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  • Complaints Dept.: Denver Diners Hoof, PETA and Vegans Scream Foul

    Complaints Dept.: Denver Diners Hoof, PETA and Vegans Scream FoulHoofin' It LoDo Last night, some 90 dining enthusiasts trekked to four dining destinations in LoDo as part of the second night of Hoofin' It. The four night culinary tour, brainchild of chef Jensen Cummings, brings together diners, chefs, and...

  • Controversies : Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

    Controversies : Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of RestaurantA Florida restaurant kicked out a couple this weekend over a dispute regarding the couple's service dogs. According to WTSP, the couple plans to file a "complaint for disability discrimination" against the restaurant Maggie Mae's after they were forced...

  • Watch Dogs will be 'the only mature game' Ubisoft publishes for Wii U

    Watch Dogs will be 'the only mature game' Ubisoft publishes for Wii UUbisoft will shift its focus when it comes to publishing games for Nintendo's Wii U. While the company will continue to release types of games that are already doing well — like the Just Dance franchise — it will back away from more mature titles. Speaking with Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Watch Dogs for Wii U will likely be the last mature game published for the console. One of the reasons for this is the poor reception for Assassin's Creed games on Wii U. Both Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag received Wii U versions, but neither game appears to have done as well as the Just Dance games.

  • Poachers Killed More than 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years

    Poachers Killed More than 100,000 Elephants in 3 YearsThe insatiable demand for ivory is causing a dramatic decline in the number of African elephants. Poachers are hunting the animal faster than it can reproduce, with deaths affecting more than half of elephant families in the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya, a new study finds.  In 2011, the worst African elephant poaching year on record since 1998, poachers killed an estimated 40,000 elephants, or about 8 percent of the elephant population in Africa. In the absence of poaching, African elephant populations grow about 4.2 percent each year, the researchers found based on detailed records from Samburu.

  • Speed Limits Could Save Rarest Dragonfly

    Speed Limits Could Save Rarest DragonflyThe Hine's emerald dragonfly is the only dragonfly on the federal endangered species list. The insect's largest remaining population lives in Door County, Wisconsin, where sandy beaches and cherry and apple orchards draw tourists from Green Bay and beyond. A 2003 study found these summer drivers kill about 3,300 Hine's emerald dragonflies each year, said Amber Furness, a University of South Dakota graduate student. No one knows exactly how many Hine's emerald dragonflies are left, but there are at least 10,000 in Door County and up to 3,000 in the Chicago region.

  • Elephant killings in Africa outpace births

    An elephant and its calf graze on October 8, 2013 at Amboseli National Park, KenyaMore elephants in Africa are being killed by poachers than are born each year, and the problem may be worse than previously understood, according to the most detailed assessment yet. Using a newly refined approach to estimate elephant deaths, developed at Kenya's Samburu National Reserve, researchers said Africa's elephant population is declining at a rate of about two percent annually. "Basically, that means we are starting to lose the species," said lead author George Wittemyer, an assistant professor in the department of fish, wildlife and conservation biology at Colorado State University. According to data from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), about 25,000 elephants may have been poached across Africa in 2011, based on about four dozen sites being monitored.

  • Manatee dies in Paris zoo after drowning in pool

    A baby manatee swims near its mother on July 19, 2014 at the Zoo Parc of Beauval in Saint-Aignan, FranceCréteil (France) (AFP) - A manatee has died from drowning after getting trapped in his enclosure, the owners of a zoo in Paris said Monday. Barry, who was three years old and one of only two of the sea mammals in the zoo in Vincennes, died on August 11 after getting stuck "in an underwater gallery between two parts of the pool that are usually closed by a door," said Alexis Lecu, the scientific director of the park. The mammals, which are listed as a vulnerable species by the World Conservation Union, need to resurface for air roughly every ten minutes. The park, which is situated in the east of the French capital in the leafy suburb of Vincennes, reopened in April after three years of work.

  • 100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

    In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 file photo, a herd of adult and baby elephants walks in the dawn light across Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya, with the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, seen behind. A new study released Monday Aug. 18, 2014, by lead author George Wittemye of Colorado State University, found that the proportion of illegally killed elephants has climbed to about 65 percent of all African elephant deaths, accounting for around 100,000 elephants killed by poachers between 2010 and 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found.

  • Animals caught in crossfire, trapped at Gaza zoo

    A Hamadryas baboon (L) looks at the carcass of another baboon inside their cage at the Bisan City tourist village zoo, in Beit Hanun, Gaza, on August 14, 2014The lions sit dazed in the shade of their damaged pen, while nearby the decayed carcases of two vervet monkeys lie contorted on the grass of a Gaza zoo. The animals were caught in the crossfire in over a month of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants that killed more than 1,960 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side.

  • Colorado hunting outfitter admits harming wild cats for easy hunt
    A Colorado hunting outfitter accused of injuring mountain lions and bobcats to help clients kill them more easily pleaded guilty on Friday in a U.S. court in Denver to one felony count of conspiring to break a federal wildlife law, prosecutors said. In a plea agreement struck with federal attorneys, Christopher Loncarich, 55, of Mack, Colorado, admitted to conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, which bans the transportation or sale across state lines of illegally gained wildlife, according to the U.S. Justice Department. As part of the plea deal, Loncarich admitted he led a ring of professional hunters who shot, trapped and caged the wild cats to provide clients with phony fair chase hunts in Colorado and Utah from 2007 to 2010, prosecutors said in a statement. Loncarich's hunting packages targeting mountain lions ranged in price from $3,500 to $7,500 and bobcat hunts cost between $700 and $1,500, U.S. attorneys said.

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