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Florida man sets fire to trapped raccoon for eating his mangoes

In Palm Bay, Florida an 88-year-old man has been accused of setting fire to a trapped raccoon because the animal had eaten his mangoes.

According to the Miami Herald, Ezra James threw gasoline on the raccoon and set it on fire Saturday. James told authorities he was also afraid the raccoon could have bitten him and given him rabies. A neighbor called 911 as the trapped raccoon burned alive  in a metal cage. Police officers shot the animal when they arrived stating the raccoon had been suffering and to end its misery. Neighbors are very angry with James, who originally comes from Jamaica, and stated he never thought about killing anything before this happened.

Raccoons are classified as nuisance animals in Florida and can be trapped, released or humanely euthanized.

James has been charged with animal cruelty resulting in the death of an animal and was released from jail after posting a $2,000 bond.

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(Photos of trapped raccoon via Pixabay)

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Hunters killing mother bear and her ‘shrieking’ newborn cubs caught on video

Just when you think hunting can’t get any crueler, a father and son have been accused of illegally slaughtering a mother black bear in her den and then shooting her two “shrieking” newborn cubs while they rested in their Alaska den. The bears had been living on Esther Island in Prince William Sound.

The charges announced earlier this week, accuses Andrew Renner, 41, and his son Owen Renner, 18, of felony misdemeanor charges relating to illegal hunting. It is illegal in Alaska to kill a mother bear with her cubs. The men are charged with unlawfully taking a female bear with cubs, unlawfully taking a bear cub and possessing and transporting illegally taken game. Andrew also faces charges for tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to Fox News, the entire sickening crime was caught on a motion activated video camera set up to monitor the den as part of a study being conducted by the United States Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Alaska State Trooper Colonel Steve Smith stated, “In this case numerous crimes, including felonies are believed to have been committed.”

The egregious act occurred on April 14, when the men had been out skiing and approached the bears’ den. The video shows the son firing into the den at the mother bear. When the two newborn cubs witnessed their mother dying, they “shrieked” in panic, and the elder Renner then shot the babies – throwing their lifeless bodies outside of the den. The men removed the adult bear’s tracking collar insisting it couldn’t be traced.

“It doesn’t matter. Bear down. They’ll never be able to link it to us,” Owen Renner could be heard in the video.

Just days later, the men returned to the den, picked up the gun casings and disposed of the baby bears’ bodies. Two weeks later, however, Renner brought the mother’s bear skin and tracking collar to authorities stating he didn’t realize until after he shot the mother bear, that she had cubs.

Rest in peace poor black bears. The cubs never had a chance to grow up and play.

(Photos and video of mother bear and her “shrieking” newborns via Time)

Check out the video. Renner also failed to reveal the number of bears they already killed prior to this slaughter: (video is not graphic)

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Springfield police shot and killed cougar resident claims was no danger at all

In Springfield, Oregon a local resident claims a cougar shot and killed by police presented no danger at all to her children and posed no threat to her family and neighbors.

On July 25, a young cougar had been spotted in a residential area when police brought a tracker dog and chased the cat up into a tree. Officers  fired a shot, but only wounded her. The cougar then climbed into another tree where she was shot again and killed. Police stated they had consulted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, who told them the only safe option was to kill the 70-pound cat, citing the animal’s daytime behavior could lead to the death of livestock or a danger to children.

Wildlife experts from the ODFW stated the cats are very territorial and the only viable option was to kill her, however it is believed this cougar became disoriented and may have come out looking for food in the heat of the summer according to KeziNews. The cougar had been reported traveling across town for days looking for water sources; there had been no reports of pets or humans attacked.

Although it is too late for this beautiful cat, there is another side to this tragedy told by an eyewitness. On Rikki Erwin’s Facebook page, she questions why the media coverage swayed so far from the truth emphasizing killing the cat was a “bad decision.”

“That cougar did not stalk or even come close to my children, and my children were not playing in a pool. My children were safe in my home the second we heard that it was on the tracks. This situation could have and should have been handled in a humane way,” Rikki wrote.

The cougar posed no threat that day, and even after she was shot the first time, did not try to attack. Instead the cat tried desperately to escape and defended herself only by running up another tree.

“She could have easily tried to attack the tracking dog or the officers and she didn’t. She fled.”

“My kids watched out the window thinking they were going to tranquilize and relocate her, but instead they watched this poor scared wild cat get shot and fall to its back and try to get to safety just to be senselessly killed.”

Sadly, the children have been traumatized at how this tragic case of a wild animal unlucky enough to have wandered out of the forests as wildlife continues to be pushed out of their habitats. Many backyards used to belong to the wild animals.

“…And the officers knew they handled it improperly that’s why they were so rude to my kids’ dad when he got a picture of the cougar. That is why he is the only one that was able to get a photo. This beautiful creature was only about a year and a half old. So sad.”

How much is the fault of the public? Should humans be more responsible for discouraging wildlife from entering their communities simply by not leaving pet food outside, leaving pets to roam outside unattended, leaving birdseed on the ground and leaving wood piles and dense vegetation as places for wildlife to hide? Most wildlife, entering into populated communities, are “opportunistic” and will take food where it is easiest to find.

Trapping, killing or relocating wildlife will continually repeat itself unless humans change their own habits.

Rest in peace cougar.

(Photo of cougar killed by police via Facebook Rikki Erwin)

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Man taunts bison crossing road at Yellowstone National Park

A man appearing to taunt a bison crossing the road at Yellowstone National Park was caught on video Tuesday evening and later  posted on Facebook by Lindsey Jones.

Lindsey called the video #dontdrinkand buffalo, but it is not known if the man had been imbibing before getting out of his car and shooing the animal away so vehicles could pass. It would seem reasonable for all park visitors to stay in their vehicles – these are wild animals, and they are huge. Imagine the harm one could do to any human, and then of course, the animal suffers the worst consequences.

Watching the video, one can see the man walking towards the bison in Hayden Valley, face off with the animal and run away a few times in fear.

The park’s website states:

“The animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be. The safest (and often best) view of wildlife is from inside a car. Always stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and at lease 25 yards away from all other animals, including bison and elk.”

Check out the video. What was this man thinking?

(Photo via video Lindsey Jones Facebook)

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Only in Boca: Two iguanas go ‘toe to toe’ in Starbucks parking lot

This time Starbucks wasn’t to blame for any social or legal improprieties. In Boca Raton, two iguanas entered into a raucous scuffle, and their power argument was all caught on video.

According to Shannon Moskoff’s Facebook page, it was Saturday morning when she had been making her coffee stop and was driving behind the local Starbucks when she saw what she thought were two large tree branches. Suddenly the branches moved, and Shannon grabbed her phone and started recording. There they were – two huge iguanas- going “toe to toe” in an obvious domestic disagreement.

Shannon’s friend, Jaime Margolin Croft witnessed the kerfuffle – “Only in Boca” Jaime stated. At one point, one of the iguana’s had the other iguana’s head in its mouth.

“Oh my God, they’re eating each other,” Shannon could be heard on the recording. “What the ****. I’ve never seen this in my life. Are they stuck?”

The minute-and-a-half video was full of iguana posturing – hissing and snapping at each other. Finally the women had to stop recording as traffic was becoming tied up, and so we don’t know how the dueling iguana story ended. Male iguanas are known to be aggressive with each other, so we may never know what happened. Maybe they were mating?

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Video showing man punch possum in the face condemned as animal cruelty

In a short video posted on social media Saturday, a young man was shown approaching a possum sitting on top of a fence in the Canterbury, New Zealand town of Waimate. The man carefully approached the animal and with no provocation, punched the possum in the face, sending the animal flying through the air. Laughter could be heard in the background.

According to the Facebook page of  Newstalk ZB radio show The Country, viewers had been divided in their opinions – some calling the act animal cruelty while others contended the act was condoned since possums are considered pests in New Zealand and can disrupt the nesting habits of native birds.

Newshub, however reports the act had been “deliberate cruelty” and not pest control.

“Punching an animal in the face is appalling. It’s animal cruelty – pure and simple – and there is no excuse for it,” stated Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE). “This brutal behavior has nothing to do with animal management. What we are seeing in this video is someone abusing animals. Their laughing response in t he video illustrates the toxic attitude towards some animals that is sadly commonplace in New Zealand.”

The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also condemned the act. The incident is currently under investigation. There have not been any reports whether the possum survived.

The video can be viewed here.

WARNING: Graphic video and very disturbing. This may not be appropriate for all viewing audiences.

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Orangutan faced off with bulldozer as machine destroyed one of last habitats

An orangutan faced off with a bulldozer in the Sungai Putri forest in Indonesia at one of the last habitats in the world for the animals. A video, captured by an observer, showed the heartbreaking confrontation as the orangutan tried to fight off the machine as it destroyed a tree. The animal barely swung to safety as the machine’s claw bored down.

According to the International Animal Rescue program director Llano Sanchez, Sungai Putri is home to one of the largest populations in the world and without forests like this the Bornean orangutans will most likely become extinct.

“Habitat destruction forces orangutans to enter neighboring plantations and farms looking for food, and this frequently leads to conflict with humans,” Sanchez stated.

Between 1999 to 2016, more than 100,000 Bornean orangutans have been killed. They are now listed as an endangered species with only 1,000 living in the Sungai. Although the Indonesian government states the animals are protected, more illegal logging areas have been operating in the cover of the night.

In a study in Current Biology, the orangutans decline have been the steepest in areas that were deforested or transformed for industrial agriculture (often oil palm or paper pulp plantations). Forests must be protected; some  communities and one oil palm plantation has stepped up to protect the animals. Still we must do more.

This orangutan was rescued. Others have not been as fortunate.

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Teacher accused of drowning raccoons at school will not face criminal charges

In Ocala, Florida, the teacher accused of drowning raccoons and an opossum in the presence of students during an agricultural class, will not face criminal charges according to the state attorney’s office. In a memo released on Friday, Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Brad King stated the teacher did not “torment’ the animals and was not necessarily cruel.

The Forest High School science teacher,  Dewie Brewton was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation and retired just a few days after the disturbing video of the animals being drowned in trash cans filled to the top with water on May 15 went viral.

According to the Gainesville Sun, Judge King’s decision was based on the following:

“During the post Miranda interview, the teacher explained that in one of his classes, his students raise chickens as a project that remain in a pen on campus. He indicated that the students cared a great deal for the chickens with many of them giving the birds names. Over the course of a few weeks, the teacher indicated that approximately 8 chickens had been killed, with their dead carcasses left behind by the culprit. Over time, the teacher determined that it was likely raccoons that were destroying the students’ farm animals. He determined it was best to trap these animals to stop the incessant and unnecessary killing of the students’ birds.”

Brewton stated he wasn’t allowed to shoot the two raccoons and opossum since guns are prohibited on campus and didn’t want to bludgeon them because that would have been “too brutal and messy.” His decision to drown them was his solution, however the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission admits drowning is not a recommended means of euthanasia. The state attorney stated that killing nuisance animals is legal, and to bring animal cruelty charges against the teacher, the State would have had to prove he unnecessarily tortured the animals;  creating doubt on “the ability of the State to prove the allegations beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt.”

(Photos of teacher drowning raccoons via video freeze shots)

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Deputy shooting groundhog crossing roadway video goes viral

A deputy from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office shot a groundhog on Sunday afternoon in Eldersburg, Maryland, but not before a woman driving home from work captured the disturbing incident on video and shared it on social media.

“This just happened. And I’m soooo distraught!!!! Like I cannot believe I just witnessed this. If you’re not an animal lover, you won’t understand my pain… Liberty rd. Sykesville Police shooting Grundhogs in a head in broad daylight. Please share. I may be wrong and he might have been doing his job but all I kept thinking was what if my little niece and nephew were in the car with me seeing this..,” wrote Justyna Olkowska who then posted the video on her Facebook page which has been viewed 55,000 times.

According to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office department spokesperson, Cpl. Jon Light, stated the deputy stopped when he observed a groundhog acting strangely in the roadway. The animal had not bitten or attacked anyone, and there was no way to tell if the animal had rabies.

“You see the groundhog coming after the officer. At this point in time, the animal was not acting as a normal animal would. It is within our policy to dispose of any animal that could pose a health threat,”Light stated.

When watching the video, the deputy can be seen walking towards the groundhog which just stays there. The deputy backs away into the next lane and the groundhog runs towards him. At that moment, the deputy points his gun, kneels down on one knee, takes aim and shoots the groundhog once. The groundhog rolls around in pain, and the deputy shoots the animal a second time killing it. The incident is under review..

Justyna originally thought the entire incident was going to have a happy resolution, and it had been the deputy who would have helped the little guy cross the road.

“I obviously did not think that would take this turn and was kind of shocked,” Justyna told the New York Daily News. “I am sure the officer did the best thing in this situation. It is not for me to judge.”

(Video and freezeshots via Facebook page of Justyna Olkowska)

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Young buck wanders into backyard to play with family dog

In Metamora, Michigan, a surprised resident captured on video a very unusual encounter with a young buck who wandered into their backyard to romp around with the family dog.

The person filming the precious moments stated the deer didn’t seem to have any fear of the dog or humans.

“The kids and I let the dogs out to play and saw this button buck coming around the corner. He came right up to us and let the kids pet him. He was out there for hours playing with the dog,” the homeowner stated.

Let’s hope the young buck smartens up and stays away from people when hunting season begins in Michigan at the beginning of October 2018.

(Video by Viral Hog)

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