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New guidelines aim to help develop wildlife-compatible fencing in Arizona

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After years of research and development, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has finished its completely-revised fence guidelines aimed at helping landowners, project managers, land management agencies and others develop wildlife-compatible fencing across Arizona.  Fencing is an important part of the landscape, but while it is meeting its objectives of keeping something out, improperly designed or located fences can dramatically reduce the “connectivity” of habitat and potentially cause injury to wildlife. Impermeable fences can fragment habitat into small islands of resources, isolating animals and leading to starvation, genetic isolation and disease.

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Three cat monolith found in Mexico

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triad of catsPhotograph from INAH via APMeasuring 5 feet tall and 3.6 feet wide, a “spectacular” carving of three seated jaguars was recently uncovered in central Mexico. The cats were carved into a stone monolith that is reminiscent of Olmec carvings. While many pictographs and figures of cats have been uncovered through the years, the Triad of Felines is unique in that it profiles the animals in a sitting position. According to the National Geographic, the three cats “also appear to have supernatural qualities such as flaming eyebrows and stylized mouths that are reminiscent of traditional Olmec masks.” Scientists believe the carving is circa 700 B.C. and they are calling it the Triad of Felines. It was located approximately 60 miles south of Mexico City at Chalcatzingo. History of Cat Carvings

Cat carvings have been uncovered at Chalcatzingo since 1935 and this is the latest in approximately 40 large stone carvings. While it's difficult to determine exactly what type of big cats these are, the consensus is jaguars, although they may also be mountain lions.

"One of our hypotheses is that, in the time from 800 to 500 B.C., there was a frieze along the entire Cerro Chalcatzingo," or "Chalcatzingo hill," project member Mario Cordova Tello, an archaeologist with Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), said in a statement.

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"The Great White Bear" Review

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This year, nobody needs to remind you that it’s winter. If you don’t live it first-hand, you hear about it: mountains of snow, frozen cars, winds that cut sideways and cold air that literally takes your breath away. Yes, it’s winter. But look on the bright side. It might be cold, but at least you can walk around outside without worrying about being killed and eaten. You don’t have to keep your eyes peeled for creatures that are almost taller than a house, either. Read more about it in “The Great White Bear” by Kieran Mulvaney.

It’s hard not to love the idea of a polar bear. It’s big and snuggly-looking with black eyes and fat padded paws. The cubs are beyond adorable. You wonder if their fur is as soft and cuddly as it looks. Finding out is not recommended. When was the last time you hugged a 1,700-lb (773 kg) creature with canine teeth?

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AZ Wolves Monitored as Wallow Fire Burns

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As the Wallow Fire continues to grow and impact eastern Arizona’s landscape – displacing residents and threatening livelihoods – wildlife officers are on the ground helping evacuate residents, protect structures and mitigate the effects on wildlife. The fire has burned nearly 106,000 acres as of early June 3 and is at zero percent containment. An interagency team is monitoring the effects of the fire on the endangered Mexican wolf population that lives in the area. Two of four wolf packs that are known to reproduce regularly in Arizona – the Rim and Bluestem Packs -- are in the immediately impacted area of the fire. Young pups have been confirmed for the Bluestem Pack, and the Rim Pack is displaying behavior that is consistent with denning activity. However, the fire’s impact on these wolves thus far has been low.

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“River Monsters” by Jeremy Wade

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You really need to get to the bank this week. You have a deposit to make and if it’s a good day, you’ll also make a withdrawal. You would, in fact, go to the bank every day for the rest of your life if you could. Then again, fishing from a boat rather than the river bank might be fun, too. If you’ve ever drowned a worm, you’ve undoubtedly got plenty of One That Got Away stories. But how will they compare to the fish you’ll read about in “River Monsters” by Jeremy Wade

At somewhere around age eight, Jeremy Wade threw his first worm in the water and thought fishing was pretty okay. Later, though he had an interest in fish and a degree in zoology, he “wandered lost for several years”, working as a teacher and performing minimum-wage jobs. And then he found a magazine article about fishing in India. He suddenly realized that his fascination with fish could pay the bills. He wrote a few articles, was discovered by a London television producer, became a TV star and eventually got his own show on Animal Planet. In this book, Wade writes about some of the more memorable fishing expeditions he’s ever made – but these aren’t your father’s little jaunts down the creek.

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