Saturday, October 27, 2007

Police Kill Bobcat in Summerlin Neighborhood

Police Kill Bobcat in Summerlin Neighborhood


Oct 27, 2007 12:58 AM EDT


As the areas around Las Vegas continue to spread out into the desert, more and more wildlife is finding its way into neighborhoods. This week three bobcats had to be removed from homes and an elementary school.


Eyewitness News talked with neighbors who say they're glad the danger is gone but wished it would have ended differently.


The bobcat roamed a Summerlin neighborhood for about four hours Friday jumping in and out of people's backyards. Many were happy when Metro came to remove the animal, but their relief was quickly quieted by three gunshots.


It was like any neighborhood crime scene, only this time the line between victim and murder was blurred.


Jeff Wilson, a neighbor, said, "It ripped open their bird cages and killed their birds, so at that point I figured that it was a dangerous, or hungry animal."


"I'm just surprised that I see a bobcat around here," said Sam Melendez, who also lives in the neighborhood.


Walking along a fence, the cat seemed to be searching backyards prompting people to grab their pets and their young children.


Jeff continued, "It was about 15 feet from her when I had seen it and I was thinking wow that is a really big house cat until I saw the bob tail."


When police arrived the cat had gone into a backyard where the owner says it was hiding in a bush.


Sam added, "He must have been pretty hungry to come down from the hills."


Melendez stayed inside with his small dog, as officers surround the bobcat. "Cornered the bobcat over there and they shot him, I heard three times," he said.


The neighborhood was happy the threat was over but they never expected their call for help would end the cat's life.


"It was kind of sad to see it but I kind of wish they would have relocated it. But that is how it goes. It's better, I guess, than it killing someone's dog or hurting a child," Wilson said.


Neighbors say the cat seemed to only be looking for food and just went after the three small birds.


In the two previous cases of bobcat sightings, the cats were either never caught only tazed.


By:  Amanda Hernandez

Friday, October 26, 2007

New Population Of Iberian Lynx Raises Hope For Species' Survival

Spanish authorities have announced they have discovered a previously unknown population of Iberian lynx, triggering hope for one of the world's most endangered cat species, said World Wildlife Fund.

"We are excited and amazed by this discovery," said Luis Suarez, head of WWF's Species Program in Spain. "However, we are a long way from saving the Iberian lynx from imminent extinction."

It appears that the new population was discovered in previously unsurveyed estates in Castilla - La Mancha (Central Spain). This Iberian community is one of the most sparsely populated of Spain's autonomous communities.

At present, the exact numbers and location of the newly discovered population are being kept confidential, but the population is thought to be made up of both adults and cubs.

Until the exact location is known, conservationists cannot confirm if this population is genetically distinct from the larger and more stable population of lynx found in Andujar (South).

According to the most recent comprehensive survey prior to this discovery, there were about 100 adult Iberian lynx in two isolated breeding populations in southern Spain. The population is thought to have since risen to some 110 adults.

The Iberian Lynx faces myriad threats - a lack of prey, accidental deaths from cars and trucks on Spanish roads, and new construction work destroying habitats.

WWF is calling for all Lynx habitat to be covered by the EU's Natura 2000 Program, which offers the strongest level of protection in Europe, something that still hasn't happened despite years of petition.

"We hope this discovery reinvigorates action in Spain to save the world's most endangered cat species. If Europe cannot take responsibility for Europe's 'tiger', then shame on us all," Suarez added.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Indian wildlife park loses 32 rare Asiatic lions

Indian wildlife park loses 32 rare Asiatic lions

NEW DELHI (AFP) — A total of 32 rare lions have died at a national park this year, the Wildlife Protection Society of India said Friday.

The society said five lions had recently been electrocuted, adding to a long list of deaths this year at Gir National Park in western Gujarat state.

"The Asiatic lion is one of the most critically endangered species on this planet and this added twist of so many lions being killed by electrocution... is a catastrophe", said Belinda Wright, the society's executive director.

"Preliminary information suggests that the three lionesses and two cubs were electrocuted by a crop protection fence put up by a farmer near Dhari, Amreli district, in an area adjoining Gir National Park," she said in a statement.

"This new tragedy brings the number of Gir lions that have died this year to a staggering total of 32 lions."

The society listed eight lions killed by poaching, six electrocuted, five fallen into wells, one hit by a vehicle and 12 others found dead.

The Wildlife Protection Society of India is already working closely with the enforcement authorities to curb the killing of lions by professional poachers, the society said.

The number of Asiatic lions plummeted from around 1,000 a century ago to just 20 in 1913 but the creation of the Gir sanctuary after India's independence from British colonial rule in 1947 helped revive the population.

The 1,400-square-kilometre (560-square-mile) sanctuary -- the world's only natural habitat for the lions -- was home to more than 350 lions when the latest census was carried out in 2005.

Poachers hunt in Gir for pelt, claws and body parts, which have ready markets outside India.

Monday, October 08, 2007

IA Bobcat study

See any bobcats? Call bobcat hotline




October 7, 2007


Iowa Department of Natural Resources researchers are asking trappers for assistance in a continuing study on bobcats in south-central Iowa.


A presentation on the study will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Pin Oak Lodge, Lucas County Conservation Headquarters, Chariton.


This is the final year of a five-year study that tracks bobcat movements using radio collars.


Research covers Decatur, Wayne, Appanoose, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Warren and Marion counties. While the emphasis is on incidental trapping of live bobcats, the department would like dead bobcats as well.


Dead bobcats provide information on such things as genetics, reproduction, age structure and diet analysis.


Gosselink said trappers who have a live bobcat should call him immediately and not attempt to release the bobcat. The 24-hour bobcat hotline is (641) 203-2218.


Officials also are asking the public to report bobcat sightings throughout the state by calling the bobcat hotline.