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Poaching Arrests Made in AZ

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department has charged an individual with four wildlife law violations in connection with an alleged illegal killing of a bighorn sheep ram near the southern shore of Canyon Lake, northeast of Apache Junction. The arrest was made after the department received information from the public through its Operation Game Thief hotline, which is a silent witness line the public can utilize to report wildlife violations. Game and Fish officers corroborated the information with evidence obtained at the crime scene and obtained and executed a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in Mesa. The officers received a written confession from the suspect and seized evidence from the residence, including the firearm he admitted was involved in the alleged illegal shooting and a desert bighorn sheep head which was buried in the backyard.

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Housecat Nurses Three Bobcats

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Housecat nurses three  bobcat kittensZoe, a domestic tabby cat, has just adopted three wild kittens - bobcat kittens, that is!

Right now, they are fuzzy little balls of fluff, but in a few weeks, they will be sporting razor sharp teeth and may be a danger to their foster mom. The bobcats were orphaned after the abandoned house they were living in was demolished a few miles northwest of Columbia, South Carolina.

Zoe will be taking care of the triplets for the next four weeks if all goes as planned. Kittens who are not naturally nursed run a very high risk of pneumonia and death. It is hoped that Zoe will provide a "feline figure" that they can imprint on and learn how to be cats.

The bobcats will quickly outgrow their domestic siblings and are expected to reach a weight of 12-30 lbs with body length between 26-41 inches - roughly twice the size of an average housecat. In the wild, a bobcat would typically remain with their mother until the age of 9 months. However, due to their size and wild temperament, they will be removed from Zoe at approximately six weeks when they can begin to hunt on their own.

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Rupert, the Preemy Deer

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Nature doesn’t get much prettier than this little guy.

This tiny deer was delivered by Caesarean section at a wildlife hospital after his mother was killed by a car.

Little Rupert, who is so small he can fit in an adult's hand, was born after vets failed in their battle to save his mother.

At just six inches tall and weighing just over a pound, he is now in an incubator in the intensive care unit at Tiggywinkles   Wildlife   Hospital  in Buckinghamshire.  He has only recently opened his eyes.

Les Stocker, founder of TiggyWinkles, said, "Rupert's mother had very severe injuries.  We brought him out and got him breathing and then he went into an incubator on oxygen. He is now being fed by a tube." 

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How to Help Coastal Animals

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Oil spill off US CoastThe oil spill off the mouth of the Mississippi River has been declared a “spill of national significance,” and threatens damage to the Gulf Coast—perhaps for months and even years to come.  With the first wave of the oil slick expected to impact coastal Louisiana as early as Thursday evening, Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency.

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is joining with their partners at the local, state and federal level to begin registering volunteers to assist with spill recovery efforts.

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Black-footed ferrets continue to make progress in uphill climb

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Black footed ferret makes comebackThey may not hold the same fascination as with professional sports, but to those working toward the recovery of black-footed ferrets, the records established in March hold more meaning. “It’s exciting news,” said Jeff Corcoran, supervisor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Black-footed Ferret Recovery Effort in Seligman. “The results and the interest level provide hope for the continued success in the recovery of this endangered animal.” Game and Fish personnel and a record 103 volunteers (including 61 in one night) worked from dusk to dawn from March 25-29 spotlighting for the nocturnal black-footed ferret.

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