September 26, 2012
Gray wolf

Gray wolf     Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region/Flickr

Wolf Pack Receives 'Death Sentence'

For killing cattle

Washington state's Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued a "death sentence" for an eight-strong pack of gray wolves believed to be behind attacks on livestock. The agency has sent two sharpshooters to eliminate the Wedge Pack, which officials say are responsible for injuring or killing at least 15 cattle. Mitch Friedman of wolf-tracking group Conservation Northwest agreed that the pack should be destroyed, but blamed the cattle's owner Bill McIrvine for not doing enough to protect his herd. McIrvine, who declined to participate in a range riding program supported by other local ranchers, said in July that he believes environmentalists are conspiring to reintroduce wolves to the area to drive ranchers off public lands.




Fukushima reactor #3 in meltdown     Photo: daveeza/Flickr

Study: 23 Nuclear Power Plants in Danger

From tsunamis

Twenty-three nuclear plants around the world could be at risk in the case of a tsunami, according to a paper published in the journal Natural Hazards. Researchers from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology said that the 23 plants, which house a total of 74 active reactors, are located mostly in east and southeast Asia. "We are dealing with the first vision of the global distribution of civil nuclear power plants situated on the coast and exposed to tsunamis," said co-author José Manuel Rodríguez-Llanes. The study points to Japan's Fukushima Daiichi, which suffered major damage in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, as an example of the danger of putting nuclear power plants in tsunami danger zones.

Via Homeland Security News Wire


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Company Runs Alligator Pool Parties

Yes, this is real

If trampolines are no longer a safe source of enjoyment, how will our children continue to have fun? They will swim with alligators, that’s how. For $175, Bob Barrett, who runs the Madeira, Florida-based company Alligator Attractions, will bring an alligator to your kid’s next pool party—and he’ll put it in your pool, with your children, and let them all swim around together like human-gator water-fraternization is totally normal. "If you're nine, 10 or 11 years old, you've already had the 'jumparoo' house, the bounce house, you've had the pizza party, you've had the clown party," said Barrett. "You get to have a pool party with a gator. It's a very popular party." Barrett tapes the mouths of his gators shut, and, he maintains, this is completely safe because the muscles alligators use to open their mouths are extremely weak. “It appears as though this gentleman has a permit to exhibit,” said a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comission, “so it doesn’t look like it’s anything illegal.”

Via Daily News


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Indian Tiger Poached Inside Zoo

Black market demand for tiger parts leads to tragedy

The world’s dwindling tiger population dipped again this week after a group of poachers in India penetrated a high-security zoo enclosure and hacked a tiger to death. The poachers entered while the guards were out to dinner, tranquilized the animal, and began dismembering the tiger in hopes of selling its body parts on the black market. The guards returned in time to stop the grisly procedure but were unable to apprehend the poachers. According to officials, this is not the first time poachers have attempted to penetrate the zoo, citing a 2006 incident where a leopard and three tigers were mysteriously poisoned, one of them fatally. Police are continuing their search for the suspects.

Via BBC News