Wildlife News – October 2017

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This Wildlife News issue will be focused on a couple of articles.

19-October-2017: A wolf Sighting in the Netherlands (De Veluwe)

There has been a new wolf sighting in the Netherlands. The number of sightings are adding up now, all lone wolves exploring new habitat. They are coming from Germany, where wolves are doing very well.

A couple of links:
Article in Dutch about the wolf sighting
Article in English about the wolf sighting

Additionally, here is a map which gives a good overview of the situation in Germany right now. If you are interested in the evolution across years, definitely check out their website (http://www.lausitz-wolf.de/index.php?id=6).

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© Jochen Wenk und Freundeskreis freilebender Wölfe e. V. - http://www.lausitz-wolf.de

Lynx “Lilleth” escaped from a Zoo

In Wales (UK), a Eurasian lynx has escaped from the wildlife park ‘Borth Wild Animal Kingdom’. Although there is very little to no chance of the lynx attacking people, caution is needed if approached. It’s been already a crazy ‘hunt’ for this cat. They have put out camera traps around the zoo and set up some traps to try and catch her. Additionally, the zookeepers went out with thermal imaging equipment and nets to increase chances of finding her. Apparently, zookeepers have got very close to the lynx, but she remained uncatchable.

By now, Lilleth the lynx has been roaming around freely for over 2 weeks now. A couple of days ago the first reports came in blaming this lynx for killing seven sheep. Although the zoo said she is looking skinny and from the tracking, they only confirmed her killing rats and possibly a rabbit.

For further information, here are some articles reporting about the lynx:
– Nov 1sthttps://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/01/escaped-lynx-net-closes-in-on-big-cat-loose-in-welsh-hills
– Nov 7th – Blame for killing sheep and summary of events
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/07/lillith-the-lynx-blamed-for-seven-sheep-deaths-in-north-wales
– This article starts off with a little video of what to do when a big cat is encountered. Although this is more for the real ‘big’ cats, not really for lynx. A lynx will avoid contact with humans.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/lynx-escaped-welsh-zoo-just-13852771

A lynx escaped from a Zoo about 2 weeks ago is still roaming free. It's interesting to see how to community is...

Posted by Wildlife Impulse on Thursday, 9 November 2017

UPDATE: November 10th – The escaped lynx is no longer… she has been ‘humanly destroyed’
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-41944467

‘Record’ number of migratory species protected at October wildlife summit

The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) had a meeting in Manila. They adopted 34 proposals to protect threatened species, including giraffes, lions and whale sharks.

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Grizzly bears and bear spray

A nice article about bear spray, why to use it and some numbers to prove it actually works. Although this is back in the U.S. and Canada. However, it can be useful in Europe as well, but it’s illegal in most countries.

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Satellite eye on Earth: September 2017 – in pictures

Although it’s an article from September, it got published in October. Definitely check out the 4th picture, it’s a timelapse from the construction of the Belo Monte Dam complex in Brazil.

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How Ecotourism Is Saving the Brazilian Jaguar from Extinction

Videos

  1. the BBC series Blue Planet 2 started.
  2. Pumas, Mountain Lions, Cougars can be social.
  3. Video compilation of camera trap research in Bialowieza Forest, Poland.
Blue Planet 2

Take a deep breath. Blue Planet 2 starts Sunday 29th October. 8pm. BBC One.

Posted by BBC One on Sunday, 22 October 2017
Pumas Sharing Meals

Pumas weren't thought to be social creatures—this footage proves otherwise.

Posted by National Geographic on Saturday, 28 October 2017
The Best od Summer 2017

Przegląd najlepszych nagrań z monitoringu w Puszczy Białowieskiej - lato 2017. -------------------------- The Best of Summer 2017 - recording of the monitoring in the Bialowieza Forest, short review.

Posted by Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences on Thursday, 26 October 2017

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