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(Canis simensis, 500 individuals left (?) and known by almost as many names: any combination of Ethiopian/Abyssinian/Simien and Wolf/Fox/Jackal. Click photo to enlarge)

Ethiopian red fox needs more protection to survive

An endangered species of red fox found only in Ethiopia may be wiped out unless it is protected from domestic animals bringing rabies into national parks, a senior wildlife expert said on Thursday.

More news on the other side.

The same Reuters article, continued:
Kumela Wakjira, senior expert in Ethiopia's Wildlife Conservation Department, said there are fewer than 500 red or simien foxes in the Horn of Africa country, most of them found in Bale Mountains National Park.

He said over the past two months five out of a population of 200 red foxes had died in the park, suspected of being infected with rabies from dogs accompanying livestock to the area.

This animal is apparently more closely related to the European wolf than to any other species.

More on the world's rarest canid: Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme A fascinating site.

The man who would save them: Claudio Sillero-Zubiri

Wolves aren't doing so well in New Mexico either:
Government Reduces Endangered Mexican Wolf Numbers for Third Year in Row

The number of endangered Mexican gray wolves that could be confirmed in the wild declined for the third successive year in 2005 as a result of trapping and shooting of wolves by the U.S. government, conservationists charged today.
"The bureaucracy has spent millions of dollars producing hundreds of pages worth of reports, holding countless meetings, and `controlling' dozens of wolves to placate the livestock industry, and yet it is incapable of following the simple directions of scientists who in 2001 recommended urgent regulatory changes to recover this critically endangered animal," said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity.
"The wolves know instinctively how to survive. . .But government wolf control continues to hammer them. The Fish and Wildlife Service hides behind the rest of the interagency anti-wolf bureaucracy and refuses to institute reforms that would bring the Mexican wolf reintroduction program up to the standards of other endangered species recovery programs.

The lobo needs less political management and more scientific management if it is to recover," Robinson added.

From dogs to cats. There is some extremely good news for devotees of Wild Bolivian Pootie. The Andean Mountain Cat has been spotted again. There is an article about the sighting on a Conservation International page. If you google "andean cat" it will pop up. (I've never seen anyone so bitchy about being linked to.)

A little more on the Andean Mountain Cat.

Some of the work being done on the AMC and other small cats is funded by Ian Anderson. Yes, that Ian Anderson.

In India the news has not been so good for cats. They are simply disappearing. Despite the sensational title, an excellent article worth reading in full from the Seoul Times: Indian Tigers Butchered in Broad Daylight

Overnight, 26 tigers in the Sariska Project Tiger Reserve in the northern Indian State of Rajasthan seem to have vanished. India's worried Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has called for an urgent probe into this mystery.

In Sariska, no tiger has been spotted for the past six months, and the World Wildlife Fund-India has said that most of the 26 tigers that were counted in the last census could have been lost. An intense search recently confirmed the WWF's statement.

In Rajasthan's other Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore, it is feared that there cannot be more than 12 tigers against the official figure of between 35 and 47.

The response has been confusion, finger pointing, and of course a new census with new methods: India's tiger count to bring bad news for big cat
The count comes after the government was slammed by environmental activists following reports last March that the entire population of up to 18 tigers in a sanctuary in western India had been killed by poachers.

"You are right. It is likely to be reduced," Additional Director-General in the Environment Ministry, R.P.S. Katwal, told Reuters when asked if the new count would show fewer tigers compared to the 2002 population of 3,642.

"Their habitat is under pressure as the population (of humans) is increasing," Katwal added.

Some environmental groups believe there are less than 2,000 tigers in India today due to rampant poaching and say the new census figures, if accurate, could show a shocking drop.

(Siberian tiger, Panthera tigris altaica, 400 left (?). Photo  © Greenpeace/Daniel Beltra. Click photo to enlarge.)

From North Korea, grotesque snuff films of Siberian Tigers and other endangered animals, apparently with the blessing of Kim Jong Il:
North Korea: Red in tooth and claw

But the tigers are not the only endangered species from the peninsula featured in the film. A lioness is matched with an Asiatic black bear, called by Koreans a half-moon bear because of the white crescent on its chest. The destruction of the native population of half-moon bears is a dark chapter in Korea.

Traditional medicine believes the bear's gall-bladder bile imbues vitality and good health. The bears have been hunted for centuries to the point of near extinction, with only 10-20 left in South Korea. The number of bears in North Korea is unknown but considered low. Currently, South Korea ranks as the world's largest market for imported bear parts.

Another scene shows a clash that ends with a cinereous vulture's talon slashing through the eye of a red fox. The current world population of cinereous vultures is thought to be about 4,000, and they are on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) "red list of threatened species". The Korean red fox is thought to survive in small numbers in North Korea but were extinct in the South by the 1960s from poisoning and poaching. However, a South Korean hiker found one dead in a poacher's snare in the Gangwon province in March 2004, and the Ministry of Environment estimates there might be about 100 in existence.

Do we need any more evidence? Something, make that everything, is seriously amiss in North Korea.

A couple quickies from Australia. This is just sad: Call to list koala as endangered species

The Australian Koala Foundation's chief executive officer Deborah Tabart said Australia Day. . . .was the perfect occasion for Senator Campbell and his scientific committee to announce that the national icon was endangered.

She said koala numbers had plummeted to fewer than 100,000 due to urban sprawl, domestic pets, traffic and loss of habitat.

"The clock is ticking for wild koalas, they cannot afford indecision," Ms Tabart said.

"The minister's response to the vulnerable listing has been continually delayed.

"If the scientific committee has made their recommendations, why does the minister need to wait any longer to make his decision?"

And this is sadder: Fears for devil program The Tasmanian Devil facial tumour disease that has devastated parts of the island has now been found in the north, near the area from which "insurance populations" were taken for quarantine. The fear is that the doomsday specimens may be contaminated with the disease, which has defied expectations and killed up to 100% of infected adults in some areas.

In Kuala Lumpur, a welcome spirit of cooperation: Nations back elephant action plan

All nations with wild populations of Asian elephants have met as a group for the first time to discuss the species' future survival.
The wild population of Asian elephants is estimated at 30,000 to 50,000.

The three-day gathering was convened by the Malaysian government, and facilitated by IUCN, the World Conservation Union, in an attempt to agree on the best way to protect the remaining elephant populations.

(click photo to enlarge)

More news from the tropical Asia hotspot: Genes record orangutans' decline

The dramatic collapse of orangutan populations has been linked to human activity, new genetic evidence shows.
 Professor Michael Bruford, a senior author on the Public Library of Science journal paper and a conservation biologist at Cardiff University, told the BBC news website of his surprise at the results.

"The genetic diversity of the population showed a very strong signal of a massive population decline," he said.

"This was interesting because we didn't expect it to show that the decline has happened so recently - within the last 200 years."

For those interested, the PLoS Biology article: Genetic Signature of Anthropogenic Population Collapse in Orang-utans The Public Library of Science is fantastic!

A crash effort begins: WWF and Honda join forces to save Sumatran rhinos
According to WWF, Sumatran rhino numbers have declined by half in the past decade as a result of poaching. It is believed that fewer than 300 Sumatran rhinos exist in the world, with the last significant populations found only in Malaysia and Indonesia.
"The rhino project will focus mainly on increasing efforts to protect the Sumatran rhino's habitat and reduce poaching through close cooperation with local communities and organizations," added Kavanagh. "We will also focus our attention on research efforts to gain a further understanding of the ecological and biological needs of the rhino."

Did you notice that local communities bit? That leads us to our really good news of the week, from Amazonia. Some might put this in the "No, duh" department, but it's my fave of the week: Satellites Show Amazon Parks, Indigenous Reserves Stop Forest Clearing

In a paper recently published in Conservation Biology (2006, Vol 20, pages 65-73), an international team of scientists, led by Daniel Nepstad of the Woods Hole Research Center and the Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia, used satellite data to demonstrate, for the first time, that rainforest parks and indigenous territories halt deforestation and forest fires.
While previous studies had queried park managers about reserve performance, this study is the first to evaluate the effectiveness of tropical protected areas against forest clearing using quantitative analysis of satellite data. The group used satellite-based maps of land cover and fire occurrence between 1997 and 2000 to compare parks and indigenous lands. Deforestation was 1.7 to 20 times higher along the outside versus the inside the perimeter of reserves, while fires were 4 to 9 times higher. Indigenous lands clearly stopped clearing in high-deforestation frontier regions: 33 of 38 indigenous territories with annual deforestation greater than 1.5 percent outside their borders had inner deforestation rates of 0.75 percent or less. Few parks are located in active frontier areas (4 of 15 in the sample) than indigenous lands (33 of 38). But parks' and indigenous lands' ability to inhibit deforestation appear similar.

Indigenous lands occupy one-fifth of the Brazilian Amazon - five times the area under protection in parks - and are currently the most important barrier to Amazon deforestation. Some conservationists argue that with acculturation to market society, indigenous peoples will cease to protect forests. But the authors found that virtually all indigenous lands substantially inhibit deforestation up to 400 years after contact with the national society. There was no correlation between population density in indigenous areas and inhibition of deforestation. In much of the Amazon, not only can protecting nature be reconciled with human habitation - it wouldn't happen without the people.

Extensive intact forests on indigenous territories are central to large-scale conservation in the Amazon.

For purposes of visualizing the area being discussed:

   (click to enlarge)

Speaking of the US, Judge says recovery plan for Colorado River fish inadequate
A federal judge has ruled that a recovery plan for an endangered Colorado River fish isn't good enough.

U.S. District Judge Frederick Martone rejected the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan for the humpback chub, ruling it didn't lay out a timeline for the fish population's recovery and didn't allocate any money to get the job done.

The lawsuit brought by the environmental groups Grand Canyon Trust and Earthjustice sought a more comprehensive recovery plan and argued that the federal government had not met the requirements of the Endangered Species Act.
The humpback chub population in the Grand Canyon has gone down by about two-thirds in the past 13 years, from 10,500 in 1989 to 3,500 in 2002.

The groups suing strongly opposed a part of the plan that would count the population as recovered if there were 2,100 adult fish, lower than when the species was listed as endangered.

Gee, that Act sure came in handy.

I liked this article for reasons that will be obvious: Zoo offers animal lectures

This week's program, "Saving Beetles & Butterflies," deals with the Karner blue butterfly and the American burying beetle, both endangered. Zookeeper Lou Perrotti will discuss efforts by the zoo to save the species.

 (Karner Blue, photo USFWS. click to enlarge)

 (American Burying Beetle, click to enlarge)

(Golden Toad, one of the first to go. click to enlarge)

And finally (about time, melvin), from Britain, a rather depressing article by Tim Halliday, who studies amphibians: All is silent down at the pond

It is clear that the mainstay of conservation, the protection of habitat, is no longer sufficient to ensure the survival of many species.

There is a widespread culture of denial about this situation, not least among conservationists, who must take a lead in alerting humanity to the current extinction crisis.

The reality is that many thousands of species will become extinct in the near future; so perhaps it is time to face this reality and to replace the 'conservation paradigm' with the 'extinction paradigm'.
What we can and must do is document the decline and disappearance of species that cannot be saved, so that at least some kind of record of them will be preserved.

Updated Except I don't know how to do it right, and I'm stuck here now. Brought over from an old diary, a list of organizations devoted to wildlife and conservation:

Center for Biological Diversity

National Wildlife Federation

The Sierra Club

Greenpeace US

Greenpeace International

The Endangered Species Coalition

The Siskiyou Project

Action Network Hub

Environmental Defense

Natural Resources Defense Council

National Audubon Society

The Ocean Conservancy


Ducks Unlimited

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Animal Welfare Institute

The World Conservation Union

World Wildlife Fund

Global Resource Action Center for the Environment

Defenders of Wildlife


The Red List of Endangered Species

National Environmental Trust

Originally posted to melvin on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 03:45 AM PST.

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  •  Comments, additions, corrections. (4.00)
    I skipped a lot. If only there were a unifying theme.
  •  thanks melvin (4.00)
    I'm about to post a diary in a few min about 2 other endangered species (among other things). The sea turtle and the Hawaiian monk seal.

    I can't say anything scientific but I saw 2 of each last week. It was thrilling.

    •  oh and by the way (none)
      I heard an Air America show today that interviewed an old Republican who is leaving retirement to run against Pombo. It sounds like the main challenge was environmental. VERY exciting, especially if it succeeds! :)
      •  It's Pete McCloskey (4.00)
        who helped write the ESA in the first place. I hope he mops the floor with Pombo. McCloskey is an honorable man. I heard him too, railing against the corruption that has taken over his party.
      •  I don't see McCloskey upsetting Pombo... (none) the primary.  But hopefully:
        • McCloskey will keep Pombo busy during primary season, thereby leaving him less time to work his mischief - even less time to think about working mischief.
        • Pombo will have to spend down his campaign chest to campaign against McCloskey
        • Issues will be out before the public for a longer season.  If done properly, Pombo will be cut down a few notches before the Dem candidate has at him.  Please, oh please, Democratic Party - support the Democratic candidate who ends up running against Pombo vigorously!

        If it were just a matter of individual candidates, one could do worse than Rep. McCloskey back in office.  However, it would count towards a Republican majority in the house, which is not good for the country.  For that reason, a "conservative" Democrat (like Condit or his successor Cardoza) would be, IMHO, a better result than McCloskey in office.  Unfortunately.

        McCloskey though will be an excellent voice to decry what the Republican party has become in recent decades, and deserves to be spotlighted in his efforts at every possible turn.  In particular, he'll be great on spotlighting Pombo's cronyism and ties to corruption.  And provide a counterpoint to Pombo's extremism on the ESA, and other issues.  Recycle the big "mining reform" land giveaway last fall, and other such things.

        Keep in mind:  House Resources Committee, which Pombo chairs, has jurisdiction over pretty much the same issues as the Department of Interior, including:

        • Hard rock mining (including mineral rights below private surface rights)
        • Oil & gas drilling (including drilling rights below private land)
        • All matters Native American (including gaming, and the massive ongoing class action suit regarding mishandling of Indian Trust funds)
        • Saipan & Marianas (Al Franken listeners, take note)
        • Historic preservation (on public & private lands)
        • Oceanography (incl. research related to climate change, but NOAA & weather are under Commerce)
        • Public lands (not sure about National Forests, since USFS is under USDA, would appreciate clarification on this one)
        • Fisheries & wildlife, including international treaties
        • Interstate water rights disputes & compacts, dams & irrigation (Bureau of Reclamation)

        It's quite the fiefdom.  And not surprising that Pombo's name comes up near the top of many assessments of Abramoff's influence.  The Democratic minority has a good "opposition" page.  Link here for official list of jurisdiction.
  •  Nice (none)
    diary, reco'd!

    Read UTI, your free thought forum

    by DarkSyde on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 04:33:58 AM PST

  •  I read the most ignorant statement today (4.00)
    in the Washington Post's article on global warming and the tipping point:

    "John R. Christy, director of the Earth Science System Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, said it is possible increased warming will be offset by other factors, such as increased cloudiness that would reflect more sunlight. "Whatever happens, we will adapt to it," Christy said."

    Gee Mr. Christy -- how do you think all those animals will adapt? Many will do so by going extinct.

    Typical human arrogance. As if extinct wildlife won't affect us clever humans.

    •  I wrote Mr. Christy (4.00)
      I read your comments today in the Washington Post's article on global warming and the tipping point ("Debate on Climate Shifts to Issue of Irreparable Change"). The article stated:

      "John R. Christy, director of the Earth Science System Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, said it is possible increased warming will be offset by other factors, such as increased cloudiness that would reflect more sunlight. 'Whatever happens, we will adapt to it,' Christy said.

      No disrespect to you, but what will the wildlife do to adapt to such rapid warming? The fact is many species will go extinct. And only human arrogance would assume that extinct wildlife and compromised ecosystems will not affect us clever humans, since we live "outside" of nature.

      At Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, we're slowly watching the Chesapeake Bay eat our property as sea levels rise. The refuge will likely be gone by 2050. But I'm sure everyone will adapt. Except for the bald eagles who have few places to go on the rapidly developing shoreline. Or the endangered Delmarva fox squirrels, whose biggest remaining population is at the refuge. And their retreat will be cut off by the 3,200-home housing development that is coming to the outskirts of the refuge.

      Personally I find your attitude destructive to the efforts being made to educate citizens about the impact of global warming. I can only hope the Washington Post edited your answer and there was something more substantial to it.

    •  Did a quick google. (4.00)
      He appears to be a favored witness of the Pombo wing, etc. Pathetic. He is the one scientist that they have testify, to balance the 500 "extremists" that aren't invited in any case. The Nobel committee can sleep in.
  •  What the hell. I'll toss this in too. (4.00)
    Even though it's from the 8th, because it is good news: Ranch to be bought for open space
    A 3,681-acre La Honda ranch is on its way to becoming the latest -- and largest -- addition to a growing collection of public open space along the San Mateo coastline.
    The property also provides habitat for mountain lions and endangered species like the tiger salamander and the San Francisco garter snake. Deer, bobcat, American badge and coyote have also been identified on the property, according to the open space trust.

    Did someone say San Francisco Garter Snake? Indeed, this should be prime habitat for one of the most beautiful snakes in North America. I really hope it can survive.

  •  Okay now Im reallly depressed! (4.00)
    What a legacy we are going to leave for our kids. That story about tigers in India is just awful. I visited Corbett Park two years ago and and was lucky enough to see two tigers-they have a relatively big population. Unfortunately poaching is a big problem there too. Apparently Tiger bones and Penis's are in hot demand with the Chinese to use as aphrodisiacs. The guy who took us around the park told us that there is one poacher who has bought out several judges in the high couirts and he invariably gets gets off with just a slap on his wrist. I went to Sariska as a teenager and even then 20 years ago, the tiger population was scanty at best. Im surprised it took this long for the tigers to dissapear from there.
  •  I've just turned fifty (4.00)
    As I watched every aspect of progress just die in America, I would have thought that with all of the public interest in preserving wildlife and all of the private donations to organizations devoted to preservation, this is one place where the public would have gotten upset.

    Before Bush turned this into a nation of warmongers, there was an American interest in looking for new economies for poachers.  There was an interest is helping out nations that were threatening their natural habitats.

    As the conservation movement took hold, it looked like there was hope.

    Now Bush is giving away our National Parks and I don't see any outrage. At least not from the general public! Now the situation in places across the world is dismal and the WWF and many other organizations are without any support except private donations.

    Now there is burn as much coal as possible, clean strip our natural habitat and we  are far to busy figuring what country to perform a preemptive strike on next to start worrying  about conservation.

    Thank You for posting this, Melvin.

    •  I know what you mean Eddie C! (4.00)
      I have been outraged and fearful for our natural heritage ever since chimpola announced he was running in 1999. I knew then that if he got into office it was going to be a disaster for our nation's wildlife and wildland heritage. He has not only proven me right but has exceeded my worst fears.

      These bastards have been cleaver in that they have created such an environment of fear and distraction that they can literally rape the planet while we all sit back and try to take it all in. Most people I know hardly even discuss the environment anymore - it is all WoT, government corruption, spying, constitutional crisis, Abramamoff, Iraq, Iran, oil, energy, decreasing wages, OBL, keeping their jobs etc. This is the genius of the chimps plan - keep us so focused on all the shit going on around us while they rape, pillage, and burn.

      People need to stop living in fear and get back to the business of living. Off to do some hiking today!

      Definition - Liberal (author unknown): A long extinct group of people that could think for themselves and were a danger to the collective.

      by exconservative on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 07:10:01 AM PST

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    •  If it helps any (4.00)
      there has been outrage that made a difference. Pombo had to withdraw his plan to sell off national parks because of outrage. He later said it was meant as a joke. Right.

      He also had to withdraw his plan to allow people to buy public land via mining claims, and then develop it anyway they wanted.

      The National Park Service got a lot of flack when it was revealed that the Service wanted to rewrite the mandate of the Parks and make it more commercially and industrially friendly. They had to back-peddle on that plan.

      Outrage stopped the Arctic Refuge drilling from going through, and that was a minor miracle. We just hope it holds.

      I recently read (I wish I could remember where) that membership in the Natural Resources Defense Council has doubled since Bush took office. Republicans for Environmental Protection reported that their membership doubled in Bush's first six months.

      So yes, while it's very hard for environmental problems to stay on top with all the other things on America's agenda, don't think people have completely tuned out.

  •  Preble's Mouse and Bush "Science" (4.00)
    Want to delist some endangered species and open development in their designated habitats?

    You could find a biologist sympathetic to your viewpoint.

    AP A year ago, developers welcomed the findings of biologist Rob Roy Ramey of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Interior Department's conclusion, based on his findings, that the Preble's meadow mouse no longer needed federal protections.

    Ramsey was then hired as a consultant by Interior to review several other endangered species.

    But subsequent research has cast strong doubts on his results.

    The new study was conducted by Tim King, a USGS conservation geneticist based in West Virginia, and peer-reviewed by academic experts outside government. One of the reviewers, Eric Hallerman, a professor of fisheries and wildlife science at Virginia Tech, said King's study debunks Ramey's work.

        "It contradicts it fairly strongly," Hallerman said.


        King's study says Ramey's conclusions "should be considered questionable."

        Hallerman said Ramey's work reflects the Bush administration's intrusion of politics in its scientific research. "It seemed to me from the get-go, he wanted to find that this was not a taxonomically valid subspecies," Hallerman said.

    Does Ramey's politcal viewpoint cloud his science?

        He acknowledged having strong views about endangered species.

    "You cannot make everything a top priority and expect to accomplish anything, in terms of preserving species," Ramey said. "If we focused on conservation of fewer genetically unique populations and pooled our resources, we might accomplish more for conservation."

    Eliminating protection of distinct subspecies is one of the key goals of developers apposed to the Endangered Species Act.  It is not a viewpoint shared by most conservation biologists.

    In the light of these new findings, Interior is currently reviewing the Preble's Mouse designation.

    Thanks Melvin for another great post.

  •  Great diary, will definately recommend (4.00)
    Thank you so much for your diary, it's great information. If you've had similar diaries in the past I'm sorry I just now stumbled on them. I'll have to go back and look at your past diaries.

    This particular diary is a trip down memory lane for me. I worked on the Recovery Program for the Endangered Fish of the Colorado River for a time and I knew Michael Robinson when I was at the University of Colorado.

    Have you registered for YearlyKos yet?

    by BCO gal on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 07:13:30 AM PST

  •  very good diary (4.00)
    after reading it my first inclination is to be bummed out because there's just WAY too many people on this little ol' planet and we're making a huge mess out of everything. life out of balance, or as the Hopi say, koyaanisqatsi

    but there's always room for a little hope. 100 years ago the elk were almost wiped out from colorado, and now they're thriving.

    Elk were nearly extirpated from Colorado in 1900. Through restoration with elk from Wyoming and progressive management, Colorado's elk population is estimated to have increased to about 300,000 animals in 2002. Elk likely are near carrying capacity of the habitat in some areas.

    of course most threatened species aren't going to be this resilient.

    Truth is always the enemy of power. And power the enemy of truth. -Edward Abbey

    by elkhunter on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 07:44:23 AM PST

    •  By the way, there's a new one coming (none)
      in that series. Check out Savage Eden.
      •  wow, thanks for the link! (none)
        watching koyaanisqatsi was a defining moment in my life. that's when i knew it was ok to not go along with all the madness out there.

        i'm sure Savage Eden will be as good or better.

        Truth is always the enemy of power. And power the enemy of truth. -Edward Abbey

        by elkhunter on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 08:19:41 AM PST

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    •  Saw Koyaanisqatsi at NY Film Festival (4.00)
      It was at Radio City music hall, and perhaps the US premiere.  It was a huge success, and the audience was completely absorbed.  So much so that as those thousands of people poured out into the streets, they had sort of forgotten the norms of street traffic in the modern world.  Milling around into the middle of the streets, and causing much honking and cursing, yelling from cab drivers.  Delicious moment!

      And an odd surreal touch:  A guy from Bolivia with a llama, like a carnival barker, was offering to take people's picture with the animal.

      The cabbies were really POed.  It takes something to disrupt the urban rhythms and patterns of Gotham.  It was an extraordinary, if fleeting, moment.

  •  Nice diary Melvin!!! (4.00)
    Thank you for putting so much out there. I have been volunteering towards Mexican Wolf recovery for several years and it sometimes seems hopeless due to welfare ranchers!

    Definition - Liberal (author unknown): A long extinct group of people that could think for themselves and were a danger to the collective.

    by exconservative on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 08:09:31 AM PST

  •  Recommended (none)
    Keep on doing these "Wildlife Week In Review" diaries, melvin! Excellent placement on Sunday too.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

    by Rolfyboy6 on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 08:22:12 AM PST

  •  Thanks Melvin. (4.00)
    Your diary calls to mind David Brower's classic:

    "Consider the six days of Genesis as a figure of speech for what has in fact been 4 billion years.

    On this scale, one day equals something like six hundred and sixty-six million years, and thus, all day Monday and until Tuesday noon, creation was busy getting the world going.

    Life began Tuesday noon, and the beautiful organic wholeness of it developed over the next four days.

    At 4 pm Saturday, the big reptiles came on. Five hours later, when the redwoods appeared, there were no more big reptiles.

    At three minutes before midnight on the last day, man appeared.

    At one-fourth of a second before midnight, Christ arrived.

    At one-fortieth of a second before midnight, the Industrial Revolution began.

    We are surrounded with people who think that what we have been doing for that one-fortieth of a second can go on indefinitely.

    They are considered normal, but they are stark raving mad."

    - David Brower

  •  I posted this (4.00)
    in an Open Thread, but I'll repost it here.  It infuriates me that  "Wildlife Services" is killing MY wildlife.  These policies need to change.

    Aerial gunners kill 200 coyotes

    Wildlife Services, a federal program formerly known as Animal Damage Control, wrapped up aerial gunning Friday.
    It hunted on private and public land, including national forest land, used by 10 to 15 ranchers in Cochise and Santa Cruz counties, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the program.

    But environmentalists were upset that the government gave no advance public notice of the latest shootings, which they call inhumane and ineffective.
    "There was no public awareness and no public alert, even though the Coronado National Forest is known as a recreational use area," said environmental activist Matt Skroch, executive director of the Sky Island Alliance.

    If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything-Mark Twain

    by Desert Rose on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 08:54:04 AM PST

    •  the real problem (4.00)
      is that they shouldn't be running cattle & sheep in the arid & fragile western PUBLIC lands. we end up with stuff like this happening, and restaurant customers end up with tough, stringy beef.

       my dog nearly lost a leg because of some lazy-ass sheep rancher setting legtraps for coyotes 20' off a forest service road. bastards!- we saw him, talked to him & his son on their little 4 wheeler and they never said a word to us about what they were doing.

       i kind of consider myself lucky that the mutt didn't get a cyanide dart or similar. so i have very strong feelings about grazing rights, traps, indiscriminate killing and assholes who shoot coyotes for any reason short of it being an imminent danger to you, your family or your pets.

      the good thing is coyotes will always win against humans.

      Truth is always the enemy of power. And power the enemy of truth. -Edward Abbey

      by elkhunter on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 09:45:49 AM PST

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      •  You're right (4.00)
        about the grazing rights on fragile lands. Once again priorities askew.  

        BTW We collected enough signatures to place an initiative on the state ballot that banned steel jaw traps on public lands in AZ.  

        If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything-Mark Twain

        by Desert Rose on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 10:14:51 AM PST

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        •  good for az (none)
          colorado passed a similar law about 6 months after our little incident. nov 94, i think.

           in utah i've seen fenced-in study areas that have been ungrazed for 40 years or so, and they don't look that much different than the grazed areas; it takes the land that long to recover. but you know that, being in az.

          Truth is always the enemy of power. And power the enemy of truth. -Edward Abbey

          by elkhunter on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 03:37:53 PM PST

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  •  Excellent!! (none)
    A bit sad though really...

    you know, I took a Zogby poll yesterday and it asked me if I supported military intervention in North Korea....and I said no...but with this new information about them killing endangered animals...maybe I'm changing my mind. Somebody has to stop that nutcase leader of theirs...we should do it to save the animals:)

    (I'm obviously half-kidding there...)

    Great list as usual! And those were some great pics...what an ADORABLE little Mountain Cat!! And I have to own Foxy, John, that is...was upset to read about those poor red foxes!

  •  Thanks again, Melvin (none)
    Another good website is The National Environmental Trust
  •  Pro- life ? (none)
    Note that many "pro-life" people are also pro-death penalty and pro-war. You're diary points out that sadly many are also extinction nuetral.

    If "this car will be abandoned in case of rapture," then who cares about koalas, tigers, penguins, sharks, foxes, fishing eagles, rhinoceras, bears, orangutans, wolves, gorillas, frogs, coral reefs, rain forests, global warming, nuclear waste, ....

    Rapture is another word for irresponsible.

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