Posts Tagged ‘Seattle’

Nanny saves child from coyote’s jaws, and other strange stories of human, animal conflicts

June 23, 2008

Seattle isn’t the only city with aggressive animals. Strange stories from across the country have accumulated over the past few years to paint a vivid picture of the growing conflict between humans and urban wildlife.

  • In April, a hawk in Boston’s Fenway Park swooped on a teenage girl and scratched her scalp with his talons, causing her to bleed.
  • A Florida woman was walking her dog in March when a bobcat approached, grabbed the pet in his mouth and retreated to the nearby woods. The woman has not seen her dog, a Maltese named Bogie, since.
  • In November in Clintonville, Ohio, a deer stabbed a dog with his antlers in at least five places on the dog’s side, chest and face. The dog, a Doberman, suffered a ruptured diaphragm and stomach, but survived.
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    Families who lost pets in food recall near settlement

    June 6, 2008

    Washington families who lost companions after last year’s major pet food recall are close to a settlement — and, finally, closure to a tragedy that killed more than 1,500 pets.

    A judge granted initial approval Friday to a $24 million deal reached last month in which companies that made or sold contaminated food will pay pet owners for all costs related to the death or illness of their pets.

    “We are kind of waiting for this to wrap up and for there to be closure,” said Cecily Mitchell, a Seattle resident involved in a class-action lawsuit against pet food manufacturer Menu Foods.

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    “Reverse Evolution” Discovered in Seattle Fish

    May 22, 2008

    When a historic cleanup helped clear the waters of a polluted lake near Seattle, a population of tiny, spiny fish called sticklebacks may have “evolved in reverse” to survive.

    In the 1950s, Lake Washington, an inland lake that parallels Washington State‘s Pacific Coast, took on 20 million gallons (76 million liters) of phosphorous-laden sewage a day (see Washington State map).

    By the 1960s it had become a 300,000-acre (121,400-hectare) cesspool.

    Then an unprecedented U.S.-$140-million cleanup in the mid-1960s transformed the lake into the pristine boaters’ paradise that it is today.

    But the lake’s recovery put at least one species in a pickle: the three-spine stickleback.

    The small fish, formerly hidden in the murky depths, found itself swimming in plain view of predators like cutthroat trout.

    Researchers now think the threat of predators spurred the fish into rapid evolution toward an older version of itself, evolutionarily speaking.

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    New album from animal-esque artist “Fleet Foxes”

    March 4, 2008

    The opening track on Fleet Foxes’ debut EP is the perfect introduction to this Seattle band, whose carefully fashioned songs reward more active listening than your typical indie-roots outfit. “Sun Giant” begins with their soft harmonies reverberating in what sounds like a cathedral space. With no accompaniment, their sustained a cappella notes fade slowly, adding gravity to this hymn of contentment: “What a life I lead in the summer/ What a life I lead in the spring.” The only other instrument is Skyler Skjelset’s mandolin, which enters late in the song playing a delicate theme as singer Robin Pecknold hums quietly.

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    Film Prompted First Humane Slaughter Law

    February 28, 2008

    A film showing slaughterhouse workers abusing animals spurs demands for the federal government to put a stop to the behavior. That happened this year — and also a half-century ago, when a Seattle animal rights activist filmed hogs being mistreated at a Washington state slaughterhouse.

    The 1950s film helped trigger a fierce debate on Capitol Hill over whether animals deserve some federal protection in their final moments. Congress ultimately decided they did, and 50 years ago this summer, lawmakers passed the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, which required that meat purchased by the federal government come from processors who kill their livestock humanely.

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    Tour Schedule for Super Furry Animals 2008

    December 27, 2007


    What could be more Animal-esque than Super Furry Animals? Here’s their tour schedule for the new year.

    12/31 – London, ENG – Royal Festival Hall
    01/23 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
    01/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
    01/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Starlight Ballroom
    01/27 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
    01/29 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
    01/30 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
    01/31 – New Orleans, LA – The Republic
    02/01 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
    02/02 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
    02/05 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
    02/06 – Solona Beach, CA – Belly Up
    02/08 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
    02/09 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
    02/11 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
    02/12 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
    02/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
    02/16 – Chicago, IL – Metro
    02/17 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
    02/18 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
    02/20 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
    02/21 – Montreal, QC – Cabaret Music Hall
    02/22 – Ithaca, NY – Cornell University
    02/23 – Boston, MA – The Paradise
    02/25 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom