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Bandon man accused of illegally setting trap that killed neighbor’s dog

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Troopers arrested Monte Callaway, 57, of Bandon on charges of Animal Abuse 1 (Felony), Trapping Prohibited Method – Unbranded Traps, Instant Kill Trap with Jaw Spread 9 inches or More in Any Land Set, Unlawful Take Furbearer – Raccoon, and No Raccoon Take Permit. He’s accused of illegally setting a trap that killed his neighbor’s dog. (Coos County Jail photo; trap photo via Oregon State Police)


BANDON, Ore. – A man faces accusations he illegally set a trap on his property that caught and killed his neighbor’s dog, Oregon State Police said.

Troopers arrested Monte Callaway, 57, of Bandon on charges of Animal Abuse 1 (Felony), Trapping Prohibited Method – Unbranded Traps, Instant Kill Trap with Jaw Spread 9 inches or More in Any Land Set, Unlawful Take Furbearer – Raccoon, and No Raccoon Take Permit.

The investigation started the…

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Koko The Gorilla Dies; Redrew The Lines Of Animal-Human Communication

Koko, the gorilla who became an ambassador to the human world through her ability to communicate, has died. She’s seen here at age 4, telling psychologist Francine “Penny” Patterson (left) that she is hungry. In the center is June Monroe, an interpreter for the deaf at St. Luke’s Church, who helped teach Koko.

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“The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko,” the research center says, informing the world about the death of a gorilla who fascinated and elated millions of people with her facility for language.

Koko, who was 46, died in her sleep Tuesday morning, the Gorilla Foundation said. At birth, she was named Hanabi-ko — Japanese for “fireworks child,” because she was born at the San Francisco Zoo on the Fourth of July in 1971. She was a western lowland gorilla.

“Her impact has been profound and what she has taught us about the emotional capacity of gorillas and their cognitive abilities will continue to shape the world,” the Gorilla Foundation said.

Throughout her life, Koko’s abilities made headlines. After she began communicating with humans through American Sign Language, she was featured by National Geographic — and she took her own picture (in a mirror) for the magazine’s cover.

That cover came out in 1978, seven years after Koko was chosen as an infant to work on a language research project with the psychologist Francine “Penny” Patterson. In 1985, the magazine profiled the affectionate relationship between the gorilla and her kitten: Koko and All Ball.

In 2001, Koko made a fast friend in comedian Robin Williams, trying on his glasses, showing him around and getting him to tickle her. Then they made faces at each other — and the gorilla seemed to recall seeing Williams in a movie. Years later, in 2014, Koko was one of many who mourned Williams’ passing.


Koko amazed scientists in 2012, when she showed she could learn to play the recorder. The feat revealed mental acuity but also, crucially, that primates can learn to intricately control their breathing — something that had been assumed to be beyond their abilities.

Her ability to interact with people made Koko an international celebrity. But she also revealed the depth and strength of a gorilla’s emotional life, sharing moments of glee and sadness with researchers Patterson and Ron Cohn.

As Barbara J. King wrote for NPR about the BBC documentary Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks, when it aired on PBS in 2016:

Famously, Koko felt quite sad in 1984 when her adopted kitten Ball was hit by a car and died. How do we know? Here is nonhuman primate grief mediated through language: In historical footage in the film, Patterson is seen asking Koko, “What happened to Ball?” In reply, Koko utters these signs in sequence: cat, cry, have-sorry, Koko-love. And then, after a pause, two more signs: unattention, visit me.”


Now, it’s humanity’s turn to mourn Koko.

Thousands of people are commiserating on the Gorilla Foundation’s Facebook pageposting about Koko’s death. The top comment comes from Jess Cameron:

“Legit bawling like a baby right now. This news just breaks my heart. From an early age I was fascinated with Koko and she taught me so much about love, kindness, respect for animals, and our planet.”

With Koko’s passing, the Gorilla Foundation says it will honor her legacy, working on wildlife conservation in Africa, a great ape sanctuary in Maui, Hawaii, and a sign language app.

The foundation says those who want to share condolences can do so by emailing kokolove@koko.org.

Canadian Police: Mendon man shot fellow hunter in Quebec

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(Courtesy: Le Journal de Montreal – David Prince)


Bearn, Quebec (WHAM) – A man from Mendon has been charged with manslaughter and other crimes for allegedly shooting and killing a man with whom he was hunting in Quebec.

According to provincial police, 50-year-old John Tompkins was hunting over the weekend in Bearn, a municipality in northwestern Quebec. Todd Herrington, 54, was with Tompkins at the time. Police said they were together in a hunting group.

Herrington was shot dead by Tompkins, but police say the exact circumstances surrounding Herrington’s death remain unclear.

Law enforcement in Quebec was notified around 1:30 a.m. Saturday that a hunter had been injured by a bullet. When they arrived, Herrington was found dead.

Tompkins was charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death and negligent use of a firearm and released on…

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Ex-Nasa scientist: 30 years on, world is failing ‘miserably’ to address climate change

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James Hansen, who gave a climate warning in 1988 Senate testimony, says real hoax is by leaders claiming to take action


James Hansen: ‘All we’ve done is agree there’s a problem.’
 James Hansen: ‘All we’ve done is agree there’s a problem.’ Photograph: Ali Smith for the Guardian

Thirty years after a former Nasa scientist sounded the alarm for the general public about climate change and human activity, the expert issued a fresh warning that the world is failing “miserably” to deal with the worsening dangers.

While Donald Trump and many conservatives like to argue that climate change is a hoax, James Hansen, the 77-year-old former Nasa climate scientist, said in an interview at his home in New York that the relevant hoax today is perpetrated by those leaders claiming to be addressing the problem.

Hansen provided what’s considered the first warning to…

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North Korea Agreed to Denuclearize, but When Will the US?

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A powerful economic incentive continues to drive the nuclear arms race. After the Singapore Summit, the stock values of all major defense contractors — including Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing and General Dynamics — declined.

Given his allegiance to boosting corporate profits, it’s no surprise that Donald Trump is counterbalancing the effects of the Singapore Summit’s steps toward denuclearization with a Nuclear Posture Review that steers the US toward developing leaner and meaner nukes and lowers the threshold for using them.

The United States has allocated $1.7 trillion to streamline our nuclear arsenal, despite having…

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National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests Moves to Ban the Georgia Coyote Challenge

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Coalition of scientists and more than 25 wildlife protection groups ask Georgia officials to cancel statewide coyote killing contest

ATLANTA, Georgia—Today a coalition of scientists with Project Coyote and more than 25 wildlife and animal protection organizations that are part of the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests (“Coalition”) delivered two letters to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Mark Williams, and Georgia Wildlife Resources Division Rusty Garrison, urging the cancellation of the controversial “Georgia Coyote Challenge.”

The contest, launched in 2017 by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and currently running from March to August, 2018, is akin to a bounty program—which the Georgia DNR has opposed as ineffective. In its 2015-2024 Deer Management Plan, the agency states that its Wildlife Resources Division and the General Assembly “oppose county bounty programs because there is…

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Hunter Kills Family Dog With Crossbow In Hunterdon County

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The hunter said he mistook the dog, described as an Alaskan shepherd,​ for a coyote, according to police.

By Kara Seymour, Patch National Staff |  | Updated 

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ — A Hunterdon County family is mourning after a hunter shot their beloved dog with a crossbow on Wednesday. Readington Township police said the hunter claimed to have mistaken the dog, described as an Alaskan shepherd, for a coyote.

The incident happened around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday evening in the area of Old Readington Road and Freeman Lane. Readington resident Elizabeth Mongno shared details of the incident on Facebook, and her account quickly spread.

Mongno said she was outside her house with her dog, Tonka, when Tonka began chasing a deer.

“I was following him and loudly calling him back, but we [sic] was happily chasing the deer. He has done this before and comes back 30 secs later,” she…

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Antarctica is melting faster than we knew. Here’s what it will take to save it.

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[We don’t need to save just “it”, but all life on the planet…]
Climate scientist Stephen Rintoul says we have to act soon if we want to protect the southernmost continent.
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Antarctica’s ice is melting three times faster today than just a decade ago. Eitan Abramovich / AFP – Getty Images file

Scientists have long known that rising temperatures are melting Antarctica’s vast ice sheet, sending water into the Southern Ocean and raising sea levels around the world. But many were surprised last week by a new study showing that Antarctica’s ice is melting three times faster today than just a decade ago.

In light of the unwelcome news, what lies ahead for Antarctica? Will rising temperatures cause the southernmost continent to lose most or all of its ice — and trigger catastrophic flooding around the world? Or will we find the political will and…

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May 2018 Broke Thousands of Temperature Records Across the US

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A recent climbing trip up Mount Olympus in Olympic National Park brought the bittersweet experience I’ve become all too familiar with as someone who spends much of his free time on glaciers.

On the one hand, the experience of being on ice that is thousands of years old and often hundreds if not thousands of feet thick is humbling. The accompanying awe of this reality, coupled with the sheer beauty of these landscapes carved by and now covered with glaciers is not to be missed.

Returning from the summit, after descending to the lower Blue…

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Mindless Behavior, Sadistic Tactics Planned Against Alaska Wildlife

Here are C.A.S.H.’s Comments Re the proposed anti-animal tactics to be undertaken in Alaskan National Monuments:

As a wildlife photographer I’ve spent the better part of a decade in Alaska, photographing bears and wolves in addition to moose, Dall’s sheep and caribou in numerous locations throughout the region. Most of what I saw was in the State’s National Parks—Glacier Bay, Katmai and Denali. One thing that struck me right off was how comparatively little wildlife I came acrossin National Monuments such as Wrangle Saint Elias. Clearly, hunting and trapping had taken their toll in the unprotected lands and monuments that, unlike the parks, allowed wildlife “harvesting.”

But even if I wasn’t now president of the group C.A.S.H., the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting, I’d be sickened, outraged and appalled by the new federal proposals to allow abusive treatment of some ofthe world’s most intelligent and charismatic animals who reside in our Alaskan national monuments. Among the shockingly sadistic tactics are such mindless behaviors as murdering bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens, targeting of animals like swimming caribou from boats and using bait to lure animals like bears in for the kill.

The Trump Administration, in their rush to undo any protections wildlife may have been afforded under the Obama Administration, must think they’ll score points with their friends in the NRA or the Safari Club. But their boss doesn’t need anything else to make him look bad at this point in his career—his sons are already doing a bang-up job at that.

Jim Robertson

President, Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting.

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