Texas 02/01/12 ketnbc.com: by Roger Gray – The quail hunting season this year hasn’t been very good. In fact, it hasn’t been good for a long time. Hunting bobwhite quail is a tradition in Texas, one that’s been enjoyed for generations. Now, there’s a good chance that may be coming to an end. The reason is still a mystery. Well, not this year. A lot of hunters have arrived at their favorite hunting leases and finding the pickings pretty slim. The quail population is down and no one is sure why. It could be loss of habitat, the drought we had, a predator no one anticipated, they even found West Nile Virus in the population a couple of years ago. The only thing they are sure about is Quail are dying…and no one knows why. Professor Dale Rollins of Texas A&M is in charge of the Quail Research Ranch near San Angelo and he says the numbers have been dropping for years. And this year’s hunting season is a write off. And the bobwhite quail is normally a hardy bird. So, is the end of the line for quail hunting in Texas? Rollins is a realist and told KETK this will be a tough one to solve. But solving it means the difference between continuing a generational hunting tradition or the local disappearance of another Texas species.
California 02/01/12 Genesee, Plumas County: by Alicia Knadler – There have been several mountain lion sightings in Indian Valley recently, causing some concern among ranchers and residents alike. A mountain lion was taken under depredation permit Monday, Jan. 23, after it killed a Border Collie puppy over the weekend in Genesee, and another two lions were killed Wednesday, Jan. 25. The puppy was taken right off a well-lit porch at the home of Brian and Heather Kingdon early Saturday evening, with adult dogs around and the owners inside watching television. Another lion that killed goats on a neighboring ranch was still being pursued, according to local Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Warden Kyle Kroll.
Van Probst, well known for his lion tracking abilities and work with landowners and local game wardens, killed the lions. “I think there’s two yearlings and a female,” Probst said of the first three lions seen in the Genesee area. He thinks maybe the lion’s offspring have been recently forced out on their own and know where the easy prey is. Kroll, local game warden formerly of Gilroy, agrees with Probst about there being more than one lion hunting in the Genesee community. He’s awarded about six to 10 permits a year to residents with lion-versus-livestock problems. – For complete article see http://www.plumasnews.com/mcondon/9074-mountain-lions-killed-after-killing-puppy-and-goats
Connecticut 02/01/12 Fairfield, Fairfield County: by Greg Canuel – A wild coyote attacked a Fairfield pet dog last week, according to reports by the Fairfield Police. Authorities warn that similar incidents have been reported in the Fairfield area more often than normal in recent months. See http://www.thedailywestport.com/news/coyote-attacks-pet-dog-fairfield
Alberta 02/01/12 660news.com: by Mike Tarasko – Calgarians are being warned about coyote attacks within city limits. The words of caution come from the staff of a northwest veterinary clinic where a dog was recently put-down following an attack by a coyote. The Calgary Sun reports the Maltese was mauled near its owner’s property which backs onto Country Hills Golf Club. A Fish and Wildlife officer says dealing with coyotes is tough, because they aren’t allowed to poison or shoot them. He says pet owners should carry bear-spray or fog-horns when walking through green spaces to ward off coyotes.