Environmental Threats

Beloved Local Connecticut Bear Hit by Vehicle

Black bears, an undeniably charismatic woodland species, often find themselves in locations that are perhaps less than ideal for their survival. Bear 211 – a beloved male bear residing in the Easton area of Connecticut – was no different. Bear 211 was first handled by state black bear experts when he was a young cub. For future monitoring purposes, he was fitted with permanent plastic red ear tags displaying his identifying numbers: 211. Over the…

Opening Day of NY Coyote Season – At What Cost?

Today, October 1st, is the first day of coyote hunting season in New York State. Coyotes – like wolves – have been historically persecuted for decades. In over 30 U.S. states, coyote hunting season never ends. New York is one of only a handful of states with a limited coyote season: six months out of the year. From today until March 29th of 2020, hunters can kill coyotes at will. Day or night, at any…

End Cruel Wildlife – Killing Contests in New York!

Four months. That’s how much time this mother has left to raise her pups before the coyote hunting season begins in New York. It’s open season on coyotes October 1 – March 29. It’s also the period of time when New York allows cruel coyote-killing competitions where contestants compete to shoot the most or biggest animals for cash prizes. If you think incentivizing the killing of New York’s wildlife is wrong, please take action! Urge…

The Perils of Rodenticide

Last month, radio-collared mountain lion P-47 was discovered dead in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area with his likely cause of death being exposure to rat poison. A necropsy revealed that the three-year-old lion had evidence of six difference anticoagulants in his system, and had internal bleeding in his head and lungs. Though rodenticides are intended to only target rats and mice, other animals such as raccoons, squirrels, and rabbits often mistakenly consume them…