After being reduced to near extinction levels during the first half of the 20th century, the wild turkey is in the midst of an surprising comeback throughout the United States, with an estimated population of 7 million. Biologist Robert Abernethy with the National Wild Turkey Federation tell us why.
The epic battle between law enforcement and marijuana growers in Northern California has taken a devastating toll on the region’s wildlife. NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit reporter Elyce Kirchner recently covered the story and she talks about the extent of the problem.
Jobs That Bite: Veteran TV actor Jeremy Brandt has a new gig working with animals in unusual situations as a part of a new program on Nat Geo Wild Music: “Madeira River” & “Maculele Marimba” by Uakti;
Hap-Pee to See You?: A Maryland terrier urinates indoors when she sees her family members returning from work. Could it be the reverse of separation anxiety? Dr. Gary Weitzman comes to the rescue of a slightly confused caretaker.
“My Bathtub Has Become the Litterbox”: A cat in the nation’s capital needs redirecting. Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Wild Horses” by Tim Ries and Norah Jones.
There is a psychological basis for interactions with companion animals, or there should be, according to canine behavior expert Dr. Stanley Coren. He tells us why it’s important to take an intellectual approach to the naming of our pets.
Safety Measures For Squirrels:Longview is a city in the southwest part of Washington that is home to the only bridges in the world designed and built strictly for a certain furry, four legged animal. We asked Tom Banse of Oregon Public Radio to find out more about this uncommon circumstance.
Ants and Quakes:Sandra Tsing Loh of The Loh Down on Science goes beneath the surface with news of a study that reveals an insect’s ability to predict earthquakes.
Music: “Golden Slumbers” and “Madeira River” by Uakti
The increased attention given to traumatic brain injuries suffered by American professional football players has exposed a controversial relationship to animals used in research sponsored by the National Football League. We learn more from Justin Goodman of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and neurologist and author Dr. Aysha Akhtar.
A Fond Farewell to a Champion Horse: This year’s Washington International Horse Show was the site of a “retirement party” for a celebrated Dutch warm-blood named Logan. Producer Natalie Yuravlivker was on hand for the festivities.
Music: “Kari” by Bob James & Earl Klugh; “The Turning Point” and “Dig A Pony” by Uakti;
Call of the Wild: A San Diego woman is alarmed by an increased coyote presence in her neighborhood and expresses concern to Dr. Gary Weitzman, who enlists the sage advice of Dan De Souza, deputy director of the San Diego Department of Animal Services.
“Can’t We All Just Get Along?” In Maryland, the caretaker of two house cats seeks a solution to the pets’ antagonizing behavior.
Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Almitak” by Uakti
Recently, the cat advocacy organization Alley Cat Allies collected 55,000 signatures to protest the release of a Smithsonian Institution-commissioned study that blames feral and free-roaming cats for the deaths of tens of billions of birds and mammals. We joined ACA President Becky Robinson as she and members of her staff delivered the petition to Smithsonian headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Scammers Target Companion Animals:Pet Flipping is a national profit-making phenomenon in which lost or stolen dogs and cats are sold to new owners who have been misled about the animal’s origins. We speak with a victim of this disturbing trend, whose experience led him to form the organization Citizens Against Flipping Dogs.