Bear 'attack' or 'encounter'? Latest incident fires up debate over hunting New Jersey's most controversial animal
HARDYSTON TWP., N.J. — The black bear that swatted an elderly man in the face last month is long gone, caught and euthanized by state wildlife officials, but the philosophical post-mortem over the future of New Jersey’s largest predator continues.For one, there’s a debate over how to even describe what happened in the 82-year-old man’s garage in West Milford, Passaic County, on July 24. He was left with 30 stitches in his face, evidence enough to call it an “attack,” say pro-hunting groups. Or was it instead an avoidable “encounter,” one that the man could have prevented by not storing food in...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Matthew Stafford: False-positive COVID-19 result was 'a little bit of a scary thing'
DETROIT — All things considered, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seems to be taking his COVID-19 testing fiasco in stride. This despite the family-related concerns the positive test led to for Stafford and the residual consternation it caused for his wife, Kelly.A little more than a week ago, the Lions had to place Stafford on the COVID-19 reserve list when his third test after reporting for training camp came back positive. Four days later, Stafford was activated off the list and the Lions sent out a press release emphatically stating the quarterback had a false-positive and was ne...
The Detroit News
A century ago, it was a Florida landscape shrub. Now, it's a pest plant that keeps spreading
MIAMI — Decorative landscaping in the early 1900s introduced a new shrub to Florida whose young leaves were pink and whose berries were a deep purple. The plant, called shoebutton ardisia, started invading forests and wetlands within decades. It continues spreading throughout southern Florida, capable of taking over ecosystems that otherwise support native animals and beckon tourists.One recently sprouted in Big Cypress National Preserve, a sprawling expanse in Southwest Florida, and the staff hopes to stomp out the fast-spreading invasive before it gains more ground. They’re alerting visitors...
Nearly 60 different types of fish found in Chicago waterways, study shows
CHICAGO — Amazing what can happen when a city stops dumping massive amounts of bleach into its waterways.Nearly 60 different types of fish are swimming in the Chicago and Calumet rivers these days, up from fewer than 10 during the early 1980s, according to a new study of sampling conducted by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.Common carp are still the species found most frequently by district biologists during their annual monitoring of the rivers and connected channels. Last year they pulled a nearly 40-pound carp swollen with eggs out of the Little Calumet River.But since 2001, bio...
Mary Schmich: Hate that mask? You'll like it better if you turn it into a story
Every mask tells a story. What’s yours?Obviously, this question presumes that you have a mask and use it, in which case, you’re not the prime target for the new Illinois ad campaign that comes with the slogan “It Only Works if You Wear It.” The $5 million campaign, which the governor announced Monday, is aimed at the mask resisters, the legions whose behavior is one reason a killer virus continues to stalk the land.But if you do wear a mask when you should — generally indoors in public spaces, outdoors when you can’t keep proper social distance — you probably have a story, and that story makes...
More than 500 dams planned inside protected areas: Study
Hundreds of dams are planned within global protected areas, a prospect that threatens people, plants and animals that rely on the lifegiving waters of free-flowing rivers.According to a first-of-its-kind global analysis published in the journal Conservation Letters, 509 dams, or 14% of the total currently under construction or planned for the next two decades, are set to be built in protected areas.“The sheer number of dams that are planned within protected areas is alarming,” said Michele Thieme, lead author of the study and lead freshwater scientist at WWF. “Rivers are the lifeblood of ecosy...
Unlikely food source may be behind moose success at Voyageurs Park
Deep in the woods of Voyageurs National Park, on the remote Kabetogama Peninsula just south of Rainy Lake, a small and isolated moose population is surviving, even as others in Minnesota have been cut in half or wiped out.The moose inside the park have been dealing with the same challenges as those outside it, from disease to predators to warming temperatures, yet their numbers today are almost identical to what they were in the early 1990s. The question is, why?A team of wolf researchers, which has been painstakingly documenting every summertime kill and meal for wolves in the park, believes ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Review: 'Owls of the Eastern Ice,' by Jonathan C. Slaght
“Owls of the Eastern Ice” by Jonathan C. Slaght; Farrar, Straus & Giroux (368 pages, $28)———Jonathan C. Slaght had seen just one rare Blakiston’s fish owl in his life — and that one completely by chance — before rashly deciding that he would spend five years studying the elusive bird.In 2005, Slaght had earned a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, tracking the effect of logging on songbirds in the remote Primorye region of far Eastern Russia. Slaght, who had also spent time in Primorye as a Peace Corps volunteer, hoped to return there for his doctoral research.For his doctorate, ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
‘Meaningless certification’: Study makes the case against ‘sustainable’ palm oil
JAKARTA — A new study on certified oil palm plantations and their links to past deforestation has sparked a debate over whether they can be considered sustainable if they’re established on once-forested land.The study, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, analyzed highly detailed satellite images from 1984, the oldest available, to 2020. It covered all 78 plantations in Indonesia and 173 in Malaysian Borneo that have been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the world’s largest association for ethical palm oil production.The researchers overlaid the...
Lions' Matthew Stafford had 'false positive' test, taken off COVID-19 list
DETROIT — Matthew Stafford does not have COVID-19.The Detroit Lions took their starting quarterback off the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, saying he was the victim of a “false positive” test.“Today we removed Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list and onto the Active Roster,” the Lions said in a statement. “As a result of a False-Positive test result, he was forced due to NFL/NFLPA protocols to sit out until he received two negative tests.”Stafford tested negative for COVID-19 in his first two tests upon reporting to training camp last week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Lions said in their s...
Detroit Free Press