AZ company launches Taser for wildlife
Taser International launches the $2,000 Taser Wildlife Electronic Control Device. It’s meant to immobilize but not kill an attacking moose or bear from up to 35 feet. It’s like high tech bear spray. It’s certainly better than shooting them, though if it catches on more will be tased than needed. Bloomberg
Rat killing dog in Washington Square Park
Some little terrier has fun chasing and shaking rats to death in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. Is that ok, but the woman whose dogs kill squirrels not? Unclear. But because one is native wildlife and the other is an invasive pest it probably is. Also, probably better for the park than rat poison. NYCtheBlog
Hawaii site for whale watchers
Exploring Maui.com will show HI’s half million whale watchers where to see the humpbacks that migrate from AK.
Five animals we’d rather see cloned than the woolly mammoth.
Curtis Carter makes some good choices, though how the thylacine is not number one I don’t understand. He also wants a Neanderthal, Saber-tooth tiger, Irish elk and dodo. I’d swap the Neanderthal for a Carolina parakeet (North America’s parrot that we wiped out). Seattle Weekly
10,000 year old bone in Texas shows people then ate dog — NYT
New species of giant crayfish with “bearded antenna” found in TN, AL — Sify
One of the 130 remaining gray whales that live in the western Pacific is tracked swimming fast to AK — LATimes
DC is keeping their adorable pandas that Americans love to watch in person or online for another 5 years, thanks to new deal with China —Washington Post
Creepy AZ restaurant to serve African lion tacos. MSNBC