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Raccoons: Toronto, Rocket and others

It seems 2014 will once again be a summer of raccoons in Southern Ontario. Every few years the debate as to what to do with the “ raccoon problem ” in the country’s largest city comes up. And every few years, the City of Toronto does nothing, and the “problem” ...
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Canmore trail users need to learn to be smarter than the average bear

Canmore is home to many bears – and after an incident in which a man stumbled upon a feeding bear and was subsequently injured, park officials made the smart move and closed down the path where the conflict occurred. What they couldn’t count on was the not-so-smart users of this ...
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Beaver Blotter: August 18, 2014

Wildlife conflicts on the rise in Banff A long winter and poor berry crop are the likely contributing factors to a rise in wildlife conflict in Banff, the CBC reports . A wildlife ecologist noted that the number of conflicts has risen 33 per cent over recent years, though there ...
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Episode 144: The Calgary beaver tale

In recent weeks you’ve seen us on the news, read about us in newspapers and heard us on the radio talking about beavers and trapping in Calgary . Now we’re bringing the story back to the woman who started it. In mid-July, Linda Lelonde and her husband were walking in ...
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Is ‘forgive and forget’ the new enforcement policy in Quebec?

The photos and videos are horrifying: fox and mink in dire straits, sick and injured, awaiting their deaths at a Quebec fur farm. The Montreal SPCA wants criminal charges laid and all animals removed. That support is echoed by tens of thousands of animal welfare advocates and animal-loving citizens. But ...
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GRAPHIC CONTENT: Animals must be removed from Quebec fur farm today!

The Montreal SPCA , acting on a tip, began an investigation into a fur farm north of the city in May of 2014. What they found was appalling. Veterinarians accompanied the Montreal SPCA to the location. Immediately, several foxes were humanely euthanized due to the extent of their suffering and ...
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Wolverine protection may be withdrawn: climate change science is ‘ambigious’

The climate of Earth is changing. There is absolutely no doubt about that . We know a great deal, in fact, about the specificities as to how, when, where and why it’s changing. But for US Wildlife officials, that’s apparently not enough to protect the future of endangered or at-risk ...
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An unintended trap mauls baby skunk

The stories of traps and their victims have been in the Calgary media lately. From a beaver tortured in an allegedly humane Conibear trap to a rabbit trying to run with a leg-hold trap attached to his foot , it hasn’t been a good year. And now we have to ...
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Fur prices plummet 70 per cent in North America

Trapper & Predator Caller has released their 2014 Fur Market Report. And fur-bearing animals everywhere rejoiced. According to their own statistics and reports, the fur industry in North America is bearing witness to a 70 per cent drop in pelt prices this year – and they’re not expecting it to ...
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Beaver Blotter: August 11, 2014

World’s furriest cat A Californian cat has set the record for being the longest-haired feline in the world. Sophie Smith, the cat in question, has fur measuring 25.68 cm on her tail – a full inch longer than the previous record holder. And the best part of the fame coming ...
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