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Feeding often makes things worse, especially when done half-heartedly-
Expect predators to show up-

Perhaps millions of Americans feed the birds, squirrels, feral cats, much larger animals too, such as deer. All animals are interested in food and as a population they obviously know how to find it, or they would not exist. They […]

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Red-tailed’s kee-eeeee-arr is used to represent all raptors, and more-

“Cry like an eagle” . . . you can just imagine it as you read the phrase. It must be bold. Maybe it should be the title of a song or a novel. The Colbert Report doesn’t use a real eagle cry. It would be a […]

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Valuable wildlife reports can be downloaded by the public-

While it might seem — it might be true — that most politicians and many of the public get all their knowledge about Yellowstone from “urban” legends, interest groups, and lobbyists, there is a segment that read scientific reports and, especially the summaries of naturalist’s observations, […]

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Birds in city parks benefit as coyotes stalk cats. But, hey, it’s best for the cats too-

Feral and stray cats (free roaming cats) are known to take a huge toll on birds, and the number of these small predators is burgeoning. There are perhaps as many as 40-million in the US alone. The number […]

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Real wildlife takes island back after rats poisoned. Island renamed Hawadax Island

The brown rats showed up on this 9 by 3 mile Aleutian Island in 1780 on the wreck of a Japanese ship. It is one of 16 islands close by and also part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The national wildlife refuge contains […]

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by George Wuerthner

Introduction

Livestock production is a contributing factor in the decline of many western species, including birds (Wuerthner and Matteson 2002). This is not surprising given the amount of land utilized for animal agriculture, including public and private lands. Approximately 578 million out of 1.9 billion acres in the West are grassland pasture […]

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Research on scrub jays and anecdotal observations of other corvids shows a large reaction to a dead member of their species-

A study just out on “funerals” held by scrub jays has generated a lot […]

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Wildlife Services has high average non-lethal record for all animals, but not for large carnivores-

Lately there has been a lot of media critical of USDA-Wildlife Services; often called by its critics something like “the federal government’s wildlife killers.”  In an effort to mount a defense the Service has pointed out that 80% of its […]

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The American Bird Conservancy notes in a press release that a million birds may be dying each year after becoming trapped inside PVC pipes used to mark mining claims throughout the country, but mainly in the west.

Small birds apparently see the opening of PVC pipes used to mark mining claims as a hollow suitable […]

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Over my years of traipsing around public lands in the West I have come across hundreds of uncapped 3-foot tall PVC pipes sticking out of the ground. For a long time I didn’t know the purpose of the pipes but later came to understand that they were used as markers for mining claims. I’ve peered […]

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey