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Wildlife tragedy: 49 exotic animals killed in Ohio

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Dear readers:
Tuesday night, the owner of a private collection of 56 live wild animals near Zanesville, Ohio, released all of the animals from their cages and then killed himself. By Wednesday afternoon local authorities had killed 17 lions, 18 tigers, 2 grizzly bears, 6 black bears, 3 mountain lions, 2 wolves, and 1 baboon. What a tragedy.

I just received the following information from my friends at the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Galt, California. It explains a lot. /Gary


Private Ownership of Wild Animals Proves Catastrophic

(San Andreas, CA) — After the tragic news from Zanesville, Ohio, early Wednesday morning (Oct. 19), PAWS’ founders, Pat Derby and Ed Stewart, are once again urging states to enact emergency regulations restricting the sale and possession of dangerous wild animals for private ownership.
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Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Under: Wildlife | 2 Comments »

Gov. Brown signs path-breaking animal protection legislation

Berkeley East Bay Humane Society photo
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The Humane Society of the United States Applauds Governor Brown’s Enactment of New Animal Protection Reforms

California cracks down on shark finning, animal fighting, and pet overpopulation

SACRAMENTO -– Championed by The Humane Society of the United States and other advocacy organizations, backed by Californians, and supported by overwhelmingly bi-partisan votes in the Legislature, the seven bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown this session add to California’s track record as a front-runner in initiating path-breaking animal protection legislation.

“The animals themselves may be voiceless, but Governor Brown’s signature speaks volumes,” said HSUS senior state director Jennifer Fearing. “These laws reflect Californians’ widespread support for strong, enforceable laws to protect animals.”

The governor has joined the legislature in enacting the following bills this year:
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Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Under: Animal Laws, Cats, Cockfighting, Dogfighting, dogs, Humane Laws, Wildlife | 1 Comment »

Creatures of the Urban Wilderness (your own backyard!)

Friday morning visitors to backyard. Photo by Joann Seaver, Walnut Creek, CA
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These are my Friday morning visitors. Meanwhile, two crows were chasing a squirrel through the tree canopy, three tom turkeys were strutting their stuff and a small bird was busy building a nest under my eaves. Mother Nature doing what she does best!
Joann Seaver, Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, California

That why, long ago, I coined a new description for our backyards. I call them, “The Urban Wilderness.” Seems kind of appropriate, don’t you think? Just make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, settle down in a corner of your backyard … and start observing all the interesting creatures that live there.

You don’t have to go visit a local state park, or a nearby open space area to have this much fun. It’s taking place right in your own backyard. That’s wild! /Gary

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2011
Under: Birds, deer, Urban Wilderness, Wildlife | 2 Comments »

Friends of Wagner Ranch Nature Area, 10th Annual Wildlife Festival

Great horned owl by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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We are delighted that you will be joining us on Sunday, April 17, for our 10th Annual Wildlife Festival. Here is a short blurb (below) about the event for your column. I am happy to provide more details about the program. Best wishes,
Kathy Barrett, secretary, Friends of Wagner Ranch Nature Area, Orinda, Calif.

10th Annual Wildlife Festival

Bring the family to the Wagner Ranch Nature Area on Sunday April 17, 1-4 p.m.
for a delightful adventure under the canopy of oaks.

Local wildlife expert and columnist Gary Bogue will kick off the event that includes dozens of educational organizations.

Activities for all ages include: a Raptor Show of live birds … Lindsay Wildlife Museum activities … a PAWS reading program with ARF dogs Willa and Scout … test drives with Winter Chevrolet’s electric Volt … a giant solar balloon … Math in the Garden with Jenny Maguire … a wildlife scavenger hunt … Eagle Shield energy systems … pond and creek explorations … delicious food from Savory Affairs … music … crafts … games … and much more.

The Nature Area is at 350 Camino Pablo in Orinda, next to Wagner Ranch Elementary School. This free event is organized by the Friends of the Wagner Ranch Nature Area.  For more information visit

Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Under: Wagner Ranch Nature Area, Wildlife | No Comments »

Saving a hummingbird: Feeling the beat of its tiny heart!

Saving a hummingbird. Photo by Donna Manguiat, Castro Valley, CA
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When looking back on 2010, my most cherished moment was saving the life of a hummingbird on Thanksgiving Day

It was early Thanksgiving morning and we were loading up the RAV for the annual family brunch.  I  remember how awfully cold it was and all of a sudden my husband yelled “Oh NO, come over here quick, it’s a dead hummingbird.”

I ran over to the little, still body laying under the empty feeder.  Swearing with my last dying breathe that I would never let the feeder be empty again. I picked it up in my hand and  saw its eye move.  OMG!!  It still had a chance to live.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
Under: hummingbirds, Wildlife | 5 Comments »

Speaking of robins: “YUM! It’s the berries!”

Robin eating red berries. Photo by Jim Kardos, Walnut Creek, CA.
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Speaking of robins: “YUM! It’s the berries!”
Photo by Jim Kardos, Walnut Creek, CA

Got interesting photos of wild creatures in your backyard (or in the area) that you’d like to share with the rest of us?

Please e-mail your digital photos to me at Please include the name and city of the photographer (example: “Photo by Joe Smith, Walnut Creek”). Also please include a statement that it’s OK for me to publish your photo(s) in my blog.

Thanks! Looking forward to seeing and sharing your pictures of local wild things. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Under: Birds, Robins, Wildlife | No Comments »

Keep out! No trespassing! Wildlife only! No people!

Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, California
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Keep out!

No trespassing!

Wildlife only!

Wild creatures need their own special places without people. Don’t we wish. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
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Local wildlife: More beautiful photos by Dave Harper of Oakley

Buckeye butterfly, photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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More photographs from our photographer friend Dave Harper of Oakley, Calif. Dave is one of the many talented local photographers who regularly send me great photos of local wildlife. Enjoy!

If you have interesting wildlife photos you’d like to share, please e-mail copies to Include photographer’s name, city where you live and any other interesting info. I’m sure others would like to see them. Thanks. /Gary
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Posted on Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Under: Butterflies, Jays, Wasps, Wildlife | 1 Comment »

Local wildlife: Great photos by Dave Harper of Oakley

Baby barn owls. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Just got this letter and photographs from Dave Harper of Oakley, Calif. Dave is one of our many talented local photographers who periodically e-mails me wonderful photos of local wildlife he has taken. Here are some more of Dave’s goodies. Enjoy yourself. /Gary

I’m sending recent photos of wildlife I have seen. Thanks to my friend Thom for allowing a special photo opportunity to capture baby barn owls in one of his large hay barns.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Under: Barn Owl, Ospreys, Owls, Wildlife, Wolves | No Comments »

Orphaned or injured wildlife: What to do if you find a fawn

Fawn. Photo by Flickr user zhumaly used under a Creative Commons License.
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Wildlife Tips from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum
1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, California

What to do if you find a fawn:
Now is the time to watch for fawns. Deer have learned to adapt to small patches of open space in urban areas and are common in many of our neighborhoods.  Black-tailed deer, a subspecies of the mule deer, are common throughout the northern and central California coastal ranges. While they prefer open chaparral, they will adjust to almost any open space they can find.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
Under: deer, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Wildlife, Wildlife Rehabilitation | 2 Comments »