Florida’s Indian River lagoon is home to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including manatees who feed on the seagrass. The lagoon has been in decline for years due to development, septic systems, storm water runoff, algae blooms blocking sunlight from the water and warming temperatures from climate change. Over the past ten years, 58% of the seagrass has died. And now, the manatees are starving to death:
More than 750 manatees have died since the beginning of the year, the most deaths ever recorded in a five month period.
The entire population of manatees in Florida is estimated at no more than 6,800.https://www.npr.org/2021/06/21/1006332218/as-seagrass-habitats-decline-florida-manatees-are-dying-of-starvation
Unintended consequences: An “insurance” population of 28 Tasmanian devils was introduced to a small Australian island in 2012 in an effort to protect the species from facial tumor disease. By 2016, the devils numbered at an estimated 100 animals. Tragically, they’ve killed and eaten every little penguin, an estimated 3000 breeding pairs, on the island and have negatively impacted other native bird populations as well.
In Colorado, wet-meadow habitat which has been lost to old dirt roads is being restored using an inexpensive technique pioneered by a Pueblo tribe to collect water and rehydrate the valley floor. The Gunnison sage grouse, a threatened species, needs the wetlands for the insects that live there which the grouse feed to their chicks.
While the Gunnison sage grouse once lived among the four corners of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado, it now only occupies 10% of its historical range, with the largest population in the Gunnison Basin.
Conservationists hope the restoration of the wet meadows during years with abundant rain and snowfall will help the grouse build the resiliency needed to survive prolonged drought, climate change and the continued expansion of people, powerlines, cattle and roads.https://www.courthousenews.com/biologists-leave-no-stone-unturned-to-save-the-gunnison-sage-grouse/
The CDC has issued a temporary ban, effective July 14, on the importation of dogs from a lengthy list of countries described as high risk for rabies. Reader Lorraine wanted to share a link from one of her favorite charities, Soi Dog Foundation, which imports homeless dogs to the US from Thailand. They are asking for help in requesting the CDC revise the ban and allow dogs to be imported with a rabies titer test.
Language alert: swears ahead.
Lastly, a story guaranteed to piss you off six ways from Sunday. A couple in Virginia bred their Yorkshire terrier every six months for her entire life in order to sell her puppies. During those eleven years, the dog developed a “distended abdominal hernia, skin ulcers, eye infections, muscle wasting, extensive skin and uterine infections and hair loss”. She also became malnourished as she had lost all her teeth. Oh and her lower jaw fucking fell off. When the owners decided it was time to be rid of the broken down little dog, they had their adult daughter pose as a good Samaritan who “found the dog in the road” in October 2020 and turned her over to authorities. The deputy who placed the dog in the animal control vehicle stated she collapsed due to an inability to walk or stand. The dog went first to the local shelter and was then transferred to a rescue group. She died in January due to a collapsed trachea. Anyway the shitty owners were supposed to serve 90 days in jail for one count of misdemeanor cruelty each but just before they were due to report, they appealed so they are still sitting around sucking up oxygen. The judge did bar them from getting more pets, thank fuck. The daughter received a fine which has reportedly not been paid.