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Nature in the News contains interesting, entertaining and educational articles about wildlife, nature and ecology issues. This news page contains information on everything from Yosemite rock slides and mountain lion legislation, to global warming, climate change and tiny little hummingbirds.

If you aren't sure where you stand on the issues, don't feel alone. The world we live in becomes more complex every single day. Is the earth as fragile as some would have us believe or has it endured because it's quite resilient? You decide. These issues are not going away and will continue to plague us with complex problems that will require us all to make hard decisions.

You will find plenty of food for thought and information to contemplate. Be sure to check back often.

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Spartan Daily

by Adam Murphy

December 8, 2008

Have a craving for bear brisket? Wander on down to Yosemite National Park for some savory Smokey the Bear filets. If you have an inkling for some moose meat, then head on over to Yellowstone National Park for some bold-flavored Bullwinkle burgers.

Thanks to the esteemed Bush administration, firearm bans in 388 parks will be lifted next month, opening new avenues for meat consumption previously thought closed. Bringing firearms to a national park makes about as much sense as bringing one to the zoo.

December 5, 2008

As a retired engineer in his late seventies, Ivor Wiltshire makes an unlikely drug fiend. But the smell of cannabis around his semi-detached home was unmistakable.

It was so strong that his nextdoor neighbour was even threatened by a drug gang who broke in and demanded: 'Give us the weed, man'. Days later Mr Wiltshire and his wife Margaret returned from a holiday in Madeira to discover that the drugs squad had battered down their front door and searched their property. All of this was a mystery to the 77-year-old grandfather, who has had no sense of smell since a nose operation 30 years ago.

Star Tribune

by Doug Smith

November 13, 2008

Dozens of Minnesota deer hunters who illegally tried to lure their quarry with bait during last weekend's opener have had their guns confiscated, paid hundreds of dollars in fines and put their hunting privileges at risk.

This despite intensified efforts by the state Department of Natural Resources to snuff out the activity, which has been illegal since 1991 but continues to be widespread. And baiting continues even though the state's deer population remains high at more than 1 million and the deer harvest in recent years has been at or near record levels.

The Record-Courier

November 10, 2008

We recently went on a day trip over Tioga Pass to Yosemite. On our way there we stopped in the ranger station at Mono Lake.

It is one of the oldest lakes, formed by melting glaciers, and is surrounded by volcanoes. The two small islands in the lake are volcano domes. Since the lake has no outlet, the streams that flow into it have left salts and minerals over the years.


by Ted Alvarez

October 31, 2008

Yosemite's Tunnel View is a favorite for visitors-especially those who plan to just tool around on asphalt and not actually get into all that wilderness/hiking business.

But honchos at Yosemite saw room for improvement: They removed six view-blocking trees, built a viewing spot, and added other amenities to a scenic vista made famous by Ansel Adams and countless other photographers.

Wired Science

by Alexis Madrigal

October 31, 2008

An artist has released a 17-gigapixel image of Yosemite National Park that he says is the largest stitched-together panorama available.

Gerard Maynard, a New York based painter and photographer, put together the ultra-high resolution composite using more than 2,000 individual photos that he took aided by a hacked old Pixorb motorized tripod head.


by Tracie Cone

October 30, 2008

Tourists seeking to capture one of the most photographed scenes on earth - the long look past Yosemite Valley's granite icons to Half Dome seven miles distant - no longer have to dodge cars to do it.

A $3 million redesign of the viewing area where tourists emerge from the Wawona Tunnel to the vista that provided Ansel Adams one of his trademark photographs has created a destination worthy of its surroundings.


October 18, 2008

EDINBURGH, Scotland, -- Removing hedgehogs from islands in the Scottish Hebrides appears to have had little effect on bird populations, conservationists say.

Scottish National Heritage has spent close to 1 million pounds ($1.73 million) in the past five years on the program. The hedgehogs were killed until last year, when the agency agreed to work with Uist Hedgehog Rescue to move the small spiny mammals elsewhere.

Los Angeles Times

by Jeanne Woodford

October 2, 2008

As the warden of San Quentin, I presided over four executions. After each one, someone on the staff would ask, "Is the world safer because of what we did tonight?"

As I presided over Massie's execution, I thought about the abuse and neglect he endured as a child in the foster care system. We failed to keep him safe, and our failure contributed to who he was as an adult. Instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars to kill him, what if we spent that money on other foster children so that we stop producing men like Massie in the first place?

The Consumerist

September 24, 2008

A while back the New York Times was concerned about the cost of the Iraq War and published some estimates of what else we could have bought with that money.

We didn't find that very interesting at the time, but now, while trying to wrap our minds around just how effing huge the $700 billion proposed bailout of Wall Street really is. For $35 Billion you can get universal preschool. Half-days for 3-year-olds and full days for 4-year-olds.

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