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2012-02-13 14:52:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While most people try to avoid home improvement projects in the winter, a pair of bald eagles got some much needed help recently from a team of Pennsylvania Game Commission land managers with a very important and timely renovation project. A sycamore tree on Haldeman Island has been used by at least three mated pairs as a nesting site since 1989. The island is just upriver of the confluence of the Susquehanna and Juniata...

2012-01-18 10:37:24

Research examines key demographic variables of Nicaraguan canines Older dogs and male dogs are better hunting companions than younger dogs and female dogs says the author of a new study on the hunting ability and nutritional status of domestic dogs in lowland Nicaragua. In addition, he says, dogs are more suited to wildlife sustainability than other hunting options. "I was a little surprised to find that male dogs are harvesting more than females because few anthropologists have...

By The Light Of January's Wolf Moon
2012-01-12 04:20:39

On the hunt, is bigger better for predators like wolves? A cold-eyed moon rises above Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. It is January. For Native Americans, it is the time of the Wolf Moon. Snow frozen to hardpan shrouds the valley's tall summer grasses. It holds no tracks, tells no tales. Predators roam undetected across the icy landscape. Not so their prey. It's well past midnight and 10 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. The air itself is frozen in place. In the long dark...

Dogs Can Read Our Intent
2012-01-06 05:12:34

Dogs pick up not only on the words we say but also on our intent to communicate with them, according to a report published online in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on January 5. The findings might help to explain why so many people treat their furry friends like their children; dogs' receptivity to human communication is surprisingly similar to the receptivity of very young children, the researchers say. "Increasing evidence supports the notion that humans and dogs share some...

2012-01-04 05:18:00

ETNA, Calif., Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Using the language of love, Edye Marin at wolfhybridpuppies.com launched the "I Love Wolves" project: Love in Any Language to bring people around the world together, but found too many inaccuracies when utilizing online translators. "I found in Albanian and Latvian the words "I love" stayed the same from English to the different language, yet the word "wolves" translated into "ujq" and "vilki" respectively," Marin said. The flipside of the online...

The Physics Behind Great White Shark Attacks On Seals
2011-12-11 06:05:35

Scientists use basic principles of underwater optics, physics to understand predator-prey interactions A new study examining the complex and dynamic interactions between white sharks and Cape fur seals in False Bay, South Africa, offers new insights on the physical conditions and biological factors underlying predator-prey interactions in the marine environment. University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science assistant professor Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, and a...

2011-12-09 11:20:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) announced today that 29 wolf dogs were rescued from a substandard breeding facility in Palmer, Alaska. Staff and volunteers from the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC - www.lockwoodarc.org) worked with the Alaska State Special Prosecutor to take possession of the animals living with inadequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization. After two...

Shedding Light on How, Why Climate Change Effects Animals
2011-12-02 06:31:10

An international team of scientists say that they have discovered a way to predict how environmental changes will affect gray wolves living in Yellowstone National Park. The study, which is part of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, was published in the December 2 issue of the journal Science. The work was led by researchers at Imperial College London and also involved experts from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Utah State University and the University of California, according to a press...

Study Shows Dogs Originated in East Asia
2011-11-24 06:14:33

Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology have found genetic proof that dogs originated from wolves in East Asia south of the Yangtze river, countering an earlier study that indicated dogs were domesticated in the Middle East. According to Dr. Peter Savolainen, KTH researcher in evolutionary genetics, “Our analysis of Y-Chromosonal DNA now confirms that wolves were first domesticated in Asia south of Yangtze River – we call it the ASY region – in southern China or...

2011-11-08 15:14:38

The Wildlife Society's annual conference is from Nov. 5 to 10 on Waikoloa (the Big Island), Hawaii. USGS scientists are heavily involved in the conference´s sessions, workshops and talks. "The nation's wildlife and ecosystems provide a bounty of economically valuable services, aesthetic enjoyment and recreational opportunities to the American public," said USGS director Marcia McNutt. "Our researchers are constantly bringing forth the best science to inform future management and policy...


Latest Scavengers Reference Libraries

Shunka Warakin
2014-01-30 14:32:04

Shunka Warakin is creature from American folklore resembling a wolf, a hyena, or both. It has been suggested by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman that the creature was unknown to modern sources and its name translates to “carries off dogs.” In 1986, Israel Ammon Hutchins shot an animal on a Montana ranch. Coleman suggests that it was an example of the Shunka Warakin. It was stuffed and put on display at Joseph Sherwood’s general store and museum in Henry’s Lake, Idaho. This is the...

Beast of Gevaudan
2013-08-04 06:59:16

The beast of Gevaudan is a man-eating wolf-like animal that resided in the Margeride Mountains of Gevaudan from 1764 to 1767. It was described as having remarkable teeth and long tail. Its fur was tinted white and emitted an unbearable odor. It was said that its victims were killed by the beast ripping at the throat. An estimated 210 attacks were documented; all were men that resulted in 113 deaths and 49 injuries with 98 of the victims partly eaten. Many of the attacks happened while...

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2007-04-19 10:28:11

The Spearfish remora, Remora brachyptera, is a remora of the family Echeneidae, found circumglobally in tropical and subtropical seas. Its length is up to (50 cm). The spearfish remora is an elongate round-bodied fish, with a large oval suction disc on top of the head. This disc is actually a highly modified first dorsal fin with a raised flattened edge that acts as a seal, and a series of horizontal septae that can be moved so as to create a vacuum in a sealed chamber. Using this device...

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2007-03-19 15:14:21

The Gharial, Gavialis gangeticus, is one of two surviving members of the family Gavialidae. The Gharial (also known as gavial) is found in small numbers in India and other small populations in the Kaladan and Ayeyarwady River basins in Myanmar. Most gharials are adapted to calmer areas in deep fast moving rivers. They rarely leave the water and do so only to bask in the sun or nest on sandbanks near the river. The gharial is the second-longest of all living crocodilians. A large male can...

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2007-01-22 14:37:55

The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) is a member of the canidae family (which includes dogs, wolves, and foxes) and is indigenous to East Asia. It is not a true dog, and is the only species in its genus Nyctereutes. It is named for its superficial resemblance to the non-canidae raccoon. The animal carries historical and cultural significance in Japan. Raccoon dogs are native to Japan, southeastern Siberia, and Manchuria. Between 1929 and 1955 they were introduced to the European part...

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