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Postby 82_28 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 6:29 pm

Mentor-on-the-Lake woman reports deer attack

A Mentor-on-the-Lake woman said her instincts must have kicked in when a deer pursued her on her property.

“The only thing I know that saved me (is) I was on blacktop and she couldn’t get a good grip,” on the surface, said Cindy Frost of Salida Road. “I was zig-zagging and she was slipping. Had I been on grass, I don’t think I would have been that lucky. Somehow, by the grace of God, I was able to get in my house.”

Frost called police twice about the doe, whose fawn has been living under brush in her back yard. She said she is afraid to go outdoors or to take out her three small dogs without supervision. She asked police to assist once. Other times, she has a neighbor stand by with a baseball bat.

“People need to be aware this mom is irate,” she said. “I’m just afraid for kids that are out there.”

She said many deer have used the same space to have their babies, but she’s never encountered one so aggressive before. She recounted the June 2 harrowing experience, when she took her dogs out in the yard and turned around to see the doe at arm’s length. She screamed at it, but it started coming at her.

“I was beating her off with a dog leash and my fist,” said Frost, who fell twice during the incident. She said two dogs made it to the front door, but she had to grab a third. “When I got in the door, I literally collapsed. She circled my house three times. …

“Every time I leave my house now I’m looking all around. I come in before dark, because I’m afraid of being hurt.”

Frost contacted police and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, but was told there is little they could do.

The Division receives many calls per week from the public about such occurrences involving animals protecting their babies.

“Considering the deer population is thriving in areas where humans also live, I would venture to say that such encounters are quite common,” said Jamey Emmert, ODNR wildlife communications specialist. “I suggest that people give wildlife as much space as possible and respect wildlife. Many times, people approach baby animals because they appear harmless and fearless of humans, but this is not a good idea, especially for the reason being that mom is likely nearby, even if she’s out of sight, and she will do anything to protect her young.”

Emmert warned parents not to allow their children near baby wild animals and to secure pets.

“It’s unsafe for children because of the risks of being bitten, scratched or contracting an illness from the animal,” she said. “Also, it’s unfair to stress the animals or habituate them.”

Mentor-on-the-Lake Mayor David Eva said he doesn’t get many deer-related calls.

“As was explained to me, this is the birthing season for deer,” he said. “I believe the doe gave birth in the woods and it takes a couple of days after birth before the fawn moves the doe. I think this is an isolated incident in Mentor-on-the-Lake.”


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Re: Animal Uprising Thread

Postby Cordelia » Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:55 pm

8 times other animals wanted freedom as much as Inky the octopus

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ani ... ?tid=a_inl

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Re: Animal Uprising Thread

Postby stefano » Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:44 am

Girl dies after elephant throws stone in Morocco zoo

A seven-year-old girl has died after being hit by a stone thrown by an elephant from its enclosure at Rabat Zoo in Morocco.

The stone got past the elephant's fence and a ditch separating the animal and visitors, the zoo said in a statement.

The girl was taken to hospital and died within a few hours, the zoo added.
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Re: Animal Uprising Thread

Postby Luther Blissett » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:37 pm

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Re: Animal Uprising Thread

Postby MacCruiskeen » Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:14 am

MNN.com > Earth Matters > Animals

Humpback whales around the globe are mysteriously rescuing animals from orcas

Scientists are baffled at this seemingly altruistic behavior, which seems to be a concerted global effort to foil killer whale hunts.

Bryan Nelson
July 30, 2016, 11:42 p.m.

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animal ... mals-orcas

Humans might not be the only creatures that care about the welfare of other animals. Scientists are beginning to recognize a pattern in humpback whale behavior around the world, a seemingly intentional effort to rescue animals that are being hunted by killer whales.

Marine ecologist Robert Pitman observed a particularly dramatic example of this behavior back in 2009, while observing a pod of killer whales hunting a Weddell seal trapped on an ice floe off Antarctica. The orcas were able to successfully knock the seal off the ice, and just as they were closing in for the kill, a magnificent humpback whale suddenly rose up out of the water beneath the seal.

This was no mere accident. In order to better protect the seal, the whale placed it safely on its upturned belly to keep it out of the water. As the seal slipped down the whale's side, the humpback appeared to use its flippers to carefully help the seal back aboard. Finally, when the coast was clear, the seal was able to safely swim off to another, more secure ice floe.

Another event, involving a pair of humpback whales attempting to save a gray whale calf from a hunting pod of orcas after it had become separated from its mother, was captured by BBC filmmakers. You can watch the dramatic footage here:


https://youtu.be/-lw8_SAtX8o

Perhaps the most stunning aspect of this behavior is that it's not just a few isolated incidents. Humpback whale rescue teams have been witnessed foiling killer whale hunts from Antarctica to the North Pacific. It's as if humpback whales everywhere are saying to killer whales: pick on someone your own size! It seems to be a global effort; an inherent feature of humpback whale behavior.

After witnessing one of these events himself back in 2009, Pitman was compelled to investigate further. He began collecting accounts of humpback whales interacting with orcas, and found nothing short of 115 documented interactions, reported by 54 different observers between 1951 and 2012. The details of this surprising survey can be found in the journal Marine Mammal Science.

In 89 percent of the recorded incidents, the humpbacks seemed to intervene only as the killer whales began their hunt, or when they were already engaged in a hunt. It seems clear from the data that the humpback whales are choosing to interact with the orcas specifically to interrupt their hunts. Among the animals that have been observed being rescued by humpback whales were California sea lions, ocean sunfish, harbor seals, and gray whales.

So the question is: Why are humpback whales doing this? Since the humpbacks seem to be risking their own well being to save animals of completely different species, it's hard to deny that this behavior seems altruistic.

There is also some reason to believe that the behavior isn't entirely selfless. Mature humpback whales are too large and too formidable to be hunted by orcas themselves, but their calves are vulnerable. Orcas have been witnessed hunting humpback whale calves in much the same way that they hunt gray whale calves. So, by proactively foiling orca hunts, perhaps the humpbacks are hoping to make them think twice about messing with their own calves.

Then again, maybe it's just as simple as revenge. Even if it has more to do with revenge than altruism, though, the behavior would represent evidence of an intense and complicated emotional life among humpbacks that is unprecedented in the animal world, outside of primates.

One common feature among many humpback whale rescue efforts is that the humpbacks often work in pairs. Scientists will need to do more research into this behavior, though, to truly understand the significance of it.

Until then, these beautiful animals, which are perhaps best known for their majestic songs, have certainly earned some additional respect. They might just be the ocean's most ferocious and selfless first-responders.

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animal ... mals-orcas
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Re: Animal Uprising Thread

Postby seemslikeadream » Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:46 am

Police warn public after large snakeskin found along river


Published 9:31 AM EDT Aug 21, 2016

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WESTBROOK, Maine —Police in a Maine town are warning the public that a large snake spotted earlier this summer may still be around after a large snakeskin was found near a boat launch.

The snakeskin was found Saturday in Riverbank Park along the Presumpscot River.

In late June, police saw a 10-foot-long snake eat a mammal, likely a beaver, and then swim across the Presumpscot River and disappear into brush. Residents were alarmed because children swim and feed ducks in that area.

The snake was quickly dubbed Wessie and the Presumpscot Python by residents on social media. Authorities speculated it was a pet that had escaped or was released.

The snakeskin will be tested to determine what type of snake shed it and if the snake is a threat to the public.

http://www.wcvb.com/news/police-warn-pu ... r/41299996
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Re: Animal Uprising Thread

Postby Cordelia » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:30 pm

^^
I heard that Trump made a campaign stop in Portland in late June.
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Re: Animal Uprising Thread

Postby PufPuf93 » Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:25 pm

I made my part of this post on another website yesterday.


Troopers: Bear Mauls Guides After Group Got Close to Cub

By rachel d'oro, associated press -- ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Aug 19, 2016, 8:09 PM ET

(Note: Anchorage is a long ways from Sitka)

A brown bear mauled two wilderness guides who were leading a hiking excursion in Alaska after the group came between the female animal and her cub in the Tongass National Forest, state troopers said Friday.

The guides — a man and a woman — were rescued by the Coast Guard after being injured Thursday on a trail on Chichagof Island about 30 miles north of Sitka in southeast Alaska. Troopers said the bears left the area after one of the victims used pepper spray.

Authorities said they have no plans to hunt down the bear, and the guides' employer said their injuries were not life-threatening though one of the two was airlifted to Seattle and undergoing treatment in intensive care.

Forest Service law enforcement officers and state wildlife troopers have determined the attack was a defensive, non-predatory move and the bear will not be pursued at this time, said Sitka District Ranger Perry Edwards.

Bears are common in the area near a stream filled with salmon at this time of the year who have headed to the area to spawn and die, he said.

"We're right in the middle of the season," Edwards said. "The bears are going to go to that protein source."

The names of the guides were not immediately made public.

Officials said they are crew members of the 74-passenger cruise vessel Wilderness Explorer and were leading 22 people on the hike in southeast Alaska.

The injured woman was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she was listed Friday in serious condition in intensive care, according to hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg, who said she could not provide details about the woman's injuries.

Both guides were initially transported by helicopter to Sitka for emergency medical treatment for multiple injuries and severe lacerations, the Coast Guard said.

The male guide was treated at a Sitka hospital and released, according to Sarah Scoltock, a spokeswoman with Seattle-based UnCruise Adventures, the vessel operator. No one else was injured, Scoltock said.

She also would not provide details about the injuries suffered by the guides except to say they were not life-threatening.

Travel blogger Patti Morrow of Greenville, South Carolina, hiked the island on Aug. 10 when her tour group spotted a mother bear and her cub. They hiked down to get a better view of them and observed them from across a stream.

"I was never worried, I was totally in awe!" she said. "I felt safe the whole time — the bears never so much as raised their heads to look at us."

from: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wir ... a-41514846

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I worked as a consultant on a US Forest Service Environmental Impact Statementout of Sitka (and also 3 other similar projects elsewhere on the Tongass NF) between 1992 and 1995.

The USFS contracts included Safety Plans that directly addressed bears (and we would never specifically deliberately approached a brown bear fishing or with cubs, rather our directive was to leave the area).

Where brown bears were resident, field crews were required to be accompanied by a dedicated (only job was as look out and security) armed guard.

The Sitka project was at Ushk Bay on Chichagof Island is a brown bear area. The prime contractor provided the security and we did fieldwork in mixed teams. If we knew brown bear were active in an area, we adjusted plans accordingly. We worked from a floating camp and were ferried back and forth to work areas by helicopter. Part of the project was wildlife biologists engaged in accessing and mapping habitat and making population estimates so there was little danger of a surprise. The study area was 70,000 acres.

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The last project I worked on in SE Alaska was administered by the USFS in Petersburg and the location was Port Houghton.

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I had three employees resident on a floating camp from May to September and I made 5 trips 10 day to two week trips between April and September. There were about 40-45 people working from the floating camp at any one time. There never was an incident.

When only black bears were resident (and common), one could go with gun or pepper spray and could work (and we often did) alone. Pepper spray was required to be in one's possession while in the field. Similar to Ushk Bay, we hopped around by helicopter (the study area was 190,000 acres)

I was responsible for the Safety Plan for myself and employees. I provided a .358 Magnum (that belonged to my BIL) and a 16 gauge shotgun and we all had pepper spray. The fire arms never left the floating camp except once when we starting work we took part of a day to practice shooting the arms.

Our own Safety Plan was if they were working with me was to spray me hard with pepper spray and run like hell.

One thing different from now is that GPS units were not required nor in common usage back in the early 1990s.

Black bear photo (from internet) taken in Port Houghton study area.

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Brown bear photo (also internet).

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BTW The projects and EISs were for road building and large timber sale projects to serve then existing long term contracts the USFS had with pulp mills in Sitka and Ketchikan. The projects went to court and none of the large areas were ever roaded nor logged.
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Re: Animal Uprising Thread

Postby backtoiam » Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:48 am

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Cordelia » Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:30 pm wrote:^^
I heard that Trump made a campaign stop in Portland in late June.



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Re: Animal Uprising Thread

Postby Luther Blissett » Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:25 pm

I swore I saw a large wildcat statue laying in the shade under some overgrowth ivy on a fence in my neighborhood (the way a large wildcat would) but when I walked by today it was gone and I think I'm losing my mind. I checked to see if there had been any bobcat sightings in the city but there was nothing.

There have been bears in the city this year though, which is sort of insane.
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Re: Animal Uprising Thread

Postby 82_28 » Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:44 pm

You should start a panic, Luther! See how far it goes. Then film the news crews as they swarm on the location put on their make-up, turn on the lights.

We had a bunch of stories of bears wandering into the city here a couple years ago. There is still this myth that there is a cougar or pride of them or something in Discovery Park.

Oh nevermind. It was captured in 2009.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/ ... 884631.php
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Postby Luther Blissett » Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:34 am

I will say this: image search any placename with "sighting" after it and you're bound to find some interesting stuff.
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Re: Animal Uprising Thread

Postby norton ash » Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:39 pm

This entomologist is like a wine-snob. Some of these descriptions are poetic.

https://followmehere.com/2016/08/31/sci ... ing-boing/

Scientist reviews most painful insect stings he has ever received

‘Entomologist Justin O. Schmidt has written a book called The Sting of the Wild, about his mission to “compare the impacts of stinging insects on humans, mainly using himself as the gauge.” Here’s how he poetically describes a few bug stings, based on his own 4-point “Schmidt Pain Scale for Stinging Insects.”

Red fire ant (1): “Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch.”Anthophorid bee (1): “Almost pleasant, a lover just bit your earlobe a little too hard.”

California carpenter bee (2): “Swift, sharp, and decisive. Your fingertip has been slammed by a car door.”

Western yellowjacket (2): “Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W.C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.”

Fierce black polybia wasp: (2.5): “A ritual gone wrong, satanic. The gas lamp in the old church explodes in your face when you light it.”

Velvet ant (3): “Explosive and long lasting, you sound insane as you scream. Hot oil from the deep frying spilling over your entire hand.”

Florida harvester ant (3): “Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a power drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.”

Tarantula hawk (4): “Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair dryer has just been dropped into your bubble bath.”

Bullet ant (4): “Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like walking over a flaming charcoal with a 3-inch nail embedded in your heel.”

Warrior (or armadillo) wasp: “Torture. You are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?”

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Re: Animal Uprising Thread

Postby Pele'sDaughter » Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:04 am

I ran across this update yesterday, so as long as I'm here...

http://www.wcvb.com/news/giant-snakeski ... a/41438686

So, the snakeskin belongs to an anaconda but it could be a hoax. Snake would be 8 to 9 feet long and a juvenile. If it's real it isn't expected to survive the winter.
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