Now at Big Cat Rescue Jan 10 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue Jan 10 2014

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OldestCatFossilBig Cat Missing Link

 

A fossil recently found in the Zanda Basin in Tibet included remains of Pantera blytheae, a new species of big cat that is most closely related to the modern day snow leopard.

The skull of P. blytheae is the oldest big cat fossil found to date, and fills a significant gap in the fossil record. It indicates that ancient big cats lived nearly 6 million years ago, 2 million years earlier than previously thought, and sheds light on their geographic origins in Asia.

Read more:

http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/smithsonian-scientist-confirms-missing-link-big-cat-evolution

 

Illegal Maiming and Killing of Bobcats and Mountain Lions

 

A Mesa County outfitter and his assistant guide were indicted Tuesday on allegations that they conspired to lead clients on illegal hunts in Western Colorado and Utah between 2007 and 2010, state and federal officials announced.

 

Christopher W. Loncarich, 55, of Mack, and Nicholaus J. Rodgers, 30, of Medford, Ore., were hit with a 17-count indictment related to their alleged practice of illegally capturing and maiming mountain lions and bobcats in order to make hunting the cats easier for their clients, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in a Wednesday news release.

 

The men are charged with conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act, interstate felony transportation and sale of unlawfully taken wildlife, and felony creation of false records concerning wildlife that was sold in interstate commerce.

 

Runway Reversal

 

 

Kind of creepy, but so is killing animals for their fur.

Today at Big Cat Rescue Dec 24 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Dec 24 2013

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Christmas Eve at Big Cat Rescue

 

 

Amur Leopard Video

 

 

This made my day!

 

Office Makeovers at Big Cat Rescue

 

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Chelsea’s new office

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Gale’s new office

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Jeff and Tigger’s office

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Willow’s new office

When the floor began to give way in our office trailer, Scott Haller had to rip out the floors and start from scratch.  He found a wood floor product that is cheaper than vinyl and looks a lot nicer, so all of the offices and main conferencing areas and kitchen have new floors.  That inspired a lot of redecorating and spring cleaning and the images above are the results.

 

Bobcat Kitten Call!

 

Because we never want a bobcat to suffer needlessly, my phone number is easily accessible to anyone and everyone who thinks they have seen a Florida Panther or a Bobcat.  That means I am awakened at all hours of the day and night to take these calls.  This one woke me up yesterday morning; but thankfully they had photos to send, so I didn’t have to drive hours to find out if it was truly an orphaned bobcat kitten.

 

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Probably not a bobcat, but check the next photo

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Probably not a bobcat, but check the next photo

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Probably not a bobcat, but check the next photo

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Definitely not a bobcat, so I sent the caller the following image with an explanation of how to tell a bobcat from a domestic cat kitten.  ie:  Note the short tail and look for white patches on the backs of the ears.

 

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How amazing that we have such tools at our disposal that a person can trap a feral cat, text me a photo and I can text them right back with an image snagged from the Internet to demonstrate what to look for?  It’s easy to see why they make have thought these kittens were bobcats, because the spotting looks just like a bobcat.

 

Today at Big Cat Rescue Dec 24 2013

 

 

Today at Big Cat Rescue Oct 21 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Oct 21 2013

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Big Cat Walkabout Oct 2013

 

 

Come along with Carole Baskin as I show you our recently completed Kitten Cabana for foster kittens, see Vern, Chuck and Scott talk about finishing the Vacation Rotation “curtain” that makes the 2.5 enclosure cat safe for just about any species of exotic cat.

See Babbs planting some beautiful plants around the property with volunteers.

Watch Gale lead a project building a rehab cage for Fencer along w/ interns and volunteers. See Jen doing enrichment with some of the volunteers and a lot of the cats.

Then walk around to visit with Bobcats: Angelica, Angie, Lil White Dove, Little Dove, Levi, Precious, Mary Ann, Thurston, Lovey, Tommie Girl, Moses, Bailey, Andi, Sierra, Cherokee. Leopards: Cheetaro, Jade, Armani, Jumanji, Simba and Nyla. Canada Lynx: Gilligan. Siberian Lynx: Natasha. Caracal: Rusty. Hybrids: JoJo and King Tut. Geoffroy Cat: Nico takes a long bath. Ocelots: Amazing Grace and Nirvana. Tigers: Zabu and TJ. Cougars: Cody, Tobi and Aspen Echo. Lion: Cameron. Sand Cat: Canyon. Servals: Ginger, Nala, Frosty, Kalihari, Zouletta and Zimba… and a whole lot more.

 

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Animal Lovers Dream Vacation Winners Amy and Mario Godwin

Today at Big Cat Rescue Oct 15 2013

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South Dakota Sets its 2014 Lion Hunting Quotas

 

Despite arguments by conservationists that South Dakota’s local mountain population was struggling from years of over hunting, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission set the 2014 lion hunting quota Thursday at 50 females or 75 total lions for the Black Hills hunting region.  More here:

http://www.mountainlion.org/newsstory.asp?news_id=1464

 

Tomorrow is National Feral Cat Day

Tomorrow’s the big day! How are you going to celebrate National Feral Cat Day®?

With more than 400 events registered nationwide—and with our focus on partnering with shelters to save more cats’ lives—this will be the best National Feral Cat Day® in history. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of it!

Here are a few ideas of how you can help build safe communities for cats tomorrow:

However you decide to improve the lives of cats tomorrow, be sure to let us and the entire National Feral Cat Day® community know about it. Post about it on Twitter using the hashtag #NFCD2013 and tag us in your Facebook posts. We’ll share some of our favorites!

Sincerely,

Alley Cat Allies

 

Tramadol Found Naturally in Plant

 

A team of researchers led by Michel De Waard, INSERM Research Director at the Grenoble Institute of Neurosciences (INSERM, Univ. Joseph Fourier, CNRS), has discovered that an African medicinal plant produces large quantities of molecules with analgesic properties.

 

Even more surprising, analysis show that the molecule is identical to Tramadol, a wholly synthetic medication that is used world-wide as a painkiller. According to the research team, this is the first time ever that a synthetic medication produced by the pharmaceutical industry has been discovered in strong concentrations in a natural source. This unexpected discovery had just been published in the chemical journal Angewandte Chemie.  Read more:

 

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/09/synthetic-drug-found-naturally-plant

Cat Chat 22

Cat Chat 22

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Carole Baskin Discusses Some Recent Rescues

 

Get the audio version of Cat Chat 22 here.

See previous episodes of Cat Chat

Here are 2 of the videos that played in Cat Chat 22

 

Fencer Bobcat Rescue

 

 

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bigcathospital

 

Reise Cougar Rescue Slideshow

 

 

This folder of images will be updated as they come in from the Big Cat Rescue team.  Read Reise’ s story here.  More about where Reise came from in JoJo’s story here.

 

The Humane Society Speaks Out Against Cubs and Props

 

Wild Animals Are Not Stuffed Toys

Across the country, the public can pet, feed, pose, and play with tiger, bear, and lion cubs, as well as other wild animals for a fee. These baby animals are bred and used for just a few months for photo ops and play time, and then discarded. This vicious cycle fuels the exotic pet trade, puts animals at risk, endangers the public, and creates a burden for both law enforcement and nonprofit sanctuaries when these cast-off cubs become adults and are too large and unpredictable to handle.

In response to a legal petition from The HSUS and other animal protection and conservation organizations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is requesting comments on whether to prohibit public handling of dangerous wild animals.

Please urge the USDA to prohibit this cruel and dangerous practice»
Wayne Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO

 

Define Pet Store

 

USDA has changed the Animal Welfare Act regulations by revising its definition of retail pet store in order to keep pace with the modern marketplace and to ensure that animals sold via the Internet or other non-traditional methods receive humane care and treatment.

 

In an effort to provide all pertinent information in one location, USDA Animal Care has created a special web page. On this page, we will post all related materials and updates. We encourage you to please visit the page and read through the posted materials in order to: 1) gain a better understanding of this regulation change; 2) learn the reasons that prompted the change; and 3) see if you need a USDA license or if you are exempt from licensing.

 

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/retail_pet_stores.shtml

 

Today at Big Cat Rescue Sept 7 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Sept 7 2013

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Great News for Mountain Lions

NO MORE UNNECESSARY KILLINGS!

Thanks to all of you, landmark lion protection legislation became reality today when California Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 132.

This is a first of its kind piece of legislation built on decades of scientific knowledge to define exactly what “imminent threat to public health and safety” means in regards to mountain lions.  It requires the use of nonlethal procedures for dealing with those lions that come into contact with humans, yet do not meet the threshold of imminent threat.

SB 132 also gives the California Department of Fish and Wildlife the authority to partner with qualified individuals and NGOs to assist them in carrying out these new duties.Photo of lion kitten playing with feather.

Learn more about SB 132

This victory belongs to all of you that contacted your legislator or the Governor.  We appreciate your help!

Now to save other lions…

The Mountain Lion Foundation follows cougar and wildlife news each week. For a complete library of the most pertinent news articles, visit the Mountain Lion Foundation Newsroom.

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Mountain Lion Cubs

Cougar Cubs Reunited

Cougar Cubs Reunited