Wednesday, 22 October 2014

NEWSLINK: UPDATE: Child bit on neck and foot after falling into zoo's big cat exhibit

10th October 2014

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -UPDATE (12:00 p.m.):

Statement from Arkansas Children's Hospital:

"Yesterday a child was transported to Arkansas Children's Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a fall at the Little Rock Zoo. The child's condition has been upgraded to stable and is expected to improve. We respect the wishes of the child's guardian who asked that the child's name and any additional information not be shared at this time. Thank you for respecting the privacy of this family.”

- Dan McFadden
Director of Communications
Arkansas Children's Hospital

UPDATE (5:30 p.m.):

According to the report from the Little Rock Police Department, a primate keeper heard the calls for help at the jaguar exhibit and ran over to help. She said she saw the yellow jaguar (Agave) with its mouth around the little boy's neck.

Police say the father of the child told them he was leaning over the rail trying to get a picture of the animals and out of his peripheral vision saw the child's feet go over the rail. The father ran for help.

The little boy reportedly fell approximately 15 to 16 feet. The father said the black cat (Cactus Jack) bit the child on the foot and Agave bit into the clothing near the boy's neck. The father told police he picked up a water hose spool and threw it at the cats. The spool hit the cats and caused them to let go of the boy. The father said the Cactus Jack moved away from the child, but Agave circled back and bit the boy on the back of his neck. The father said he threw a camera bag at the cat, hitting it and causing it to let go of the boy. At that point, zoo staff arrived and kept the cats at bay with fire extinguishers so the child could be rescued.

NEWSLINK: Known cougar killed on San Francisco-area freeway

10th October 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The large male cougar that rattled nerves when it spent much of a day behind a hedge in a Mountain View neighborhood earlier this year was struck and killed by a car on a San Francisco Bay Area freeway.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that the mountain lion was hit Oct. 3 on Interstate 280 near Redwood City. The car's driver was not hurt.

Paul Houghtaling, field project manager for the Santa Cruz Puma Project, identified the animal as the same big cat that spent about nine hours on a busy street in Mountain View in May.

After that incident the cougar was tranquilized and released into nearby hills.

Houghtaling says the accident occurred within a mile of the spot where a young female mountain lion was hit and killed a few months ago.

US SIGHTINGS: Second report of black cougar in county

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 3:00 am

By Scott Wilson of the Leader 

Another Jefferson County resident, Dusty Massie, has reported that he saw a jet-black large predator cat on a Jefferson County road about six weeks ago.

Massie, a Port Townsend painting contractor, believes he saw a large black cat about six weeks ago, or four weeks earlier than the sighting turned in by Forrest Aldrich last week. Massie said he saw the cat near Port Ludlow; Aldrich saw it near Point Hudson in downtown Port Townsend.

But Massie added a twist to the story.

He said he is certain it was a panther, not a dark-colored cougar.

Here’s Massie’s report of what he saw when driving out of Port Ludlow on Oak Bay Road toward its intersection with Beaver Valley Road, (SR 19).

“I saw that cat as well, except it's not a cougar, it's a panther!” he wrote. “I know how crazy that sounds, but I'm telling you that I was close enough to it to see the color of its eyes – yellow.”

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

NEWSLINK: Dead female cougar found in northeast Nebraska

October 11, 2014 4:55 pm • By The Associated Press

The body of an adult mountain lion discovered in north-central Nebraska was the first female found outside the traditional cougar range in the western part of the state, according to state wildlife officials.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reported that the cougar's body was found along a road near Ericson, in Wheeler County, on Thursday. The big cat may have been hit by a vehicle, the commission said.

The cougar's gender is significant, because it could mean the establishment of a breeding population of the big cats in east-central Nebraska.

The only female mountain lions previously identified in Nebraska have been well west of Ericson, in the Pine Ridge, Wildcat Hills and the central Niobrara River valley near Valentine, said Sam Wilson, the commission's carnivore program manager.

Until last week, cougars found outside the western range have been young males driven out of their home territory by older males and in search of compatible territory and a mate. They often travel along rivers and streams unnoticed for long distances.

UK SIGHTINGS: Has the Beast of Bacup resurfaced further south?

13th October 2014

A mysterious big cat dubbed the ‘Huttock Top Beast’ when it was first spotted in Bacup may have resurfaced.
There have been numerous sightings of the puma-type animal across Rossendale over the last few years.

Dog walker Stewart Lord saw what he described as a ‘big cat the size of an Alsatian’ stood on a drystone wall about 100 yards from him near Greenbooth reservoir in Norden, Rochdale.

Mr Lord, of Norden, said: “I am 110 per cent sure of what it was.

“It was a browny grey colour, its hind quarters were slightly higher than the front and it had a long, thick tail, at least three quarters of the length of its body that curled down underneath.”

Mr Lord and his wife Pat were walking their staffie on a country lane off Edenfield Road, behind Nutters restaurant, at about 2pm on a Sunday afternoon when the sighting occurred.

US SIGHTINGS: Posted in: Opinion Posted: October 12, 2014 Mountain Lion On Car: Footage Is More Evidence Of Human Encroachment On Habitat In California [Video]

By now, you’ve probably seen the footage of the mountain lion standing on the roof of the car in San Jose, California.

mountain lion on car
For those who missed that story, a man got a visit from the wild animal at around 3 a.m. last Wednesday. It hopped onto his car and set off the alarm. According to the Los Angeles Times, the big cat most likely made its way into the neighborhood from nearby Almaden County Quicksilver Park.

The owner of the car, David Tang, made the surveillance video public to warn others in the area to “pay attention to the wildlife situation.”

Yeah, that’s the understatement of the year.

Monday, 20 October 2014

NEWSLINK: Indian lions losing their bite

Leya Musa / 16 hours ago

Asiatic lions in the wild generally have good tooth health so when a group of doctors undertook a survey including medicals of lions in the Gir region of India they were surprised to see tooth decay. They also found minor bone deformities and officials are now looking into whether the water provided is contaminated with fluoride.

Two doctors, Dr Jalpan Rupara and Dr Purvesh Kacha., produced a report, Ecology of Lions in Greater Gir Landscape, that highlighted that both lions and humans appeared to be suffering from fluorosis. The study area was Lathi Liliya which has a lion population of about 40 lions.

Eight lions were examined and three were found to be suffering from tooth decay and some lions were also suffering from mild bone deformities. One lion that was examined only had 2 of its 26 teeth still remaining. A second lion had lost 4 teeth and a third lion had lost 3 teeth.

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