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Mountain lion study planned in Bitterroot Valley Montana

  HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Biologists with the University of Montana and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are starting a one-year study on mountain lions living in the east and west fork drainages of the Bitterroot River where a three-year elk study is also being conducted.   The Ravalli Republic reports (http://bit.ly/UU2Hgh) that biologists plan to use hollow biopsy darts to collect DNA samples from cougars treed by dogs. Biologists will also use DNA information collected from scat as well as DNA from mountain lions killed Read More

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Mountain lion photo confirmed in Dekalb MO

  The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed as authentic a photograph of a mountain lion in Dekalb County, MO.   This photograph, taken by a game trail camera on private land just north of Cameron, Mo., shows a mountain lion on the prowl just after 2 a.m. on December 12. Missouri Department of Conservation officials can't confirm or deny that there is a breeding population of the cats in Missouri, but it has become apparent that cats are dispersing into western parts of the state. The Missouri Department of Read More

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Lion Meat Is Off the Menu at Several Restaurants

  Looking for a little lion on rye? Some Simba dim sum? A hearty mane course? Sorry, Tarzan, but it's not a jungle out there, or anyway won't be for much longer. Outraged when she discovered that a multicultural fusion restaurant called Taste & See in Wichita, Kan., planned to serve African lion meat as part of an exotic game dinner, a New Jersey animal lover, Cheryl Semcer, has started a petition on Change.org ("The world's petition platform") demanding that the USDA ban the sale of lion meat in America. (Taste & See chef Jason Read More

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Leopard Cubs Reunited

Three Leopard Cubs Reunited with their Mother Dr. Ajay received a call at  2:30 PM that three leopard cubs had been found in a nearby sugarcane field.  Within an hour of  receiving the call, Dr. Ajay had arrived on the scene and evaluated what needed to be done.  After a thorough evaluation of the two males and one female he determined the 6 week old cubs to be in good health and that the next move should be to try and reunite them with their mother.  That night, after waiting in the dark for 3 hours, the mother arrived around midnight Read More

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Lion cub dies of pneumonia in Rajula

Lion cub dies of pneumonia in Rajula   TNN Dec 1, 2012, 11.11PM IST RAJKOT: The lion cub rescued from Fachariya village in Rajula taluka of Amreli district three days ago died of pneumonia on Friday morning. The sick cub, said to be 27 days old, had been found in the fields by a farmer on Tuesday. He was taken by forest officials to their range office in Rajula where a veterinary doctor was treating him. Officials said their attempts to reunite the cub with its mother proved futile as the latter was not ready to accept him.   http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-12-01/rajkot/35530096_1_lion-cub-taluka-of-amreli-district-pneumonia Read More

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The Pope Should Know Better Than to Pet Circus Cubs

Pope Benedict pats lion cub as circus makes unusual papal performance Nicole Winfield, Associated Press | Dec 1, 2012 1:39 PM ET More from Associated Press Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty ImagesPope Benedict XVI caresses a lion cub as thousands of participants in the "Pilgrimage to Rome" festival - circus professionals, carnival people, street artists, pavement artists, bands and folk groups - gather at the Vatican on Dec. 1, 2012. Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email Comments More VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict Read More

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Ancient lion statues found in Egypt

2000 Years Ago Lions Were King   Two lion statues dating back more than 2,000 years were found on the outskirts of a temple in the oasis of Fayoum, located 150 kilometers (93 miles) southwest of Cairo, the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry said Monday.   The statues, which show lions sitting, were discovered west of the Temple of Soknupayus, the god of the Dima al Seba area in Fayoum.   The limestone figures, which date back to the Ptolemaic period (332 B.C. to A.D. 30), are 1.6 meters (five feet) tall and nearly one meter Read More

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78 tiger deaths so far in 2012

2012 was a Bad Year for Tigers New Delhi: Even as India is striving hard to save big cats, a total of 78 tigers have died so far this year with over half of them victims to poaching, parliament was informed Tuesday. Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan told the Lok Sabha that of the 78 tigers, 50 were poached and 28 had died natural deaths. The number of tiger deaths was highest in the last three years with 56 dying in 2011 followed by 53 and 66 tiger deaths in 2010 and 2009 respectively. According to the 2010 tiger census, there are Read More

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Thailand Stalks Killer Tiger

Thailand hunts for killer tiger Terrified Thai villagers were on Tuesday hunting a tiger suspected of killing two people in less than a week after a woman was mauled to death in a rubber plantation near the site of an earlier attack. Fewer than 300 tigers remain in the wild in Thailand, according to wildlife group WWF Photo: Fr dy Mercay/WWF/PA 9:47AM GMT 04 Dec 2012   Pranee Mahasuk, 43, was slashed on the face and back in front of her husband as the pair tapped rubber shortly before midnight Read More
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