Animals/Wildlife

3:33pm

Sun September 8, 2013
Animals

Hired Hog Trapper Has Three Years To Clean Out Dallas

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 4:26 pm

Feral hogs were once just a rural problem in Texas, but now they threaten to turn city parks into sties.
Courtesy City Trapping

3:32am

Sun September 8, 2013
Environment

Climate Change Leaves Hares Wearing The Wrong Colors

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 11:40 am

A white snowshoe hare against a brown background makes the animal easy prey.
L.S. Mills Research Photo

The effects of climate change often happen on a large scale, like drought or a rise in sea level. In the hills outside Missoula, Mont., wildlife biologists are looking at a change to something very small: the snowshoe hare.

Life as snowshoe hare is pretty stressful. For one, almost everything in the forest wants to eat you.

Alex Kumar, a graduate student at the University of Montana, lists the animals that are hungry for hares.

"Lynx, foxes, coyotes, raptors, birds of prey. Interestingly enough, young hares, their main predator is actually red squirrels."

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1:16pm

Tue September 3, 2013
The Salt

Now A Test Can Tell If Your Pricey Cup Of Cat Poop Coffee Is Fake

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 11:25 am

A civet cat eats red coffee cherries at a farm in Bondowoso, Indonesia. Civets are actually more closely related to meerkats and mongooses than to cats.
Ulet Ifansasti Getty Images

From gross to gourmet. That pretty much sums up civet poop coffee.

The beans are literally harvested from the feces of the tree-dwelling civet cat in Indonesia. The idea is that a trip through the animal's digestive tract partially ferments the beans and imparts a much-sought-after flavor to the coffee.

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11:49am

Tue September 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Two Alligators Topping 720 Pounds Each Caught In Mississippi

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 4:24 pm

Beth Trammell of Madison, Miss., poses with the 723.5-pound alligator she and five others caught over the weekend.
Ricky Flynt Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Department

Two alligators, each weighing more than 720 pounds, were caught in Mississippi this past weekend, setting a new state record for heaviest male alligator. Both animals measured more than 13 feet in length; it took hours to get the trophies into the hunters' boats.

The huge reptiles were brought down on the same day, setting a state record that stood for less than two hours before it was broken again.

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3:15am

Tue September 3, 2013
Animals

The Latest In Scientific Field Equipment? Fido's Nose

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:25 pm

Rob Finch

Dave Vesely is busy training his dog, Sharpy. She isn't learning to sit or fetch or even herd sheep; Sharpy is learning to find the nests of western pond turtles.

These turtles are sneaky. After laying their eggs in a small hole, they knead together dirt, leaves and their own urine to plug the opening. Once this mud dries, the nest looks like an unremarkable patch of ground.

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