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Why do we need to look for Bigfoot?


By Elizabeth Landau, CNN
June 21, 2010 9:50 a.m. EDT
The Abominable Snowman was thought to have made this footprint in
1951 near Mount Everest.
The Abominable Snowman was thought to have made this footprint in 1951 near Mount Everest.


(CNN) -- Watch out! It's 10 feet tall and hairy, and it could be coming to get you -- or your dogs!

Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is said to be an ape-like monster but has never been proved to exist. Still, reported sightings never stop: Tim Peeler of Cleveland County, North Carolina, says he saw a giant, hairy "man-looking person" with six fingers that was going after his dogs June 5 and told it to "git." On Thursday, a large, muddy footprint in Burke County, North Carolina, stirred up more Bigfoot speculation.

Across human societies, variations on mythical creature stories like that of Bigfoot have persisted for thousands of years, and accounts of seeing or hearing them still abound. There may be some basic culture-based need for these fantastical tales, said Todd Disotell, professor of anthropology at New York University.

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Royal Oak, Michigan boy raises $400 for Gulf wildlife

Conservation & Preservation

Published: Sunday, June 20, 2010

Japhet School matching student's collection for oil recovery.

Everyone at Japhet School in Madison Heights knows that 9-year-old Grant Partridge loves animals.

The Royal Oak boy became a vegetarian when he was 4. For a third-grade social studies project, he dressed as wildlife artist and conservationist John James Audubon. And, his bedroom is decorated like a rain forest.

"He has charged people 50 cents to enter, then donated the money to support wildlife causes. He is a special kid with a unique passion for animals," said Betsy Stecker, Japhet communications director.

The school took note again when Grant started a collection for the National Audubon Society's efforts to help birds suffering from the largest oil spill in U.S. history and to protect threatened wildlife.



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Living Fast and Dangerously: Hormones Influence the 'Pace of Life' of Songbirds

Wildlife News


ScienceDaily (June 17, 2010) — Human beings, fish, reptiles and birds have the same hormones in their blood with very similar functions. But why does one find hormone values in some species that are ten times higher than in others?

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Empty Nest: Webcast Goes Dark as Famous Owls Leave

Wildlife News


(June 16) -- It's a sad day for obsessed owl fans.

Self-proclaimed "owlaholics" will no longer be able to watch speckled barn owl Molly, her mate, McGee, and their four chicks love, screech and eat rodents via a live and continuous Webcam feed. The owl family that became Internet darlings, prompting blogs, a Facebook page and even a planned children's book, has left the raised wooden box they called home in San Marcos, Calif.

They also left their devoted followers with a collective sense of empty nest syndrome.

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Park wardens issue warning about feeding wildlife

Conservation & Preservation


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This photo was taken by Steve Sim on Highway 1A just moments after a bear was standing on the hood of a mini van.

Updated: Mon Jun. 14 2010 16:47:34

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Feeding wildlife in the national parks is against the law, but wardens are investigating a number of cases right now where people have been seen feeding deer, elk and even bears to get a good photo.



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