Ottawa bearing witness to unusual influx… of bears – The Canadian Press

By Andy Blatchford (via msn.com)

Richard Moore, acting manager of Conservation Services at the National Capital Commission, is shown beside a bear cage in Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
© Provided by thecanadianpress.com Richard Moore, acting manager of Conservation Services at the National Capital Commission, is shown beside a bear cage in Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

OTTAWA – High population density is a feature of most Group of Seven capitals — but Ottawa stands out among its international peers these days with an unusual demographic situation: a sudden influx of bears.

Black bear sightings surged of late in Canada’s national capital region. Conservation officials say they’ve already had to round up more than 30 of the large mammals roaming urban areas since the start of the month.

From a human’s perspective, the bears have been getting into mischief. Locals have seen them wandering along leafy residential streets, nosing through backyard compost containers and one was even spotted rambling the alleys of Ottawa’s touristy ByWard Market.

Many of the wayward animals, including the one affectionately nicknamed “ByWard Bear,” were seen or scooped up within a few kilometres of Parliament Hill. 

Read the full article here.

B.C. group wants to kill the seals to save the whales – CBCNews

by Greg Rasmussen (via msn.com)

an animal with its mouth open: Associated Press
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Ken Pearce throttles back on his outboard motor, his boat slowing as it cuts through the waters of the lower Fraser River near Steveston, B.C.

He’s spotted a half-dozen seals swimming in a side channel.

“They’ve fed on the rising tide and now they’re coming in to soak up the sun and snooze,” he says.

Pearce views the animals as a major threat to migrating salmon and the endangered killer whales that feed on them.

He wants tens of thousands of them killed in a commercial hunt.

His group, Pacific Balance Pinniped Society, has support from some First Nations, commercial fishing groups and elements of the sport fishing industry. 

Read the full article here.

Feel Good Sunday: Video – Battle of the Barns Sync Challenge — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

https://videopress.com/embed/fajrjT5L?hd=0&autoPlay=0&permalink=0&loop=0

“Okay, we are all about grins and giggles today. For those of us who live with equines;s we occasionally have to let our hair down and have a little fun because for those who do not care for a equine companion are probably not aware that our charges have “staff” and that “staff” refers to […]

via Feel Good Sunday: Video – Battle of the Barns Sync Challenge — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

BBC News: Japan’s push to resume whaling for profit

Japan’s push to resume whaling for profit – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-45364696

‘Welfare Dilemna’ Over Licensed Shooting of Seals in Scotland — The Orkney News

A film has been made by Lizzie Daly a leading wildlife biologist and BBC presenter – ‘Silent Slaughter: The Shooting of Scotland’s Seals’

via ‘Welfare Dilemna’ Over Licensed Shooting of Seals in Scotland — The Orkney News

Kangaroo Is On The Loose In Austria, Confusing Everybody — News : NPR

Maybe he’s trying out for membership in the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions club 🙂

No, that’s not a typo. Austria is hunting for a kangaroo of unknown origin that has been seen hopping about in the area of Hellmonsödt.

via Kangaroo Is On The Loose In Austria, Confusing Everybody — News : NPR

Feel Good Sunday: Video – APACHE The Shadows — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Source: Ine RP Braat “It’s Sunday, it’s your day, it’s time for you to relax and “get your horse on” so we hope that this shared video inspires you to continue your great works and efforts to be the voices for those who are voiceless. Be safe, my friends.” ~ R.T.

via Feel Good Sunday: Video – APACHE The Shadows — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

BBC News: Endangered olive ridley sea turtles found dead off Mexico

Endangered olive ridley sea turtles found dead off Mexico – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45341575

What does it mean to be human?

By Martha C. Nussbaum
from The New York Times, The Big Ideas – Opinion

Melissa Golden for The New York Times

Over time, the idea of “being human” has surely meant — and will continue to mean — many things. There is and has never been just one answer. But surely one thing it ought to involve today is the ability to recognize that the question itself is a problem.

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We share a planet with billions of other sentient beings, and they all have their own complex ways of being whatever they are. All of our fellow animal creatures, as Aristotle observed long ago, try to stay alive and reproduce more of their kind. All of them perceive. All of them desire. And most move from place to place to get what they want and need. Aristotle proposed that we should strive for a common explanation of how animals, including human animals, perceive, desire and move.

Read Ms. Nussbaum’s fascinating article in full here.