Abert’s Squirrel: Cartoonish and Likes Western Mountains

Across the southwest is a cartoonish squirrel that wears a gray tuxedo and tassles on his ears. You can call them either Abert or Abert’s Squirrel.

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Washington’s Squirrel Bridge Restored to Its Place of Prominence

A puckish civic group has restored a 60-foot long bridge for squirrels to its rightful and historic place of prominence in Longview, WA.

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Bolsa Chica: on the Wetlands – Wasteland Border

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For a seemingly desolate wasteland that is backed by oil fields, a couple busy roads and suburban sprawl, the Bolsa Chica Wetland has surprisingly a lot of wildlife.

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USDA Kills Another 4 million animals, including 477 dogs and 1,991 feral cats

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You know how Americans are appalled every time there’s a story out of China or Iraq about the government thugs primitively rounding up dogs and shooting them? Well, we do that, too. On purpose. Federal agents are out there killing dogs, more than one a day. They shot 157 dogs to death. And it’s not just in the yahoo states out west, either. (Although Texas and Arizona are the top states of dog-killing.) The USDA somehow insinuated itself into dog situations in 32 states. They went out and shot two dogs in Ohio and 30 in California. And it wasn’t because they feared they were rabid, either. They only tested 14 dogs for rabies.

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Fabulous Possum Video: Ad Campaign or Satire?

Are these fabulous possum care instructional videos a viral ad scam? Or just a California wildlife rehabilitator with a sense of humor?

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Help NYC Get a Wildlife Rehab Center

The Wild Bird Fund wants to open a wildlife rehabilitation center for NYC, the biggest US city without one.

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Fireman Releases Squirrels He Rescued From Fire Into His Backyard

Baby Ruth looks out that the big world

Alvin was the first out. He climbed up the enormous oak tree, then moved on to some cedars in a neighbor’s yard. He seemed so excited at his new-found agility, he kept climbing up and down by the trunk, using the branches like they were rungs on a ladder.

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Return of the Fireman’s Squirrels

Squirrels on a hot day

The only real problem with having them is that they are so cute and distracting. Though, there have been regular escapes and safaris around the apartment, which haven’t been much fun, at least for me.

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Visit Prairie Dogs Just Outside Yellowstone in Montana

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When you actually go out to look, these husky-sized ground squirrels aren’t so easy to find. So, if you’re an easterner headed to Montana, check out the Greycliff Prairie Dog Town a couple hours outside Yellowstone National Park.

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Yellowstone: Bears, Otters and Wolves

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Yellowstone Otters Loll on Land

Grizzly Bears Walk through Yellowstone

I just got back from about a week in and around Yellowstone and I’m overwhelmed. Like many wildlife watchers, for years I’ve listened to people talk up the park and its animals as a kind of Galapogos of the west. It always seemed too far, too expensive, too crowded and corny when so much wildlife is so much closer. Man, was I wrong.

Staying just four days in the park, I saw 22 species I’d never met before–and that’s not including all the weird birds I still have to look up. Without a guide, my husband David and I  got to see the big ones everyone wants to see, grizzly bears and wolves. I didn’t realize that everyone is going to see so many bison and elk that it’ll soon seem like you’ve been seeing them every day for years. If those were the main courses, we also got plenty of amuse-buche, animals I never expected to be able to spot: otters, mountain goats, pushy ground squirrels, plenty of pelicans and some freaky kind of grouse that boomed in front of us.  And not just fast, distant glimpses of a dark spot on a far off ridge (well, except for the wolves). We got to see them eating, playing, fighting up close.

So, no, you don’t have to have the skills of a backwoods tracker to see bears and wolves in Yellowstone. You just have to be

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