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Please Help a Homeless Pet
March 28, 2018

Meet Patty...

     Featured Pet Patty is ready to hop out of the Humane Society and into your life. Patty is a laid back two-year-old female lop who loves to fluff out her personal pillow, aka her dewlap, and just relax. Patty would be a perfect companion to chill out and watch TV with. But, since we can't be lazy all the time, the friendly bun is looking for a home where she can stretch her legs and hop to her heart's content. Patty does have a medical condition that can be managed with diet and exercise — Society staff are happy to share more about her special needs. Hop in and visit her today. Patty's Reference Number is A525110.

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Young Black Cat Rescued from Tiny Drain Hole at Skateboard after Days Being Stuck

        Story by Bob Walter
        October 29, 2017

       On Friday, October 27, a young cat was found stuck in one of the storm drain pipes beneath the skate board park bowl at Mill Pond Park. It is not known how long the cat had been stuck, or how it got there. Anyone with information pertaining to this is urged to contact Eatonville Police.
    The drains had been plugged earlier in the week, after someone had  stuffed items down one of the pipes. The cover grate was gone.  The bottom of the bowl had standing water. Town crews cleaned the pipes out on Tuesday, October 24.
    At around 3pm on Friday, the town administrator, several water utility workers and a number of concerned citizens could be seen in and around the bowl trying to determine how to extract the cat. At one point, the terrified
animal's face could be seen peering upward from a 90-degree bend in the narrow pipe about three feet below the concrete surface, but it then backed away and was no longer visible, though its cries could still be heard.
    It was hoped the cat would reappear long enough to be pulled up to safety, though the pipe, barely four inches in diameter, limited the types of tools that could be used. One lanky young boy, his Tee-shirt pulled off his right shoulder, was practicing reaching down into the pipe with his slender arm in hopes of getting a hold of the cat's head, but the cat was still beyond the bend in the pipe.
    The crew tried to get the cat to back up to the next drain about 25 feet away, gently pushing a plumber's "snake" in toward it with a plastic water bottle taped to the end. But it could still be heard crying near the same drain where it was spotted.
    Unsuccessful after about three hours of trying, and with darkness descending, the would-be rescuers decided to drop a length of "mule tape," a flat, nylon rope, down into the pipe, and anchored it at the top with weights, in hopes the cat would be able to pull itself out, since the pipe itself was smooth PVC, with nothing for the animal to grip. They also dropped a small amount of cat food, then left for the evening.
    At 7:48 a.m. Saturday, two kids at the park heard the cat crying and called 911 to report it. South Pierce Fire and Rescue responded from the Eatonville station, along with Officer Gill of the Eatonville Police Department, who brought along a noose-type catch pole. The cat was again partly visible down inside the pipe.
    This time it seemed to cooperate as they attempted to coax it far enough into view to use the catch pole. After several tries, Firefighter/Paramedic Corey Kneeshaw was finally able to snug the loop around the cat's neck and pull the animal out. By 10:30, the town utility staff was preparing to secure a grate on the opening to the drain pipe.
    The cat appeared to be suffering from hypothermia. Firefighter/EMT John Walsh, acting lieutenant at the station, contacted his wife, who came and took the cat home to care for it. No word as yet on how the cat is doing. We will provide an update as soon as we receive word.

    ADDENDUM - October 30, 2017: The rescued cat survived and is doing well! One of the Walsh kids has named it "Stormy," which fittingly describes its ordeal in the storm drain. This turned out to be a young kitten, which increases the suspicion that he/she was deliberately dropped into the drain, since it is highly unlikely a kitten would have jumped down into the bowl by itself, let alone jump down a vertical drain pipe, and as was reported earlier, other items had been deliberately inserted into the pipe..

     A big thank you to all those involved in Stormy's rescue!

Trail Cameras Show First Evidence of Fishers Born in the South Cascades

Mother fisher climbs down from tree den carrying big kit in her mouth, think mother cat with kitten.

July 29, 2017
Press Release
Kathy Steichen
Chief of Interpretation & Education
Mount Rainier National Park

OLYMPIA – Grainy images of a young female fisher with her kit provide the first evidence that this rare forest carnivore is reproducing in the South Cascades, where state, federal and non-profit organizations are working to reintroduce them.

The pictures show a female fisher in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest coming down her den tree headfirst, carrying a large kit.

“She is hopefully the first of many female fishers we photograph attending a den site and caring for kits in the South Cascades,” said Jeff Lewis, a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The adult female fisher is only two years old, the youngest a fisher can be to give birth to kits, said Lewis.

“Reproductive success of a female this young and this new to the South Cascades is a positive sign that the reintroduction area can support a self-sustaining fisher population,” said Tara Chestnut, an ecologist with Mount Rainier National Park

"This is an inspiring milestone that shows how public, private, tribal and non-profit partners can together make big conservation wins happen, restoring our natural heritage and building a wilder future in our state,” added Dave Werntz, science and conservation director for Conservation Northwest.

The female fisher was released in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in February 2016 as part of an effort to restore fishers to the state. Fishers, a housecat-sized member of the weasel family, were eliminated from Washington by the mid-1900s through over-trapping and habitat loss. They have been listed as a state-endangered species since 1998.

WDFW, the National Park Service and Conservation Northwest are leading the Cascades fisher reintroduction project. Sixty-nine fishers have been released in the South Cascades to date. Fisher releases in the North Cascades will begin this fall.

Documentation of fisher offspring is only one indication of success in the Cascades, said Lewis. Project partners estimate that 77 percent of the fishers released in winter and spring of 2015-16 survived their first year and 64 percent of females established a home range.

Project partners also worked together from 2008 to 2010 to release and monitor 90 fishers in Olympic National Park. Monitoring efforts there have shown that the released animals have distributed themselves throughout the Olympic Peninsula and are successfully reproducing.

Fishers are related to otters and wolverines and are native to the forests of Washington, including the Cascade Mountain Range. Fishers prey on various small mammals – mountain beavers, squirrels and snowshoe hares – and are one of the most effective predators of porcupines.

Re-establishing viable populations of fishers in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains are important steps to down-listing the species in Washington State. The state recovery plan and implementation plan for fisher reintroduction in the Cascades can be found at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisher/reintroduction_cascades.html.

Sources of funding for the reintroductions include WDFW, the National Park Service, Conservation Northwest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington's National Park Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Doris Duke Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, and those who purchase Washington State personalized license plates, among others.

Fisher recovery efforts in Washington also rely on the support of the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the British Columbia Trapper’s Association, British Columbia trappers, and the private forest landowners that participate in conservation agreements for fishers.

Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone 360.902.2349, TTY 360.902.2207, or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov) . For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.

Euthanized Grizzly’s Long Life at Northwest Trek included Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine | The Olympian


Public Comments Period Extended for Grizzly Bear Restoration in State

from National Park Service & U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
March 13, 2017

Public comment period open through April 28, 2017.

Sedro Woolley, Wash. – The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will extend
the public comment period regarding the proposed alternatives for the restoration of grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem by 45 days, through April 28, 2017. The agencies received several requests for an extension to the comment period from members of the public and local elected officials.

The goal of the public comment period is to gather comments regarding the draft EIS; public comments received on the draft EIS will be evaluated and considered in the identification of the preferred alternative, which will be published in the Final EIS.

The alternatives analyzed in this draft EIS include a “no-action” alternative, plus three action alternatives that would seek to restore a reproducing population of approximately 200 bears through the capture and release of grizzly bears into the North Cascades Ecosystem. The alternatives were developed by a planning team with input from the public, local, state and federal agencies, and the scientific community.

The public is invited to view the draft EIS and submit written comments through April 28, 2017, online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/grizzlydeis  or via regular mail or hand delivery at: Superintendent’s Office, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 810 State Route 20, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284

Actions proposed on National Forest System lands under the draft EIS are subject to the USDA Forest Service’s pre-decisional objection process. This comment period constitutes the opportunity to establish eligibility to object to the Forest Service’s draft decision under the regulations at 36 CFR 218. For more information on this process, visit: https://www.fs.fed.us/emc/applit/includes/20160531Final218ObjectionBrochure.pdf

The grizzly bear was listed as a threatened species in the contiguous United States in 1975. The species was listed as endangered by the state of Washington in 1980.

Thank you for your interest in this project~
The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This July 4 Marks First Time Bison are Recognized as the
 National American Mammal...

     July 1, 2016: On May 9, 2015 President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act naming the bison as America's National Mammal. One day later, May 10, this image of a mother bison nursing her calf was captured by Edwinna Van Eaton at Yellowstone National Park.
     Edwinna explained the Yellowstone herd, with many calves, were on both sides of the road but this mom and calf stayed still long enough for her to get a photograph.
     Once numbering hundreds of thousand animals the great bison herds were almost completely wiped out by hunting, efforts to starve out Native Americans, and infected by diseases brought by domestic cattle. In 1900 there were just 300 bison in the United States.
     The species was saved by a Scottish immigrant, James "Scotty" Philip who was a rancher and politician in South Dakota. He is credited with an important role in preserving the bison from going the way of the passenger pigeon and other species made extinct by humans.
     Wild bison are an important part of the ecosystem = prairie dogs, native plants, pronghorn (incorrectly called antelope), birds such as sharp-tailed grouse, burrowing owls and magpies depend on their connection to bison.,
      Bulls can weigh up to a ton and bison can reach speeds of 30 to 40 miles an hour. They are the most dangerous animal in Yellowstone, Many more people are injured and die from bison than bears.


Prelude: Reason for Bailey's
Trip Back to Tacoma...

       from Shelby Taylor

     We got a call from Marcy, an Executive Director at the Lenawee Humane Society, who told us of a young man visiting Michigan with Bailey, a nine-year-old Shepherd mix. He was arrested, and the dog went with Animal Control, in a city where they euthanize animals after five days. Bailey was then transferred to Lenawee, and the young man got in touch with Marcy, expressing that he did not want his dog to suffer for his mistakes.

Six States Crossed to Bring Bailey Home to Family in Tacoma...

Bailey puts on a happy face when she's finally home (courtesy photo)

Humane Societies Working Together...

      by Shelby Taylor
     Marketing and  Events Manager
     Tacoma-PC Humane Society
     August 30, 2016

Humane Societies always work hard and do good work. When they work together, miracles happen,” Marcie Cornell, Executive Director of the Lenawee Humane Society in Adrian, Michigan, said.
    On the morning of August 25, Cornell placed a call to the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County to see if the shelter could help nine-year-old Shepherd mix, Bailey, make her way across the country to get back home. The dog had been at the Michigan Humane Society, separated from her owner. [The owner was arrested, Bailey was sent to a kill shelter, then moved to the Lenawee shelter.]
    When Cornell found out that Bailey’s home base was in Tacoma she immediately mobilized staff and volunteers to get the dog back home. With the help of Paws N Pilots Pet Rescue Services, Bailey was flown to Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor. There she was met by the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County’s “Tail Wagon,” and delivered to the doorstep of 80-year-old Joyce Wild.
     Wrought with emotion, the Wilds finally had their Bailey back after a 2,247 mile-long journey.


Bailey is greeted by her family and pet owner Joyce Wild, 80, in the pink. (courtesy photo)


What is That Bird?

                                                                                                         (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

     by Tony Sirgedas
      September 22, 2003

      What are those large birds flying overhead?  They're not the usual red tailed hawks or bald eagles we have become accustomed to seeing. They are vultures !!  Turkey vultures to be exact.  Several were spotted Saturday, September 21, in the Ohop Valley feeding on road kill.  Pictured is one of the vultures walking up the Clay City road. Like many other migratory birds, turkey vultures migrate north in the early spring and return south in the fall months, passing through Washington for a quick snack.

      Did you know ?

    The Turkey Vulture (and also the California Condor) are classified by the Ornithological Union in the same order as storks and flamingos (Ciconiiformes).
    The Turkey Vulture is lacking strength in its tiny grasping claw and does not, and cannot, kill. Also, the Turkey Vulture's beak has neither the shape nor strength to tear into a fresh carcass?
    The Turkey Vulture's digestive system has the unique ability to kill any virus and bacteria in the food the bird eats and the vulture's droppings and dry pellets (bolus) are clean and do not carry disease?
     For more information on turkey vultures visit The Turkey Vulture Society at www.accutek.com/vulture/ .

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~ Bill Watterson








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~Woodrow Wilson










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