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Two oil companies planning to drill in remote Arctic waters, Shell and ConocoPhillips, are pleading with U.S. regulators not to make them follow new guidelines proposed by the Interior Department that would require the companies to keep emergency spill response equipment close at hand and prohibit the use of chemical dispersants.

wildwesjames:

backwoodscountryboy97:

Everyone who can please take some time and report this to Florida fish and wildlife commissions (FWC) This guy killed a protected eastern indigo (drymarchon couperi) in the state of Florida. Which can lead to him serving jail time. Conservation can’t work if we got idiots like him killing indigos. The website to report him is http://m.myfwc.com/contact/wildlife-alert/ Or google FWC report.

myakka Florida. Manatee county
 

This, is heartbreaking.  

  My name is Wesley James. I live in Sarasota Florida and have been hiking Myakka State Park for as long as I’ve had legs. 

I have, in 23 years, never ONCE seen a single wild indigo snake. They are not only my most favorite animal in Florida but among some of the most rare animals in the US.

The eastern indigo is critically endangered living almost exclusively in burrows of the also protected and also declining gopher tortoise(Gopherus polyphemus) which has had much of its habitat destroyed due to urban development. They are a harmless but large black colubrid, the largest in the US in fact, and often killed because of their imposing size. Anyone who has spent time with these animals knows however that they are quite docile and not inclined to bite at all. These animals are in extreme decline from all fronts due to a number of causes and unfortunately among them people who intentionally kill them. This, this akin to intentionally killing a rhino or Andean condor in terms of both rarity and ecological significance and it gets worse…

  Judging from the size of this animal it’s likely to be a female. What this man has done is not only killed one single endangered animal but taken a whole possible generation of offspring. Females of snakes are not only important for birthing new generations but often much less common than males. In populations of certain species the ratio can be 10 to 1 and in extreme cases (certain garters) 100+ to 1. Taking a female out of the wild could prove potentially fatal to an entire local population. 

Please, even if you are not fond of snakes, if you love animals understand that what this person has done is terrible, illegal, and damages both this species and the environment that it lives in. I love these animals, I love them with all my heart and the fact that this makes it that much less likely to see one hurts like losing a friend. I have several contacts in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and will be reporting this but if you could please share to spread awareness about this species I would be extremely grateful. 

                                            Thank you. -Wes. 

Horse got stuck in a river in Kent, England. Rescuers guessed she had been in the water a couple of hours and was almost dead. But…..rescuers from the local fire department and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals pulled her out of the river, saving her. She’s back at home, recovering.

Story in The Dodo here.

These lions are being rescued! (Poor guy on the left in the bottom photo looks absolutely miserable, doesn’t he!) Story in The Dodo tells us that Peru changed its laws banning the use of wild animals in circuses. So, Animal Defenders International is rounding up the lions, who will be flown to a sanctuary in Colorado.

The link to the story, entitled, "30 Rescued Circus Lions Are On Standby For A Flight Out Of Peru," can be read here.

Yes! Watch this and bet which one of the 150 baby sea turtles wins the race from the bucket to the ocean! Huffington Post explains: “On Lankayan Island, located off the coast of Malaysian Borneo, groups of tourists and conservation experts bring buckets of hatchling sea turtles to the water’s edge and watch as the animals race down the beach to get their flippers wet for their first time.”

Swift Fox Photography by Michael Forsberg (National Geographic)

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“They don’t like human presence, so you have to let them come to you on their terms, not the other way around.”

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A swift fox mother is seen with her pups in the Buffalo Gap Grasslands National Grassland in western South Dakota.

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“[The grasslands are] a place that’s in triage mode. But it’s a very resilient place, and the creatures that live here are very resilient. And I hope the work that I’ve done helps people appreciate that and the environment.”

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“Out here, everything runs fast and lives in holes in the ground and is hunted—it’s a very different kind of experience [from the Grand Canyon or the Rockies], but it’s every bit as remarkable.”

Here’s a link to an article, with one more photo, about the Swift Fox and Michael Forsberg’s photography in National Geographic.