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Young Cougar Shot Dead by Police in Saskatoon

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Young 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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Avian Pox Found in B.C. Birds

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David Hancock received the following announcement and request for assistance recently. I am posting it at his request.

Hi all,

A request - we've had two reports of avian pox outbreaks in crows (lower mainland) and bald eagles ( Queen Charlottes).

I'm interested to know:

Are these going to spread - within the species - to other species or - geographically.
Could you please put out the word that we are interested to know of lumpy lesions on birds and if anyone finds an affected bird, please photograph it
IF IT IS DEAD - photograph and freeze it - there is a researcher interested in extracting the virus - I can arrange shipment

Any information should be directed to

Helen M. Schwantje DVM, M.Sc.
Wildlife Veterinarian
Ecosystems Br., Ministry of Environment
PO Box 9338, Stn Prov Govt
2975 Jutland Road, Victoria, BC
Canada V8W 9M1

phone: 250-953-4285
fax: 250-356-9145
cell: 250-361-7619

Photos of affected birds can be see here:

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Webcam Awaits the Return of Bald Eagles

Wildlife NewsBy Dylan Darling Record Searchlight
Sunday, October 5, 2008

Last year they used a plastic cone to try to keep a pair of bald eagles out of their nest.

But this year the nest will be wide open and there will be a Web camera watching over the majestic duo.

Sometime mid-month the California Department of Transportation plans to have contract workers scale a cottonwood stand near Turtle Bay to reach the nest and install the camera, said Tom Balkow, senior environmental planner in Caltrans' Redding office.

"We don't want to be monkeying around with it when the eagles are trying to nest," he said.

The eagles are expected to return to the area between mid-month and the end of the year.

Last November workers wired a 3-foot cone into the nest to deter the pair from making a home there because of pending construction on Highway 44's Sacramento River bridge nearby. The cone came down 35 days later after the birds made it clear they didn't want another nest and a group of eagle fans prevailed upon Caltrans remove it.

Despite the bridge construction that started in April, the eagles raised a pair of eaglets that fledged in June.

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Solution Sought for North Dakota Power Line Bird Strikes

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Solution sought for N.D. power line bird strikes
By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press Writer
Mon Sep 22, 5:27 AM ET

COLEHARBOR, N.D. - Death comes from above and below for birds on the causeway that separates Lake Audubon from Lake Sakakawea along the Missouri River.

Biologists believe overhead electrical power lines and car collisions make the two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 83 through the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge one of the world's deadliest places for birds, on land or air.

Recently, biologist Darren Doderer located casualty No. 373, a mangled and bloodied double-crested cormorant that appeared to have hit one of the dozen or so unmarked overhead power lines.

"It's not fun to see these deaths," said Doderer, who estimated he's walked about 500 miles in the area searching for dead birds since April.

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National Symbol a Local Irritant for Some Alaskans

Wildlife NewsThe Tribune's Jason George visits the heart of eagle country, where many support easing restrictions on 'disturbing' the protected bird

By Jason George | Chicago Tribune correspondent

11:37 PM CDT, September 21, 2008

JUNEAU, Alaska — Like an avian Rodney Dangerfield, the bald eagle often finds little respect in America's Last Frontier.

Alaskans regularly refer to the national bird as the "state pigeon," an overly abundant scavenger and common fish thief. Once, hunters even shot them for money: Alaska paid approximately 100,000 bald eagle bounties between 1917 and 1953.

Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the details of a proposed permit program that would allow some "activities that may disturb eagles, require nest removal, or otherwise result in the death of or injury to a bird." Simply put, if a permitted property owner accidentally killed a bald eagle, through the process of trying to get them off their land, the resident would not be held liable for disturbing the protected bird.

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Bald Eagle's Disappearance "Suspicious"

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Festival of Hawks organizers launch investigation

Doug Schmidt and Craig Pearson, The Windsor Star
Published: Sunday, September 21, 2008

AMHERSTBURG -- The local birding community is all aflutter and police have launched an investigation following a series of disturbing events at the peak of the fall migratory season.

The birders fear someone may be targeting them and the work they do assisting environmental and natural scientists.

At the start of the two-day Festival of Hawks at Holiday Beach conservation area, organizers arrived before dawn on Saturday to discover their bird blinds had been raided and 25 expensive specialized nets had been cut down and taken, and the supporting poles broken.


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Keith Martin Birch, August 9 1948 – August 18, 2008

Keith passed away peacefully at St. Joe’s Hospital after long illness. He moved to the Comox Valley  in 1992  where he was known through his business Mountainaire Info X ( after graduating from North Island College with a Diploma in Computer Science in 1996.   Keith worked as manager of Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, where he performed website management, fundraising, building construction & maintenance

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