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Today’s news: New York to fight bear abuse, lemurs, and dead fish

August 24, 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. New York to fight bear abuse in ways we never thought were necessary. New York is fighting bear poaching and torture by banning the sale of bear gall bladders and bile. Yes, apparently bear gall bladders and bile are in extreme demand. They’re used in traditional Chinese medicine. While bear farming doesn’t happen in the U.S., the value of bile leads to dead bears here. (Treehugger)

2. Spill kills hundreds of thousands of fish. A rotten stench over a 60-mile stretch of the Louisiana Pearl River lead to the death of thousands of fish. A paper mill released a high concentration of waste, which sucked the oxygen out of the river. More than 400 people worked to clean up the river. (MSNBC)

They're like monkey-raccoons.

3. Illegal logging is pushing rare Madagascar Lemur to the brink. Rampant illegal logging in a corner of Madagascar is pushing the sifaka lemur to extinction. It’s estimated there are only 300 of these lemurs left – and this the only spot in the world where they still live. The footage was taken at great risk to the videographers since the illegal logging trade is extremely dangerous. (Yale 360)

4. 2 Colorado campers attacked by bears. 2 campers were attacked near Aspen in as many days. Both people were in their tents when attacked. They were both okay after the bear gnawed on them. Rangers are still trying to decide if it was the same bear. (MSNBC)

5. Russia declares ‘open season’ on sharks. Although there were no shark attacks in Russia last year, there have been 2 this year, and Russia is taking it sort of personally. The government has dispatched a “special-operation group” to get rid of the shark. They’re going to send out a lot of boats to catch the sharks. We predict this won’t end well. (Mother Nature Network)

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