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Killer Whales Split into Three Separate Species

Jeremy Hance
April 25, 2010

Using genetic evidence scientists have discovered that the world’s killer whales, also known as orcas (Orcinus orca), likely represent at least three separate species.

Scientists have long thought that there may in fact be more than one species of killer whales due to behavior difference, small physical differences, and the animals' primary food source: fish or seals.

Scientists analyzed genetic samples from 139 killer whales and announced their findings in the journal Genome Research.

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41 coyote carcasses discovered in southern Alberta

Planet Earth

Dead Coyotes

The man driving this truck discovered 31 coyotes illegally dumped in front of his farm near Elkwater. (Courtesy: Rick Price)

Updated: Fri Apr. 23 2010 17:28:16

Some Alberta residents are raising questions about the province's coyote hunting policy.

This comes after dozens of dead coyotes were found dumped on a roadside near Cypress Provincial Park.

All of the animals were missing a body part and fish and wildlife officers believe bounty seekers may be to blame.


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A people’s movement to protect the fish that built BC – wild salmon

Wildlife News

The Get Out Migration Begins



(April 22, 2010, Sointula, BC) After 20 years of expressing concern to governments that won’t listen and have shielded Norwegian salmon farms from the laws of Canada, the public of British Columbia is taking to the streets to get industrial salmon farming out of the ocean andaway from their wild salmon. 

The Get Out Migration begins today with an evening send-off from the fishing village of Sointula. Tomorrow morning the Namgis First Nation will perform a ceremony at the Nimpkish River at 10am for the group walking into the mountains.

“Get Out for Wild Salmon” released today on shows Biologist Alexandra Morton leaving the Meetup River with the young wild salmon and a send off by the Broughton First Nation village Gwa'yasdams Village. “When International companies come in here and lay waste to our territory we have a problem with that,” said elected chief Bob Chamberlin.

Anissa Reed of Ocean Aura and one of the planners says, “people absolutely hold salmon sacred. The outpouring to the Get Out Migration of artwork, volunteers organizing awesome events in every town, offering us shelter in their homes is a demonstration of the attachment British Columbians have to wild salmon. We expect thousands to participate.”


“Government has ignored its own studies on salmon farming since 1989. This is exactly how we lost the food security, thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars that the North Atlantic cod brought to Canada. “We in BC do not intend to play out this tragedy again,” says Alexandra Morton, “government must support the families dependant on this industry as it is removed from the ocean onto land.” 

Read more and sign the petition here:

Salmon are Sacred

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Earth Day 2010

Every day around Hancock Wildlife Foundation is Earth Day. Our whole reason for existing is to learn from, follow and carry on the work of our founder, David Hancock, and his ideas and ideals surrounding conservation and our planet's wildlife.

I first saw a lecture from David back when I was in high school here in Vancouver. It started with one of his films and continued with him on stage with his pet cougar. As a "boy from the city" I saw some of the beauty of our planet and was introduced to the concepts of conservation - even back then.

Ma and Pa HornbyI again met David and did some work for him and his publishing business over 20 years ago, and have grown to know him and his passion for conservation. We've had many talks about his work with re-introduction of birds to areas where they were exterminated; grouse, ptarmigan, falcons and more recently sandhill cranes. I've browsed through his library in the top floor of the book warehouse and dug into some of the history there, finding all manner of things such as old films and posters, mementos of his talks and work.

By 2006, when we unleashed the Hornby and Sidney nest cameras on the world via the internet, the planet had gotten more crowded and a lot of the species that inhabit it along with we humans had suffered hugely from pollution, human predation; hunting, overfishing, poor harvesting practices, ignorant and even criminal lack of oversight by governments, etc. What we as a species have done to the planet during out short history is all but overwhelming - but I see a change happening and it makes me realize that, while David has been working at conservation for over 50 years, the rest of us are finally getting somewhere - hopefully not too late.


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B.C.'s largest fish-farming company facing charges

Wildlife News

Justice Department takes over private prosecution launched by biologist

By Judith Lavoie,
Victoria Times Colonist
April 21, 2010 2:05 PM
Photograph: Bill Keay, PNG
source: The Province
Researcher Alexandra Morton checks out young salmon just netted in Fife Sound for sea lice.
 Researcher Alexandra Morton checks out young salmon just netted in Fife Sound for sea lice.

 VICTORIA — Charges of unlawful possession of wild salmon and herring have been laid against Marine Harvest Canada, the largest fish-farming company in British Columbia.

What began as a private prosecution — initiated by biologist and activist Alexandra Morton — was taken over by the federal Justice Department on Tuesday, said federal prosecutor Todd Gerhart.

"New information charges Marine Harvest with four counts and deals with two incidents," he said.

The first incident involves juvenile wild pink salmon. It's alleged the wild fish were mixed in with farmed Atlantic salmon as they were taken off a Marine Harvest vessel in June.

The second incident involves herring, which, it's alleged, were discarded from pens in October.


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