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Missouri hunter shoots first black bear during state’s hunting season

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Lucas Bond, communications manager with the Missouri Department of Conservation, interviews a hunter who harvested the first black bear in southwestern Missouri on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Video provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation

The first black bear hunted in the state of Missouri was shot in the southwest part of the state on Monday.

The bear, a female weighing about 250 pounds, was hunted on private land, said Missouri Department of…

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Waterfowl program aims to spark youthful interest in hunting, heritage

Waterfowler identification is part of the Young Waterfowlers Program's emphasis. (Tom Tatum/For MediaNews Group)
Waterfowler identification is part of the Young Waterfowlers Program’s emphasis. (Tom Tatum/For MediaNews Group)

ByTOM TATUM|October 18, 2021 at 2:06 p.m.

When it comes to first-timers hunting ducks and geese, there’s a lot to learn.

We’re talking waterfowling here folks, a passionate, historic pursuit that boasts a long and storied hunting heritage. From decoy carving to dog training to habitat conservation to strategies afield, aspects of this celebrated sport are multifaceted and intriguing. And for youngsters who might want to explore the many varied pieces of the waterfowling puzzle, a golden opportunity awaits. That’s because the folks at the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (BRC) will be hosting their popular Young Waterfowlers Program over the next two Sundays, October 24 and 31.

The BRC recognizes that waterfowling is an American tradition that combines hunting with an appreciation of wetlands…

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MAINE TRAPPING SEASON: HOW TO SAFELY RELEASE YOUR DOG FROM A TRAP

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Paul WolfePublished: October 19, 2021Idaho Fish & Game via YouTube

Trapping seasonhas started in Maine. If your dog isinadvertently caught in a trap, here’s what to do.

Thosewho spend time in the woods with their dog shouldknow how to free their animal from a trap. It’s not an uncommon occurrence in Maine, especially withbird hunters running dogs. The good news is most traps will not harm your dog. Most land traps are simply meant to hold an animal, not injure or kill it. While your dog may bark and yip,a correctly settrap is not going to cause permanent damage.

Releasing your Dog from a Trap

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If your dog is caught, stay calm. Again, your dog may be barking or whining, but it’s likelyonly scared.A common practice is to cover the dog’s head with a coat…

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Phippsburg man hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in the foot

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The man, 69, was brought to Maine Medical Center in Portland on Saturday morning and was in fair condition Monday afternoon.

BY KATHLEEN O’BRIENTIMES RECORDShareA Phippsburg man was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland after he accidentally shot himself in the foot at his home Saturday morning.

The 69-year-old was preparing to go bird hunting and “was going to clean the weapon and he thought both barrels were empty, but one wasn’t,” Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry said. There was no one else in the room when the single shot was fired.

Merry didn’t know the extent of the man’s injuries when he was brought to Maine Medical Center in Portland on Saturday. He was in “fair condition” on Monday afternoon, MaineHealth Spokesperson Caroline Cornish wrote in an email to The Times Record.

In recent previous incidents of unintentional shoots, some of which have been by children…

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To fight the climate crisis, banks must stop financing factory farming

Kari Hamerschlag and Christopher D Cook

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/19/climate-crisis-factory-farming-paris-climate-un

Public development banks are directly undermining UN and Paris climate goals by channeling billions of taxpayer dollars into multinational meat corporations

A cattle feedlot in Nebraska.
A cattle feedlot in Nebraska. Photograph: Aerial Archives/Alamy

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As the climate crisis boils over, new research shows that reducing methane emissions is our best hope to rapidly stem the crisis. It’s time to turn up the heat on the industrial meat industry and dramatically curtail its climate harm, which includes 32% of global methane emissions. Yet instead development banks are using public funds to expand this sector that generates 16.5% of total greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

On 19 and 20 October, hundreds of public development banks (PDBs) will gather for the second Finance in Common Summit to make pledges to advance Paris climate and UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). The summit – which will also focus on agriculture and agribusiness transformation – presents a vital opportunity for these banks to put their money where their mouth is and align their agriculture investments to meet these goals.

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Development banks on every continent are directly undermining the UN SDGs and Paris goals by channeling billions of public dollars into multinational meat corporations. While undermining the livelihoods of small-scale producers, this heavily polluting industrial meat system is fueling the climate crisis, destroying precious ecosystems, promoting animal cruelty and increasing the risk of antibiotic resistance and future pandemics.AdvertisementTexas schools are being told to teach ‘opposing views’ of the Holocaust. Why? | Francine ProseAmerica’s strike wave is a rare – and beautiful – sight to behold | Hamilton NolanBiden’s budget could transform life for working women. Don’t let Manchin gut it | Moira DoneganThe courts have a new chance to block Texas’s abortion law. They must take it | Laurence Tribe, Erwin Chemerinsky, Jeffrey Abramson and Dennis AftergutThe WHO is letting down long Covid patients |  Ziyad Al-AlyBiden’s budget could transformlife for working women. Don’t letManchin gut it | Moira Doneganhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.485.1_en.html#goog_572310440https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.485.1_en.html#goog_1084544351https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.485.1_en.html#goog_476212724Biden’s budget could transform life for working women. Don’t let Manchin gut it | Moira Donegan

With vast documented evidence of factory farming’s destructive effects, a new global campaign, Divest Factory Farming, is calling on PDBs to immediately stop financing industrial livestock operations and shift their investments towards a more equitable and sustainable food system. A 2020 investigation by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed that over the past decade, just two banks – the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) – “have provided $2.6bn for pig, poultry and beef farming, as well as dairy and meat processing”. Additional research shows that the top five development banks have spent more than $4.6bn in this sector over the past 10 years.

Disturbingly, this trend continues unabated. In June, the IFC board approved a new $50m loan for Pronaca, Ecuador’s fourth largest corporation, to expand intensive pig and poultry production. This project is moving forward despite opposition from international and Ecuadorian groups, including indigenous communities who say that their water and lands have been polluted by the company’s operations.

In recent years, the Inter-American Development Bank’s private sector arm, IDB Invest (which also backs Pronaca), increased its investments in industrial livestock companies more than twentyfold in the Latin America and Caribbean region, from approximately $15m between 2011 and 2017 to around $500m from 2018 to present.Advertisementhttps://d99dc8087522bc1a2c0fe9758958c42f.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Stunningly, IDB is now considering a new $43m loan for Marfrig Global Foods, the world’s second largest beef company, under the guise of promoting “sustainable beef”. Numerous reports have linked Marfrig’s operations to illegal deforestation in the Amazon and Cerrado. The company paid large fines in 2018 in the face of corruption charges, and its cattle suppliers have been linked to human rights abuses.

There has been global outcry against the Marfrig loan. A recent letter sent to the IDB directors and president argues that while the IDB Invest loan targets “deforestation-free production” by 2025 in the Amazon and by 2030 in the Cerrado, “this loan will prop up a company whose current practices will likely lead to further legal and illegal deforestation and human rights violations in these regions,” for years. The letter was sent by 200 environmental, human rights, and development organizations from around the world.

IDB Invest is considering the Marfrig loan at a time when deforestation rates have increased 34% under Brazil’s far-right Bolsonaro regime. This administration, backed by agribusiness, is rapidly gutting environmental protections and enforcement while pushing a disastrous legislative agenda that will destroy forest protections and the rights of Indigenous peoples. In this context, it is doubly urgent to halt financing for companies like Marfrig that could take advantage of these weakened protections.

As documented in a Greenpeace report, Marfrig still has no effective procedures in place to guarantee that cattle ranchers linked to illegal deforestation or human rights violations are excluded from its supply chain. Marfrig acknowledges that it cannot currently verify the source of 40% of its indirect production in Brazil. With land grabbing, indigenous land rights disputes and illegal deforestation in regions where Marfrig operates, the letter notes, “the company’s failure to establish a timely and effective system to prevent these impacts would likely violate multiple performance standards and should disqualify Marfrig from receiving public financing from IDB Invest.”

If cattle were a nation, they would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world

While the banks argue that investments in giant livestock corporations create jobs, in reality these loans propel further consolidation and corporate power in a sector that harms workers, farmers and consumers. In recent years, Marfrig has spent $800m to acquire nearly a fourth of BRF, one of the world’s largest poultry producers, and another $969m to acquire almost 82% of shares in US-based National Beef Packing Co. With these latest purchases, Marfrig’s annual combined sales top $13bn. This is not a firm that needs or deserves public assistance.Advertisementhttps://d99dc8087522bc1a2c0fe9758958c42f.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Ultimately, these PDB investments entrench a destructive industrial food system that worsens our climate crisis. These investments mirror the misguided spending of governments worldwide. A recent UN report found that nearly 90% of the $540bn in global agricultural subsidies each year are “harmful”, with the largest subsidies going to industrial beef and milk production.

In Latin America, cattle production is responsible for 70% of deforestation across Amazon countries. According to the Inter-American Development Bank, more than 800,000 sq km of Amazonian jungle – equivalent to 90% of Venezuela’s landmass – has been deforested to make way for industrial livestock and animal feed production.

Unless we dramatically scale back meat and dairy and move swiftly to sustainable methods, experts project that livestock production alone could account for a whopping 80% of the world’s budget for greenhouse gas emissions (in a 1.5C temperature increase scenario) by 2050. If cattle were a nation, they would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. With less than 10 years to prevent irreversible climate catastrophe, every investment and policy must help greatly reduce emissions while bolstering food security and resiliency to weather upheavals.

By ending investments in factory farms, public development bank leaders will send a clear signal to other public finance institutions, the private sector, markets and governments that it’s time for meaningful emissions reductions from livestock, and time to shift subsidies and investments toward highly productive, lower-carbon ecological farming. There is no time to waste.

  • Kari Hamerschlag is the deputy director of Friends of the Earth US’s food and agriculture program and Christopher D Cook is an award-winning journalist and author of Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis

Climate change affects animal behavior

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https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/932019

Humans are shaping environments at an accelerating rate. Indeed, one of the most important current topics of research is the capacity of animals to adapt to human-induced environmental change and how that change affects the expression of animal traits.

With the help of data collected on a little over one hundred animal species, researchers from the University of Helsinki and Lancaster University studied which behavioural traits are the most sensitive to human-induced environmental change, and to which human-induced changes in the environment animals respond the most sensitively. From the largest to the smallest, the groups of organisms included in the study were fish, birds, crustaceans and mammals. In addition, insects, amphibians and lizards were represented.

All the behavioural traits included in the study – aggression, activity, boldness, sociability and exploration of their environment – changed markedly due to environmental change brought about by humans.

“The biggest change was seen in the animals’ activity in exploring their environment. Animals have a strong response to all forms of environmental change, but climate change engendered the greatest change in animal behaviour,” says Postdoctoral Researcher Petri Niemelä from the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki.

In addition to climate change, the other forms of human-induced environmental change included in the modelling were changes in carbon dioxide concentration and nutrient levels, alien species and other biotic changes caused by humans, as well as direct human impact through, for example, urbanisation or other human disturbances.

Changes in activity or other behaviour can often be the initial change in animals instigated by climate change.

“Behavioural change can serve as a buffer with which animals avoid the immediate negative effects of environmental change. For instance, such change can compensate for low reproductive success or increased mortality caused by environmental change. By changing their behaviour, animals can also gain more information on the altered environment.”

The researchers of the University of Helsinki and Lancaster University based the study on a survey of over a thousand scholarly, peer-reviewed, publications, from which the data needed for the analysis were collected on a little over one hundred animal species. The study was published as an open-access publication in the international OIKOS journal series in September 2021.


JOURNAL

Oikos

DOI

10.1111/oik.08366 

METHOD OF RESEARCH

Meta-analysis

SUBJECT OF RESEARCH

Animals

ARTICLE TITLE

Understanding behavioural responses to human-induced rapid environmental change: a meta-analysis

ARTICLE PUBLICATION DATE

15-Sep-2021

UN climate report: Africa’s rare glaciers to disappear within two decades

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BY JORDAN WILLIAMS – 10/19/21 08:38 AM EDT

https://thehill.com/policy/equilibrium-sustainability/577340-un-climate-report-africas-rare-glaciers-to-disappear-within

A new report from the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warns that Africa’s rare glaciers will disappear within two decades.

Thereport released Tuesdaywarned that the current retreat rates of Africa’s glaciers — Mount Kenya, the Rwenori Mountains and Mount Kilimanjaro— are higher than the global average. If it continues, the mountains would bedeglaciated by the 2040s.

Mount Kenya is expected to be deglaciated a decade sooner, the report found, which would make it the first entire mountain range to lose glaciers because of human-induced climate change.https://5f05f3b55820ecfb26dcafacc9320352.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

The WMO made the findings in The State of the Climate in Africa 2020 report, which details how Africa is disproportionately vulnerable to the consequences of climate change.

The report was done in collaboration with the African Union Commission, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) through the Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), and…

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German man charged after 1 person dies in Manitoba hunting incident

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https://www.chvnradio.com/articles/german-man-charged-after-1-person-dies-in-manitoba-hunting-incident

Written by Taylor BrockThursday, Oct 07 2021, 2:09 PM

A suspect is in court after aTuesday-night hunting incident.

RCMP Manitoba says two men were hunting separatelyin a wooded area off of Silver Bridge Road, south of Elma, a community roughly 70 kilometres east of Winnipeg, on Tuesday before they were called about a shooting.

Police say at around 7:55 p.m. they were called to the area. When they arrived, they found a 59-year-old man from Rosengart shot dead. They say the victim was shot by a 45-year-old German citizen man. The two did not know each other.

The suspect is being charged with Manslaughter, appearing in court Thursday.

Lac du Bonnet RCMP, Major Crime Services, RCMP Forensic Identification Services, and Manitoba Conservation Officer Service are investigating.

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Massive male cougar captured, tagged in 2018 by biologists legally killed by hunter in northeast Washington

Eli Francovich, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.Sun, October 17, 2021, 8:01 AM·3 min read

https://www.yahoo.com/news/massive-male-cougar-captured-tagged-150100146.html

The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

Oct. 17—A massive male cougar that was captured and tagged by biologists in 2018 was legally killed by a hunter on Sept. 9 in Eastern Washington.

In 2018, the tom cougar weighed 197 pounds, its head was 56 centimeters in circumference and it was 9 years old, according to Bart George, a wildlife biologist for the Kalispel Tribe who captured the cougar in 2018. The cougar was so large that biologists had to dart him twice. He was so muscular that one of the darts popped out when the animal flexed his thigh muscle. On average, tom cougars weight between 150 and 155 pounds.

At that time, the animal was captured and collared as part of Washington’s ongoing predator-prey project, which is attempting to better understand the relationship between wolves and ungulates. A secondary consideration, however, is how wolves and cougars interact.- ADVERTISEMENT -https://s.yimg.com/rq/darla/4-6-0/html/r-sf-flx.html

In 2018, the cougar was the largest captured cougar in Washington.

“Congratulations to the hunter, that’s a big mature animal that has very likely sired lots of offspring in the region,” George said in a text. “The removal of the big cat will make room for another mature male to fill his niche.”

On Sept. 9, Brandon Reed was fishing and camping with his girlfriend and two children on Carl’s Lake. That morning, they went for a hike around the lake, and he scrambled up to a rocky outcropping for scout for elk. Reed started searching a nearby drainage with his binoculars when he saw the tom cat lying under a tree.

“I’m glassing and laying clear across this drainage was a cat and a big cat,” he said. “It struck me as huge. Laying there like your normal house cat.”

Reed, who had his Tikka .300 mag rifle with him, went to the ground and sighted in on the tom. He estimated the shot was between 300 and 350 yards.

Reed figured that with a target so small, he would either hit the cat or completely miss.

“I’m either going to be high, low or I’m going to hit it,” he said.

He fired, the recoil knocking him off the scope.

When he got the scope back on the cat, he saw it do two flips down the drainage before it disappeared into the tree line.

Reed hiked back to his truck and family, grabbed a shotgun and then went to retrieve the cat. He found the tom wrapped around a tree downhill from where he’d been lying. He also brought a rangefinder and found that he’d shot at 366 yards. He also found the collar and tag placed on the animal in 2018 and he notified state and tribal biologists.

Over the next several hours, Reed skinned the cat and packed out between 50 and 60 pounds of meat in addition to its hide and skull. He’s waiting for the skull to be processed at the taxidermist and will submit it to check for a world record.

The largest cougar shot, according to the Boone and Crockett Club’s record, was killed in 1979 by Douglas E. Schuk in British Columbia. The skull scored 16 4/16 points. The Boone and Crockett Club’s runner-up cougar was killed in Idaho’s Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness by Gene R. Alford of Kamiah, Idaho, in 1988.

“Truth of the matter is I want it to be a record,” Reed said.

Fireworks; harmless fun or wanton destruction?

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As someone who used to love the spectacle and the theatre of firework displays, the whizzing, whooping, whistling, screams, pops, and thunderous bangs, the sparkling, light-blazing skies and the gunpowder smoke hanging heavy in the crisp frosty air, the past few years have been a journey of discovery leading to a 180 degree turnaround in my perspective. As with so many things in my life, getting used to saying, ‘I was wrong, I’ve changed my mind’ has been very humbling and necessary – I can thoroughly recommend it and it gets easier with practice. Now I hold the view that this archaic practice should be completely banned with immediate effect.

I suppose my mind started to change on Hogmanay (Scottish New Year’s Eve) a few years back, on a night when my thoughts moved beyond my erstwhile childish delight in things that sparkle and go bang. Afterwards I wrote,

‘At…

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