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Animals vs. the New Year

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 at 7:06 am in Animal Politics, Animal welfare, Beavers, Birds, Cats, deer, Endangered species.


Senator Carole Migden and former Assemblyman Joe Nation have endorsed a letter asking U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein and U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey to put a moratorium on deer killing at Point Reyes National Seashore until 2010. The National Park Service has hired a Connecticut-based group, White Buffalo, Inc., to kill non-native deer in the park. There are an estimated 950 European fallow deer and 250 Axis deer in the park. The NPS claims the non-native deer are competing with the native black-tailed deer. More at:

The issue of feral cats vs. wild birds is rearing its ugly head in Benicia. In an attempt to balance the needs of feral (wild) cats with a diverse and sensitive wild bird population, city officials and local animal advocates are crafting new regulations for undomesticated felines. The cat people want to set up trap-spay/neuter-release programs and feed cat colonies throughout Benicia. Local bird lovers say this conflicts with the protection of local wildlife because the cats will eat the birds. This cat fight isn’t going to end anytime soon, if ever. The full story:

Bay Area conservation groups are launching an interesting program in 2008 to reconnect residents with the natural resources and values of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) with the first-ever “GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year. The year-long event is aimed at connecting GGNRA visitors with the 33 endangered species found in the park, through individual exploration and guided expeditions, and to encourage participation in conservation action items that will prevent species from going extinct. You can find out more at

Speaking of the Martinez beavers — A special flow device is expected to be installed in the Martinez beaver dam this week, hopefully before the BIG rains that are expected this weekend. This device is supposed to control the water level behind the dam to keep Alhambra Creek from flooding. Let’s hope they get it installed before the rain … and let’s hope that it works. You can keep an eye on things at

This is just a tiny sampling of all the animal-related activities that will be going on in 2008 around the country and the world. You can find out more at the Web sites of some of the more active animal-protection organizations:

The Humane Society of the United States:

Defenders of Wildlife: http: //

National Wildlife Federation:

Center for Biological Diversity:


Just one New Year resolution:
Figure out a way to take my couch pillow back from the cats so I can watch TV. /gary

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  1. Maggie R Says:

    Another VERY important animal welfare effort happening now is the Californians for Humane Farming initiative! Volunteers all over CA are working hard to collect the required 650K signatures of registered voters, by mid-February 2008, to get a measure on the November 2008 ballot that will ask us if we want factory farmed animals (specifically chickens, calves, and pigs) to AT MINIMUM have enough room to stand up, turn around, and stretch their limbs. It’s doesn’t go far enough, but it seems animal welfare must move forward in the smallest baby steps in order to succeed…We are far behind where we need to be in terms of numbers of signatures collected. You cannot sign on-line – you must be a registered CA voter and sign a paper petition. Please visit if you want to help collect signatures. Also, my editorial on the importance and need for this effort was published in the Marin Independent Journal and you can read it here:

    Please help!

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