BEWARE: This Woman, A US War Veteran, Is Out To Hunt & Capture Poachers

Kinessa Johnson, a United States Army veteran, has teamed up with VETPAW (Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife), a non-profit organization committed to protecting Africa’s wildlife, to ‘do some anti-poaching, kill some bad guys, and do some good’. 

Johnson, who served four years in Afghanistan as a weapons instructor and mechanic, joined VETPAW as an anti-poaching advisor in November 2014 and arrived with her team in Tanzania late March to train African park rangers with marksmanship, field medicine and counter-intelligence; patrol with them to provide support their communities; enforce existing poaching laws; and educate the locals on protecting their country’s natural resources.

Africa has the largest populations of endangered rhinos and elephants in the world, and therefore the top target area for poachers; revenue from the sale of products made from poached animals is often used to fund war and terrorism in Africa.

“We work side by side with park rangers and it’s truly a learning experience for not only park rangers but also our team. Our intention is not to harm anyone; we’re here to train park rangers so they can track and detain poachers and ultimately prevent poaching,” said Johnson.

“I’m a technical adviser to anti-poaching rangers so I patrol routinely with them and also assist in intelligence operations. Most of the time, anyone that is in a reserve with a weapon is considered a threat and can be shot if rangers feel threatened. Our goal is to prevent trigger pulling through strategic movements and methods of prevention,” added Johnson, who has taken to Facebook to help raise funds and awareness for the cause.

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Bears Eat Wolf Alive In Front Of Horrified Zoo Visitors!

hocked zoo visitors witnessed a family of bears eating a wolf alive after it reportedly fell into water while playing with its pack. Footage, filmed on a mobile phone by a guest at Dierenrijk in the Netherlands, shows one of the bears tearing the wolf a part, while other bears fight off the wolf pack, as they try to save their friend. According to news site Omroep Brabant, the company that owns the zoo confirmed that the incredibly unfortunate incident took place. The visitors who witnessed the brutal attack thought the bears and wolves were just playing until what they were seeing took a nasty turn. Zoo keepers could do nothing for the two-year-old female wolf. Posted By PSmooth

Three Poachers Eaten By Lions After Breaking Into Game Reserve To Hunt Rhinos

A pride of lions ate a group of poachers after they broke into a game reserve earlier this week in South Africa to hunt rhinoceroses.

Three men were believed to have been eaten alive by the predators sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning after they entered the Sibuya Game Reserve in Kenton-on-Sea to hunt rhinos, Nick Fox, the park’s owner, told Newsweek. After the incident, authorities recovered the remains of their parts, three pairs of shoes, wire cutters, high-powered hunting rifles fitted with silencers and a type of ax that is commonly used by poachers to remove rhino horns.

“The only body part we found was one skull and one bit of pelvis, everything else was completely gone,” he said. “There is so little left that they don’t know exactly how many people were killed, we suspect three because we found three sets of shoes and three sets of gloves.” Fox also revealed that rhino poaching groups usually consist of three people.

30698081_1666521513403400_6572965027211378688_o Earlier this week, a pride of lions at the Sibuya Game Reserve in South Africa ate two to three poachers who broke into the park to hunt rhinos. Ranger Denise/Sibuya Game Reserve

Although Fox admits that the incident was sad, he also noted that it should send a “message” to other poachers who risk their lives to hunt game in his reserve.

At around 4.30 a.m. on Monday morning, one of Sibuya’s anti-poaching dogs gave her handler a warning that something was wrong. The handler then heard a commotion from the lions but didn’t investigate as there usually is around the early hours. This is when authorities believed the incident occurred.

One day later, one of the reserve’s rangers then stumbled upon the remains of the poachers. After immediately alerting the police, the staffers decided to continue their investigation the next morning as it was getting dark. On Wednesday, Sibuya employees and police found the poachers’ gear scattered through the thick bushes.

“They [found] an ax and high-powered rifle with a silencer, which is a surefire sign of rhino poachers,” Fox said.

Captain Mali Govender, a police spokesperson, revealed that detectives are investigating the incident to determine exactly how many people were eaten. “We do not know identities, but firearms have been taken by the police and will be sent to the ballistics laboratory to see if they have been used in poaching before,” she said.

The search party also enlisted the assistance of a helicopter to locate any survivors. None have been found at the time this article was published.

Sibuya is one of the most popular game reserves in the South African province of Eastern Cape. The facility boasts 30 square miles of wildlife and contains Africa’s big five game animals: lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalos and leopards.

Due to its prominence and collection of animals, the park has faced multiple break-ins by poachers in recent years. In 2016, three rhinos were shot dead by poachers who broke into the reserve to cut off their horns.

Loggers support Donald Trump’s claim that wildfires caused by ‘poor forest management’

A national logging organization is offering support to President Trump following catastrophic wildfires in California and a political debate over the causes of the destructive blazes.

“President Trump blamed poor forest management for wildfires in California and throughout the West, and there is truth to statements he has made,” said Daniel Dructor, executive vice president of the American Loggers Council, a coalition of state and regional associations that represents independent contract loggers.

“It’s time to rise above political posturing and recognize that active forest management — including logging, thinning, grazing and controlled burning — are tools that can and must be used to reduce fire risks and help mitigate the impacts to landscapes,” Mr. Dructor said in a statement.

According to the council, some 60 million to 80 million acres of national forest are at “high, to very high, risk of catastrophic wildfire.”

Citing research from the U.S. Forest Service, the council backs such methods as thinning stressed trees and prescribed burns to reduce wildfires but said “only a small fraction of high-risk acres are being treated.”

Mr. Dructor advised the Trump administration and Congress to expand public-private partnerships to manage the problem.

“The federal government does not have resources to treat every forest by itself. Yet America’s forest sector has the infrastructure to manage and improve the health of our federal forests. The raw excess material from overgrown forests can provide renewable energy and a number of American-made products and provide thousands of family-wage jobs,” Mr. Dructor said.

“Loggers are America’s ‘boots on the ground’ to conserve our forests and reduce the risks of wildfire,” council president Chris Potts said in a statement.

“We work in the woods every day, we understand forestry and see the dangers every day, and we know what needs to be done. Without forests, we are out of business. That’s why we’ll continue to work with Republicans and Democrats on needed reforms that will help to sustain our forests and protect our forests and communities from wildfire,” he said.

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Mystery Humpback whale discovered deep in Brazil’s Amazon jungle baffles researchers

Biologists are trying to solve the mystery on how the carcass of a humpback whale landed up on the Araruna Beach along the Marajó Bay in Soure, Brazil. Vultures were spotted circling, and after investigation, the humpback calf was found in the bush.

According to the environmental group, Bicho D’água the sea creature weighs about 10 ton and is between 10-11 meters long. It is estimated that the humpback hound is a 12-month-old calf.

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Humpback female adults grow to an average of 14.6 m (48 ft.) and male humpbacks to 13 m (42.5 ft.). They weigh between 22 to 36 tons. Although scientists cannot say for sure why the calf was found 15m (50 ft) from the shore and, what is highly unusual, why a humpback whale was doing in the north coast of Brazil during February. There are many guessed reasons for this occurrence

• The calf traveling with its mother probably got separated during the migratory cycle between the two continents.

• Floating close to the shore the calf might have been picked up by a powerful tide which launched the whale inland.

• Another theory is that the calf might have died at sea and was carried inland by people.

• Death might have been caused by stress or from consuming plastic products.

• It might have been caught in a net or hit by a boat.
It will take 10 days to complete an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Due to decomposition, this task might be difficult. However, information will be gathered by identifying marks and wounds on the body of the whale.

The scientific name of the humpback is “Megaptera” which means “larged winged.” This refers to their long flippers almost a third the length of their body.
Humpbacks have been protected since 1966 at which time they were listed as endangered. They are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The humpback population is believed to be between 30,000-40,000 which is about 30 percent of their original population.
Humpback whale’s life expectancy is up to 80 years. They feed on plankton, small fish and shrimp-like krill.
They migrate annually from summer feeding near the poles to warmer breeding waters preparing to give birth.
Calves are nursed for almost a year and they don’t stop growing until they are 10 years old.
Humpback whales are known for their magical songs that can be heard for great distances.

According to ABC news, this is not the first time a whale was found in the Amazon rainforest. A minke whale was stranded on a sandbar near Santarem about 1000 miles from the Atlantic Ocean in 2007. The minke whale freed itself and swam to safety.

So the question remains – How does a Humpback whale land up in the Amazon jungle?