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#81 todd

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Posted 31 May 2021 - 11:17 AM

How a roadside zoo unleashed a lizard invasion on Victoria
Known as Rudy’s Pet Park, the 60s-era attraction was singularly responsible for the now-ubiquitous common wall lizards swarming the Capital Region

https://www.capitald...et-park-saanich



This has been a news story again in the last week. Was at a pet store recently looking at the lizards if you want a pet why not just take one save a couple bucks?

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#82 lanforod

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Posted 31 May 2021 - 11:18 AM

I have dozens of these by my place. They poo everywhere


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#83 todd

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Posted 31 May 2021 - 11:32 AM

I have dozens of these by my place. They poo everywhere

Yeah but I bet the plants grow great... minus the bees



“Surprise: Lizard Feeds Its Babies Feces”: https://blog.nationa...s-babies-feces/

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#84 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 01 June 2021 - 04:38 PM

this is a great video.  woman shoves a bear off a concrete wall.

 

https://vancouverisl...istId=1.5451638



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Posted 01 June 2021 - 11:34 PM

“Provincial bat count to monitor for impacts of white-nose syndrome”: https://www.oakbayne...-nose-syndrome/

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 05:21 AM

I like how he says the sticky pads are inhumane. But freezing them (alive) is fine.

https://www.timescol...sion-1.24327207

can’t we just live with the lizards? they are less damaging than deer.

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#87 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 06:54 AM

I like how he says the sticky pads are inhumane. But freezing them (alive) is fine.

https://www.timescol...sion-1.24327207

can’t we just live with the lizards? they are less damaging than deer.

 

 

 

 

How you kill them after capture is up to you. A crushing blow with a rock or brick is a quick end. Others bag and freeze them and later dispose of the bodies.

 

 

 

“Sticky traps are shockingly inhumane, with animals stuck for a week in the blazing sun and cold at night,” said Hanke. “The traps are an attractant to predators who also get stuck. There also is too much collateral damage from other animals — snakes, native lizards and small birds, which will be attracted to insects and other animals in the sticky trap.”

 


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Posted 06 June 2021 - 05:34 PM

^
“Supercooling and freeze-tolerance in the European wall lizard” “..Eleven super-cooled lizards were removed from the cooling chamber prior to crystallization after between 15 min and 26 h at body temperatures ranging from -2.2 to -5.9 °C. With the exception of one individual supercooled to-5.0 °C, all lizards recovered fully…”:

https://link.springe...1007/BF00300945


By the way that was front page TC with a robin eating a lizard photographed.

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#89 todd

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 03:30 PM

Cat versus lizard: https://youtu.be/LWj7Gr1HwYA

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Posted 30 July 2021 - 03:07 PM

Bob the backyard black bear has returned to the neighbourhood. The neighbour spotted him strolling down Wallace on his way to Todd Inlet perhaps.

 

Probably going for a dip and a snack.

 

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#91 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 July 2021 - 03:08 PM

how do local bears hibernate for the winter?

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Posted 30 July 2021 - 03:11 PM

They stay at the Prairie Inn.

#93 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 July 2021 - 03:17 PM

Bears hibernate. They spend all year eating salmon, blueberries, and picnic baskets and then, sometime around baseball playoffs, they all wander off to a cave full of treasure and explorers’ skulls where they curl up in a big furry ball and snore away the winter.


https://slate.com/te...and-torpor.html

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#94 Mike K.

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 11:59 AM

A fellow had a pretty close daytime encounter with a cougar atop the Goldstream Trestle over the weekend. Watch: https://www.facebook...388784574856002


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#95 Redd42

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Posted 20 September 2021 - 06:44 AM

NPR Fresh Air had an episode recently about animals doing not what we want them to do. My favourite bits were the bears in Aspen who have figured out how to get in certain types of doors, the fact that forensic folks know if you have been killed by a cougar or bear because they attack differently and a large number of people in India are killed every year by elephants - because to an elephant us humans are just an annoying bug.



 



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