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Trafficking endangered eagle parts brings a $25,000 fine

Trafficking endangered eagle parts brings a $25,000 fine

Oct 15, 2008 07:02 PM

NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask.–A Saskatchewan pawnshop owner has been fined $25,000 for trafficking in wildlife, including parts of bald and golden eagles.

Linda Bomok of North Battleford, Sask., pleaded guilty to Wildlife Act charges.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment says Bomok's conviction follows a year-long investigation.

The ministry says in this case eagles in Saskatchewan were killed for their feathers and other parts, which were then sold in Canada and around the world.

Kevin Callele, a spokesperson for the ministry, says the illegal trade affects the birds' populations and the conviction will help eliminate a source of eagle parts.

Bomok's fine includes a donation of $1,200 to the Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society, a Saskatoon-based non-profit organization that rehabilitates birds of prey and returns them to the wild.

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American Eagle Still Missing from Zoo

Wildlife NewsFrom: KVEO-TV - Brownsville,TX,USA

American Eagle Still Missing from Zoo

By Mark Nino

Story Updated: Oct 13, 2008 at 4:28 PM CDT

The Gladys Porter Zoo's escaped American Bald Eagle was thought to be spotted 4 times over the weekend, but they were all false alarms.

Zoo employees responded to four different locations after receiving calls that the bird was at a certain location and upon arrival they saw it was not the eagle, but other birds with similar features.

The bird has been missing since Thursday and has an injured wing and limited eye site. If you spot the escaped bird call the Gladys Porter Zoo at 956.453.6199 OR 956.372.6448.

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Paragliders Teach Eagle How to Fly

Conservation & PreservationFrom: - 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

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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.

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