Hong Kong sisters spearhead pigeon rescues but face prejudice and legal obstacles

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https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2168286/hong-kong-sisters-spearhead-pigeon-rescues-face

Inez and Gian help the city’s wounded birds in the face of opposition from the public and they want the government to do more to help combat misconceptions about the health risks from contact with pigeons

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 October, 2018, 10:04am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 October, 2018, 10:04am
In Victoria Park, an elderly man, visibly annoyed, spits a mouthful of water at a flock of feeding pigeons.
He turns to sisters Gian and Inez and snaps at them: “The reason they’re here defecating and spreading germs all over the place is because people like you feed them!”

The man, who declined to give his name, then takes a fresh mouthful of water before launching another attack on the birds.

Inez says this outburst is relatively mild, adding that she has seen people pour boiling water over pigeons.

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FISH AND GAME COMMISSIONER HUNTS ‘FAMILY OF BABOONS’ IN AFRICA, FACES CALLS TO RESIGN

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October 12, 2018 10:00 AM

Updated October 12, 2018 04:06 PM

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Boy shot in head dies after hunting accident in Spain

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Boy shot in head. Google Street View

A 13-year-old boy has died after being shot accidentally in the head during a hunting accident in Spain.

The incident happened at the Santamaría farm in Villalba de los Alcores in Valladolid, according to emergency services.

An ambulance and a helicopter were scrambled, but medics confirmed the death of the boy by rifle shot at the scene.

The fatal accident happened shortly after 1pm yesterday (Saturday, October 13) at the farm, located about five kilometres east of Villalba de los Alcores.

According to sources close to the case, the grandfather of the deceased child is the owner of the El Rocío estate, also located in the municipality of Villalba de los Alcores and “very well known” in Valladolid.

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Kudlow calls U.N. climate report an ‘overestimate’

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https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/14/kudlow-climate-change-united-nations-898705

White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow
“I don’t think there’s an imminent disaster coming, but I think we should look at this in a level-headed and analytic way,” said White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow on Sunday downplayed the significance of a recent United Nations report that called for a “rapid” cut to greenhouse gas emissions in order to stave off dire climate change consequences around the globe.

“I won’t say it’s a scare tactic, but I think they overestimate,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Kudlow called the U.N. report, which was released last week, “way, way too difficult,” and added the issue is more about “magnitudes and timing.”

“I’m not denying any climate-change issues. I’m just saying, do we know precisely, and I mean worth modeling, things like how much of it is man-made, how much of it…

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British cyclist shot dead in French Alps by hunter who ‘mistook him for animal’

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1031293/french-alps-shooting-briton-Les-Gets-Morzine-ski-resort

A BRITISH mountain biker was shot dead by a young hunter who “mistook him for an animal” as he cycled through the French Alps.

France: British man shot dead by hunter in Alps

The 34-year-old has been named locally as Marc Sutton and is believed to have died instantly.

The hunter, who has not been indentified, is being investigated for “aggravated manslaughter”.

The tragedy occured on Saturday evening between 6pm and 7pm in the thick woodlands near the Montriond ski resort.

Dozens of paramilitary descended on the area after the cyclist was shot.

The first pictures of the British cyclist who was shot dead in France

The first pictures of the British cyclist who was shot dead in France (Image: FACEBOOK)

An investigating source said the 22-year-old hunter has gone into “deep shock” realising what he has done.

They told the Daily Mirror: “The biker is thought to…

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: The death rattle of DNR hunting and trapping seasons

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“It turns out that in the US’s counterintuitive conservation funding system, hunters have to kill animals to fund the programs and agencies that work to save them.” ~J P Sottile, Truthout

“This (photo above) is Angel with one of her 3 cubs just a couple of weeks after leaving their den. This image shows the love between the mother and her cub she was guarding at the base of this safety tree. Her two other cubs (both males) spent the night high in the tree but this cub (female) had fallen from a tree the night before and her injuries prevented her from climbing ever again during her short life on earth. There are many ways cubs lose their lives during their first year and I am sure tumbling from 100’+ feet up a tree is a common occurrence unfortunately.”~ Chris Norcott, photographer.

Angel, the mother bear…

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Idaho F&G commissioner gets backlash, calls to resign after hunting trip in Africa

Idaho F&G commissioner gets backlash, calls to resign after hunting trip in Africa

Idaho F&G commissioner gets backlash, calls to resign after hunting trip in Africa

An Idaho Fish and Game commissioner who emailed photos of himself posing with a family of baboons he shot and killed during a recent African hunting trip has led to former commissioners asking for his resignation. (Photo via Idaho governor’s office)

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An Idaho Fish and Game commissioner who emailed photos of himself posing with a family of baboons he shot and killed during a recent hunting trip in Africa has led to a group of former commissioners asking for his resignation.

According to emails and photos obtained by CBS 2 News through Gov. Butch Otter’s office, commissioner Blake Fischer emailed several pictures of his kills to numerous people highlighting his hunting trip.

The pictures received swift backlash.

He begins the email saying he and his wife had just returned from a two-week hunting trip to Namibia.

“First day she wanted to watch me, and ‘get a feel’ of Africa,” Fischer said in the email obtained through the governor’s office. “So I shot a whole family of baboons.”

An Idaho Fish and Game commissioner who emailed photos of himself posing with a family of bamboos he shot and killed during a recent African hunting trip has led to fellow commissioners asking for his resignation. (Photo via Idaho governor’s office)

In addition to the baboon picture, Fischer emailed photos of other animals that he and his wife hunted and killed while in Namibia including a giraffe, leopard, impala, antelope and waterbuck.

“I shot a Leopard,” he wrote. “Super cool, super lucky. The Leopard is one of the big 5, as in one of the 5 animals in Africa that will kill you before you can kill it. Crazy cool animal. They are normally super nocturnal, so this was really unique.”

The photos have garnered the attention of Gov. Butch Otter.

“Governor Otter was briefed and has seen the pictures,” said Jon Hanian, the governor’s spokesman. “He has expressed concern about them and we’re looking into the situation.”

The story was first reported by the Idaho Statesman.

Former commissioner Fred Trevey, in an email obtained through the governor’s office, said Fischer sent the photos to about 125 people.

“My reaction to the photo and accompanying text of you smiling and holding a ‘family’ of primates you killed, dismays and disappoints me,” Trevey said. “I have a difficult time understanding how a person privileged to be an Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner can view such an action as sportsmanlike and an example to others.”

Trevey says that although the hunt may have been legal, “legal does not make it right.”

“Your poor judgement has unnecessarily put the institution’s credibility, and hunting in general, at risk in a blink of an eye,” he said. “My belief is you should take responsibility and resign, sooner rather than later.”

An Idaho Fish and Game commissioner who emailed photos of himself posing with a family of bamboos he shot and killed during a recent African hunting trip has led to fellow commissioners asking for his resignation. (Cropped photo via Idaho governor’s office)

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game told CBS 2 News that its commissioners are not employees of the department and therefore it has no comment.

Calls and emails to Fischer seeking comment have not been returned though he told the Statesman, “I didn’t do anything illegal.”

Two commissioners have declined comment to CBS 2 News, saying all media inquiries for the commissioners need to go through the governor’s office.

Steve Alder, executive director for Idaho For Wildlife, a pro-hunting group, said the hunts were despicable and that you shouldn’t exploit animals and stories like this fuel anti-hunting efforts.

“What bothers me is he’s got the family there and a little baby baboon sitting there with blood all over it, kind of like in the mother’s arms,” Alder said. “You just don’t do this. It’s just not something. We don’t want to put out to the public and many of us wouldn’t even do this in the first place.”

Hunter accused of illegally killing 23-point buck

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Mario Palacio, 54, is accused of illegally hunting a buck in Martin County. (Martin County Sheriff’s Office)

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Deputies say a man from Miami is accused of illegally killing a potentially record-setting 23-point buck in Martin County.

The sheriff’s office arrested 54-year-old Mario Palacio on felony charges of trespassing on a construction site and trespass by lethal projectile.

A deputy on patrol saw a pickup truck parked near a construction site. The deputy saw the driver using a spotlight to shed light on a deer. As the deputy approached, the driver took off. A second deputy spotted the pickup truck and the driver pulled over. Crews on board the sheriff’s helicopter spotted the carcass of the deer in a wooded area near the construction site. They…

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Man rescues 3 hunters, 2 dogs after boat capsizes in frigid waters of Minnesota lake

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http://www.superiortelegram.com/news/accidents/4512999-man-rescues-3-hunters-2-dogs-after-boat-capsizes-frigid-waters-minnesota-lake

A boat capsized Friday morning on Camp Lake near Garrison, leaving three hunters and two dogs in the water. A resident rescued the hunters and they all were OK, as well as their dogs. Submitted photo1 / 2

GARRISON, Minn.—Little did 71-year-old John J. Pufahl know when he woke up the morning of Friday, Oct. 12, he would be called a hero.

But that is exactly what the Garrison man is—a hero—after rescuing three hunters and their black and yellow Labradors after their hunting boat capsized on Camp Lake, a lake southwest of Garrison in Crow Wing County in east-central Minnesota.

Pufahl was minding his own business, drinking coffee just after 8 a.m. He looked outside to view the lake and saw something. At first he thought it was a bog floating around. He looked again and saw a man…

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