife Society (Cole Kelly, MyPgNow.com staff

Though it’s preventable, the problem still persists.

Prince George Conservation Officers have had to euthanize 10 bears since April, just over two months, due to human negligence.

Two more bear cubs were transferred to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society this week, luckily, they had not been habituated to human food sources, so they have the chance of being rehabilitated back into the wild.

For Sargent Steve Ackles, it’s a frustrating issue.

“I had a lady tell me this morning that it was inconvenient for her to put her garbage in the garage,” he told MyPGNow.

“We’re in the 21st Century and people know what they should do, they’re either just lazy, or don’t want to be inconvenienced and it results in the killing of bears that never should have been conditioned and habituated in the first place.”

When bears become accustomed to a certain food source, like garbage or bird feeders, they become physically defensive of them, making them a danger to the public.

Ackles said those two cubs would also have been killed had they been accustomed to human food, a task that he takes no pleasure from.

“It’s the most horrible thing we have to do in our job.”

“We got into this business to enforce the laws and protect fish and wildlife and the environment, and you know, a little bit of buy in from the public goes a long ways. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like they’re buying in.”

He wanted to reiterate that the Conservation Service does not just destroy a bear because they are present, but because of the behaviours they are exhibiting.

“A lot of times nowadays people don’t call it in because they think we are just going to come and euthanize them. Then first call we get about that bear is that it’s breaking into a car or something that is way over the behaviour spectrum that is considered allowable, that we consider to be a public safety issue.”

“We have no choices then. People have sealed that bear’s fate by not reporting it when it was just starting to come into a populated area and we can at least try to save that bear.”

https://www.myprincegeorgenow.com/101994/watch-human-negligence-causes-death-of-10-bears-in-prince-george-this-spring/