A Texas Game Warden who has been busy for the last week helping others finally got a chance to return to his flood-damaged Baytown home. Dustin Dockery, his wife and two young children -- three months and 22-months-old -- made it out safely. But their home was flooded with nearly four feet of water.
VICTORIA — An emaciated cougar that tried to enter a West Kootenay home through a window attacked and injured a conservation officer this week in British Columbia. Deputy chief Chris Doyle of the Conservation Officer Service said Tuesday it’s the first time in his two-decade career that an officer has been injured by a cougar. “Fortunately, it’s very unusual but it’s a good reminder of the risks officers face when they’re responding to various human-wildlife conflicts,” he said in a conference call. The officer is based in Castlegar and first responded to a call of a pickup truck that hit an adult cougar near the Village of Salmo shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday. The cougar was severely injured and the officer had to euthanize the animal before receiving calls of another cougar trying to enter a home 10 kilometers away. Doyle said while investigating the incident at the home, the officer was attacked by the emaciated juvenile cougar without provocation and had to kill it to stop the attack.
The weekend of August 12-14 will mark the 10th Annual Wardens on Wheels motorcycle rally. The rally takes place at the International Peace Gardens, home of the North American Game Warden Museum. The Peace Gardens are located on the North Dakota/Manitoba border. The weekend events include a Friday night supper and socializing at nearby Lake Metigoshe State Park. Saturday morning we hold a meeting at the Museum then head out on a poker run. We end the day with a cook out, prizes and more time to socialize and visit old and new friends. More information can be found at the web site: http://wardensonwheels.blogspot.ca/search?updated-min=2016-01-01T00:00:00-07:00&updated-max=2017-01-01T00:00:00-07:00&max-results=3
The government of Tanzania has gone to the dogs in its effort to stop the flow of ivory taken from elephants.
This spring four Belgian Malinois, Kyra-K, Messi, Yana and Max-Z, began patrolling the Julius Nyerere International Airport and the Port of Dar es Salaam, looking for smuggled goods.
The four dogs are part of the world’s first canine detection team trained specifically to sniff out illegal wildlife products in shipping cargo and airport luggage. Officials are hoping they will help take a bite out of the illicit ivory trade.
The dogs and their Tanzanian handlers completed a 10-week course at the United States Customs and Border Protection’s canine training center in El Paso, Tex., and a follow-up course in Tanzania. The Belgian Malinois were chosen for, among other things, their ability to work in extreme heat.
Tanzania’s elephant population is shrinking fast. The country had 43,000 elephants in 2014, down from about 110,000 in 2009, according to the latest available government figures. Tanzania and several other African countries have seen a rise in poaching of ivory tusks by well-armed criminal gangs that have pushed some wildlife species near extinction.
Globally, the trade in illegal wildlife is estimated to be about $20 billion a year. Many of the products, like ivory and rhino horns, end up in Asian countries, where they are used as ornaments or in traditional medicine.
The Tanzanian authorities reported breaking up a decades-old ivory smuggling ring with the arrest last October of Yan Feng Glan, a Chinese woman known as the Ivory Queen, as well as a ring of poachers led by a rogue Tanzanian intelligence officer in February.