Wildlife Bridge

Animal Haven

Of these 140 GCN species, 22 are mammals, 47 are birds, 20 are reptiles, 9 are amphibians, 15 are fish, 24 are mussels, 2 are mollusks and 1 is a lamprey. Problems or threats to the GCN species populations in Indiana are commercial and industrial development, landfill construction or operation, dams, road construction, urban development, water diversion, municipal and industrial point source, commercial harvest, conversion of riparian forests, excessive non-commercial harvest or collection, channel maintenance and confined animal operations. Other problems or threats to GCN species are crop production practices, excessive groundwater withdrawal, fire suppression, management of or for certain species, channel alteration, exotic species, parasites, pathogens, recreation, grazing, predation, forestry activities and resource extraction. The Indiana Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy has addressed these problems or threats to the GCN species population with conservation actions. These actions include decreasing the data gap by gathering more information on GCN species, by fire management with controlled burned, with habitat protection by initiating projects to protect existing habitat or habitat components, with habitat restoration and improvement by initiating projects to restore or enhance existing habitats, with land acquisition by purchasing land or conservation easement that is important to GCN species, with population management by directly manipulating GCN species population by restocking, translocation an harvest management, with public relations and education by increasing public awareness of GCN species and key habitats through education and public outreach, with threat abatement by mitigating existing threats including pollution, predation an competing species and with other conservation action plans that have not been covered previously. Monitoring the CWCS in Indiana will begin with the employment of existing inventories and surveys, which includes any monitoring done by conservation partners.

Animal Liberation

The words "Hand me down my walkin' stick" were emblazoned in my mind. By the way, what song was that? But the miles and the animals they were awaiting, and, I was no average idiot; I excelled at it. I chose as my first conquest, a hiking trail in our city that had the name "animal" in it. One was assured of getting close to nature. I found that sometimes you can get too close. Wildlife is wonderful; animals are wonderful.