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All things wildlife. Wildlife management, ecology, eco-tourism, research, conservation, rehabilitation, photography, etc. For anyone who enjoys wildlife.

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Has Coral Mass Extinction Begun?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22, 2016. 2 Replies

Dr John "Charlie" Vernon, "Godfather of Coral", warns that we may be seeing coral extinction now. The Great Barrier Reef is in critical danger. An unprecedented global coral bleach is underway. Coral suffers from from hot water, acid, and more…Continue

Tags: possible coral extinction, global coral bleaching

Bee Demise

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by sehkmet Sep 17, 2016. 14 Replies

If you like to eat, the plummeting bee population matters.Bees are having a really hard time right now. For about a decade, they've been dying off at an unprecedented rate—up to 30 percent per year,...... in the last few years scientists have…Continue

Tags: climate change, bees

Wildlife Extinction - Psychological Impact

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Thomas Murray Sep 9, 2016. 17 Replies

How does wildlife extinct make you feel? It makes me sad that so few bees visit my garden, and that so many species are threatened. I celebrate every time one bee comes around, which is rare.There are now so many creatures on the endangered species…Continue

Tags: emotional health, Anthropocene Extinction

Sea Lion Die-Offs Continue

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 25, 2016. 2 Replies

FEATURE-California sea lion crisis lingers; falling births reportedOnly 2,000 dead and dying pups and juveniles beached since January, not because California sea lions…Continue

Tags: Climate Change, California Sea Lion die-off

Wolves Improve Rivers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 9, 2016. 0 Replies

When 14 wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone, they changed the birds, bears, rabbits, beavers and even the rivers.Through trophic cascade, the entire ecosystem of the park improved.Continue

Tags: Yellowstone National Park, wolves, trophic cascade, reintroduced predators

Shellfish already dissolving in CA tidepools

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 18, 2016. 0 Replies

As climate change acidifies the Pacific, nighttime respiration in tide pools has already made their pH begin dissolving shells."This work highlights that even in today's temperate coastal oceans, calcifying species, such as mussels and coralline…Continue

Tags: dissolving shells, tide pools, Ocean Acidification, Climate Change

Yellowstone Bison Slaughter

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Randall Smith Feb 6, 2016. 1 Reply

Your tax dollars will pay to slaughter up to 900 bison from Yellowstone.…Continue

Tags: wildlife slaughter

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 9, 2017 at 10:46am

Randy, I think you're completely justified in your dislike of raccoons.

Comment by Plinius on July 9, 2017 at 8:06am

From this far away they look cute, but I can understand how you feel.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 9, 2017 at 7:02am

If you're a raccoon lover, don't read this.

I don't like the little "burglers". When I saw 3 young'uns in my yard the other day, I thought "CRAP!"

You see, they ravage my sweet corn, eat my grapes, eat my dog's food, and get into my compost. Further, they get on the roof (somehow) where they poop in the gutters (and elsewhere), and scurry around at night interrupting my sleep.

In other words, they're a major nuisance to my existance. Plus, they're often rabid--potentially dangerous.

I don't own a gun (lucky for them), but I do have a trap. First, I'll try to catch them (probably one at a time, although they're pretty smart), and take them far away. Another option is an electric fence which I have. But they usually find a way to get through or over, determined to get to that corn.

If that doesn't work, I'll do the ultimate--poison them with fly bait and coke. (I warned you not to read on!) That combination works only if they find it. 

I'll tell you, 'coons keep me awake at night thinking about the troubles they've caused me over the years and how to rid my life of them. For me, they are NOT cute.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 23, 2017 at 11:21am

Greenpeace warns that the Great Barrier Reef is bleaching again. (Actually it never had a chance to start recovering.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 19, 2017 at 10:25pm

Beautiful mosquito!

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 11, 2017 at 12:35pm

Here's a fancy colorful mosquito that caught my eye.  It lives in the Panamanian rain forest.  It reproduced in small puddles of water in holes in tree canopies.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 13, 2016 at 10:04am

I'm glad I don't have any rats in the middle of this city of 50,000, and I only saw a few mice when I first moved into this house that was vacant for 5 or10 years.  After a few months of trapping, I've not seen another in 20 years.

Even when I lived in a community of 100, I saw no rats, but I had to keep trapping mice the whole time I lived there.  When I moved here and left that house vacant for several years, the mice multiplied and overran the place.  There were even mice droppings on a painting hanging on the wall.  

Comment by Randall Smith on December 13, 2016 at 8:01am

I don't know if rats are considered "wildlife" for this group, but I've caught in a trap my fourth one in past 2 weeks, the latest in my house basement! After seeing mouse in a mousetrap "cannibalized", I suspected something other than another mouse. It took 4 days, but I caught my intruder. Upon release, my dog killed it. Nasty critters, rats.

Comment by Plinius on December 4, 2016 at 4:13am

I wouldnt buy it anyway - once dinnertime comes in sight they will deny everything and tell you that animals have no spirit and no feelings. On the other hand - everytime I had to say goodbye to one of my cats, someone starts the sentimental crap about the rainbow bridge... nauseating!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 3, 2016 at 12:16pm

Among theists, I've heard differing opinions on whether animals can go to heaven.  Some of you may be interested in this official statement of the Mormon church:

Do animals have spirits? What happens to them after they die?

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Yes, animals have spirits (see D&C 77:2–3). Of course, there is a major difference between animals’ spirits and our spirits—we are begotten sons and daughters of Heavenly Father, and they are not.

And according to the Prophet Joseph Smith, there are at least some animals in heaven. He said:

“John saw curious looking beasts in heaven; … actually there, giving glory to God. … (See Rev. 5:13.) …

“I suppose John saw beings there of a thousand forms, that had been saved from ten thousand times ten thousand earths like this,—strange beasts of which we have no conception: all might be seen in heaven. John learned that God glorified Himself by saving all that His hands had made, whether beasts, fowls, fishes or men; and He will glorify Himself with them” (in History of the Church, 5:343).

So, although we don’t have a complete understanding of what happens to animals after they die, we believe that they will enjoy some kind of salvation and immortality.

 

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