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2011-05-28 06:45:00

The results of a two-year study released on Friday offers the first glimpse of the daily lives of feral and free-roaming house cats, capturing the roaming behavior of 42 owned and un-owned adult cats living in Illinois. "There's no (other) data set like this for cats," said Jeff Horn, lead author of the study and a former graduate student at the University of Illinois, who led the study for his master's thesis with colleagues from his department and the Prairie Research Institute. "Without...

2011-04-25 14:09:54

The nation's feral pig population continues to expand, increasing the potential for interaction with humans and domestic swine "“ and for spreading diseases. Researchers at North Carolina State University examined feral pigs from eastern North Carolina to determine exposure to two parasites that can be transmitted from animals to people "“ Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) and Trichinella. The study found that wild pigs host a significant number of these parasites. "If ingested by...

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2011-03-23 13:37:00

Scientists warned on Wednesday that 45 rare species of wallaby, bandicoot and other Australian animals could become extinct within 20 years unless urgent action is taken to control introduced predators and other threats. A study found that dozens of mammals, birds, lizards and other vertebrates in the remote northwestern Kimberley region are at risk from hunting by feral cats and from destruction of their native habitat by wild donkeys, goats and fires. "We're in the midst of a massive...

2011-03-23 07:59:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced he has lifted protection on feral swine in Bedford County and has issued an updated executive order to allow for the incidental taking of feral swine statewide by licensed hunters. "This decision to lift protection in Bedford County is based on the need to continue to take feral swine in this area, and we have not identified opportunities for trapping in...

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2011-02-06 07:30:00

A biologist at Utah State University said in a newly published paper that man's best friend may be a formidable enemy to wildlife, pointing out the harmful effects loose dogs have on other animals. Based on data from existing research and from their own case studies, Julie Young of Utah State and four other scientists concluded that feral and free-roaming canines may be responsible for wildlife woes, by hunting, harassing, or transmitting diseases to them. While it is widely accepted that...

2010-12-05 00:13:28

The authors of the six-page circular "Feral Cats and Their Management," published by the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension is biased and thinly veiled advocacy and instruction manual for the total extermination of unowned cats, according to Dr. Frank McMillan, DVM, ACVIM and director of well-being studies for Best Friends Animal Society. Kanab, UT (Vocus/PRWEB) December 03, 2010 A recently published study by a university's extension office is misleading: It uses pseudo-science to...

2010-12-02 00:00:49

Disputes accuracy of report's findings; rejects conclusion that shooting feral cats is an acceptable means of control Bethesda, MD (Vocus) December 1, 2010 A disturbing report released by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln"”which proposes shooting feral cats as an acceptable means of control"”is based on shoddy research, is scientifically unsupportable, and should be unequivocally rejected, said Alley Cat Allies. "This "Ëœreport' is basically a summary of previous...

2010-05-11 15:07:00

DENVER, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- While Texas awaits the development of birth control for the feral hog, Kaput Products has a bait for feral hogs that was tested in Texas in association with the USDA and found to be effective. The ingredient in the bait is a human drug that kills the hogs using a very low concentration. The manufacturer is hoping to get a Special Local Needs Permit for Texas only. The information was submitted to the Texas Department of Agriculture in January 2009. The...

2010-01-22 14:35:00

DARIEN, Conn., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Friends of Animals (FoA), an international animal advocacy group founded in 1957, sent an open letter to Olympic hopeful, Johnny Weir. The American skater is on a quest for the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. During an interview with the New York Times, Weir boasted smugly that he "looked pretty" in his outfit, which visibly showed fur obtained from a fox on his sleeves. In the letter, FoA President Priscilla Feral bluntly...

2009-08-04 17:51:06

African village dogs' lineage can be traced to an ancestral pool of indigenous dogs, a Cornell University-led genetic analysis suggests. The study of hundreds of semi-feral dogs indicated most village dogs from most African regions were genetically different from non-native breeds and mixed-breed dogs, the university said Tuesday in a news release. The study, published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offered insight into the poorly understood history of...


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Bekisar
2014-06-19 14:20:21

The Bekisar, also known as the Ayam Bekisar, is the first generation of hybrid chicken developed from the cross of the green junglefowl and the domestic red junglefowl. Although the exact origin of this breed is unknown, Javanese and Sudanese people assert that it was first developed on the Kangean Islands in Java. The earliest members of this breed were used for communication, because each rooster’s call was unique and due to its ancestry, very loud. Roosters were placed in baskets on the...

Sable Island Horse
2014-05-22 10:38:32

The Sable Island Pony also referred to as the Sable Island Horse, inhabits Sable Island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is small breed that legends say swam to the island from the many shipwrecks that occurred off shore. Other legends say the horse was introduced by Portuguese explorers, but neither is supported by historic or genetic evidence. The first horses were actually introduced in 1737 by a Boston clergyman, Andrew Le Mercier. The Sable Island horses of today are the...

Wild Horse, Equus ferus
2014-04-11 11:56:13

The Wild Horse (Equus ferus) is a species of the genus Equus, which includes as subspecies the modern domesticated horse as well as the undomesticated Tarpan, now extinct, and the endangered Przewalski’s horse. The Przewalski’s Horse was saved from the edge of extinction and reintroduced with success in the wild. The Tarpan became extinct during the 19th century, although it was a possible ancestor of the domestic horse, and roamed the steppes of Eurasia at the time of domestication....

Brumby
2014-04-03 12:32:21

The Brumby is feral horse that is found roaming free in Australia, with the largest population located in the Northern Territory. This breed is descended from horses that were released or escaped confinement during the early days of settlement in Australia. There are many theories about the origin of its name including one that suggests it is derived from the Aboriginal word baroomby, which means wild in the Pitjara Indigenous Australians’ language. Another theory suggests that the breed...

Banker Horse
2014-04-02 11:37:32

The banker horse is a breed of feral horse that can be found in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina. This breed is a descendant of the Spanish horse and the foundation stock is thought to have been brought to the America’s during the 16th century. It is thought that these horses may have become feral after surviving shipwrecks or after being abandoned during exploration or settlement expeditions. Although these horses roam free, they are not true wild horses because they are descended...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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