Tuesday

The fox had been up to his mischief for weeks before his stash was finally discovered by a resident. The collection had numerous flip-flops, sandals, crocs, and trainers.

In the German neighbourhood of Zahlendorf in Berlin, a curious case of stolen shoes has been traced to a fox.

A fox with an affinity for fashion has shown an impressive collection of over 100 pairs of shoes and flip flops after havings stole them from residents of Zahlendorf said reports.

Residents of the neighbourhood realised their shoes kept going missing. For some time, they had no clue who the culprit was. But recently, the thief was caught red-handed in the act.

The fox had been up to his mischief for weeks before his stash was finally discovered by a resident. The collection had numerous flip-flops, sandals, crocs, and trainers.

The case of missing shoes came to the fore after Zehlenforf resident Christian Mayer posted about his shoe going missing on a local Facebook group. He was angry and disappointed as his pair was a new one.


However, Mayer soon found out he wasn’t the only victim of the footwear theft in the neighborhood.

After a tip-off from a person, Meyer managed to track it down and saw the animal with two flip-flops in its mouth. A few days from the sighting, Mayer followed the animal and reached a large green to discover the entire stash of stolen shoes.
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Tagesspiegel editor Felix Hackenbruch posted photos of the evidence on Twitter.

Monday

Tonight, August's full Sturgeon Moon will appear in the night sky. Technically, the moon turns full at a specific time on August 3, which will be 11:59 a.m. ET. However, the moon will appear full to most observers for about a day either side of this moment.

In fact, photographers around the world took the opportunity over the weekend to capture some spectacular pictures of the almost-full moon. Full moons occur around once every 29.5 days when our natural satellite is located directly opposite the sun, with the Earth lying in the middle.

At these moments, the face of the moon is fully illuminated by our star, appearing like a perfect circle. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the full moon in August is often called the Sturgeon Moon.

Sturgeons are large, prehistoric-looking fish that date back to as far 136 million years. Found in rivers, lakes and coastlines across Eurasia and North America, they are often informally referred to as "living fossils" because they have undergone remarkably little evolutionary change.

August’s full moon has also been called the Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Fruit Moon, and Barley Moon, though none of them seem particularly relevant.

Why is it called the Full Sturgeon Moon?


It’s a name derived from a Native American tribe that used to track the seasons using the Moon. At this time of year the sturgeon fish, North America's largest lake fish, used to be caught in the Great Lakes, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac (it’s now critically endangered). The Full Green Corn Moon, Full Barley Moon, Wheat Cut Moon, Blueberry Moon, and Blackberry Moon are other names that have been given to August’s full moon by various tribes, again to indicate the harvest time for those crops. There are two chances to see the full moon at its most illuminated this month. Here are times for 10 cities around the world.

The Anishnaabe (Chippewa and Ojibwe) call it miini-giizis, the berry moon, while the Assiniboine of the northern plains named it capasapsaba, black cherries moon. The Lakota call it wasutoa wi, moon of the ripening, while the Sioux dubbed it cherries turn black.

Likewise the Tlingit have dubbed their August full moon sha-ha-yi, or berries ripe on mountain. Also in the fruit realm are the Wishram of the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon, who called it blackberry patches moon, and the Shawnee, with po'kamawi kiishthwa, or plum moon.

August Full Moon Names From Native American and Other Different Cultures Joyful Moon (Hopi). First Acorns (Pomo). Ripen moon (Dakota). Dispute Moon (Celtic). Cutter Moon (Abernaki). Dog Days moon (Yuchi). Corn Silk Moon (Ponca). Harvest Moon (Chinese). Berry Moon (Anishnaabe). Women's Moon (Choctaw). Mulberries Moon (Natchez). Middle moon (Potawatomi). Freshness Moon (Mohawk). Yelow flower moon (Osage). Blackberry Moon (Wishram). Acorns Ripen Moon (Maidu). Wheat Cut Moon (San Juan). Lightning Moon (Neo Pagan). Black Cherries Moon (Sioux). Yellow Leaves moon (Kiowa).

Edible Corn Moon (Algonquin). Young Ducks Fly Moon (Cree). Black Cherries Moon (Assiniboine). Dog Day's Moon (Colonial American). Autumn Moon (Taos Native American). Corn Moon, Wort Moon (Medieval English). Geese Shedding Feathers Moon (Arapaho). Feather Shedding Moon (Passamaquoddy). Dispute Moon (Full Janic), Harvest Moon (Dark Janic). Big Harvest moon, Heat Moon, Big Rippening Moon (Creek). Fruit Moon, Drying Moon, Last Fruit Moon, Grain Moon (Cherokee). Red Moon,Sturgeon Moon, Green Corn Moon, Dog Days Moon (Algonquin).




Thursday

Yellowstone National Park is capturing wandering bisons for possible slaughter as part of a population reduction programme, officials have said.

From Sunday any of the mammals found migrating outside the park will be held in pens for possible slaughter, and by midday on Monday six bison had been captured.

The animals were taken as they entered the Gardiner Basin along the Yellowstone-Montana border, park spokeswoman Linda Veress said.

State and federal officials carry out the reduction annually and wish to reduce the population by up to 900 animals this winter. Yellowstone Park currently contains around 4,900 bison. If the population expands the animals tend to take part in winter migration in search of food.

The reduction will also involve hunting, slaughter and placing animals into quarantine for relocation.

According to Yellowstone, due to high rates of survival and reproduction, the bison population is currently increasing by 10 to 17% per year.


Their website states: “We understand that many people are uncomfortable with the practice of capture and slaughter. We are too, but there are few options at this time.”

CBS Sunday Morning contributing videographer Judy Lehmberg reported: “Yellowstone managers have tried to deal with the large bison population for years, while at the same time attempting to appease both those who don't want any bison killed, and the hunters, ranchers and some locals who want the population controlled.”

Last August, Yellowstone announced that 55 male bison were transported to Fort Peck Indian Reservation in central Montana, where a fenced area has been designated for them.

Montana Indian tribes have been requesting "surplus" bison from Yellowstone to repopulate their reservations for years, CBS reported.

The transfer of the bison to Fort Peck was considered as a historic step for bison conservation.

“The transfer of these bison is the culmination of years of work by the NPS, the Tribes, the State of Montana, and APHIS,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly. “Quarantine is a critical component in bison management and the NPS is committed to expand and sustain this program.”
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Sunday

About 10,000 years after the Steppe Bison went extinct, UK's most important wildlife species are now also racing toward extinction.

Ancient Steppe bison once roamed the land which would later become England. Their presence significantly provided other animals and plants the healthy ecosystem they needed to thrive.

Now, the UK is looking to the Steppe bison's closest relative to bring back the area's ancient woodlands -- the European bison.

The $1.4 million "Wilder Blean" project, funded by the People's Postcode Lottery Dream fund, aims to release a small herd of European bison into the West Blean woods, near Canterbury in East Kent, during the spring of 2022.

The bison will come from the Netherlands or Poland, where previous releases have proved successful, and the initial release will include one male and three females, according to the Guardian. Natural breeding is expected to increase the size of the herd.

Describing European bison as "ecosystem engineers," the Kent Wildlife Trust, one of the conservation organizations leading the project, said the species can "change woodlands in a way that no other animal can."


"They eat bark and create dust baths which each have benefits for many plants and animals," the trust added. "These are functions that have been missing from our UK woodlands for thousands of years and bringing them back can help restore an abundance of wildlife."

The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, according to the World Wildlife Fund. More than one in seven native species face extinction and more than half are in decline.

"The Wilder Blean project will prove that a wilder, nature-based solution is the right one to tackling the climate and nature crisis we now face," Paul Hadaway, director of conservation at Kent Wildlife Trust said in a statement. "Using missing keystone species like bison to restore natural processes to habitats is the key to creating bio-abundance in our landscape."

Once the bison are settled into their fenced area, the public will be able to visit and watch the animals.
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Wednesday

A chief scientist at the nonprofit Wildlands Network in Durham, N.C., Sutherland is among those in favor of Red Wolves, which has been endorsed by a segment of the team’s fan base.

The red wolf is on the brink of going extinct in the wild for a second time, and Sutherland suggested the exposure that would come with an NFL team naming itself after the animal could only help its chance of survival.

“It would mean a lot of the country would suddenly hear something about the story of this animal, and that’s what the red wolf needs,” Sutherland said in a phone interview. “You’ve got this incredibly dire conservation going on right now, and people don’t even know about it. I think it would bring recognition to the red wolf.”

If you hadn’t heard of the red wolf before it emerged as a potential replacement name for Washington’s NFL team, or perhaps wondered whether it was even a real animal, you’re not alone. There are a lot of people who wish it weren’t.

At the behest of state officials and landowners who opposed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s red wolf reintroduction program in eastern North Carolina, Congress commissioned a nearly $400,000 study in 2018 to determine whether red wolves were a distinct species or a genetic hybrid of the coyote, a plentiful member of the canine family not eligible for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The evidence of the study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, released in April 2019, supported the classification of the contemporary red wolf as a distinct species, tracing the animal back to ancestors that lived more than 10,000 years ago.

Red wolves were once found from Texas to Florida, throughout the southeast and up to New York, so it’s likely they once roamed the D.C. area. They were wiped out along the Atlantic Coast around 1900 but survived along the Gulf Coast and were designated an endangered species in 1967. In the late 1970s, as the animals increasingly bred with coyotes, Fish and Wildlife officials captured the last remaining purebred red wolves in Texas and Louisiana and placed them in zoos in an attempt to revive the species.


“This is one of the critically endangered mammal species on the entire planet,” said Sutherland, who has been a vocal advocate for red wolf conservation since 2010. “The amazing thing is that a lot of Americans have no idea that this species is even in our backyard.”

In 1987, the Fish and Wildlife Service launched the world’s first effort to restore a native top carnivore back to the wild. The agency released three pairs of adult red wolves in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on eastern North Carolina’s Albemarle Peninsula, located inland from the Outer Banks. The red wolf population in the area peaked at more than 150 in 2006 but has since been in decline. Hunters and the Fish and Wildlife Service’s management of the restoration project are both to blame, Sutherland said. While there are now roughly 240 red wolves in captivity, the Fish and Wildlife Service stopped releasing new wolves into the wild in 2015.


These days, the red wolf population on the Albemarle Peninsula is believed to be about 20. A Flickr account maintained by Wildlands Network features 100,000 publicly accessible photographs of red wolves and other wildlife taken by cameras on the site, including deer, coyotes, quail, raccoons and one of the largest black bear concentrations in the United States.

Sutherland acknowledged that Washington adopting the red wolf as its mascot might perpetuate some of the myths and misconceptions about the species that he has worked hard to dispel over the years, with several fan-designed logo and uniform mock-ups for the name featuring slash marks and fangs. Still, he sees a lot more potential good resulting from the red wolf entering the national consciousness.


“One would hope the current Redskins fans would show some love toward the red wolf and doing more to help save the species, because you wouldn’t want your mascot to go extinct in the wild again,” Sutherland said. “I don’t really see any negatives. I think it makes sense to have an animal mascot, and I think having a red wolf would be a great choice.”
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