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Lawrence Animal Shelter has Tags available now

It is a County Ordinance that all animals in Lawrence County need to have a tag in case they get away from their owner and are picked up by the Warden.

Dog Tags - $5.00
Cat Tags - $5.00
Kennel Tags – 10 or more tags $20.00

 Leonika Allen

It's cold outside, but not early enough or long enough to kill off all invasive species...

The unusually cold temperatures haven't lasted long enough to kill off all invasive species, according to a report from the U.S. Forest Service and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Lacee Shepard reports for the Capital News Service, based at Michigan State University. (Flickr photo left: Emerald ash borer)

The report found that when temperatures hit -10 F., some invasive species, such as the emerald ash borer, which feeds on ash and kills the tree, could freeze to death, Shepard writes. But like many insects, the borer adjusts to the weather, and adjusts to survive. Thus, though this winter has been cold, it turned extremely cold too late to eliminate the species.

“Insects go through a physiologically intense process of acclimatization in the fall and there’s actually changes in their bodies. It’s the equivalent of having antifreeze," Deborah McCullough, a professor of entomology and forestry at Michigan State, told Shepard. "If the insects don’t create this antifreeze their cells will freeze and burst, killing them. If we had this Arctic vortex the first or second week of November, it might have been really different. But there have been all these weeks of cooler and cooler temperatures for the ash borer larvae, under the bark, to have acclimatized. Because it’s the middle of winter they are as acclimatized as they could possible be. Some of them are still going to survive it.”

Still, McCullough said she hopes "the cold will kill off other harmful species like mimosa webworm, an insect that webs leaves together and feeds on them," Shepard writes. "While the harm they cause is less severe than what emerald ash borer or the (hemlock woolly adelgid) cause, it is still damaging and unsightly." The hemlock woolly adelgid preys on hemlock by injecting toxic saliva while feeding, eventually killing the tree. The species appeared to vanish in 2006, but made a comeback in 2013. (Read more)

Written by Tim Mandell Posted at 1/28/2014 12:04:00 PM

Date: 01-15-2014

Man charged after dog found frozen and dead

Kentucky New Era

A Hopkinsville man is charged with second-degree cruelty to animals after his dog was found frozen and dead Tuesday afternoon.

Joshua Williams, 32, Hopkinsville was charged after police found his dead dog malnourished and frozen to the ground, according to a Hopkinsville police report.

According to the report, the same dog was removed a week before because it had been left outside in five-degree weather without shelter, according to the report.

Date: 01-17-2014

Endangered cranes found shot, reward offered for information;

photo by Mike SloatA $7,200 reward is being offered by federal and state wildlife officials for information concerning the shooting of two whooping cranes.

Authorities with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said a report of an injured whooping crane was received on Nov. 25, from a Hopkins County resident.

The injured whooping crane was rescued on Nov. 27, but had to be euthanized due to wounds and a shattered upper leg.

“We started the investigation on Nov. 29,” said Tom MacKenzie, FWS spokesman. “We had to wait for lab results to determine the cause of death.”

A second crane was found with the help of a transmitter on Dec. 13 near Pond River Road in Northeast Muhlenberg County.

MacKenizie said the cranes were mates who arrived on Nov. 14 in Hopkins County. He believes they were injured at the same time.

“We believe the second crane was shot,” he said. “It had been scavenged by the time we got to it.”

Labeled as an endangered species, less than 500 whooping cranes are believed to exist in the United States. Each of the birds are banded with fitted radio transmitters to help monitor individual health and movement.

Both cranes were reported to have spent the past two winters in northeast Madisonville according to information transmitted from their monitors.

“Cranes have expanded over the years and extended range and numbers,” MacKenzie said. “I can’t tell you why they happen to like Kentucky.”

Efforts to save whooping cranes began after their nationwide population dwindled to 15 birds in 1941, according to the Whooping Crane Conservation Association.

“Whooping cranes are bright white,” MacKenizie said. “The difference between them and Sandhill cranes, is one and a half feet.”

The cranes are protected under two federal laws, he said.

The Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act set penalties up to a $100,000 fine and/or one year in federal prison.

Officials said the reward being offered is to anyone with information that directly leads to an arrest or a criminal conviction of those responsible for shooting the whooping cranes.

According to a news release, the reward fund is supported by numerous organizations and continues to grow daily.

Anyone with information concerning the deaths of the cranes is urged to contact the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources dispatch at 1-800-252-5378.

By Truly Martin
The Messenger, Madisonville

Date: 12-12-2013

Six whooping cranes reported; species off limits for hunting

Kentucky Press News Service

The Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that wildlife biologists have confirmed the presence of five federally protected whooping cranes in Hopkins County and received a report of a sixth in Barren County.

The whooping crane is a federally endangered bird that may not be hunted.

Whooping cranes are solid white with black wingtips. They have a red crown. Adults may have a wingspan of 7 ½ feet and stand up to 5 feet tall on stilted legs.

Whooping cranes are similar in silhouette to a sandhill crane. However, sandhill cranes have gray bodies and are smaller than whooping cranes. Kentucky’s sandhill crane hunting season begins Dec. 14 and continues through Jan. 12, or until 400 birds are taken.

People drawn for a sandhill crane quota hunt must pass an online bird identification test before they may receive a permit. As part of its policy, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources provides the public with notification about the presence of whooping cranes in the state when sandhill crane season is open or about to begin.

Wildlife biologists counted 9,200 sandhill cranes in Barren County on Monday. Officials were not able to confirm the report Saturday of a whooping crane in the area, however.
Hunters should be aware of other large-bodied birds currently in the state.

Sloughs Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Henderson County holds approximately 8,000 snow geese. Another 5,000 snow geese also are present at Ballard WMA in Ballard County. Snow geese are white-bodied birds with black wingtips. They do not have stilted legs.

Wildlife biologists also have received reports of tundra swans in central Hardin County, Sloughs WMA, Lake Cumberland and Barren River. Tundra swans are large, solid white birds with wingspans approaching 7 feet. They do not have stilted legs. Tundra swans may not be hunted in Kentucky.