Tuesday, August 31, 2010
THE IRONY OF THE HUMAN BEINGS WAY OF THINKING: WE HONOR OUR TOP PREDATORS BY LABELING CARS, BALLCLUBS AND SCHOOLS WITH THEIR NAMES.....................WE THINK NOTHING OF EXTRIPATING THEM THE MOMENT WE PERCEIVE THEM CAUSING US THE LEAST INCONVENIENCE
|WNS: Regional Extinctions Likely |
Little brown myotis, one of the most common bats in North America, could become virtually extinct in the northeastern United States within two decades because of White-nose Syndrome, according to research by Boston University scientists.
The study by biologists Winifred Frick, Thomas Kunz and D. Scott Reynolds was published in the journal Science. Based on previous population trends and extensive computer modeling, the team forecasts that regional populations of little brown myotis will collapse to less than 1 percent of their current numbers in 20 years – even if the WNS mortality rate slows. The long-term survival of remnant populations in these areas would be difficult, since females of most bat species produce a single offspring per year.
"If one of America's most common bat species can be dealt a deathblow, at least regionally in such a short time, what will happen to less secure species around the continent?" said Nina Fascione, Executive Director of Bat Conservation International. "This could cause great ecological, economic and cultural disruptions and damage."
"The results of this study are depressing, but not unexpected," said Mylea Bayless, Bat Conservation International's WNS Response Coordinator who has been on the front lines of the battle against this devastating disease. "For more than three years now, we have witnessed cave floors covered with dead bats. This study validates our long-felt fears. White-nose Syndrome is a tragedy of incredible proportions."
The little brown myotis is one of the bats most frequently encountered by humans. Its range includes almost every state and province in the United States and Canada. It has generally adapted to human encroachment and often roosts in old buildings, attics and other manmade structures. Little brown myotis and other species affected by WNS are insect-eating bats with enormous appetites for a wide range of pests that damage crops and forests and can cause human disease.
Before the discovery of White-nose Syndrome, Fascione said, no one would have predicted such a dire threat to little browns. The IUCN, the international organization that assesses the health of all species around the world, lists the little brown myotis as a "species of least concern" based on a 2008 assessment.
"This disturbing report very clearly demonstrates the urgent need for substantial funding to combat White-nose Syndrome," Fascione said. Fascione, with the formal support of nearly 60 other conservation organizations from across the country, urged Congress last May to provide $5 million for the fight against WNS. Lawmakers will be considering funding for White-nose Syndrome research and monitoring as they go through 2011 budget appropriations.
You can help BCI support efforts to combat White-nose Syndrome and other urgent bat-conservation issues. Visit www.batcon.org/donate
1884-1931 bounty kills of wolves and Cougars in Montana show Park County(adjacent to Yellowstone) as still solid habitat for our top dog and cat predators
Table AII.1. The total wolf and mountain lion bounty payments by Montana counties, 1900 - 1931. 1930 County Name
Lewis and Clark
Monday, August 30, 2010
Cougar and coyote biologist John Laundre(a good friend of this blog) making a passionate case for Western Senators, Congressmen, Govenors and the general public to support Easterners who seek to re-wild our Eastern Woodlands with wolves and cougars
Time for the West to ride to the rescue!
There is a growing effort in the eastern U.S. to try and restore ecological balance in ecosystems long abused by domesticated populations of white-tailed deer. Groups such as the Cougar Rewidling Foundation, Coalition to Restore Eastern Wolves, and many others are trying to re-establish populations of the two top predators, cougars and wolves, into the East. Using the West as a model, they point to the success in not only reducing excess elk herds in Yellowstone Park but in controlling their movements across the landscape. Like good shepherds, wolves keep the elk moving and thus providing refugia for plants and subsequently animals. Others have documented cougars doing the same with deer, safeguarding fragile riparian habitat. Bolstered with the biological and ecological success of western wolf reintroduction, these eastern organizations have been raising their voices in hopes the same can happen there.
Unfortunately, their voices are ironically alone in this effort. Too silent are those of western groups whose voices were heard loud and clear regarding wolf reintroduction into Idaho, Yellowstone, and the Blue. I say ironically, because those western voices evidently have forgotten the role eastern voices played in their success. People of the East actively supported wolf reintroduction into Yellowstone Park and elsewhere. They did so by letters to their congressmen, by letters to editors, by donations to various western conservation groups, and ultimately by their travels to the Park to hear and see wolves, spending millions of dollars locally and convincing local businesses that wolves were indeed a good thing to have. We all know that the citizens of Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Arizona did not support the wolf reintroductions. In fact, Idaho forbid their game department to participate in the whole process. Western state senators and congressmen vehemently opposed the reintroductions. If it had not been for the overwhelming support of eastern politicians, wolves would still not be in Yellowstone or anywhere else in the West. I would hope at the very least that Western senators and congressmen would unit in support of wolf and cougar reintroduction into the East at least in sweet revenge: What is good for the West is good for the East! But yet, their voices too, are silent.
Unfortunately, while eastern ecosystems continue to suffer the same fate of Yellowstone before wolves and eastern organizations look to the West for support from former allies, all we hear is silence. Or worse, these same organizations mouthing the same old arguments THEIR opponents used against their efforts: too many people, not the right time, will be too disruptive, will not work, etc. etc. Where is the unquestioned support for wolves and cougars, eastern supporters gave to these efforts? We in the east rose up to support reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park yet no western voices rise in chorus for wolves or cougars in Adirondack Park, which is twice as big as Yellowstone! Even the Florida panther, living in an area comparable in size to Yellowstone, is viewed by many as a "local" issue. Has there even been ONE letter to the editor of a California newspaper concerning the need to return cougars and wolves to the East? How many western citizens concerned about wolves and cougars donate to the "eastern cause"? Do they not care that in an area almost equal in size of the "West", there are NO wolves, there are NO cougars. It seems once their objectives were gained, their voices fell silent…"mission accomplished". But restoration of top predators is not just about one small area or about the West overall. It is about returning them to all their former range where it is possible and our voices, East and West, should not be silenced until that mission is accomplished. So come on you western lovers of wolves and cougars join us now, raise your voices, pressure your congressmen, support the cause, do SOMETHING! The lives of 1,000's of future wolves and cougars depend on it…the life of the Eastern ecosystems depends on it. Don't abandon us in our hour of need.
coyotes, wolves, cougars, wolverines in Cape Breton? Can any of our readers provide information for our friend Laura....see below
From: Rick Meril <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 5:49 PM
Subject: Re: coyotes in Cape Breton
To: Laura MacIsaac <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi Rick Meril,
My name's Laura MacIsaac, and I came across your blog site looking for news about what was happening in the highlands of Cape Breton. I live in the southern part of Cape Breton, and the same species lives there. I can't find anything about any ongoing research projects. Do you know if there are any?
Thanks for reading,