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Update - TWO Tagged Bald Eagles Spotted in Alaska

David Hancock has called me to say that they have now spotted a SECOND bald eagle with a patagial wing tag at Haines, Alaska at the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival being held this week.  He also has additional information about the first eagle spotted, whose picture is shown in the article below this one.  That eagle sports a green tag with the number 24 on it but they have now discovered that it also has a MICROWAVE TRANSMITTER on its back.  So some wildlife  organization is definitely attempting to follow this bird.

The second bald eagle has a blue tag with the number 84 on it.

The Institute for Wildlife Studies in southern California was contacted yesterday to see if the first one is one of their birds but so far we have not heard back from anyone down there.

Anyone with identifying information, please contact me at karen@hancockwildlife.org as David would like to be able to announce to the festival attendees up there who these special eagle "guests" are.

Thanks for your help.

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Tagged Bald Eagle Spotted in Alaska

This photograph was taken by William McRoberts at the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival this week in Haines, AK.  David Hancock has requested that I post this photo in the hopes that someone out there will recognize this particular pelagial wing tag. 

These are light weight plastic tags used by various bird tagging programs.  Does anyone know which organization uses tags that look like this? 

We already know all about Dr. Peter Sharpe's work at the Institute for Wildlife Studies on the Channel Islands in southern California.  This is not the same tag that Peter uses.  His are not that color and they all have an A or a K at the top of the number, etc.

Please contact karen@hancockwildlife.org  Thanks.

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Grouse Mountain grizzlies kill black bear cub

Wildlife News

By LARRY PYNN, Vancouver Sun November 7, 2011

 

Visitors watched aghast as a black bear cub squeezed under a fenced enclosure atop Grouse Mountain recently and was summarily killed by the resort’s two captive grizzlies.

“It got under the fence and Grinder and Coola do what happens in nature,” Grouse Mountain spokeswoman Sarah Lusk confirmed. “Whether he was an orphan and he was hungry and there was food around, we don’t know.

“If the bears had met in the wild, the same thing would have happened. Black bears and grizzlies are mortal enemies and nature took its course.”

 
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Rescue group calls on hunters to dump lead ammo

Fifth poisoned raptor euthanized

Posted: Nov 7, 2011 2:50 PM MT  Last Updated: Nov 7, 2011 2:59 PM MT

 

Picture of a golden eagle euthanized by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton Monday. The bird was ill with lead poisoning, caused by the lead cartrige of a deer hunter, the group claims.Picture of a golden eagle euthanized by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton Monday. The bird was ill with lead poisoning, caused by the lead cartrige of a deer hunter, the group claims. (Supplied)
 

As Alberta hunters head to the bush for the fall season, a wildlife rescue agency hopes the death of a poisoned eagle will push hunters to stop using lead-based ammunition.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton said it was forced to euthanize a golden eagle Monday after it was found scavanging a deer carcass near Evansburg, Alta., about 1 ½ hours west of Edmonton.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2011/11/07/edmonton-golden-eagle-lead-poisoining.html

 

 

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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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B.C. town can bearly believe its eyes

 

 

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Salmon inquiry to reopen hearings into virus reports

Wildlife News

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

Wildlife News

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.

 

Read the rest of the story at:  Virus could destroy West Coast salmon*

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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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