The eastern puma has officially been pronounced extinct

In a tragic wildlife development, the majestic Eastern Puma has been officially declared extinct by U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), as of January 22.


The species, known as Felis concolor couguar and Puma concolor couguar, has been officially removed from Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife. The Felis cougar were commonly known as mountain lions, panthers and pumas.


Historically, these majestic cats have roamed every state of the eastern part of the United States along the Mississippi river.

In the year 2011, USFWS started to review the status of Eastern Pumas under the Endangered Species Act. It was deduced in 2015 that there was no evidence of the existence of the large cats.

The de-listing of the endangered Pumas will become official on 22nd February.


The big cat hasn’t been seen in the wildlife for more than 8 decades. The Eastern Puma’s quandary has been around for over 100 years now and by the 1900s, the cats were gradually vanishing because of hunting and systematic trapping.


According to Mark Elbroch, the head scientist for Puma program at the group Panthera, the Eastern Pumas have been ‘long extinct’.

In the year 2015, the biologists of Federal Wild life deduced that pumas elsewhere in the Eastern United States were beyond recovery and, thus, needed no protection under the Act of Endangered Species.

 

The genetic cousins of Eastern Pumas, mountain lions are still inhabit Western United States and are associated with the small, endangered population of Florida panthers which are found in Everglades.

On average, Eastern Pumas were 8 feet long from their head to tail and, could weigh as much as 63.5 kilograms. The majestic creatures once had a huge population – and then humans happened!


The last of such a cat on record was killed in 1938 by a hunter in Maine. The reasons for their extinction are systematic habitat destruction and extermination campaigns; some of these majestic cats were trapped and killed for their fur, while others were murdered to prevent them from interfering with livestock.

Some biologists are hopeful that they will be able to test the possibilities of conservation with the help of the plentiful cousins of Eastern Puma.


One of the conservation advocates of biological diversity, Michael Robinson, said: “We need large carnivores like cougars, which would curb deer overpopulation and tick-borne diseases that threaten human health, so we hope Eastern and Midwestern states will reintroduce them.”


What happened to Eastern Pumas is really alarming and we, as humans, should start playing our part to protect other species from getting extinct!

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Police advise shoppers wipe down carts before use

Most grocery stores have a sanitary wipe dispenser located near their shopping carts. While these wipes are intended to stop germs from spreading, police believe they can help prevent something much worse than the common cold.

The Leachville Police Department in Leachville, Arkansas shared the following warning on Facebook yesterday,

Fentanyl, aka fentanil, is an opiod pain-killer that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Illicit recreational use of the drug has skyrocketed in the last two years. A 10-year-old boy from Miami died in June, 2017 after coming into contact with the substance at his neighborhood pool.

“We believe that it was somewhere between the park or the pool or the sidewalk, or maybe he touched something,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in an interview with NBC.

A police from Ohio nearly died after handling fentanyl during a drug arrest in April of this year. “The spread of fentanyl means that any encounter a law enforcement officer has with an unidentified white powder could be fatal,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Man’s Facebook post goes viral after witnessing this at the scene of a crash

A man who witnessed the aftermath of a serious wreck recently posted this first-hand account of the rescue efforts on Facebook. The post, which describes several strangers coming together to save a woman who was trapped inside the vehicle has since gone viral. The message at the end is something that everyone should remember.

Read his post below.

Via Shawn Nelson/Facebook:

On my way to a safety meeting this morning this accident happened about 1/4 mile in front of me but this post isn’t about the wreck you see, it’s about the Truth. In the car was a black woman in her 60’s. She went off I-20 into the median then over corrected and slid sideways across both lanes of traffic then overturned in the ditch. I slowed to a stop, turned on my hazards, and ran toward the car. I was joined quickly by a few others. Myself and a black man (in his late 30’s wearing work clothes) who was driving a semi crawled around the vehicle looking in the windows. We only saw the one lady inside. The front of the cab of the car was crushed. The back of the car was pretty well intact.

All of the doors were locked. We then tried kicking out a window in one of the back doors with no luck. A white woman (in her 40’s with a ball cap on) on her phone with the police handed us a tire iron. The black man then tried busting the window with no luck. Then another black man in his 50’s in business clothes brought us a shovel. The first black man tried jabbing the window with no luck. I took the shovel and swung it like a baseball bat shattering the window. Another young black man in his 20’s enters the scene. He is wearing dirty jeans and t-shirt (pants sagging showing his boxers).

The young black man who is pretty thin crawls in through the window, through to the front seat, and unlocks the drivers door. At this point the driver is laying on the roof of the car with her legs twisted every which way. I open the driver door and speak with the woman making sure she is coherent and not badly injured. Myself and the first black man pull her from the car. When we emerge the crowd starts yelling ,”Praise Jesus!” With assistance she walks away from the car and lays down on the ground. I didn’t see a single scratch on her body and she seemed to be in pretty good shape considering. I then walked around the car shaking hands with all the people who had helped. That’s when I spotted the drivers Bible laying beside the car. I pointed it out and a lady carried it over and gave it to the driver. The crowd started giving praise again.

Now for the point of this lengthy post. In this 5 minute span nothing mattered except helping someone in need. Not Trump or Hillary, not gender, not race, not income levels. You see, myself (a white man in boots and work clothes), a middle aged black man in work clothes, an older black man in slacks, a white woman with a ball cap on, and a young black man with his pants sagging all came together as one. Now I don’t know if they were all Christians. But I do know the crowd was praising Jesus. Thanking Him for keeping this woman safe and putting the right people there at the right time. As a country we need to quit focusing on what’s not really important and focus our eyes on the One who is.

My wife asks how I always find myself in these situations. As Chris Kyle would say, I’m a sheep dog. My God has a purpose for me and he uses me when others are in need.

Beautifully said.

Аree fishing days 2018: here’s when you can fish without a license in your state

Want to try your hand at fishing, but don’t have a license? We have good news! For National Fishing and Boating Week — which is June 2 to 10 this year — most states offer free fishing days. On those days, you’re allowed to fish in public bodies of water without a fishing license.

It’s the perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to try fishing for the first time — or even for experienced anglers who simply don’t have a license. It’s also a great chance for anyone with a license to bring a friend or family member along to show them how to enjoy this classic, relaxing pastime.


The nation’s free fishing days don’t all line up with National Fishing and Boating Week this year, but most are in June. Others are spread out throughout the year, giving everyone a chance to get out on the water for a good time. It also means that if you’re traveling somewhere, you could still fish outside of your home state on a free fishing day without having to get a local license.

To find out where you can go on the free fishing days, check out TakeMeFishing.org, the website of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, to search for locations and to find information about what type of fish you might catch. If you find out fishing is for you after taking advantage of the free days, the website also has a place to purchase a license in your state.


The RBFF recommends contacting your state fish and wildlife agency for specific regulations, as certain restrictions may apply when it comes to free fishing days. Listed below is when you can fish for free in almost every state in 2018. Unfortunately, if you live in Alaska, you’re out of luck — but all other states have at least one free day.

Alabama
June 9
Arkansas
June 8-10
Arizona
June 2
California
July 7
Sept. 1
Colorado
June 2-3

Connecticut
May 12 (also June 12 and Aug. 11 if you get a free one-day license)
District Of Columbia
June 2-10
Delaware
June 3-4
Florida
April 7-8 (Freshwater)
June 2-3 (Saltwater)
June 9-10 (Freshwater)
Sept. 1 (Saltwater)
Nov. 24 (Saltwater)

Georgia
June 2
June 9
Sept. 22
Hawaii
365 days a year (marine)
Iowa
June 1-3
Idaho
June 9
Illinois
June 15-18

Indiana
April 21
May 19
June 2-3
Kansas
June 2-3
Kentucky
June 2-3
Louisiana
June 9-10

Maine
June 2-3
Maryland
June 2
June 9
July 4
Some areas along Chesapeake Bay always offer free fishing
Massachusetts
June 2-3 (Freshwater)
June 16-17 (Saltwater)
Michigan
June 9-10
Minnesota
May 12-13: Minnesota residents who are moms can fish for free
June 8-10: Minnesota residents 16 and older can fish for free with children younger than 16
Fishing in state parks is always free for Minnesota residents when:

  1. the body of water does not require a trout stamp
  2. fishing from shore or wading in water within the state park
  3. fishing through the ice, from a boat or a float on a designated lake that is completely encompassed within a Minnesota state park

Missouri
June 9-10
Mississippi
June 2-3
July 4
Montana
June 16-17
North Carolina
July 4
North Dakota
June 2-3
Dec. 29-30 (ice fishing)

Nebraska
May 19
July 4
New Hampshire
June 2
New Jersey
June 9
Oct. 20
New Mexico
June 2
New York
June 23-24
Sept. 22
Nov. 11

Nevada
June 9
Ohio
May 5-6
Oklahoma
June 2-3
Oregon
June 2-3
Sept. 1-2
Nov. 23-24
Pennsylvania
May 27
July 4

Rhode Island
May 5-6 (freshwater fishing only)
South Carolina
May 28
July 4
South Dakota
May 18-20
Tennessee
June 9
Texas
June 2

Utah
June 9
Virginia
June 1-3
Vermont
June 9
Washington
June 9-10

Wisconsin
June 2-3
West Virginia
June 9-10
Wyoming
June 2
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This Colorado school district will move to a 4-day school week in the fall

Starting with the next academic year, students in a Colorado school district will attend classes for four days each week instead of five.

For the past few months, the 27J school district—which covers portions of the Denver suburbs, including Brighton, Commerce City, Henderson and Thornton in addition to unincorporated areas of Adams, Broomfield and Weld counties—has been exploring and discussing the idea of a shorter week and on March 19, the district made it official.

Students will attend classes Tuesday through Friday. Rather than extending the school year to meet state requirements for instruction time, students will be in class longer each day.

For elementary schools and full-day kindergarten, school will begin at 7:50 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Middle and high schools will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:32 p.m.

To address concerns from parents about child care on Mondays, the district will offer child care from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a fee of $30 per child per day.

District officials said the change is due in part to the district’s difficulty competing with other districts in terms of recruiting and retaining teachers, who often leave for other districts that pay better. Officials hope a shorter work week will encourage more teachers to stay put.


“I realize this will be a significant change for our students, their families, and the communities we are so fortunate to serve, but our district can no longer be expected to do more with less financial resources,” said 27J Superintendent Dr. Chris Fiedler. “We are 100 percent committed to providing our students with the necessary skills and competencies that will enable a future far beyond graduation. To that end, I believe it is in our students’ best interest to provide high quality, engaged teachers using 21st Century tools for learning four days a week rather than not have them five days a week.”

The district joins nearly 100 others around the state that have already transitioned to a shorter week.

Read more about the four-day school week at District 27J’s website here.

Written by Kurt Sevits for KMTV.

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This guy was banned from a hotel for 17 years for an incident involving hungry seagulls and a suitcase full of pepperoni

A man is being allowed back at a hotel following a 17-year ban for an incident involving a suitcase full of pepperoni, a flock of hungry seagulls, and an open window, and WHOO BOY, let’s get into it.


Our tale starts way back in 2001, when Nick Burchill, who lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, was staying at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria for a business event — his first working for the company.

A spokesperson for the hotel, as well as Burchill, confirmed the following events to BuzzFeed News.

In a letter to the hotel he shared Friday on Facebook, Burchill said he had purchased a suitcase’s worth of pepperoni for some friends in the Navy.


«Because this was the Navy we were talking about, I brought enough for a ship,» Burchill wrote in the post.

Unfortunately, the hotel room didn’t have a refrigerator, so he decided to leave his pepperoni stash in front of a big window, which he left partially open, to stay cool.

«I lifted one of the sashes and spread the packages of pepperoni out on the table and window sill,» Burchill wrote. «Then, I went for a walk…..for about 4 or 5 hours.»

Seems like a nice idea, right?

WELL.

When Burchill returned to his room, he found a sight to behold: an entire flock of seagulls gorging themselves on his trove of pepperoni.


«I didn’t have time to count, but there must have been 40 of them,» Burchill wrote. «And they had been in my room, eating pepperoni for a long time.»

And, as Burchill learned, pepperoni «does NASTY things to a seagull’s digestive system.»

«As you would expect, the room was covered in seagull crap,» he wrote. «What I did not realize until then was that seagulls also drool. Especially when they eat pepperoni.»

Stuff got worse from there. Startled by Burchill’s entrance, the birds started flying everywhere and crashing into things, resulting in «a tornado of seagull excrement, feathers, pepperoni chunks and fairly large birds whipping around the room.»

«The lamps were falling. The curtains were trashed. The coffee tray was just disgusting,» Burchill wrote.

Burchill opened the window all the way to let them out, and «most of the gulls left immediately.»


Still, a couple particularly persistent birds weren’t ready to give up.

«One tried to re-enter the room to grab another piece of pepperoni and in my agitated state, I took off one of my shoes and threw it at him,» Burchill wrote. «Both the gull and the shoe went out the window.»

With one large seagull left in the room, Burchill said he «grabbed a bath-towel and jumped it.»

«It [started] to freak-out so I wrapped it in the towel and threw it out of the window,» he wrote. «I had forgotten that seagulls cannot fly when they are wrapped in a towel.»

The shoe — and the towel-wrapped seagull — apparently struck a large group of tourists on the way down. The seagull was unharmed, Burchill added.

To make matters worse, let us recall that this is occurring during Burchill’s first business trip with a new company. And he just threw his shoe out of the window before an important dinner.


After retrieving his shoe outside — and realizing he wasn’t going to be able to clean up the mess alone — Burchill decided it was time to call for backup. So he phoned the front desk for some help.

«I can still remember the look on the lady’s face when she opened the door,» Burchill wrote. «I had absolutely no idea what to tell her, so I just said ‘I’m sorry’ and I went to dinner.»

When he got back from dinner, Burchill’s things had been relocated to a smaller room.

Additionally, a letter was sent to his company saying he would be banned from the hotel — «a ban that I have respected for almost 18 years,» Burchill wrote.

Burchill concluded his letter with a request for the 17-year ban to finally be lifted.


«I have matured and I admit responsibility for my actions,» Burchill wrote. «I come to you, hat-in-hand to apologise for the damage I had indirectly come to cause and to ask you reconsider my lifetime ban from the property.»

«I hope that you will see fit to either grant me a pardon, or consider my 18 [years] away from the Empress as ‘time served,'» he wrote.

On Saturday, an employee of the hotel told Burchill he would, at last, be welcome back at the Empress.

I officially applied to be allowed to stay at the empress hotel again. Here is my letter. Waiting for the reply. 18…

Gepostet von Nick Burchill am Freitag, 30. März 2018

The hotel’s public relations director, Tracey Drake, confirmed to BuzzFeed News the ban had been lifted.

Burchill thanked the hotel by delivering a special gift of — you guessed it — pepperoni.

Drake said that «several of our long tenured colleagues remember [the incident] well» and were «as amused as everyone else to read the letter from Mr. Burchill.»

«His series of unfortunate events happened so many years ago, and we were happy to review Mr. Burchill’s letter and have since lifted the ban,» said Drake.

«We look forward to welcoming Mr. Burchill to Fairmont Empress again in the future,» said Drake. «And since our $60M restoration in 2017, he will be delighted to know that the rooms have modern amenities and air conditioning to keep his pepperoni cool.»

Burchill told BuzzFeed News he is pleased that he «got the pardon [he] was looking for» from the hotel.

«They have been great sports about the whole thing,» said Burchill. «I don’t think I would have been as gracious.»

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12 human foods that are also safe for your cat to eat too

You sit down on the sofa to relax and enjoy a scrumptious snack. Moments later, your cat coils around your legs and plops down, begging for a tidbit of your treat with a sweet meow. Although you would be happy to share a taste, you guiltily say no, knowing your munchies are bad for your kitty.

Or are they?

Not only can “human food” be perfectly safe for cats, but some of your groceries could actually be good for them. Discover some harmless staples you can share with your favorite feline:

1. Fish
While you don’t want your kitty eating from the aquarium, feeding him oily fish such as tuna or mackerel can help his eyesight, joints and brain.


2. Meat
Poutry, beef and other meat is a natural option for your little carnivore. Cooked poultry is your best bet. Skip meats high in sodium, such as cold cuts or ham, as too much salt can be toxic to cats.

3. Cheese
Sharing a slice or wedge with your kitty is very Gouda of you (see what we did there?) as it’s high in calcium and protein.


4. Bananas
Kiddos aren’t the only ones who can benefit from bananas. They can be a healthy snack for cats, too, although they should only be a special treat due to their high sugar content.

5. Berries
Lower in sugar and high in antioxidants, blueberries and strawberries are good fruits to share with your kitty… although probably not in a pie.

6. Melon
Many cats enjoy small pieces of cantaloupe, honeydew or seedless watermelon. Plus, melon is high in vitamins A and C.

7. Carrots
While cats, unlike humans, don’t require veggies in their diet, they can be a safe and healthy treat. Your cat might nosh on some cooked carrots, but avoid raw ones as they may be a choking hazard.

8. Rice
Although not a necessary part of their diet, a little bit of white rice won’t harm your cat. In fact, it might be helpful if she’s having some digestive issues.

9. Pumpkin
Skip the spice and just give your kitty the pumpkin. Pureed pumpkin has fiber and nutrients that can help with everything from constipation to hairballs.

10. Oatmeal
Oats have lots of fiber, iron and even protein, all of which are beneficial to your cat’s overall health. You can also use them topically for skin problems.

11. Eggs
Protein-rich eggs are another healthful food you can share with your cat. Opt for cooked, as raw eggs may carry salmonella or E. coli.

12. Spinach
If you have ever seen your cat nibble on grass, then you know kitties like leafy greens. Spinach is high in vitamins, although it should not be given to cats with kidney or urinary problems.

Of course, any and all of these foods should be given as occasional treats as part of a balanced diet. Talk to your vet about the best food to feed your cat daily or if you have any concerns about what your kitty should or should not be eating.

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20 people who need to learn how to follow directions

Life is so much easier when you just follow the directions. Sure, there may be some occasions in life where it makes more sense to rebel a little bit and go against the grain, but for the most part, the directions are there to help make your life easier. These people don’t seem to realize that. They’ve had a very hard time following the directions. Luckily, their mistakes have been documented for our enjoyment.


*Reads the words “DO NOT STACK” emblazoned across a bunch of boxes.*

*Immediately stacks boxes.*

What could possibly go wrong?

It says “Don’t Write That”!

But they wrote it. And honestly? It makes for a better cake.


Actually, this bell is meant specifically for emergencies that occur in the Upside-Down.

This person did it exactly right.

Company policy states all beverages must be in a cup with a straw.

It looks like Amelia Bedelia has been here.


Grapes…strawberries…can anyone really tell the difference?

What’s that? People can tell the difference? Oh well.

Hey, you said you wanted pickles on your burger.

You didn’t specify exactly how many pickles you wanted. Or that we had to actually lift up the bun to put them there.


Having previously worked in food service, I’ve gotta side with the McDonald’s employees on this one.

Customers order some pretty crazy things sometimes and you just have to roll with it. (They say pretty dumb things sometimes, too!)


I’m fairly confident that no one in the history of time has ever ordered cheese on their hot dog and meant “just slap a single slice of American cheese anywhere on there.” But here we are.


Apparently, it’s not just hot dogs that get the slapped-on-American-cheese treatment.

And if you think it stops with hashbrowns, you’d be very wrong.


This customer ordered cheese on his grits. What is the world coming to?

Maybe you think we’re just having some fun with these food requests being taken so wildly out of context. That may be so, but this next one is downright rage-inducing…


They ordered sour cream. On the side.

Look people, can we all just agree that we’re all better than this as a society?


Should we tell him what a selfie stick is actually used for?

Nah. This is too much fun.


They literally gave the direction three times.

And now they have three lines of engraving. That’s how it works out here in the wild west, where we’re all living apparently.

Next time, you’re gonna have to write the note directly on the shirt itself.

It may ruin it, but this is an important lesson for your son to learn.


Maybe this isn’t a mistake at all. Maybe this guy’s name is Name Here Name Here! Imagine the news reporter’s luck, finding someone with such a unique name to interview!


And this, friends, is why teachers look forward to summer vacation.

(To be fair, the kid’s not wrong!)

After asking her husband to put the pot pies in the oven, a woman arrived home to find the above scene. The oven was off. The pot pies were still in their boxes.

Police say the murder was completely justified.


“Put the pillowcases on the pillows,” she said.

That’s…not what she meant.

This picture was submitted by a woman who says she told her husband to feed the dog.

Unless your dog is extra talented, something tells me it’s not going to be able to get that can open.


That’s…well, I guess that’s better. But just so you know, it’s people like you who make the world just slightly more difficult for everyone else. I hope you’re comfortable with that knowledge.

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Prominent owner-breeder charged over alleged greyhound exports to China

Australia’s largest greyhound owner-breeder has been charged as part of an ongoing inquiry into unauthorised dog exports to China and Macau.

Paul Wheeler is one for four men charged by Greyhound Racing New South Wales for allegedly exporting nine greyhounds to China without the mandatory greyhound passport and certified pedigree.

In a statement, Greyhound Racing NSW said Mr Wheeler and three other industry participants, Danny Li, Wei Shan and Yiwen Xi were also charged with conduct detrimental or prejudicial to the interests and welfare of greyhound racing.

It is alleged the four also failed to attend or provide documents to the inquiry.

It is not clear when the dogs are alleged to have been exported.

Mr Wheeler declined to comment when the ABC contacted him at his greyhound complex at Boorowa, about 110 kilometres north-west of Canberra.

Greyhound passports were no longer issued for Macau
Greyhound Racing NSW said the four men will have the chance to respond to the charges at a hearing expected later this month.

Passports from Greyhounds Australasia are required to export dogs, however the organisation stopped issuing passports for Macau in 2013 because it is not compliant with Australian animal welfare standards.

Passports are also not issued for dogs going to China.

The ongoing inquiry was convened in 2016 after evidence emerged that greyhounds were being exported to China and Macau.

A number of disqualifications and charges have already been laid including against three people last October over the export of 96 greyhounds to Macau Canidrome and 70 Greyhounds to the Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

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Now you can have a nursing home for your aging parents right in your backyard

One of our world’s biggest financial, social, and familial challenges right now is that of the “sandwich generation,” those individuals in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s tasked not only with raising children but caring for their aging parents. If you’re somebody in this demographic – or if you know you’re going to be one day – you know that one of the most vital decisions you have to make is where your parents are going to live when they can no longer live on their own.

Having them nearby is often ideal, but at the same time, everybody needs their own space, especially when there are children involved. One exciting potential solution that might be able to balance the two? Med Cottages!

These elder-care-focused tiny homes – sometimes jokingly called “granny pods” – are state-of-the-art spaces that combine independent living with safe, advanced care and surveillance. David Wolfe gives us a tour of this next generation of revolutionary senior living.

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