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Paragliders Teach Eagle How to Fly

Conservation & Preservation
From: - Sacramento,CA,USA

Paragliders Teach Eagle How to Fly

MONT BLANC, FRANCE - An eagle raised in captivity learns to fly assissted by a paraglider launched from the top of the Mont-Blanc.
Sherkane is a 14-year-old, 4 kg heavy American eagle born and entirely raised in captivity.

After preparaing for this event for over one and a half years with a paragliding inspector friend, Jacques Olivier Travers, the falconer, was ready to launch off the 4800 high peak for a 40 minute truly amazing experience: man and bird united in flight.

This event raises hopes in the prospect of teaching birds of prey raised in captivity how to fly and for maybe one day reintroducing them into nature.

ABC News

Reference Link (there is an awesome video of the eagle flying on this link): ... &catid=157
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Three bears caught

Three bears caught
Updated: Sun Oct. 12 2008 16:37:52

Three orphaned juvenile grizzlies, that went missing after their mother was euthanized, were caught near Sundre on the weekend.

One male was trapped Saturday morning and the other male and female were captured Sunday.

On Friday, Fish and Wildlife officers shot the bear's mother after she mauled and killed a Didsbury man.

48-year-old Robert Wagner was attacked by the female grizzly while out hunting and was found dead in a wooded area on October 1, 2008.

All three cubs were caught in bear traps about 25 Km southwest of Sundre and were tranquilized and given a physical.

The little bears are in good condition and all three have been fitted with radio transmitters in their ears.

The bears are in transit and the plan is to keep the three little grizzlies together and relocate them to an area where there is no chance of human contact

If you want to visit the link here it is....lots of comments to read too ... algaryHome
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Zoo staff search for missing bald eagle

Wildlife News
From : Houston Chronicle

Zoo staff search for missing bald eagle
2008 The Associated Press
Oct. 10, 2008, 4:33PM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas A bald eagle has escaped from a South Texas zoo's aviary.

It was last seen about two blocks from the zoo Thursday, when it disappeared over a rooftop.

Blind in one eye, with an old injury to its left wing, Gladys Porter Zoo officials said the bird can fly short distances but it can't survive on its own.

The eagle's impaired vision make it unable to judge distances well and zoo staff fear it might be hit by a car if it is not quickly found.

The female bird is about 3 feet tall and weighs 10 pounds. It has a white head and tail, a dark chocolate brown body and yellowish beak.

Zoo officials are asking for help in finding and returning the eagle to their aviary, where it has lived since 2005.

The Florida Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in 2005 determined that the eagle was an unlikely candidate for release after it was admitted for treatment. They sent the bird to the zoo.

"We're not exactly sure where it is," zoo spokeswoman Cynthia Garza Galvan told the Brownsville Herald for its Friday online editions.

She said that the eagle is on a feeding schedule so they had hoped it would return when it got hungry but it hasn't yet.

Reference Link: ... 51765.html

Also watch this video from KVEO-TV - Brownsville,TX,USA ... eo=YHI&t=a
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Young Cougar Shot Dead by Police in Saskatoon

Wildlife NewsYoung cougar shot dead by police in Saskatoon

Updated Wed. Oct. 8 2008 8:57 AM ET

The Canadian Press

SASKATOON -- A cougar that was shot and killed in Saskatoon was wearing a tracking collar from South Dakota State University.

Scientists at the university say the collar was put on the cougar about a year ago, and they were surprised the cat travelled so far in a short time. The distance to Saskatoon from Brookings, S.D., where the university is located, is more than 1,100 kilometres.

Police shot the cougar three times Tuesday in a backyard in southwest Saskatoon.

The shooting happened in John Rutherford's yard. He's upset that the cougar was killed, saying it wasn't threatening anyone.

"I was hoping that they would tranquilize it. But they said it takes too long, maybe five minutes, and the cat goes wild...then I asked about netting and he said, 'we're not prepared for that kind of thing,"' Rutherford said as he cleaned up the cougar's blood.

Gary Provencher of Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management says tranquilizer darts don't always work effectively and authorities didn't want to take a chance with people's safety.

"Although the animal wasn't threatening when it was first observed, it was deemed that it could, if tranquilized, you know, get up and wander around or be unsafe to the public in that area," Provencher said, adding a children's daycare was within a block of the house. ... hub=Canada

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Bald Eagle Found Dead Near Mequon Nest

From: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Milwaukee,WI,USA

MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2008, 9:28 a.m.
By Don Behm

Bald eagle found dead near Mequon nest

Mequon - An adult bald eagle, one in the first pair to nest in the Milwaukee metropolitan area in more than 100 years, was found dead Sunday afternoon less than 20 feet from its nesting tree on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

The eagle will be taken to a state wildlife health laboratory in Madison today for a necropsy, said Owen Boyle, regional ecologist with the state Department of Natural Resources in Milwaukee. The bird will be checked for wounds, and blood and tissue samples will be tested for toxins, Boyle said.

A representative of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust found the eagle on trust property about 1.5 miles north of the Milwaukee County border, Boyle said. The person reported there were no obvious signs of a gunshot or other trauma.

Neighboring property owners said both adult eagles had been seen flying together late last week, so the bird's death was recent, Boyle said. Boyle planned to collect the bird from the land trust this morning. The gender of the bird has not been determined yet, he said.

The pair of eagles successfully hatched a single eaglet in 2007 and this year.

Reference Link: ... 8&id=47127


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