Archive for January, 2012

Gray Wolves Remain Protected

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Gray wolves protected throughout Illinois. While wolves dispersing from northern states into Illinois are rare, any gray wolves in Illinois found north of I-80 are listed as threatened under state law, while those south of the interstate remain federally endangered. The change becomes effective Jan. 27, 2012.


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Plastic Pollution Strikes Again

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle rescued off the coast of San Diego, California. The main cause of illness appears to have been the ingestion of plastic. Source: (

This article resonates with us here at Eye Help Animals because a similar article was written several months back about an Albatross in:

Extreme Indigestion


32 Florida Panthers Born in 2011…24 Deaths

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Upon first reading the headline, the news is uplifting and inspiring – 32 Florida Panthers born in 2011 to 11 female panthers. But there were 24 deaths with 9 of the deaths attributed to vehicle collisions. Officials say only about 100 – 160 panthers exist in the state. The population has been increasing since the 1970s when there were less than 30 panthers in the state of Florida. So, the rise to 100+ panthers does sound like good news, and we hope the population continues to increase. Unfortunately, in the first two weeks of 2012, 3 panthers were killed, two by vehicle collisions and one in a fight with another panther.

Sale of Endangered Animals

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

In the ongoing fight against the sale of endangered animals, ABC news reported the following article indicating 12 people in the act of selling endangered animals in Los Angeles this week.

“The items had been sold to undercover agents from the Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Game during an investigation known as Operation Cyberwild, launched in July.

“Our ecosystem is complex and precious. Unfortunately, this delicate system continues to face serious threats, including poaching, the introduction of non-native species, and the illegal sale of endangered species,” said US Attorney Andre Birotte Jr.

Birotte said that as much as two-thirds of illegal sales of endangered animals takes place in the U.S., making the killing of protected animals more profitable. He called the 12 arrests a response to the “alarming trend” of illegal animal sales.”


Tiger Sales:

Wild Tigers are killed and boiled to make an expensive medication used as a traditional pain killer in Vietnam. According to the Tuoi Tre newspaper a restaurant owner was caught rendering a tiger to make “bone paste.” Bone paste sells for a few hundred dollars an ounce. The restaurant owner said she bought the 330-pound tiger for over $8,000.00.


Online Sale of Endangered Animals

Friday, January 6th, 2012

It’s unbelievable that people are able to buy and sell endangered animals over the internet!