From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
Love polar bears? You’re not alone!
Today’s throwback pic was taken back in 2009 by one of our employees involved with our polar bear program.
The primary objective of this program is to ensure that polar bear populations in Alaska remain a healthy, functioning component of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas ecosystems.
Get details about our program here … and find more polar bear images here.
Photo: One of our biologists works with a tranquilized bear on the ice, 2009. (Karyn Rhode/USFWS)
From the Bureau of Land Management:
Say hello to Kahr, our newest law enforcement recruit.
BLM Southern Nevada District Office (SNDO) recently welcomed its newest K-9 team — Ryan Parr and his German Shepherd partner Kahr. Born in the Czech Republic 18 months ago, Kahr immigrated to the U.S. and began training at Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania.
In October, SNDO’s Law Enforcement Officer/ Field Training Officer Ryan Parr began training with Kahr. Six weeks later, they were certified by the BLM and North American Police Work Dog Association for narcotics (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy) and patrol (tracking, area search, apprehension and handler protection).
Proving that the first week of work doesn’t have to be a time of transition, Kahr made his first drug find on the second day of work.
You can read more about Kahr and his duties at: http://on.doi.gov/1cGsgxC
-Kirsten Cannon, Public Affairs Specialist, BLM-Nevada
Image description: A manta ray in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Florida. 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, which established the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuary system.
Photo from NOAA
Image description: After a jogger reported an alligator sighting on a trail at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Biologist J.C. Griffin (pictured) partnered with base entomologist Rick Gilbride and other Moody base staff in the careful removal of the alligator.
Photo from the USDA.