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Protecting animals - the efforts of various governments
« on: March 13, 2012, 06:16:43 AM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/africa/   BBC
5 March 2012 Last updated at 09:17 ET
 DR Congo employs dogs to tackle elephant poaching
Rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga park have a new weapon in their fight against poachers.
National Park authorities have trained five bloodhound dogs to track elephant poachers after a spate of incidents.
The first investigation using the dogs was carried out last week and led to the discovery of illegal weapons.
Poaching is one of the key threats to the animals in Virunga, a Unesco World Heritage Site in the war-torn eastern region of DR Congo.
The park is also home to gorillas, chimpanzees, okapi, forest elephants and buffalo, among other wildlife. Some 300 rangers protect the park from poachers, rebel groups and illegal miners.
'Effective weapon'
 Park authorities now hope the bloodhound programme, which was implemented with help from a specialised Swiss centre and volunteers from the German police, will help to protect the vulnerable elephant population from ivory poachers.
The dogs and their handlers got the chance to put their training into action on 1 March, when rangers spotted a dead elephant with its tusks cut off on the edge of Virunga.
They deployed two of the bloodhounds by helicopter, along with a specially trained ranger unit.
The dogs tracked the poachers' scent for seven kilometres (four miles), leading to a small fishing village.
After patrolling the area, rangers encountered a group of poachers who fled after opening fire, leaving their weapons behind.
Emmanuel de Merode, the Virunga National Park's chief warden, said: "We are extremely pleased with the outcome. After a year of intensive training, both the hounds and the rangers proved to be a very effective weapon against ivory poachers."
Park rangers will continue to work with the canine unit as part of a wider European Union-funded project to protect wildlife in a park officials say is heavily infiltrated by armed groups.
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2012, 01:17:12 PM »
Thanks Barb. About bleedin' time re the sniffer dogs! Seemingly some private game reserves/safari lodges in SA are investing in satellite survelliance to battle Rhino Poaching. Wish NASA would lend a hand service to others and all that and us humans are the guardians of Mother Earth and her flora and fauna.

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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2012, 03:37:39 PM »
Thanks Barb. About bleedin' time re the sniffer dogs! Seemingly some private game reserves/safari lodges in SA are investing in satellite survelliance to battle Rhino Poaching. Wish NASA would lend a hand service to others and all that and us humans are the guardians of Mother Earth and her flora and fauna.

Now that's an idea... NASA !  In some utopian future perhaps...  ;)

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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2019, 06:54:13 PM »
PET HEAT SAFETY download it on the page, below. This is part of the NWS summer safety Campaign:

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/summer-infographics


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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2019, 02:19:00 PM »
The most important part of that message is that during the heat, leave your pet at home.

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2019, 06:16:27 PM »
The most important part of that message is that during the heat, leave your pet at home.

I agree..

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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2019, 12:03:21 PM »
And speaking of protecting animals, the following is particularly disheartening. 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-administration-authorizes-cyanide-bombs-kill-wildlife-224428839.html

Trump administration re-authorizes 'cyanide bombs' to kill wildlife
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AFP•August 8, 2019
A coyote pup pants while taking cover under a side rail on the side of the road during 108-degree heat as the Carr fire rages on near Whiskeytown, California on July 27, 2018 (AFP Photo/JOSH EDELSON)

Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump's administration has re-authorized the use of controversial poison traps known as "cyanide bombs" to kill wild foxes, coyotes and feral dogs despite overwhelming opposition from conservation groups.

The devices, known as M-44s, which are implanted in the ground and resemble lawn sprinklers, use a spring-loaded ejector to release sodium cyanide when an animal tugs on its baited capsule holder.

The government halted the use of the devices last year after one of them was responsible for injuring a boy and killing his dog in Idaho.

The family has also filed a case against the federal government.

The decision to re-instate their use was announced in the Federal Register earlier this week, and met with outrage by environmental groups that led a campaign to flood the Environmental Protection Agency with more than 20,000 letters.

"They're incredibly dangerous to people, their pets and endangered wildlife, they're just too risky to be used," Collette Adkins, carnivore conservation director for the Center for Biological Diversity, told AFP on Thursday.

"The livestock industry wants it," she said, adding that agriculture industry groups sent about 10 comments in favor of re-authorizing M-44s to the EPA.

According to government data, M-44s killed 6,579 animals in 2018, including more than 200 "nontarget" animals including opossums raccoons, skunks and a bear.

"These numbers probably significantly under-estimate the true death toll since Wildlife Services is notorious for poor data collection and an entrenched 'shoot, shovel, shut up' mentality," the Center for Biological Diversity said in a statement.

The EPA did add certain new restrictions, including that devices may not be placed within 100 feet of a road, and that warning are still required to be placed within 15 feet of the device -- though this would not reduce deaths of non-target wildlife.

Adkins said her organization would continue to lobby for state-level bans, the latest of which was passed by Oregon in May.

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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2019, 12:25:16 PM »
Seems that local referenda might be initiated on this...am guessing the public wouldn't approve either.

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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2019, 01:15:54 PM »
It's my understandiing that the livestock farmers out west would rather do things "the easy way"--kill everything, then you'll make sure you've killed some of the things you want to target.

Apparently they don't want to bother to use fladry or take any responsibility to do things safely.  If it's sheep they're trying to protect, they can use fladry, or they can use livestock guardian animals, whether dogs, llamas, or ?

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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2019, 11:52:33 PM »
It's my understandiing that the livestock farmers out west would rather do things "the easy way"--kill everything, then you'll make sure you've killed some of the things you want to target.

Apparently they don't want to bother to use fladry or take any responsibility to do things safely.  If it's sheep they're trying to protect, they can use fladry, or they can use livestock guardian animals, whether dogs, llamas, or ?

ilinda, thks for sharing that about fladry. Looks like it works pretty good.
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http://www.projectcoyote.org/programs/ranching_with_wildlife/nonlethal-solutions-reduce-conflicts/

FLADRY/TURBO FLADRY
Fladry is a line of rope mounted along a fence line with hanging strips of red nylon flags. The flags frighten predators, making them unwilling to cross the line. Fladry lines were traditionally carried by wolf hunters in Eastern Europe to drive wolves to areas where they could then be killed. Studies show that fladry can deter wolves for several months. While fladry also deters coyotes, they generally cross flags sooner than wolves. Turbo fladry is fladry with hot wire added. Turbo fladry can remain effective up to twice as long as regular fladry.

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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2019, 11:55:08 PM »
And speaking of protecting animals, the following is particularly disheartening. 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-administration-authorizes-cyanide-bombs-kill-wildlife-224428839.html

Trump administration re-authorizes 'cyanide bombs' to kill wildlife
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AFP•August 8, 2019
A coyote pup pants while taking cover under a side rail on the side of the road during 108-degree heat as the Carr fire rages on near Whiskeytown, California on July 27, 2018 (AFP Photo/JOSH EDELSON)

Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump's administration has re-authorized the use of controversial poison traps known as "cyanide bombs" to kill wild foxes, coyotes and feral dogs despite overwhelming opposition from conservation groups.

The devices, known as M-44s, which are implanted in the ground and resemble lawn sprinklers, use a spring-loaded ejector to release sodium cyanide when an animal tugs on its baited capsule holder.

The government halted the use of the devices last year after one of them was responsible for injuring a boy and killing his dog in Idaho.

The family has also filed a case against the federal government.

The decision to re-instate their use was announced in the Federal Register earlier this week, and met with outrage by environmental groups that led a campaign to flood the Environmental Protection Agency with more than 20,000 letters.

"They're incredibly dangerous to people, their pets and endangered wildlife, they're just too risky to be used," Collette Adkins, carnivore conservation director for the Center for Biological Diversity, told AFP on Thursday.

"The livestock industry wants it," she said, adding that agriculture industry groups sent about 10 comments in favor of re-authorizing M-44s to the EPA.

According to government data, M-44s killed 6,579 animals in 2018, including more than 200 "nontarget" animals including opossums raccoons, skunks and a bear.

"These numbers probably significantly under-estimate the true death toll since Wildlife Services is notorious for poor data collection and an entrenched 'shoot, shovel, shut up' mentality," the Center for Biological Diversity said in a statement.

The EPA did add certain new restrictions, including that devices may not be placed within 100 feet of a road, and that warning are still required to be placed within 15 feet of the device -- though this would not reduce deaths of non-target wildlife.

Adkins said her organization would continue to lobby for state-level bans, the latest of which was passed by Oregon in May.

ilinda, wow that is a sad situation. I hope the farmers and ranchers take steps to oppose this practice. Also hoping that family wins their lawsuit.

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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2019, 11:57:02 PM »
Seems that local referenda might be initiated on this...am guessing the public wouldn't approve either.

I think there are existing laws on the books, which this new practice violates...

 

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