Anti-Planned Parenthood terrorism in Colorado, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting Leaves 3 Dead

27 November 2015

The latest on the shooting near Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. Police say three people are dead after a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Those who died Friday include two civilians and one police officer from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The university is about 10 minutes away from the clinic and officials say the fallen officer responded to help city police with the shooting.

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

3 Dead After Gunman Opens Fire Inside Colorado Planned Parenthood

One officer and two civilians were killed, and 9 others were injured, during a lengthy standoff.

2 hours ago

A gunman is in custody after an hours-long standoff with police inside a Colorado Planned Parenthood. He has been identified as Robert Lewis Dear.

Reported to be a 59-year-old white male from North Carolina.

Sarcastic comments on the Huffington Post site:

Jerry Yuill:

Well, that is the oddest sounding Islamic name I’ve ever heard.

Dennis Hastings:

You… you mean… he’s NOT a Syrian refugee?

The article continues:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Authorities took a gunman into custody Friday afternoon after an hours-long standoff inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that left three people dead and nine others injured. …

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains released a statement Friday while the attacker was still in the building, saying that their top priority “is the safety of our patients and staff.” …

“We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country. We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust,” the statement continued.

Four Planned Parenthood clinics were the targets of attacks in the past four months, including a Washington state clinic that was set on fire and one in California that was fire-bombed in a similar fashion.

Earlier this year, a series of heavily edited undercover videos claimed the family planning provider was harvesting fetal tissue after abortions and selling it. The group denies the charges and says it only donates fetal tissue for medical research when the patient requests it, and does not make a profit from the donation.

Congress is investigating Planned Parenthood’s practice of fetal tissue donation, and has so far found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Friday’s attack unfolded less than a month after a shooting rampage in Colorado Springs left four people dead, including the gunman.

This past Halloween, 33-year-old Noah Harpham fatally shot three people in the mountain town.

Wild bison back in Colorado, USA, after 150 years

This video, recorded in the USA, says about itself:

Bison Battle – Yellowstone – BBC

13 September 2013

It’s summer in America’s Yellowstone national park. Herds of Elk, Pronghorn and Bison return from their winter feeding grounds to take advantage of America’s richest natural grasslands. But soon the Bison begin to fight for mating rites.

By Judith Kohler in the USA:

Wild Bison Return to the Colorado Prairie


There was a big party on the rolling prairie of northern Colorado, and the only thing the guests of honor wanted to do was gallop away.

The roughly 200 celebrants were thrilled watching as 10 bison were introduced to their new home – a thousand acres of open space north of Fort Collins. The release on Nov. 1, National Bison Day, marked the first time wild bison have thundered across the Colorado prairie in about 150 years.

“The restoration of bison to the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area is another important step forward in the conservation of the species,” says Garrit Voggesser, the National Wildlife Federation’s national director of tribal partnerships.

The National Wildlife Federation has worked for more than two decades to restore wild bison to public and tribal lands. In March 2012, along with our tribal partners, NWF succeeded in getting 61 Yellowstone bison transferred to the Fort Peck Reservation. The next fall, 34 of those Yellowstone bison were transferred to the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. Then, in November 2014, an additional 134 genetically pure Yellowstone bison were restored to Fort Peck. NWF also worked with the Crane Trust in Nebraska to restore over 60, genetically-pure Yellowstone buffalo to Trust lands in February 2015.

The recent release on open space owned by the city of Fort Collins and Larimer County follows research by Colorado State University into preserving the genetically pure bloodlines of Yellowstone bison while eliminating the threat of disease. The bison in Yellowstone National Park don’t have cattle genes found in most other bison but they do have brucellosis, a disease that can cause pregnant females to abort.

There has never been a documented case of bison spreading brucellosis to livestock but the threat has prompted the policy of killing bison that wander out of Yellowstone. Any Yellowstone bison relocated to tribal or public lands would have to be quarantined for up to two years.

The Return of a Western Icon

Now, Colorado State University researchers believe they’ve found a way to rebuild populations of genetically pure, disease-free bison. The 10 bison roaming in northern Colorado include the offspring of Yellowstone bison whose embryos and semen were rid of brucellosis bacteria before artificial insemination and embryo transfer.

The long-term goal is to have hundreds of the animals roaming about 10,000 acres of prairie – and to build a herd of genetically pure, disease-free bison that can be a foundation for more herds in the West.

The day of the bison’s release, everyone was focused on the immediate: celebrating the return of a big part of the Western landscape that’s been missing for far too long.

Brian Kurzel, the National Wildlife Federation’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center executive director, and his family, including his kids Peter and Sophie, joined Voggesser at the event.

The National Wildlife Federation and partners have worked with tribes on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap reservations in Montana to transfer Yellowstone basin to tribal lands and to get wild bison on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

Members of the Crow Nation in south-central Montana led prayers and songs to welcome the return of bison to its historic homeland. Listen to some of the Crow tribe members singing at the bison release.

Preserving and perpetuating the genetics of the Yellowstone bison is crucial to rebuilding wild bison populations. The Yellowstone herd is the link to an era when as many as 30 million bison wandered in huge masses across North America. After over-hunting and westward settlement, only a few wild bison were left.

A.J. Not Afraid, secretary-elect of the Crow Nation, told The Denver Post that bison are a national animal, like the eagle. He said, “Their survival depends on these conservation programs. The tribes cannot do it alone.”

Support the National Wildlife Federation Tribal Lands Partnerships Program to help return wild bison to tribal lands!

United States police save black bear cub

This video from the USA says about itself:

19 August 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police officers in Colorado Springs came to the rescue of a [black] bear cub that got its head stuck in a plastic protein powder bottle early Tuesday morning.

It happened just after 5 a.m. when officers saw the cub at West Kiowa and North 14th streets.

The officers tried to remove the bottle but couldn’t, so the put the cub in the back of the patrol car and took her to a fire station, where a Colorado Parks and Wildlife ranger sedated the bear, the Colorado Springs Police Department said.

Firefighters were able to remove the bottle with rescue tools. Wildlife officials tagged and released the bear “in hopes that she will be reunited with mama bear,” police said.

See also here.

Great news! Police in the USA should do more like that; not like this.

Good black-footed ferret news from the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Harsh Reality of Saving Endangered Ferrets

10 April 2015

Endangered black-footed ferrets that were born and raised in captivity must learn to hunt before they can be released into the wild on the American prairie. At a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation center in Colorado, ferrets go through a 30-day “preconditioning” period. That’s when they’re introduced to their primary prey in the wild: the prairie dog.

From Discovery News in the USA:

Black-Footed Ferrets Get a Boost: Photos

Aug 15, 2015 09:00 AM ET

Good News

On its Facebook page, the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) announced some exciting news about its work with endangered black-footed ferrets. SCBI “is first to provide empirical evidence that artificial insemination with long-stored spermatozoa is not only possible but also beneficial to the genetic diversity of an endangered species,” researchers wrote.

“What our scientists have done with the black-footed ferret shows how sperm preservation can benefit species recovery programs,” they added.

This means SCBI will be able to increase the number of black-footed ferrets under human care, while also enhancing genetic diversity within the species. Welcome news, as a loss of genetic variation can lead to malformed sperm and fewer successful pregnancies.

Good news in hand, let’s take a moment to appreciate the cuteness of the black-footed ferret in all its masked, dark-socked glory. Enjoy!

Baby owl in Colorado, USA

This video from Colorado in the USA says about itself:

Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputies meet their feathery match!

Our Sheriff’s Office deputies were driving near a campground on July 23 [2015] when they were stopped in their tracks by this young Northern Saw Whet Owl. After some curious head twisting (on both sides) it safely flew away. Watch the deputy have a conversation with the baby owl as it clicks back to her.

See also here.