Kleptoparasitism; an octopus named Fred; moose chasers

Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

 

WASHINGTON

Nature photographer Kevin Ebi has captured bald eagles snatching food from crows, great blue herons and even other eagles, but he’s never seen anything quite like what played out in the blue sky above San Juan Island National Historical Park. Ebi spent the afternoon watching eight young foxes romp on the prairie. One kit managed to snag a rabbit by the foot, though the rabbit pulled free and scurried to the safety of its burrow. Another got luckier, and Ebi photographed it prancing off proudly with a rabbit dangling from its mouth. Then the scream of a bald eagle cut through the air, and sure enough, a huge raptor swooped down and “lifted the young fox and rabbit into the sky.” Eagles are strong — they can lift about half their body weight of five or six pounds — but Ebi says the double burden of a fox with a rabbit in its mouth must have been excessive, especially since the airborne fox kept fighting to hold on to its prey. Finally, the eagle transferred the rabbit to its right talon and released the fox, which dropped some 20 feet, setting off “a small dust cloud when it hit the ground.” The fox trotted off unhurt, though another photographer on the scene, Zachary Hartje, thought it “looked scared” as it ducked into its den afterward. The air battle lasted less than 8 seconds. You can watch all this on Ebi’s blog, Living Wilderness. For the record, reports the Seattle Times, when a predator steals another animal’s prey, it’s called “kleptoparasitism.”

Food fight!
Kevin Ebi

 

CALIFORNIA

Giovanni DeGarimore, the owner of Giovanni’s Fish Market in Morro Bay, sells pink shrimp, local sole and crab, but you won’t find octopus for sale at his place. DeGarimore, an avid scuba diver, once played hide-and-seek with an octopus in Fiji — “an experience I’ll never forget,” he said, he told Morro Bay Tourism — and he says the animals are among the most intelligent and feeling creatures on the planet. So when a local fisherman caught a giant 70-pound octopus in his crab net, DeGarimore spent a few hundred dollars to buy the animal. Naming it “Fred,” he boarded the octopus at his fish market for a few days before releasing it back to the ocean — in a secure spot away from risks like sea lions. “It might not change the world,” he said of Fred’s release, “but if it makes me happy, and makes Fred happy, then it was worth it.”

 

UTAH

The headline in The Salt Lake Tribune was “man bites police dog,” but the kicker was even better: “Who got the rabies shot?” A man — who was clearly high on illegal substances — was arrested after he rammed his car head-on into a police vehicle and then refused to get out of the car. An officer shot him with a stun gun, but when that failed to move him, a police dog was brought onto the scene, whereupon the man bit the dog “as it was biting him.” An officer and the dog were injured in the confrontation, but both will recover, said Detective Matt Roper. No word on those rabies shots, but it sounds like they were needed.

 

THE WEST

You could almost hear the Montana Democrat’s frustration: Sen. John Tester could not believe it when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, once Montana’s sole congressman, proposed a paltry $8.1 million budget for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is entitled by law to some $900 million from off-shore oil leases. “Public lands is a Western thing,” said Tester. “We’ve got to have an advocate in the administration — that’s you. … Whoa, come on, $8.1 million? … Are there no projects nationwide? Because these ecosystems are not going to be around in 20 years.”

 

ARIZONA

Pet fish can be hazardous to your health. Six people from the Tucson area were hospitalized recently after their fish tank made them sick. The cause? Zoanthid corals on the bottom of the tank were releasing a toxin called palytoxin, reports Tucson News Now. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the toxins are dangerous to humans, though apparently not to fish.

 

COLORADO

A man chased a moose onto the median of a busy highway in Frisco, Colorado, and then loitered dangerously close to the huge animal, which was clearly agitated, its ears back. A motorist stopped to take a photo and posted it on social media. The same day, a woman posted a video on Facebook of herself feeding a moose through her car window. This behavior is wildlife harassment and anything but safe for the people involved, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. But on the bright side, says Summit County wildlife manager Elissa Slezak, thanks to social media, wildlife harassers can be warned and ticketed, and perhaps, at the very least, educated.

 

Tips and photos of Western oddities are appreciated and often shared in this column. Write [email protected] or tag photos on Instagram.

NewTowncarShare News Classifieds
  • Popular vacation house, furnished, 2 bed/1 bath, yard, dog-friendly. Lee at [email protected] or 520-791-9246.
  • Crested Butte Land Trust seeks a development director to lead its fundraising efforts. Remote and unspoiled, Crested Butte is located in one of the Rockies...
  • 5-Acre Home Site, Great Views with Spectacular Sunsets From a South Facing Home Site. Excellent for Passive Solar Design. Covenants, No HOA. Keller Williams Co....
  • 3 bed/2 bath, detached strawbale building. 11.7 acres, barn, corrals, fenced. Wells, solar panels, greenhouses. Paved access. 575-535-2568.
  • WildEarth Guardians seeks two public interest-focused staff attorneys with a minimum of 5 years experience to join our legal team. Experience with at least some...
  • The New Mexico Wildlife Federation is seeking an Executive Director, a visionary leader who is passionate about public lands, dedicated to executing an innovative strategic...
  • HIGH COUNTRY NEWS Customer Service Specialist I General Statement of Duties: Works closely with the customer service manager performing high-volume routine computer database work. Also...
  • We are hiring a Finance Associate Full time, competitive pay and benefits, based in Bozeman,MT Visit www.greateryellowstone.org/careers for details GYC is an equal opportunity employer
  • The Aravaipa Land Steward coordinates preserve stewardship work and general operations including maintenance and general preserve management. Implements preserve management plans, which may include species...
  • seeks a talented and dynamic development professional, with a passion for protecting our natural environment, to lead our development and fundraising team.
  • The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society seeks an Executive Director in Denver, CO to serve as the Chief Administrator of the national Native American...
  • NewTowncarShare News seeks a development assistant to assist with fundraising campaigns. HCN is an award-winning, national news magazine. Strong candidates will have experience administering...
  • Energiekontor US seeks experienced local candidate, must reside in western South Dakota. Send resume and cover letter to: [email protected]
  • Needed: instructor with 5 years *documented* instruction experience, current qualifications, M-410 or equivalent, and able to work as-needed for NM non-profit working with at-risk youth.
  • Seeking passionate full-time Executive to lead the oldest non-profit organization in Idaho. Must have knowledge of environmental issues, excellent organizational, verbal presentation and written skills,...
  • Carbondale based public lands advocate, Wilderness Workshop, seeks a Conservation Director to help direct and shape the future of public land conservation on the West...
  • The Bighorn River Basin Project Manager identifies and implements projects to improve streamflows, restore stream and riparian habitat, improve fish passage and rehabilitate or replace...
  • The San Juan Mountains Association in Durango, CO is seeking a Director of Visitor Services & Bookstore Operations to lead our visitor information program &...
  • Dream of owning your own business, being your own boss, working from home ... this is the one. 928-380-6570, www.testshop.com. More info at https://bit.ly/2Kgi340.
  • Create a base in the center of Southern Utah's Grand Circle of National Parks. Multiple residential property with three established rental units and zoning latitude...


Узнайте про популярный web-сайт , он рассказывает про Шины Rosava profshina.kiev.ua