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‘I couldn’t prise its jaws open’: the woman who fought a mountain lion to save her dog

Ilene Dondlinger of California says she does not want the big cat killed, despite its fatal attack on her miniature schnauzer When Ilene Dondlinger jumped on the mountain lion attacking her miniature schnauzer in the early hours of 5 December, she reacted without thinking. The 54-year-old wrestled with the big cat in her backyard, desperately trying to open its jaws to save her beloved dog Pumba. But there was nothing she could do. I couldnt prise its jaws open, no matter what I did, Dondlinger said, detailing how she punched,…

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Snorkelling grandmothers uncover large population of venomous sea snakes in Noumea

Womens photography of greater sea snake, once believed to be an anomaly in the Baie des Citrons, help scientists understand the ecosystem A group of snorkelling grandmothers who swim up to 3km five days a week have uncovered a large population of venomous sea snakes in a bay in Noumea where scientists once believed they were rare. Dr Claire Goiran from the University of New Caledonia and Professor Rick Shine from Australias Macquarie University were studying a small harmless species known as the turtleheaded sea snake located in the Baie…

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Americans’ love of hiking has driven elk to the brink, scientists say

Trail use near Vail, Colorado, has more than doubled since 2009. Its had a devastating impact on a herd of elk Biologists used to count over 1,000 head of elk from the air near Vail, Colorado. The majestic brown animals, a symbol of the American west, dotted hundreds of square miles of slopes and valleys. But when researchers flew the same area in February for an annual elk count, they saw only 53. Very few elk, not even many tracks, their notes read. Lots of backcountry skiing tracks. The surprising…

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‘Amazing but also concerning’: weird wildlife ventures to northern Alaska

Arctic Dispatches , portion 2: As the Arctic heats up, residents of Utqiavik are experiencing first linked with unusual species that are making their behavior polewards Last July, Nagruk Harcharek was savouring a bucolic visit to a cabin that sits on the lip of the Chipp river, deep in the Alaskan Arctic, when something caught his eye. Shimmering on a rack where he hangs his caught whitefish to dry was, astonishingly, a dragonfly. ” I’d been going to camp there for 30 years and I’d never seen one, I couldn’t…

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World’s deepest lake crippled by putrid algae, poaching and pollution

Lake Baikal in Siberia comprises one fifth of the worlds unfrozen fresh water, but its precious fish stocks are disappearing Lake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the seize of a signature fish that has lived in the world’s deepest lagoon for centuries but is now under threat. Holding one-fifth of the world’s unfrozen fresh water, Baikal in Russia’s Siberia is a natural wonder of” exceptional value to evolutionary science” meriting its index as a world heritage site by Unesco. Baikal’s…

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