Monday, 15 September 2014

NEWSLINK: Call for greater protection of endangered lynx in the US

New rules reduce rare wild cat’s critical habitat despite extending legal protection in 48 states, conservationists say

theguardian.com, Friday 12 September 2014 11.48 BST

The US federal government will extend protection to all imperilled Canada lynx in the lower 48 states, but wildlife advocates said on Thursday it was ignoring important parts of the rare cats’ range and vowed to challenge the move in court.

Thickly furred lynx roam through high country from Maine to Washington and south through the Rocky Mountains. They are classified as threatened in the lower 48 states under the Endangered Species Act.

Amid calls from conservation groups for greater protections, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said in a rule to be published on Friday that it was extending the act’s protection to all lynx “where found” in the contiguous United States. The law broadly bans killing or injuring imperiled animals without a special permit.

Saber-toothed cat struts down Wilshire, and comes home to the Tar Pits!

This video is just a bit  of fun,know not real but hay maybe one day.

NEWSLINK-LION CUBS PLAYING

Picture is of three lion cubs ,born July 1st  2014 playing at the zoo in Hannover,Germany.

NEWSLINK-TIGER ENJOYS A COFFEE BREAK

Banda a Sumatran tiger is seen here enjoying playing with a bag of coffee bean husks.This was a donation from the Costa Rica plantation company Torquay along with hessian bags given to Paigton Zoo.This gives tigers and other animals in the zoo a mental and physical stimulation.

VIDEO: Lions Documentary Deep Inside Big Cats Discectomy to Know them Better

Saturday, 13 September 2014

NEWSLINK: Why dozens of India's Asiatic lions are dying

7 September 2014 Last updated at 22:19

By Ankur JainBBC Hindi, Ahmedabad

Is the last abode of the Asiatic lion turning into a death trap for the big cat?

Gir in India's Gujarat state is home to Asiatic lions and has seen 256 lions dying in the past five years.

Experts say their population is at risk with the big cats making new homes in human settlements.

Once widespread in Gujarat, the lion population shrank to a mere dozen in the early 20th Century, mainly due to hunting and drought.

But Nawab Mahabat Khanji of then Junagadh state, an animal lover who kept 300 dogs as pets, banned lion hunting, and was able to preserve the big cat.

However, in the last century as the lion population started soaring, the 1,400 sq km (540 sq miles) Gir sanctuary in Junagadh state began to be too small for the animals.

UK SIGHTINGS: UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Mystery beast captured on camera?

by Victoria Bull

Updated on the 04 September 2014 

The idea that there may be a frightening feline on the prowl in Hemel Hempstead hasn’t made many people paws for thought... but a cat-trick of reported sightings have been followed by a fourth which has been captured on video.

Since we reported last week that CCTV engineer Haroon Khan spotted what looked like a monstrous moggy as he drove along Bunkers Lane, two other sharp-eyed residents have been in touch to say they’ve seen the beast, too.

And today a motorist, who has asked to remain anonymous, has sent the Gazette a video of an unidentifiable ‘beast’ near Buncefield. On first viewing the animal appears to be a large fox. But on closer inspection its body is not that of a typical fox and is very much feline and chocolate brown/grey in colour.

That matches the description of Karen Dunn, who explained she saw a large cat in an ‘unusual chocolate brown colour that lightened in to almost ginger at its tips’ carrying a dead bird in its mouth, near Gadebridge Park alongside the Leighton Buzzard Road.