A leopard sits as still as can be, staring into the bush. Look at those shoulder blades, look at the spots on its spine…awesome. *More or less. Probably more. Don’t be literal.
To follow up on the video we posted yesterday, which you can see here in a longer version, an off-duty guide in South Africa’s Kruger National Park who was spurred on by liquid courage and the Darwinian hecklings of his mates was quickly and decisively fired by his employer, Singita Game Reserve. Two other off-duty [...]
Well, Dumbo must have been feeling mellow, cause this drunken fool was begging for it. Just yesterday we brought news of a poacher who was trampled to death by an egregiously PO’d pachyderm. How this knucklehead — and I’m being kind — avoided becoming cheese between the elephant’s toes, only the ellie knows for sure.
A lot of folks are freaked out about domestic drones surveilling our every movement, and probably for good reason. But a fleet of drones called Ravens, which were originally used by the military in Iraq in 2005 and cost $250,000 per system, have been repurposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to do much [...]
As AJ reported earlier this week, the public lands wild horse and burro problem is a big deal. There are 37,000 animals running free on open range and another 37,000 being held in holding facilities. Storing and feeding the horses costs $43 million a year. And that doesn’t count the efforts to deal with the [...]
It used to take students on National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) courses up to an hour to hang their food in bear country. While students still learn how to properly hang food, they don’t often do it in the backcountry any more — instead they use electric bear fences. Now NOLS often has 15 people [...]
Nancy, Nancy, Nancy. Marine biologist and whale-watching tour operator Nancy Black knew better than to feed killer whales in the Monterey National Marine Sanctuary off California, but she did it anyway and was filmed by a crew member. Oops. Yesterday, she pleaded guilty to a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and now faces [...]
Sharks might have more sympathy on their side if their gave birth to cute, furry, photogenic offspring, like lions. But, alas for them, they don’t. There’s all those teeth, the feeding frenzies, Jaws, and, dang it, shark fin soup. Not much warm and cuddly there. But sharks are apex predators, critical to the health and [...]
In fall of 2011, biologists Dan Cooper and Miguel Ordeñana installed 13 remote cameras in a 4,000-acre patch of wild hills known as Griffith Park, above Los Angeles. Each month, they combed through predictable images of a near-urban ecosystem: Coyotes marking, bobcats stalking, deer browsing the chaparral. One evening last March, however, they got a [...]
They don’t call them “safaris” in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, they call them “game drives,” but for a pair of visitors this week it was anything but a game when an elephant attacked and demolished their car. The man, who was Polish, suffered broken ribs, and the woman, who was Chinese, received a broken [...]
Back…away…from the sheep. Not many visitors to Zion National Park in southern Utah are fortunate enough to see one of the area’s bighorn sheep, but they do, they should stay far, far away. A chicken pox-like disease is running rampant through the herds and could be transmitted to humans. “Contagious ecthyma,” also called sore mouth [...]
Some wildlife encounters you simply don’t expect to survive. Last year, on the day before Halloween, Scott Stephens was gleaming at his good luck. Winds at Humboldt Bay in Northern California were offshore and grooming the waves, which were peaking all along the beach with some extra oomph from the high tide. Stephens nabbed four [...]
Sick sea lion pups have been washing ashore in California at rates “exponentially” higher than normal since the beginning of the year, and the federal government has declared an “unusual mortality event” — a listing that could generate more aid to beleaguered rescue centers. In Los Angeles County alone, 395 pups have been stranded since [...]
In a public relations battle between coyotes and mountain lion kittens, the kittens are going to win every time, but that didn’t do two kits much good in the real world last week in the National Elk Refuge outside Jackson, Wyoming, when they were accosted by some territorial canines. The juvenile lions scrambled quickly up [...]