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Talkin' Pets News April 24, 2021 Host - Jon Patch Co-Host - Dr. Adriana O - Boyette Animal Hospital - Riverview, FL Producer - Lexi Lapp Adams Network Producer - Darian Sims Social Media - Bob Page Special Guests - Mary Margaret Callahan, Chief Mission Officer of the leading therapy animal organization, Pet Partners, will speak with Jon & Talkin' Pets 4/24/21 on importance of pets in the home classroom and lasting lessons learned as we move beyond the pandemic Max Leahy, Co-Founder of Poop'NTie will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 4/24/21 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away his product the only poop bag for dogs with a draw string close
As more people return to their normal work and school routines, fewer are taking in shelter pets, at least in certain parts of the country. CBS DFW reports that animals shelters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are seeing fewer pets go to foster homes. Early in the pandemic, there had been a surge in fostering and adoption. In March 2020, Dallas Animal Services reported that 205 animals were in foster homes. Now that number is down to 35. And in Hawaii, some shelters are seeing a spike in adopted animals being returned, according to KHON2. Ku’ulei Durand, executive director of Paws of Hawaii, said, “It’s either due to a loss of a job or not enough time or even now that the world is getting back to normal. Some people are going back to their jobs and so they just don’t have enough time for the dogs.” +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A backcountry guide died after being attacked by a grizzly bear near Yellowstone National Park, according to officials. Charles "Carl" Mock, 40, of West Yellowstone, was alone fishing west of the park in Montana on when the bear attacked, according to a release from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department. "The man had bear spray with him, but it's unclear whether he was able to deploy it during the attack," according to a release from the department. He was transported to Idaho Falls for treatment of severe injuries. Mock had two surgeries before suffering a stroke and ultimately passing away from injuries sustained during the mauling, according to the Facebook page for Charles Mock's employer, Backcountry Adventures -- which provides snowmobile rentals, guide services, and snow coach tours in the area. A group of seven investigators, including Forest Service personnel and bear specialists, returned to the attack site on to assess ongoing public safety risks and conduct an investigation. Before reaching the location of the mauling, a bear described as an "older-age male grizzly" began charging the group. "Despite multiple attempts by all seven people to haze away the bear, it continued its charge. Due to this immediate safety risk, the bear was shot and died about 20 yards from the group," according to the release. Investigators later found a moose carcass within 50 yards of the site of Mock's attack. This would indicate the grizzly was likely defending a food source, the statement said. The National Park Service says that since 1979, Yellowstone has hosted over 118 million visits. During this time, 44 people were injured by grizzly bears in the park. For all park visitors combined, the chances of being injured by a grizzly bear are approximately 1 in 2.7 million visits. The risk is significantly lower for people who don't leave developed areas or roadsides, and higher for anyone hiking in the back country. Grizzly bears in the lower 48 states are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, according to the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Local officials in Florida have approved the release of 750 million mosquitoes that have been genetically modified to reduce local populations. The aim is to reduce the number of mosquitoes that carry diseases like dengue or the Zika virus. The green-lighting of a pilot project after years of debate drew a swift outcry from environmental groups, who warned of unintended consequences. One group condemned the plan as a public "Jurassic Park experiment". Activists warn of possible damage to ecosystems, and the potential creation of hybrid, insecticide-resistant mosquitoes. But the company involved says there will be no adverse risk to humans or the environment, and points to a slate of government-backed studies. The plan to release the mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, a string of islands, comes months after the modified mosquitoes were approved by federal regulators. In May, the US Environmental Agency granted permission to the British-based, US-operated company Oxitec to produce the genetically engineered, male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are known as OX5034. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are known to spread deadly diseases to humans such dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever. Only female mosquitoes bite humans because they need blood to produce eggs. So the plan is to release the male, modified mosquitoes who will then hopefully breed with wild female mosquitoes. However the males carry a protein that will kill off any female offspring before they reach mature biting age. Males, which only feed on nectar, will survive and pass on the genes. Over time, the aim is to reduce the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the area and thereby reduce the spread of disease to humans. Officials in the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) gave final approval to release 750 million of the modified mosquitoes over a two-year period. The plan has many critics, including nearly 240,000 people who signed a petition on Change.org slamming Oxitec's plan to use US states "as a testing ground for these mutant bugs". According to Oxitec's website, the company has found positive results conducting field trials in Brazil. It also plans to deploy them in Texas beginning in 2021 and has gained federal approval, but not state or local approval, according to reports. In a statement denouncing the project, environmental group Friends of the Earth said: "The release of genetically engineered mosquitoes will needlessly put Floridians, the environment and endangered species at risk in the midst of a pandemic." But an Oxitec scientist told AP news agency: "We have released over a billion of our mosquitoes over the years. There is no potential for risk to the environment or humans". The Aedes aegypti is invasive to southern Florida, and are commonly found in urban areas where they live in standing pools of water. In many areas, including the Florida Keys, they have developed a resistance to pesticides. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A coyote came out of nowhere to spoil a FOX8 reporter’s live shot on Monday night… on a story about coyote sightings. Neighbors in the area around Miller Park, NC have recently reported seeing coyotes casually roaming the streets in broad daylight. FOX8 reporter Daryl Matthews and photojournalist Ryan Terhune were about to do a live shot from Miller Park in the 10:00 News, but had to cancel the shot to make sure they were safe when a coyote popped out. Experts say if you see a coyote, do not call animal control. Coyotes are considered wildlife and state wildlife officials should be contacted regarding sightings. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Greensboro NC police and wildlife officials are working to capture an animal after a woman was attacked by what she believes was a coyote. Allison, who wanted us to use her first name only, says she went with friends to Lake Brandt to have a picnic. She was putting food away when an animal came up behind her. “We were sitting and eating, and we were just about to leave when we had put all our food away when a coyote came up behind me and my friend,” Allison said. She originally thought the animal was a dog but realized otherwise when it got closer and started biting her. “It came up behind us very quietly, and we didn’t see it approaching,” she said. “All of the sudden, I saw the look on my friend’s face, and I turned around, and it was right behind me” She says the coyote took hold of her hand and began pulling it. Allison and her friend then went into the water to escape the animal which walked around their belongings before running away. “It was pretty unexpected, and I have never been in a situation like that with an animal before,” Allison said. “I didn’t know…if it would be better to fight back or not antagonize it.” The animal bit her multiple times in just over a minute, so she went to the emergency department and got the rabies vaccine. She had 13 punctures from the attack, and ended up having to get 14 shots. It took several hours after the attack for the feeling to return to her hands. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Fowl play! A group of Italian government officials are under investigation for feasting on a lunch of wild songbirds — including some that were a rare species, a report said. Carabinieri officers busted the lavish meal, which also defied COVID-19 guidelines, and found the illegally hunted creatures on the menu, the Telegraph reported. The banquet secretly held in a government building near the city of Brescia included rare tiny birds such as hawfinches and red crossbills. Chaffinches, goldfinches, siskins and bramblings were also ready to be devoured. Around 20 public officials from the villages of Valle Trompia and Gardone Val Trompia had been in attendance at the lunch, the outlet reported. In addition to possibly breaking wildlife protection and hunting laws, the group is being investigated for violating coronavirus lockdown rules, which prohibit gatherings of more than a few people, the outlet reported. Italy’s National Association for the Protection of Animals slammed the group for acting above the law. “We are disappointed and angered – those who should be leading by example are often those who don’t care about the law,” the organization said, the Telegraph reported. The Anti-Hunting League said the feast was “shameful,” but noted that Brescia region is “the worst in Italy, and one of the worst in Europe, for poaching.” Songbirds in some parts of Europe are considered a delicacy — with the ancient Romans enjoying meals of quails, doves, peacocks and flamingoes. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A new movie out this weekend was filmed in Murfreesboro, TN. The movie focuses on AM Radio and many of the scenes were captured in the WGNS Radio studios, affiliate station of Talkin’ Pets.. Omar Gooding plays the character of “DJ Taz,” a late-night talk show host. The once-famous celebrity DJ has fallen on hard times and is now employed as a late-night AM DJ at his friend’s struggling station. Taz bursts into angry tirades that frequently put the station in jeopardy and push his friendship with Tony to the breaking point. WGNS Operations Manager Scott Walker told Radio Ink, “We were excited to be asked if a film crew could shoot a movie in our studio about AM radio. While we of course have our faithful FM translators – – we love AM radio; there is something about it that says the original radio of America. More so, a movie about a man who was at the peak of his broadcast career – but fell to the bottom… only to realize that radio was about truly connecting to your audience and being your authentic self. Furthermore, Omar Gooding found his love of life where radio all began, on the AM dial.” “Not to mention, we were excited to allow the producer of AM Radio to use “WGNS AM 1450″ as the station in the movie. That makes the movie all the more real and exciting for us and for viewers who are from Murfreesboro, TN to watch.” ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A bill that would allow trophy hunters, trappers and private contractors hired at taxpayer expense to kill up to 90% of the state’s wolves is flying through the Idaho legislature. The bill, introduced Tuesday, has already passed the state Senate and the House Resources and Conservation Committee. It could receive a vote on the floor of the House as early as Monday. Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, and Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund released their joint BLOG. Here is an excerpt: “This is a terrible and wrongheaded measure that shows neither compassion nor any understanding of science. This bill would allow trophy hunters and trappers to kill an unlimited number of wolves by shooting mothers and pups in their dens, poisoning the animals, and shooting them from helicopters or airplanes, among other extremely cruel methods. Lawmakers who are pushing the bill hold out a weak argument that they want to bring down the number of wolves in the state—now estimated at 900 to just over 1,550—to 150 wolves, or approximately 15 packs. What they are not disclosing is that such a no-holds-barred carnage could end up wiping wolves out of the state forever…. Unfortunately, we have come to expect such disregard for these American native carnivores from Idaho.” Earlier this week, Amanda Wight, program manager of wildlife protection for the Humane Society of the United States released this statement: “This bill doesn’t just cross an ethical line; it sprints right past it. It is an embarrassment to the state of Idaho, and there is absolutely no scientific or ethical justification for this deeply misguided and dangerous legislation. In a race to slaughter one of America’s most treasured animals, this bill allows fear and hate to win. Idaho’s wolves deserve better; the environment deserves better. This bill must be vetoed by Governor Little if it comes to his desk.” +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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