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2010-07-26 12:49:00

Data from the Field Signals More Species Facing Extinction; Congressional Action Could Ensure Animals Are Not Lost Forever WASHINGTON, July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Fading Call of the Wild, a report released today by the world's leading wildlife conservation organizations, details the increasing threats and plunging populations of big cats and rare canids living in the wild. Faced with a striking loss of habitat and prey due to over-development of land and direct killing by...

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2010-07-21 12:50:00

A scientific petition filed with the federal government on Tuesday hopes to reunite tens of thousands of gray wolves within the woods of New England, the mountains of California, the Great Plains and the desert West. The animals were poisoned and trapped to near-extermination in the U.S. last century, but they have regained population in some of the most remote wilderness in the lower 48 states. That recovery came after the reintroduction of 66 wolves in Idaho and Yellowstone National...

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2010-07-02 13:40:00

Scientists in the UK have started to recruit 20,000 Labrador retrievers in order to participate in one of the first ever studies of its kind. The team hopes to find out how diet and exercise can influence a dog's susceptibility to illness. The pets' owners will be encouraged to keep the researchers updated through a web page with details of exercise routines and eating habits of their pets. Dylan Clements, from the Royal School of Veterinary Studies, told BBC News that the data gathered...

2010-06-25 08:35:00

State threatened species continues its ascent By Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist, Pennsylvania Game Commission HARRISBURG, Pa., June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The bald eagle's amazing recovery from the brink of extinction in this state continues at a heartwarming pace as America prepares to celebrate the birth of its independence, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. So far this year, 192 bald eagle nests - in 50 counties - have been recorded in...

2010-06-03 16:35:00

BREWSTER, N.Y., June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Green Chimneys knows firsthand the tragic consequences of an oil spill. For nearly 20 years, the non-profit organization has cared for an American bald eagle that had its wing amputated after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. That rescued eagle was the catalyst for "With Wings and a Prayer: Birds of Prey Day." The event, now in its 18th year, is being held Sunday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Green Chimneys campus in Brewster, NY....

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2010-05-04 08:23:07

An unprecedented study of bald eagle diet, from about 20,000 to 30,000 years ago to the present, will provide wildlife managers with unique information for reintroducing Bald Eagles to the Channel Islands off California. The scientists, including researchers from the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory, found that eagles fed mainly on seabirds from about 20,000 to 30,000 years ago to the 1840s and 50s, when humans introduced sheep. The seabirds provided an abundant source of carrion...

2010-04-23 13:03:00

PITTSBURGH, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Steeler Country is now home to the Eagles! No, not the cross-Commonwealth rival Philadelphia Eagles; a pair of American bald eagles. "While bald eagles are not an uncommon sight as they hunt for fish in the Three Rivers area of Pittsburgh, this is the first confirmed nesting pair of bald eagles in Allegheny County," said Gary Fujak, Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer for western Allegheny County. "The nest is in Crescent...

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2010-03-30 10:58:35

Acoustic analysis of the 'giggle' sound made by spotted hyenas has revealed that the animals' laughter encodes information about age, dominance and identity. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Ecology recorded the calls of 26 hyenas in captivity and found that variations in the giggles' pitch and timbre may help hyenas to establish social hierarchies. Fr©d©ric Theunissen, from the University of California at Berkeley, USA, and Nicolas Mathevon, from the...

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2010-03-18 07:20:00

Modern domestic canines, long thought to have been first domesticated in Asia or Europe, may actually trace their roots back to the Middle East, a team of scientists have discovered. The research, led by UCLA ecology and evolutionary biology professor Robert Wayne and published on March 17 in the online edition of Nature, found that dogs have more in common genetically with Middle Eastern gray wolves than any other canine species in the world. "Genome-wide analysis now directly suggests a...

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2010-02-24 09:40:00

A genetic study has found that small domestic dogs probably originated in the Middle East more than 12,000 years ago. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology traced the evolutionary history of the IGF1 gene, finding that the version of the gene that is a major determinant of small size probably originated as a result of the domestication of the Middle Eastern gray wolf. Melissa Gray and Robert Wayne, from the University of California, Los Angeles, led a team of researchers...


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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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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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