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B.C. town can bearly believe its eyes

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November 02, 2011

Petti Fong

 

VANCOUVER—Residents of the B.C. interior town of Elkford began seeing white a few weeks ago and couldn’t believe their eyes.

The town near the Alberta border is home to lots of bears, but they’re always black.

This year, however, Elkford residents have spotted at least three white cubs — Kermode bears, a rare version of the black bear — foraging around their area.

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Salmon inquiry to reopen hearings into virus reports

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By Jeff Nagel

Updated: November 04, 2011 5:27 PM

The Cohen inquiry will hear more evidence in December to weigh reports that a deadly salmon virus has infected multiple species of wild salmon on the B.C. coast.

The commission into the decline of Fraser River sockeye had ended hearings in September and began taking final submissions Friday.

But commission counsel Brian Wallace said the inquiry will reconvene for two more days of testimony in mid-December.

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Virus could destroy West Coast salmon

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By JOEL CONNELLY

Seattlepi.com November 1, 2011

Salmon advocates have come across what they feared -- what every West Coast salmon fisherman should fear -- in British Columbia's Fraser Valley, not too far from the Washington border.

"It was a beautiful Coho salmon, in first blush of spawning colors ... on the way home carrying the richness of a life at sea, her body shut down infected with a virus her ancestors never had a chance to prepare her for," renowned B.C. biologist Alexandra Morton wrote on her blog this weekend.

 

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Hundreds of dead birds wash up on Ontario shore



ctvtoronto.ca
Date: Sat. Oct. 22 2011 6:07 PM ET

The Ministry of Natural Resources is investigating after hundreds of birds and fish washed up on the shores of Georgian Bay near Wasaga Beach.


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Police say that the wildlife is scattered along a nearly three-kilometre stretch north of Wasaga Beach.
"You just want to cry," resident Faye Ego told CTV Toronto.

Locals said they noticed some dead fish on the beach a few weeks ago and a few dead birds earlier in September.
"But now this is just multiplied," Ego said, adding that the situation is "absolutely devastating."

Ontario Provincial Police Const. Peter Leon said that the number of dead birds is estimated to be between 5,000 and 6,000.

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With files from The Canadian Press and a report from CTV Toronto's John Musselman

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Raptor couple return to area to raise young

Liberty, one of two bald eagles that nest near the Highway 44 bridge and the Sacramento River in Redding, has returned along with her mate, Patriot.

Photo courtesy of Terri Lhuillier

Liberty, one of two bald eagles that nest near the Highway 44 bridge and the Sacramento River in Redding, has returned along with her mate, Patriot.

Patriot and Liberty are back in Redding.

Two eagles, believed to be Redding's adopted bald eagle pair, Patriot and Liberty, have returned to the area along the a.inline_topic:hover { background-color: rgb(234, 234, 234); }Sacramento River just north of the Highway 44 bridge.

"It's always great to see them come back, because you never know" if they will make it back to Redding, said Terri Lhuillier of Redding, who keeps tabs on the pair.

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http://www.redding.com/news/2011/oct/24 ... ise-young/

The Hancock Wildlife discussion forum thread for the Redding/Turtle Bay eagles can be found here:

http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?topic=270106#270106

 

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Hawk rescuers said was shot in head with nail gun recovering at Calif. wildlife center

 

By Associated Press, Published: October 23

SAN FRANCISCO — A red-tailed hawk that rescuers said was shot in the head with a nail gun was recovering Sunday at a Northern California wildlife center.

The hawk, captured in a San Francisco park by rescuers Saturday, was doing “very well” while being cared for at the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley in San Jose, said Rebecca Dmytryk, executive director of the Monterey-based group WildRescue.

“The nail dislodged and dropped out during transport with no sign of additional trauma and no bleeding,” Dmytryk said.

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Hawk rescuers said was shot in head with nail gun, recovering at Calif. wildlife center

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Hawk Shot in Head with Nail Gun, Survives


Wildlife experts say the nail must have been shot out of a nail gun and was probably done on purpose.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011  |  Updated 4:05 PM PDT
Hawk Shot in Head with Nail Gun, Survives

WildRescue

This photo was taken Tuesday in Golden Gate Park.

Wildlife rescue workers said they would work through the weekend if necessary in their efforts to hunt down an injured red-tailed hawk in Golden Gate Park.

The bird has a framing nail piercing its head.

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Hawk Shot in Head with Nail Gun, Survives | NBC Bay Area*

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Thousands of dead birds litter a stretch of Georgian Bay shoreline

WASAGA BEACH, Ont. - As many as 6,000 dead birds have washed up on the shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario, say authorities, who believe botulism may be to blame.

Ontario Provincial Police Const. Peter Leon said Saturday the number of dead waterfowl is estimated to be between 5,000 and 6,000.

The dead birds are scattered along a nearly three-kilometre stretch north of the community of Wasaga Beach, said Leon.

Federal and provincial officials believe the cause of the death is a form of botulism, apparently from the birds eating dead fish, he said.

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