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Bobcats caught on camera running amok in Utah neighborhoods

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A family of bobcats was spotted roaming through Salt Lake City and Millcreek in Utah in broad daylight this week, a rarity for the animals.

“For them to be seen in a neighborhood — full daylight, in kind of an urban area — is a little bit more unusual,” Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) spokesperson Faith Heaton Jolley told Fox 13.

The stunning video showed a mother bobcat and her cubs scampering through backyards.

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Jolley told the station that the bobcat population has declined this year due to what biologists believe to be a decrease in the number of rabbits, a frequent source of food.

“The theory is, when they [bobcats] do come into urban areas, they’re typically just looking for other food sources,” she said.

Although the neighborhoods have seen other wildlife activity, including deer, quail, snakes and even hawks, bobcats have been a rarity. The DWR warned the cats are “cute but wild!”

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“One of our biologists has speculated, maybe the mother was trying to teach her kittens to hunt,” Jolley said. “We’re kind of speculating that it’s the same family of bobcats traveling through.”

The DWR warned people living in the area to “bring your pets in at night and watch the bobcats from a distance,” to avoid danger.

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Wildlife committee votes to protect giraffes as endangered species for the first time

National representatives at an international wildlife conference in Geneva voted Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and protests from some sub-Saharan African countries.

The vote by signatories of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at the World Wildlife Conference paves the way for the measure’s likely approval by its plenary next week.

The plan would regulate the global trade in giraffe parts — including hides, bone carvings, and meat — but stopped short of a full ban. It passed 106-21 with seven abstentions.

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Giraffes in Kriger National Park, South Africa. A wildlife panel moved to protect giraffes as an endangered species Thursday. (AP, File)

The Wildlife Conservation Society said it was concerned about threats including drought, illegal killings, and trade in giraffe body parts, that have triggered a population decline. A key African conservationist said more protection could help reverse that trend, as the move would help track numbers of giraffes.

“The giraffe [population] has experienced over 40 percent decline in the last 30 years, said Maina Philip Muruthi of the African Wildlife Foundation. “If that trend continues, it means that we are headed toward extinction.”

But not all African countries were on board.

“We see no reason as to why we should support this decision, because Tanzania has a stable and increasing population of giraffes,” said Maurus Msuha, director of wildlife at the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. “Over 50 percent of our giraffe population is within the Serengeti ecosystem, which is well protected. Why should we then go for this?”

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The meeting in Geneva came after the Trump administration announced earlier this month plans to roll back parts of the U.S. Endangered Species Act — a landmark law which protects hundreds of species of animals and plants, including the bald eagle.

Many Republicans have argued the law has been too broad.

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As part of the planned changes, officials would be able to publicly attach a cost to saving an animal or plant for the first time, and blanket protections for creatures newly listed as threatened would be removed.

On Wednesday, more than half a dozen environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to stop the changes.

Fox News Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mountain lion bites Colorado boy, 8, on head, injuries ‘serious,’ wildlife officials say

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An eight-year-old boy in Colorado suffered “serious” injuries Wednesday night after a mountain lion bit him on the head in his backyard, officials said.

The unnamed boy was playing with his brother on a trampoline around 7:30 p.m. at their home in Bailey, about 47 miles southwest of Denver, when the boy ran to a neighboring house to visit a friend, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) said in a statement Thursday. As the boy ran across the yard, a mountain lion attacked and pinned the boy to the ground.

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“The kid was running and it probably triggered the lion’s natural response to a prey animal running,” Area Wildlife Manager Mark Lamb said. “We all hope that the child will be all right and you just hate to see this occur.”

The boy’s brother ran into the house to alert their father, who ran outside and scared the mountain lion away, officials said. The boy was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries. He remained in the hospital overnight.

The mountain lion was described as “of smaller size,” officials said. It was unclear whether it was male or female.

CPW workers said they set up a cage trap for the animal and searched the area for about two hours with a team of dogs but were unable to track the mountain lion. The pursuit was expected to continue Thursday.

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Any wildlife that attacks a human must be put down for the public’s safety, according to wildlife policy in the state.

There have been three mountain lion attacks on humans this year, CPW said. Since 1990, there have been 22 attacks, with three of them resulting in deaths.

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Humans played major role in driving cave bear to extinction, study says

Humans played a much bigger role than previously thought in driving the cave bear to extinction, according to new evidence revealed last week.

The enormous bears, which typically lived in Asia and Europe, were driven from caves by human hunters thousands of years ago and put on the road to extinction, the researchers found.

“We see this dramatic drop in the population of the cave bear starting from 40,000 years ago, which coincides with the arrival of anatomically modern humans in Europe,” University of Zurich Professor Verena Schuenemann, who led the study, told BBC News.

In order to complete their work, the scientists analyzed mitochondrial DNA extracted from cave bear bones that were collected across several European countries.

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The cave bear also faced shrinking food resources and the start of the last Ice Age. (Getty Images)

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The bears, which completely died out about 24,000 years ago, also faced shrinking food resources and the start of the last Ice Age.

“It is the clearest evidence we have so far that humans might have played a big role in the extinction of the cave bear,” Schuenemann added.

Despite the findings, the debate over what exactly led to the cave bear’s extinction – human activity, the changing environment or some combination of both – will continue.

The study was published in Scientific Reports.

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Colorado bear breaks into home, escapes through wall like ‘Kool-Aid Man,’ police say

A bear broke into a Colorado home Friday and escaped a responding police officer by crashing through a wall “like the ‘Kool-Aid Man,’” investigators said.

The scent of trash likely attracted the bear to the home in Estes Park, police wrote on Facebook. It wasn’t clear how the animal broke into the house.

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When an officer arrived, the bear “forcibly breached a hole in the wall like the ‘Kool-Aid Man’” before escaping, police said.

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A bear busted through the wall of a home “like the ‘Kool-Aid Man'” to evade police capture, the department said. (Estes Park Police Department)

There were no reported injuries, Fox 31 Denver reported.

Police quoted a warning from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) that cautioned residents to make sure all windows and doors to houses and cars are locked to help prevent bear break-ins and keep both humans and bears safe.

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CPW officials said bears entered over 35 vehicles and nine homes in the Estes Park area, northwest of Denver, in the 10 days before Aug. 3.

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Some vehicles contained no “attractants,” which showed that certain bears have become so used to finding food in vehicles that they were going from car to car even if they neither saw nor smelled food, officials said.

Habituated bears that overcome their wariness of humans have been a threat to human safety and often must be killed, according to the CPW.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bear bites sleeping 13-year-old at Utah campground, officials say

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A 13-year-old child sleeping in a Utah campground was bitten on the face by a bear Friday morning, officials said.

The boy was at the Dewey Bridge Campground in Grand County, located along the Colorado River, when the bear bit him, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The bear bit him on his right cheek and ear, and he was transported to a hospital for treatment.

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Following the encounter, wildlife officials said they were working alongside the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services department to find the bear and ultimately euthanize it.

Investigators said they’re “using dogs and traps in an effort to capture the bear” — whose tracks were spotted in the sand along the river. Officials said that since the bear bit a human, it will have to euthanize the animal once it’s found.

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The camping area was closed Friday after the boy was bitten.

Wildlife officials warn that campers and hikers refrain from being “sloppy” as it’ll endanger humans in the area. Bears “often live in the same places we camp, hike and build our houses,” and if a bear finds food in one site, it’ll most likely return and possibly become aggressive in the future.

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‘Vandal’ bear wrecks car after getting locked inside

Who’s been sitting in my car?

A bear in Colorado has devastated the interior of a car after getting locked inside, according to local police.

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The bear wrecked the car’s interior after getting locked inside. (Snowmass Village Police Department)

Snowmass Village Police Department posted images of the wrecked car to Facebook on Monday.

“Have you ever wondered what happens when a bear breaks into a car? Here you go …. lock your doors, secure your windows,” officers wrote. “This bear got in through an unlocked door, then the door closed behind him/her. Insurance doesn’t usually cover this.”

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The post sparked plenty of debate about whether the damage would actually be covered by insurance. “Full coverage insurance is required to cover this, it’s the same type of damage from your local neighborhood vandals,” wrote one commenter.

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The bear got into the car through an unlocked door, according to local police.

“It’s happened many times here in Steamboat,” wrote another commenter.

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“And you can never get the smell out!” one person added.

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Police say that the bear somehow closed the car’s door behind them. (Snowmass Village Police Department)

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A Colorado resident recently shot and killed a mother bear accompanied by her three cubs out of fear that the sow was attempting to enter the woman’s home.

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Adorable orphaned baby koala gets arm cast after falling from tree

Aww.

Let’s try that again — Awwwwww.

Pictures have surfaced of a baby koala wearing a wee little arm cast after the mini marsupial fell out of a tree in Melbourne, Australia.

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Credit: Werribee Open Range Zoo

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The baby koala was also orphaned after her mother was euthanized. She was later placed in the care of handlers at Werribee Open Range Zoo, according to Metro.

According to National Geographic, female koalas carry their offspring inside their pouches for up to six months, but because of the unfortunate circumstances, this female joey, at 150 days old and weighing less than 500 grams, does not have that privilege.

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Veterinarian nurse Jess Rice said that when an animal carer brought the baby koala to them, “It was really touch and go” at first, adding that the marsupial was at the stage where she would have just started to bring her head out of her mother’s pouch. “Joeys that size don’t have a good survival rate in care,” Rice said in a press release obtained by Fox News.

After they X-rayed her and realized the arm was broken, the koala was fitted with a cast, “not much thicker than a finger,” and given round-the-clock care.

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The baby koala was also fed with a marsupial milk replacer and Rice introduced her a temporary surrogate mother, a stuffed toy.

“Bonding and company is really important to a joey of that age,” Rice added in the release. “Koala joeys are often given toys to provide comfort and teach them how to hang off the fur like they would with their mother.”

The joey has now started to put on weight and was released to a specialist wildlife carer after gaining the requisite strength. However, it will be some time, more than a year, before the koala is released into the wild, Rice said.

“It will be more than a year before she’s old enough to be released into the wild, so she needs to be with a carer with the resources to take care of her for that long. Koalas are just one of the native animals we have to be so careful to take care of in Victoria and that we have the privilege of helping at Werribee Open Range Zoo.”

Population in decline

According to experts, koala bears are “functionally extinct,” as there are not enough breeding adults left to support another generation. Estimates differ, but a recent study from the Australian Koala Foundation said that there are only 80,000 koalas left in the wild.

The species has been ravaged by climate change, deforestation and chlamydia. Koalas are on the IUCN’s “Red List,” indicating a “vulnerable” state.

Not all hope is lost, however. According to a recent study published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, scientists believe they have found the last chlamydia-free koalas, which could help the species’ population figures.

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California photographer snaps sea lion ‘trapped’ in humpback whale’s mouth: ‘The true Jonah experience’

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A wildlife photographer in California recently snapped a photo of the moment a humpback whale surfaced and appeared to gobble up an unsuspecting sea lion in its mouth.

Chase Dekker, who works for whale-watching company Sanctuary Cruises, wrote he was in Monterrey Bay when he spotted a pod of humpbacks “lunge feeding” on a school of anchovies. However, a sea lion failed to move out of the leviathan’s way as it engulfed the fish and became “trapped” in its mouth.

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“As soon as I saw this photograph, I knew it may be one of the rarest shots I’ve ever taken,” Dekker told National Geographic. “Not the most beautiful, not the most artistic, but probably something I would never see again.”

When lunge feeding, whales charge toward food and sweep up a large mouthful. The mammals then filter their food through comb-like structures in their mouths called baleen, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Small seabirds have been at the receiving end of most recorded close calls, with experts telling National Geographic that it’s remarkably rare for larger species like sea lions to have what Dekker calls the “Jonah Experience.”

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Despite the sea lion’s perceived peril in the photo, wildlife experts told the outlet that the sea lion wasn’t in any danger and most likely swam away when onlookers lost view of the whale’s mouth.

“At some point the sea lion escaped and the whale seemed fine too as it continued to feed, but it must have been a strange experience for both parties,” Dekker wrote.

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Dekker followed up a day later with another photo, describing the scene of 5 humpbacks lunge feeding in close quarters with around 300 sea lions. But this time no sea lions got in the way, he wrote.

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Some whales ‘whisper’ to their calves to evade predators

Along with dolphins, whales are widely considered the smartest mammals in the sea, having developed brains and behavior that suggest intelligence and sophistication rarely seen in nature.

But a new study theorizes that some species of whales have taken that intellect to a new level — by “whispering.”

The research, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, suggests that female southern right whales “whisper” to their calves to avoid being overheard by killer whales.

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A female North Atlantic right whale with her calf. (Credit: Public Domain)

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Researchers used multisensor tags on nine lactating whales for approximately 63 hours in a Western Australian breeding ground, using SoundTrap to estimate the acoustic background noise and were astonished by what they heard  — or barely heard.

“It was difficult to assign the calls to either the calf or the mom, because they are so close to each other,” the study’s lead author, Mia Nielsen, said in a statement. Even though southern right whales calves are between 16 and 26 feet long (5 and 8 meters), they are vulnerable to attack, placing an importance on keeping a low profile when predators are near.

Whale calls are usually audible for miles, but the moos and grunts of the female southern right whales were barely audible over the pounding waves, often at very low decibel levels and less frequent then usual.

Nielsen, who said that one of the initial challenges was understanding the whales in the area, noted that these mammals are “very physical with each other,” including actions such as the calf rubbing up against the mother. This made it difficult for the tags to stay attached to the calves for longer than 40 minutes.

“We conclude that such acoustic crypsis in southern right whales and other baleen whales decreases the risk of alerting potential predators and hence jeopardizing a substantial energetic investment by the mother,” the study’s abstract states.

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