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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
(Photo from National Wild Turkey Federation)
As you enjoy turkey this week, remember the wild version of the bird, whose history traces that of America and its conservation and environmental movements, and which is getting more familiar.
"It’s almost miraculous that the wild turkey didn’t join the unfortunate ranks of such extinct birds as the passenger pigeon and Carolina parakeet," writes Bryan Stevens in his "For the Birds" column in the Bristol Herald Courier. "Habitat destruction and a merciless commercial slaughter almost claimed the wild turkey, another uniquely American bird. Ironically, the wild turkey’s valued status as a game bird helped persuade many Americans to fight for its conservation. It’s an effort that succeeded admirably. Today, there are about seven million wild turkeys roaming North America."
Stevens adds, "Interest in the wild turkey as a game bird even inspired the establishment of the National Wild Turkey Federation, which is a national nonprofit organization that serves as a leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America." Stevens also offers many biological details about the turkey, and the old story about Benjamin Franklin saying it should have been made the national symbol, adding that George Washington agreed with Franklin.
The turkey's comeback is ruffling feathers in some suburbs, Michael Rosemwald writes for The Washington Post. "The soaring population has been a godsend for hunters, who are killing record numbers of wild turkeys, even in mostly suburban counties like Montgomery," in Maryland. "But their resurgence is not without drama. Sometimes small delegations of wild turkeys wander into residential neighborhoods on failed exploratory missions for good grub or companionship. For people unaccustomed to seeing turkeys, their appearances are entertaining and occasionally unnerving."
Rosemwald's story begins with an account of a turkey attack on members of a church in Frederick, Md., which led to production of a Destination America show, "When Turkeys Attack," scheduled to premiere at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday. Meanwhile, here's a Post video of wild turkeys in action:
Written by Al Cross Posted at 11/25/2014 07:47:00 AM
Dogs are reunited with owner after being lost for a month;
After her two dogs were missing for nearly a month, Joanna Yates of Franklin feared the worst.
"I think I cried just about every day," Yates said. "They're your family."
But Yates was reunited Tuesday with her dogs, Cash and Dixie, after they were rescued from a cave underneath her subdivision.
"They're miracles, that's for sure," she said.
The dogs were emaciated, but otherwise seemed OK upon a preliminary check at the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society's clinic Tuesday. Yates plans to take the dogs for a thorough exam as soon as their regular veterinarian can fit them in.
When the dogs disappeared Oct. 19, Yates and her family searched everywhere they could think of and got the word out through social media, fliers and newspaper ads, but to no avail.
"For days, we just drove around and around the neighborhoods," Yates' daughter Abby said. "We just kept driving and driving. I was like, 'Where did these dogs go?' Normally, they come right back home."
The family was discouraged that no one had caught even a glimpse of the pets.
"It was kind of odd that there were no sightings, that they just disappeared," Joanna Yates said.
Then, a few days ago, they got a lead when a neighbor heard dogs barking underneath a hole from a collapsed drain tile. It turned out the dogs were trapped under the neighborhood the whole time, apparently having fallen about 20 feet into a cave after a drainage pipe collapsed.
"They literally fell off the face of the earth," Joanna Yates said.
The neighbor contacted Franklin city officials, who sent a crew to put cameras down the hole to make sure Cash and Dixie were there. Once it was confirmed the pets were in the cave, they were rescued Tuesday morning by lassoing their necks and pulling them up.
"It was a collaborative effort by a lot of people to bring them home," Joanna Yates said.
One person she's grateful to is Mia Bullard of Bowling Green, who runs the Facebook page "Warren County Kentucky Lost and Found Pets," which has reunited many lost pets with their owners since she started the page in April.
"It works when everybody is working together for a cause," Bullard said. "Friends are made; animals are saved."
She posted information and fliers about Cash and Dixie on the Facebook page and is thrilled their story has a happy ending.
"There's a happy tales album (on the page) and you can read how everyone was found," Bullard said. "This one was a great one. ... It brought tears to my eyes."
By Laurel Wilson
Bowling Green Daily News
A trio of golden retrievers took a venture into the skies Saturday on a flight from Murray to Knoxville, Tenn.
The one older pure-bred and two young mix-bred dogs earned their wings in a lightweight two-seater aircraft manned by a pair of Knoxville pilots who have a passion for rescuing animals and flying.
Members of the Murray-Calloway County Humane Society organized the flight as part of the Pilots ‘N Paws – an online forum where those who rescue, shelter or foster animals can meet volunteer pilots who are willing to assist with the transportation of animals. The website opens up an avenue of communication between those who need to get animals across long distances but lack the resources or manpower to do it.
Humane Society Executive Director Kathy Hodge said the program often acts as a catalyst where people like her and her volunteers can begin organizing times and places where pick-ups or drop-offs of animals needing better homes can be made.
Mike Williams and Bridgette Duber of Knoxville were quick to respond when local Humane Society Transportation Coordinator Shari Sherwood posted their need to move the three golden retrievers to a breed-specialized rescue in Knoxville. Sherwood said the plan had been to initially use a group of 10 or 20 volunteers from across the state to drive legs of the journey over the course of a weekend, but Duber told Sherwood she could fly the dogs out of Nashville. Still desperately trying to find driver volunteers, she said Duber emailed back once again and said she would be fine to take her first flight to the far western Kentucky area. The two arranged a time and date, and at a little before 10:30 Saturday morning, the small propellor plane broke through some low cloud cover and landed at Kyle-Oakley field where the two pilots were met by a group of families and Humane Society volunteers toting a large welcome sign on the tarmac.
After brief hellos and a quick break for doughnuts and coffee, the volunteers helped load 3-year-old Ashley, 2-year-old Hayla and 10-week-old Gus into some temporary cages where seats would usually go in the back of the plane and the flying dogs took flight on a one-way trip to Knoxville.
Williams and Duber agreed that they were more than happy to play a part in finding good homes for the three dogs.
“We would have been flying around somewhere today anyway,” Williams said. “We might as well do something good for these dogs when we do.”
Hodge said she is touched by the philanthropic sprit of the volunteer pilots who will often go long distances for animals, footing the bill themselves.
Last year, the Humane Society in Murray and Calloway County transported about 340 animals, but only about five or six were moved by airplane. Still, she said, it’s a preferred method because it limits the stress travel can have on the animals.
“For younger or older dogs – or really any dog – it’s so much easier on them to fly. It takes much less time so they get more quickly to the place where they are going to be. After all, we’re always looking out for what’s best for the dog.”
By Austin Ramsey
Murray Ledger & Times
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