Category Archives: Wildlife

Bird Missing for 170 Years Reappeared in Indonesian Forest

By Rachel Nuwer

What might be Asia’s longest-missing bird just came out of hiding. For the first time in 170 years, researchers reported last week that a black-browed babbler has been found in Indonesia. The discovery of the muted black, gray and chestnut-brown bird solves what an authoritative birding guide describes as “one of the great enigmas of Indonesian ornithology.”

“When we actually got confirmation of the identification, I did a little prayer and bowed down to celebrate,” said Panji Gusti Akbar, an ornithologist and lead author of the paper describing the new species. “I felt excitement, disbelief and a lot of happiness.”

Read more from The New York Times…

Wooden box sat at airport for a week, inside was something wicked

An unmarked wooden box with several crude holes arrived at an airport without proper labeling. The airport employees put the box aside and went about their business. Because it didn’t have proper tags, it would sit among other items with the same issue. The box was approximately 16 inches high and it only had a note that it was to be shipped to Syria.

With its improper labeling, the box sat in a holding room for an entire week. Finally, the airport employees received legal confirmation that they could open the box and inspect the contents. What they found nearly knocked them off their feet!

Inside the box were three Siberian tiger kittens. No one was sure how they were still alive. But all three clung onto life despite having no food or water for a week! “Nothing indicated that the box contained tigers or even live animals, and there were no details of a shipper or receiver,” the animal rights group Animals Lebanon wrote on Facebook.

The three male kittens had been on a flight from the Ukraine and were supposed to be sold to a zoo in Syria. Animals Lebanon insisted that the tigers be transferred to them. A judge agreed. “Their paw pads were raw and red from being covered in urine, and were their back legs and thighs,” Animals Lebanon added on Facebook.

The Siberian tigers were in horrible shape. The endangered species are highly sought after in the black market. People wanting to make money off their illegal sales may not take the animals’ well-being into account.

“They are improving – but they are still at risk! Big cats can be worth tens of thousands of dollars on the black market. The owner is fighting to get them back, and we are fighting for the tigers and rule of law,” Animals Lebanon explained on Facebook.

The zoo fought the rescue group for the tigers’ return. Thankfully a judge again ruled in the favor of the rescue group and all three tigers will remain with them. “Thank you for all the help to make this possible. So many people did more than enough to do the right thing and to prevent the tigers from ending up on the black market!” Animals Lebanon writes on Facebook.

The tigers are thriving in their new habitat. We are so grateful they were found in the nick of time! To see their rescue, click HERE.

Dallas Mystic Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to Wildlife Crimes

imageA Dallas mystic shop owner has pleaded guilty to trafficking dried hummingbird carcasses in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

Cynthia Macias-Martinez, 48, pleaded guilty to the sale of wildlife taken in violation of federal law before United States Magistrate Judge Renee H. Toliver on Tuesday.

According to court documents, Ms. Macias-Martinez, owner of a Dallas mystic shop, admitted to selling dried hummingbird carcasses known as “chuparosas” without a valid permit or authorization. “Chuparosas” are believed by some to have mystical benefits and are commonly used as amulets or charms.

The hummingbird, a migratory bird, is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Pursuant to Federal regulations, it is illegal to take, possess, import, export, transport, or sell a hummingbird, or its parts, nests, or eggs, except under the terms of a valid permit.

Ms. Macias-Martinez admitted the dried hummingbird carcasses she acquired were illegally imported and smuggled into the United States from Mexico. Without a valid permit or authorization, Ms. Macias-Martinez offered the dried hummingbird carcasses for sale in her store.

She further admitted to both possessing and selling dozens of dried hummingbird carcasses of different species each of which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Ms. Macias-Martinez faces up to 5 years in federal prison, a$250,000 fine, and restitution for her crimes. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, IRS-Criminal Investigations, and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Douglas Brasher is prosecuting this case.

Source: Texas Police News

Update on Injured Bobcat



Courtesy of Grapevine Police

An injured bobcat last seen on Monday has been found in Grapevine. Shortly before noon on Saturday, February 29, 2020, Grapevine Police and Grapevine Animal Services were notified that a homeowner spotted the animal on some property along Parr Lane. 

Officers were able to confirm the bobcat still had the illegal foot trap attached to its leg, and called in additional assistance from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden.  The injured animal was hiding under a shed, and moved into some nearby hay as experts approached.  A Fort Worth Code Compliance Officer tranquilized the bobcat so workers could move it safely.

The bobcat was taken to Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas, where its leg and overall health were evaluated.  While under sedation, medical professionals discovered the bobcat was emaciated, septic, and had a heart murmur, and they determined the animal would not survive surgery.  As a result, the decision was made to humanely euthanize the bobcat.

The safety of our community and protection of all life remains a top priority for Grapevine Police and Grapevine Animal Services.  We are grateful nobody was hurt in a confrontation with this injured and scared animal.  Plans were already in place for a rehabilitation and wildlife sanctuary to care for the bobcat, and we appreciate the specialists who were willing to take in the animal.  

We thank everyone who helped in this case, from the concerned homeowners and neighborhood groups, to the animal hospital, game warden and animal services workers from outside agencies who offered their support and resources.  We hope this case serves as a serious reminder that the type of foot trap used on this bobcat is not allowed in our City.  Anyone who has questions about humanely trapping wildlife can call Grapevine Animal Services at 817.410.3370.

Police searching for injured bobcat in Grapevine

By Catherine Marfin, Breaking News Reporter

Grapevine police are searching for an injured bobcat near Parr Park Sprayground.

Police said in a tweet that the bobcat stepped on an illegal foot trap and might become aggressive if approached.

Grapevine police are working with the game warden and neighboring agencies in order to safely capture the bobcat and assess its injury.

Anyone who sees the bobcat should call 911.


Read more from The Dallas Morning News

Thousands of tarantulas expected to crawl through Colorado in mass migration

By Austin Williams


(Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/Picture alliance via Getty Images)

 – Looking for the ultimate family getaway? Well now’s your chance to witness the great tarantula migration expected to kick off this month in Colorado.

According to the Gazette, thousands of tarantulas with a high libido can be seen crawling through the Colorado grasslands in search of a mate, beginning their exodus from August through early October.

Scientists say many of the spiders are 10-year-old males looking to mate with females that make their burrows in Colorado’s grasslands.

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Texas Horned Lizard Making a Comeback From the Brink


Texas-Horned-Lizard-660x390Texas named the Texas horned lizard, also known as the Texas horned frog or even the “horny toad,” as the state reptile. Due to its low numbers across the state, conservation groups consider it a threatened species. In recent years, though, the Texas horned lizard seems to be surging back, thanks to the efforts of some dedicated individuals.

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The 2019 Texas Wildflower Season Could Be the Best One in 10 Years


Texas-Wildflower-Report-2019-793x526If you live in Texas and, like us, wait with bated breath for those first few wildflowers to start popping up in the open fields, then this might be the best single piece of news you read today. The Texas Bluebonnet and Wildflower Report for the 2019 Spring Wildflower Season Outlook was recently released by Wildflower Haven and there is good news all around. The report found that wildflowers and the famous bluebonnets of the Texas Hill Country could bloom earlier than usual this year because we saw above-average rainfall across the state this fall and winter.

Read more from Wide Open Country…

Another coyote attack reported near Eldorado Parkway in Frisco


coyoteOn Jan. 29, a coyote reportedly bit a man who was jogging near Eldorado Parkway and Tangerine Lane, according to Frisco Police Department. The man was able to fend off the coyote and was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

At least five other incidents where a coyote was aggressive toward a person have been reported near the same area.

Read more from Community Impact…

Invasive zebra mussels infest Grapevine Lake, Texas Parks and Wildlife reports



These Zebra mussels are hanging on a simple rope, with their depth attributable to their ability to attach to each other as well as other native mussels. (Leslee Bassman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local entities are encouraging boaters to take steps to ensure that an expected infestation of zebra mussels at Grapevine Lake does not interfere with water intake or cause environmental damage.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in June announced a juvenile zebra mussel and microscopic larvae were found at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-operated lake. Zebra mussels are an invasive species that pose an ecological and economic threat, damage boats and threaten a city’s water supply by clogging pipes.

Read more from Community Impact…