Tuesday

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed legislation this week that bans animal abusers in the state from being able to own a pet for up to five years.

The governor's office said in a release that he signed the legislation, also known as "Animal Ban For Cruelty To Animals Conviction," as one of several efforts to commemorate Animal Welfare Day in the state on Wednesday.

Under the legislation, the bill states that a court can enter an "order prohibiting a person convicted of felony animal cruelty from owning a pet animal for a period of 3 to 5 years."

The bill also states that a juvenile convicted of animal cruelty can also be "adjudicated a delinquent for an animal cruelty crime from owning a pet animal."

Polis said the law will "increase restrictions of people convicted of felony pet animal cruelty, and facilitate mental health and treatments to address the underlying factors that drive tragic animal cruelty" in a statement seen by a local CBS station.

The governor also announced a new effort called the People for Animal Welfare (PAW) Committee in Colorado this week, which he called "an opportunity to look at what Colorado can do to protect our animals from cruelty and ensure their wellbeing."


According to his office, the committee will "play an advisory role on the state of issues related to animal welfare and animal protection in Colorado."

“We are thrilled to announce the PAW Committee today,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This is an opportunity to look at what Colorado can do to protect our animals from cruelty and ensure their wellbeing.”

The PAW Committee will play an advisory role on the state of issues related to animal welfare and animal protection in Colorado.

“This Committee is about protecting Colorado animals and giving them a voice,” said First Gentleman Reis. “There is so much great work happening in our state around animal welfare and the PAW Committee is an opportunity to bring together experts on these issues and make Colorado a national leader.”

“This Committee is made up of a variety of animal welfare experts,” said Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera. “Their input will be critical to making Colorado a top state in protecting animals of all kinds.”

Monday

"The next full Moon will be on Monday morning, June 17, 2019, appearing "opposite" the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 4:31 AM EDT. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Saturday night through Tuesday morning," said NASA's Gordon Johnston.

This means you will have plenty of time to see it.

"The orbit of the Moon around the Earth is almost in the same plane as the orbit of the Earth around the Sun (only about 5 degrees off). When the Sun appears highest in the sky near the summer solstice, the full Moon opposite the Sun generally appears lowest in the sky. Particularly for Europe's higher latitudes, the full Moon nearest the summer solstice shines through more atmosphere than at other times of the year. This can give the full Moon a reddish or rose color (for much the same reasons that a rising or setting Sun appears red)," said Johnston.

Having said this it should be noted that the only times the moon takes a bold red hue is during a total lunar eclipse. This is when the Moon hides in the Earth’s shadow.

Moonrise. The best time to observe the full moon is when it rises or sets. As it appears on the southeastern horizon around sunset, it will be a delicate shade of orange, which eventually becomes a brighter yellow, brightening still as it rises above the horizon. The opposite happens at moonset at sunrise, though at this time of year that’s horribly early in the day.

In between these brief 15 minute periods of moonrise and moonset when the full moon is close to the horizon, the full moon is almost impossible to look at since the glare is just too much.


So you need to know exactly when moonrise is. Not only will it be a beautiful color, and show plenty of surface features, but it will also look relatively large as it appears on the horizon in the context of trees, buildings and/or hills.

June’s Full Strawberry Moon got its name because the Algonquin tribes knew it as a signal to gather ripening fruit. It was often known as the Full Rose Moon in Europe and the Honey Moon.

Native American Names for June Moon Leaves Moon (Cree). Ripe Berries (Dakota). Hoer moon (Abernaki). Windy Moon (Choctaw). Summer moon (Kiowa). Buffalo Moon (Omaha). Leaf Moon (Assiniboine). Corn Tassel Moon(Taos). Green grass Moon(Sioux). Ripening Moon (Mohawk). Turtle Moon (Potawatomi). Making fat Moon (Lakota).Leaf Dark Moon (San Juan). Major Planting Moon (Hopi). Planting Moon (Neo Pagan). Fish Spoils Moon (Wishram). Water melon Moon (Natchez). Hot Weather moon (Arapaho). Dyad Moon (Medieval English). Strawberry Moon (Anishnaabe). Dark green leaves Moon (Pueblo). Summer Moon (Passamaquoddy). Green Corn Moon, Flower Moon (Cherokee). Mead Moon (Full Janic), Strawberry moon (Dark Janic). Honey Moon, Hot Moon, Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon (Algonquin). Other Moon names : Hay Moon, Aerra Litha Moon, Strong Sun Moon, Lovers Moon Hot weather moon (Ponca).

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Sunday

Peaceful co-existence between wolves and sheep farmers is possible, says regional director Europe at International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Joep van Mierlo.

It was Omroep Gelderland that bagged the scoop on May 19th: a wolf pair had settled in the Netherlands for the first time in over a century. The two were spotted in the Veluwe national park. The news was greeted with whoops of delight by many but the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is afraid that others are less enthusiastic and may take action.

Judging from the emotional responses triggered by the return of the wolf, it is easy to see why the animal became extinct in the Netherlands 140 years ago. This time around we must do everything we can to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.

For decades the Netherlands has been conducting an environmental policy destined to lead to the return of the wolf. Over a 20 year period, hundreds of millions of euros were spent on the Natura 2000 network, the Flora and Fauna law and the list of protected species. These efforts in the area of rules and regulations, execution, enforcement and the creation of ecoducts are now resulting in the return of the wolf.

Perhaps farmers never thought it would come to this. Now that it has they are panicking and calling for wolves to be culled, just as in Germany. But killing wolves would amount to a direct destruction of this capital investment. Wolves contribute to our ecosystems and promote an already endangered biodiversity.

Wolves go after deer and boar. Their remains form the basis for the so-called ‘carrion fauna’. They attract smaller carrion eaters, like beetles and butterflies as well as bigger carrion eaters like badgers, stone martens, birds such as the ospreys and even griffon vultures. The excrement of all these animals are spread over large areas and restores the mineral cycle which is out of balance in many of the country’s nature reserves. The wolf plays a key role in this process.


There are ways that have been proven to be effective to keep wolves away from sheep. Simple electric fences are a deterrent to wolves and will limit contact to a minimum. By using netting, and other solutions, farmers and nature lovers together can keep both sheep and wolves safe. If they don’t the wolves in the Netherlands will be doomed – again.
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Saturday

A wolf was allegedly trapped and beaten to death after venturing into villages of Taltali upazila of Barguna recently. The poor animal came into conflict for killing the livestock.

Investigation revealed that the animal was a wolf. It was also confirmed by two of the leading canid specialists -- Dr Yadvendradev V Jhala, head of the Department of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology at Wildlife Institute of India, and Dr Jan F Kamler, lead canid biologist at Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), University of Oxford.

The discovery and confirmation of the wolf for the first time in Bangladesh over a century is not only exciting but also an incredible opportunity for scientific research and conservation.

Grey wolf (Canis lupus) is considered as the most primitive and among the rarest species of canine alive today with the remaining population in Europe, Asia and North America showing a more restricted distribution. Indian grey wolf (Canis lupus pallipes) is a subspecies remaining in most of the Asian range from Israel to China and its population is decreasing.

It is considered that in Bangladesh, the grey wolf (locally called Nekrey bagh) had existed until the 1940s in the northwest and southwest. According to an old record in the 1940s, there was speculation of a wolf sighting in Noakhali, an area far away from its previous range which cannot be considered as solid, conclusive evidence.

According to IUCN Red List of Bangladesh, it has been recorded as one of the 11 mammalian species that have gone extinct regionally due to lack of documentation with certainty in almost over a century.


Experts assumed that what was left of this ancient animal had dwindled to extinction.

Luckily in 2017, a wolf came across a wildlife photographer in the Indian part of the Sundarbans which stirred the researcher community. It was the first documentation from the mangrove habitat and considered as a stray individual dispersed from the nearest population.

The recent pictures of a carcass from Barguna, a coastal mangrove district in the southern Bangladesh with the Sundarbans on the west, confirmed the survival of this species.

During the process of investigation, pictures of the animal just after death were taken and sent for expert opinions. After observing the close-up photographs of the external body parts, they confirmed it as a wolf. Further investigation and DNA analysis are going on using the body remains of the animal.

The Indian grey wolf has a decreasing population as a result of conflict with farmers on livestock predation. Besides, the public often mistakes a small grey wolf with the golden jackal (Canis aureus), another species within the same genus of canid family.

The difference is in fact only subtle, where the golden jackal is slenderer built, has a narrower, more pointed muzzle, a shorter bushy tail and a lighter tread than the grey wolf. It is comparatively smaller in size and the winter fur also differs from wolves by its more fulvous-reddish colour.

Indian wolf, on the other hand, is one of the smallest subspecies of wolves. Thus by catching a glimpse of it in the wild, it is often confused with jackal due to reddish or light brown colouration, shorter and less dense coat length and smaller body size than other subspecies.

Muntasir Akash, a lecturer in zoology at Dhaka University, and Dr Md Anwarul Islam, professor in zoology at the DU and CEO of WildTeam, investigated the news to confirm its identification and initiated further analysis of the specimen with the support of Barguna Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kabir Mahmood.

Talking to UNB, the Barguna DC said they are taking steps to preserve the skeleton of the killed extinct wolf. “We’re taking opinions from the teachers of Dhaka University’s Zoology department, including Prof Anwarul Islam, about how to preserve the skeleton of the wolf.”

He said a team from the DU’s Zoology department has already collected the DNA samples of the wolf.
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Friday

A judge sentenced a woman to 15 days in jail for freeing a crying cub from a bear trap.

Municipal Court Judge James Devine sentenced Catherine McCartney, 50, on Thursday, NJ.com reported. McCartney, who has a record of arrests related to bear hunt protests, pleaded guilty to obstructing “the administration of law and the prevention of the lawful taking of wildlife”.

McCartney, a dedicated animal rights activist, plans to appeal the sentence, relating to the incident in in Vernon, New Jersey.

In a statement she read in court, McCartney said she did not regret her decision in rescuing the bear cub from the painful trap.

“These animals are innocent and so I made the moral decision to let the bear go so he could run back to his mother, and it was the right thing to do,” she said.

The incident in question took place in October in a condominium complex. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said it installed two culvert traps inside the complex campus to capture a bear—known as “Momma Bear” by activists—following two incidents with residents. None of these incidents resulted in injury.


Mark Nagelhout, who helped McCartney free the cub, also plead guilty to the same charges. However, he did not receive a jail sentence since this was his first offence.

Both defendants were also fined $1,316.
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