We, the Human Race, are arrogant in thinking that
because we do not understand the language of animals,
that what they are saying is not of consequence.
Indeed, the animals are speaking to us and
for their sake and ours, we must start listening. Keep Florida Wildlife Wild and Alive~
This is a very exciting day for those of us here in Florida who love the spectacular
The young ones have just arrived at their ”Crane College” today in Wisconsin from the
Patuxent Wildlife Research
Center in Laurel, Maryland and will spend
getting a complete
In the Fall, after their
“training” is finished, these beauties will
begin their migration south, or Operation
Migration, following the
ultralight on the long journey to their winter home here
Florida is famous for its
Snowbirds and these Endangered beauties are
example of why so
many love to come down here every year
and spend their winters in paradise.
When the young
birds finally do get here in the Fall,
people will come from all over the country
to see them in their
winter homes at the
Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge on Florida’s Gulf or West
Coast, near Tampa.
So, until we see you in
September babies, listen to your teachers
and play nice with the other kids~
You may learn more about
our beautiful Whooping Cranes here:
Once again this morning, I
had not intended to write, but once again it
was not to be.
This state has a pretty
poor record, in my eyes, when it comes to
“nuisance, (their word not mine)
Nearly every day in our
local news, there is another story of a wild
animal who has caused a problem and has
Today, yet another Black
Bear has stepped across that magical,
mythical line set up by those in charge and
he has paid for his indiscretions with his
Black Bear Euthanized
He was ” euthanized,” what
a deceitful word that is, why do they dare
not speak the truth, they killed him.
Our Florida Black Bears
are normally shy, reclusive, omnivores (which means that they will eat most
anything) and there has never been
an incidence of one attacking a human here.
The ones who end up on the
Orlando news are usually at the top of a
tree, waiting for the people, the cameras
and the noise to leave, so that they can
come down and go about their business.
Perhaps if I had not lived
for so many years in a place like
California, where wild things are now pretty
much coveted, it would not be so hard to
live here in Florida, the wildlife hunting
capital of the South.
To be completely fair, it
was not always so animal friendly in
California, in the historical past, many
wild animals were hunted and killed, which
is why today, there are so few of them left
and people have reversed their thinking and
now go out of their way to protect them.
Florida seems to have such
a low tolerance level for wild things that
bring attention to themselves.
The place where this bear
was killed is in an upscale place on
Florida’s West or Gulf Coast,
I know this only because one of my Aunts
lives there and she has commented on the
kind of people who call it home.
Some of the very wealthy
residents of Naples, like others
of Florida’s affluent resort areas, only
live here part of the year and they don’t
care much for having wild things roaming
around in their neighborhoods and want to be
assured that everything is “ under
And as is usually the case
with a wild animal here, “ under control ”
We did have a large
gorgeous Black Bear here in our little
corner of the world that was recently caught
and relocated: Massive Black Bear Relocated
So, the lesson learned
here is a bitter one, indeed.
Any animal, wild or
otherwise, will remain where a food supply
is constant and it was surmised by the
authorities, that someone was feeding this
young Black Bear.
As the FWS officer who
ended this bear’s life quite accurately
pointed out, ” a fed bear is a dead bear.”
The reminders about
“bear safety” are on the news here
constantly and wouldn’t you think after
witnessing enough of these sad “euthanizations “ on
TV, that people would eventually get it?
If we eliminate their
food source, the Bears won’t come.
So, this little, young
bear is gone, he is dead and will not, as
has often been done in the past, be
relocated up to where we are in the Ocala
Forest, because he might repeat his most ”offensive
If only our Florida
wildlife got as many second chances, as the
criminals here who repeatedly commit the
same crimes and continue to go free.
Perhaps there should be a
separate justice system for our criminal
This Issue is one that I
wrote about some time ago, but recent news
has reminded me once again, that the crisis for this
animal has not only not gone away, but has
gained momentum and appears to now be an out
of control situation:
Biological Diversity Public Action The animals are
beautiful, beneficial Bats and the disease that is wiping this
mammal off of the face of the
Earth, is white-nose syndrome.
Many people have a
negative opinion of this” most helpful
friend “ and even those who don’t fear it, may have a
difficult time feeling any great remorse for
its current plight.
Right now, Bats in this
country are facing nearly complete
eradication from this rampant fungal disease and
the prospects of the species surviving, do
not look too good.
You should be very
concerned about this situation, but you may
not know why.
Bats are the single most
prolific insect eater on the planet and if
they ceased to exist, those nasty little creepy,
crawly, critters might just, as in the
biblical prophecies, not only, " inherit the
earth, “ they may just take it over
quite quickly, with little to stop them,
other than more huge quantities of
what is becoming more and more frequently,
The over use of these
terrible toxins for way too long now, has
caused countless numbers of insects to become
“super bugs,” that are developing
complete immunity to them.
Now, this is all a very
scary thought, unless you happen to love
As for the beleaguered
Bats, the white-nose syndrome has now spread
across the country into 22 states
and has killed more than 7 million Bats in
its death march.
Irregardless of our
personal feelings about Bats, we all need
them in our lives, because the world would
not be a very “human friendly”
place to live with out them.
We actually have a Bat
house on our property and continue to hope
that one day, it might just have
As usual, it would be
wonderful if you chose to get involved and several ways to do
this are detailed in these two stories:
the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota,
land of the Oglala Lakota people.
Unless you are from the
Western United States, Buffalo or
Bison, may not be an animal that you have ever
My experiences with
Buffalo are quite personal, having seen them
in the Dakota’s and on Reservations where
they long ago flourished, roaming in numbers
by the millions.
This is a remarkable
animal, as you would know, once you have come
face to face with them and I do mean this quite literally, having once had one lean all the way inside my Jeep in
Yellowstone, just to say “hello.”
What an unforgettable
experience that was!
My love of the Native
people and the Buffalo of the Dakota’s, was
the driving force in creating a
website to Honor them many years ago:
were of immense historical and cultural
importance to Plains Native people and
it may be difficult for non natives to
fully appreciate the extremely vital role that they
had played in their lives.
To the Plains people, the
Buffalo was everything.
But, in the late 1800′s,
this world of the Buffalo Culture, would
come crashing down, when Buffalo Bill Cody, a
newly constructed coast to coast railroad
system and the US Government, completely changed and
nearly eradicated, both a beloved animal
and a people, almost.
initial slaughter, a meager
few remained in remote parts of the Dakotas and several other
areas, untouched by the kill orders.
The US Government believed
that by eliminating their source of food,
and an entire culture, the Natives
would relinquish at last and go where they
were supposed to be, the prisons that were to
become their permanent homes, the
For the past two hundred
or so years, the absence of their beloved
Buffalo has been a knife in the hearts
to all of those who loved them, up until
about a year ago, when they witnessed a historic event, the buffalo were being
Native people are
deliriously happy for their return, wildlife
officials love what is happening to the Plains ecosystems,
it is a win-win all around.
A bittersweet remark in
the story, says that the return of the
Buffalo,” have restored balance to the land,” imagine that!
Although it looks good for
now, there is one tiny little hiccup, they
are running out of money to
continue funding this project.
As if to quell the
expected outbreak of hostility, it was
clearly stated that of course, none of the horse meat
will be sold in America. Hello, that is not the
problem people, the problem is, you are
slaughtering horses. Hopefully, you have had the chance to read my story on this
Want To Live.” A group on Facebook has
much, much more: https://www.facebook.com/NewMexicoAgainstHorseSlaughter It is simply
incomprehensible to me and I am sure to you
as well, that this is going to be done. Is America still a
Democracy? Do the concerns of the
People have any meaning any more? Why is there no
discussion, no input allowed, for something
as egregious as this? We, the People, in this
country have raised our voices in absolute
objection to many Issues and it is if we are
speaking another language, no one in charge
seems to hear us. I feel so angry, so
sickened by this, that I cannot speak. Then, as if that news was
not enough to break my heart this morning, I
opened my first email and it was about 144
Canadian Geese being slaughtered in North Carolina. The group trying to stop
it has a petition and much more information
here: https://www.facebook.com/cwrescue Sometimes, like today, I
feel like this is all for nothing. Right now, my heart is
broken and it is like no one is listening,
A Badger whose future is unclear
(source of this picture is unknown)
Since beginning this Blog in March, many
Issues have been addressed here that
involved animals being harmed.
Thankfully, being the kind
and caring readers that you all are, you
have responded with zest, zeal and passion.
But the one topic that has
evoked the most overt reaction, raw emotion
and absolute disgust from all of you has
been, mass animal murders.
What has been written
about here relating to this particular topic
to date are:
horses, elephants, gorillas
There are other stories to
be told, but not written about here
yet, with past and future planned executions
in this country, namely, wolves and bison
or buffalo and of course, the
Burmese Python In The Florida Everglades.
It remains curious to me,
that whenever humans wish to dispose of an
unwanted or unwelcome animal, they choose
to call what they intend to do to it, a
comes from their Oxford dictionary)
Are they uneasy with the
words “mass murder?”
Now sadly, as of today,
one more species can be added to this list:
To be completely honest,
until this came to my attention here on Word
Press, I knew nothing about this animal, but
in the few short months here, I have
Global Outcry From Fellow Bloggers about
what is being planned in England for this
For some unknown reason,
certain humans seem to believe that it makes
more of an impact, if the slaughter of a
chosen victim is done is huge numbers, and
for some odd reason, the last two discussed
here, had the number 5,000.
After reading the stated
reasoning behind the proposed slaughter this
August of Great Britain’s Badgers, the
for this action is
that they believe it
will reduce the
number of cases of
TB in the Cattle
The Country has had
an often times, ugly
history with this
animal, point in
case being the now
Blood Sport Of
Badger Baiting. For those of you not
living in, or
America, we have had
a similar caselike
this with our Native
bison, or buffalo in
Wyoming. Years ago, Montana
or buffalo, just as
soon as they left
wandered into their
state because they
feared the Bison
were infecting, or
infect, their cows
Brucellis abortis. And one final
thought, a new
story today, says
that the upcoming CULL
Of Badgersmay not even be of
any benefit at all,
according to one of
their very own. As
the species with the
brain, could we not
at least consider
ways to deal with
animals that we seem
to have a conflict
with, other than
mass murders? Come to think of it,
our past history
with other humans
does not lend itself
well to this, does
Plastic trash on the Beach in Hawaii
Picture credit: NOAA
I have been wanting to address this Issue for
months and with this announcement today,
it is now time.
The city of Los Angeles, my home for over 30 years, who is
continually at the forefront and frequently a leader in
cutting edge everything, has just passed the most exciting eco-friendly
legislature in its history.
It has banned single-use plastic bags.
I can see Ed Begley Jr. smiling from here~
So now, how long will it take for the rest of us to get on board
The damage done Globally by all kinds of plastics, cannot easily be
It injures, affects, hurts and kills so many types of animals
everywhere, that it is difficult to accurately measure its
Birds, turtles, dolphins, whales and many other sea animals are all
being found with plastic pieces, some quite large, that they
have ingested in the waters all over the world.
Baby chicks of sea birds in remote parts of the Pacific, have been
found starving to death due to the plastic pieces that they are being fed
instead of food, mistakenly by their unaware parents.
It just goes on and on.
So, my request, my hope, is that we collectively, will try to do
our best to get plastic out of our lives.
As for myself, I can only offer up what I have done for so many
years and that is to find alternatives to plastic in every
When and if any plastic does regretfully make its way home, it is
dealt with as the potential killer that it truly is.
It is disposed of very
carefully, always with an animal ending up
being harmed by it in mind.
I am so proud of L.A. for
being a leader on this extremely important
Issue and applaud them.
Where I now live in
Florida, on our street, we are one of very
few who even put out a recycle bin for
the trash collectors each week.
Each of us can do this, we
can help by simply making a small change in
our lives and spare animals a
painful, horrible death, by just not buying
plastic, each and every time that
we can choose an alternative.
Think baby steps, take it
one plastic product, one plastic choice at
a time and pretty soon it could be,
it can be, gone from all of our lives.
And finally, picture a
hungry baby bird with its tiny belly filled
up with bits of plastic, perhaps that will be
all the motivation you will ever need?
Elephants At Zakouma National Park in SE Chad,
the tragic sight of many Elephant deaths by poachers
Who says that dreams don’t
Today is a miracle day for
all those who love Elephants, as a monster
has been captured in Africa.
In Chad a poacher named
Hassan Idriss, who has the blood of 89
Elephants and more on his hands, has
been captured. This monster has been
repeatedly murdering Elephants and he is
known to have help or accomplices. It is time to get serious
about these monsters and drag them all into
court, where they will
hopefully be given the harshest ever known
sentence in Africa for these heinous crimes. Do they have the death
penalty in Africa for poachers? If they do not, they
should because these mass animal murderers
are at the bottom of the barrel as
far as a species goes. Yes, there is one
down, and so many more to go, but on this
wonderful day, there is one less. So many Blessings can be
said today for a small, but important
victory for the Elephants. Please do read the
story about this and
so much more at this
remarkable place for
all who love
animals: Poacher Captured In