Lion Display at MGM to Permanently Close!
The MGM is permanently shutting down its lion display and cub petting. This is a wonderful win for the cats who won’t be bred for use as props and then discarded to the desert to be warehoused until they die.
Bobcat Rescue Continues
Today we got another call from the Park Rangers about a bobcat acting strange, not running from people and sitting out in the open by the creek acting oblivious to the people gathered around. Jamie, Chris and I raced to the scene and actually saw the bobcat out in the open, as described but down a steep embankment. I got some video, but no photos because we were all scrambling down the bank to encircle the cat. He appears to have mange or road rash or maybe he has been burned, but most of the fur is gone from his face and you can see the bones. He is in such bad shape and yet even though we got close enough to touch him, he just vanished right before our eyes into the thick tangle of thorny brush.
We spent all afternoon searching for him to no avail. We set 3 live traps for him and hid them from view so that if we do catch him he won’t be exposed to evil doers. Jamie and Justin will be checking the traps tonight and searching the trail with an infrared monocular. The Park Rangers said they will start checking the traps regularly beginning at 7:30 am and will call us if he is caught.
This may be the same bobcat who was reported by on Dec 10: http://bigcatrescue.org/2011/today-at-big-cat-rescue-dec-10-event-for-big-cat-rescue
Wall Street Journal Covers Tiger Trade Issue
Mark O’Donnell Targets Tiger Bone Trade
BY HEATHER HADDON
PLAINFIELD—From the comforts of a 100-year-old Georgian Colonial he shares here with former Gov. James McGreevey, his partner, Mark O’Donnell has become the unlikely champion of legislation that could give New Jersey some of the nation’s toughest anti-tiger trafficking laws.
Mr. O’Donnell, a resolutely private man who normally lets his partner have the spotlight, is the quiet inspiration behind a bill requiring facilities housing the state’s 24 known tigers to submit DNA from the animals, install microchips in their fur and properly dispose of their bodies after death.
Mr. O’Donnell helped write the legislation with animal rights groups, testified before … You have to subscribe to the WSJ to get the rest here:
Humane Society International
Dear Big Cat Rescue,
In the weeks and months following the devastating earthquake in Japan last March, we helped reunite thousands of beloved pets with their families. In September, we rescued more than 500 dogs who had spent their entire lives in misery — producing puppies at the largest commercial dog breeding operation in Canada. I’m so pleased to tell you they’re now in loving homes of their own.
And I’m very grateful to you for making their happy endings possible! Your unwavering support of Humane Society International allowed us to help these animals — and so many others around the world — in 2011.
Today, I want to share some sweet victories for animals that you helped make happen. Please watch the video, and then make a special tax-deductible gift to help us continue saving animals from neglect and cruelty everywhere.
Here are other ways your support made a huge impact:
- You helped us negotiate the largest-ever reduction in animal testing and uptake of humane alternatives as part of European pesticide legislation.
- You helped ban the starvation of hens in India to force them into laying more eggs.
- You helped us significantly advance legislation to stop shark finning in the United States, European Union, Taiwan and Latin America.
With your support, this life-saving work will continue around the world to address these and others issues in 2012, including:
- Stop the hunting of polar bears for their heads and hides.
- Campaign in Mexico to end the use of gestation crates used to confine pregnant pigs.
- Expand our street dog welfare program, and so much more!
Please end this year by making a special tax-deductible donation today to HSI and help animals around the world. We’re grateful for your support, and we wish you all the best for a happy new year!
Andrew Rowan, President & CEO, Humane Society International
22 Year Old Lion Dies
One of the oldest lions in captivity has died. Wednesday The Potter Park Zoo announced the death of Amboseli, a 22- year-old female African Lion.
“Amboseli had so much personality and touched everyone here at the zoo in some way,” says Dr. Tara Harrison, veterinarian at Potter Park Zoo.
Amboseli came to the zoo in 1989 from Gladys Porter Zoo when she was five months old.
In December 2006 Amboseli suffered from a uterine fibroid tumor and had an emergency spay. Because of the treatment she was able to live a long life.
Potter Park Zoo recently received two other female lions, Saida and Ulana from Pueblo Zoo in Colorado, as part of a transfer recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan.
Mountain Lion Killed After Being Caught in Bobcat Trap
This Sort of Trapping Should Be Illegal
A mountain lion accidentally caught in a bobcat trap in Dawes County was euthanized Monday.
A conservation officer determined the mountain lion was pulling out the stakes that anchor the trap and would not survive if it escaped with the trap and stakes attached, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said in a news release.
The trap had been set legally, and the trapper called Game and Parks immediately upon discovering the mountain lion, as required by the agency’s policy.
The mountain lion was a 120-pound adult female. Tracks of two nearly adult-sized mountain lions were found in the area after the female was euthanized.
The young mountain lions are likely the female’s offspring and were determined to be large enough to survive on their own, said Sam Wilson, Game and Parks’ carnivore program manager.
“This is an unfortunate situation,” he said. “We had hoped to be able to tranquilize and release any mountain lion that was accidentally trapped if it could be done safely and was not injured. With this animal in the process of pulling the stakes, a decision needed to be made immediately.”
Read more: https://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/unintentionally-trapped-mountain-lion-euthanized/article_f44e0a42-5093-5fd7-be58-adeab6801073.html#ixzz1hspnoq8L
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