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Today’s news: another oil spill, grizzlies coming back, and fish ban brings success

August 17, 2011

Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals ) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. Whale dies after weeks in river. A gray whale who got lost in on North California’s Klamath River, died on Tuesday. She had been stuck there for over a month. Her and her calf got lost, and the mother stayed behind even after her baby found it’s way back out to the ocean. (MSNBC)

2. Shell oil spill in North Sea damages company’s credibility. The Shell oil spill in the North Sea is nowhere near as bad as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But that hardly matters – any oil spill is a bad oil spill. But what’s making Shell look even worse is that they kept spitting game about how their rigs were so much safer than BP’s. How about everyone just stay out of the ocean? (Christian Science Monitor)

3. Jail uses cats to put inmates at ease. Last week, we told you about how some court rooms are allowing witnesses to testify with the help of therapy dogs. Now some jails are adopting cats to keep the inmates calm and help pass the time. We always knew our cats were badasses, but they probably can’t hold a candle to prison cats. (MSNBC)

Yeah, we wouldn't want to see him on the way to the post office either.

4. Grizzly bears return to Montana, with strings attached. For a while, grizzly bears were rare sites in Montana, but now they’re getting a little too close for comfort. Montana now has the largest population of grizzlies in the continental United States, and their numbers are reaching close to 1,000. However, their success means humans now fear running into them while running to the post office or coming home from work (NY Times)

5. Fishing ban brings species back to Mexico. A small village in Mexico, Cabo Pulma, has banned fishing and the results have been promising. The 27-square-mile patch of ocean has been successful in restoring the fish population. The national marine park has been so successful because of the cooperation of people in the village. (Christian Science Monitor)

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