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In another example of people showing a lack of respect for wildlife, turtles in Florida have turned up with painted shells, Amy Wang reports for The Washington Post. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which posted photos on Facebook of turtles that were painted, said the action cam be harmful to the animals, making them more visible to predators and “can hinder their ability to absorb vitamins they need from the sun, cause respiratory problems, allow toxic chemicals into the bloodstream and more."

The state agency said in a statement: "Tortoises and turtles don’t need touch-ups! You can paint your house, a piece of furniture, a canvas or even your own fingernails or toenails, but you should never paint the shells of turtles and gopher tortoises!”

Cases of ignorance about wildlife abound. In May, a baby bison at Yellowstone National Park had to be euthanized after tourists put it in their car, thinking it was cold. In February, an endangered baby dolphin in Argentina died after swimmers passed it around for selfies. There have also been reports of people getting dangerously close to bears for selfies and an instance in May where a two-foot long nurse shark in Florida had to be killed after swimmers taunted it, causing it to latch on to a woman's arm.


Written by Tim Mandell Posted 

Honeybees took a big hit this winter, losing 28 percent of colonies, up from 22 percent the year before, Seth Borenstein reports for The Associated Press.

The losses are about average over the past decade, but are higher than the 17 percent beekeepers consider acceptable. It’s still down from a peak of 36 percent nine years ago.

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University of Montana bee scientist Jerry Bromenshenk said he believes last year’s losses are greater than reported, because the statistics come from a survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that relies on self-reporting.

Deaths are blamed on varroa mites, pesticides, disease and poor nutrition and food supply. Bees are responsible for more than $15 billion in increased U.S. crop value each year. (Bee Informed graphic)

“For 2015-2016, the overall colony loss rate was 44 percent, which is also up from the previous two years, but scientists only started surveying summer deaths in 2010,” Borenstein writes.

Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Maryland, said “one problem is backyard beekeeper hobbyists who don’t treat their bees for mites with pesticides, even organic ones. Their hives die and survivors full of mites head to new hives, spreading the problem.”

From Rural Blog

Will match $500 in donations from public

UPDATE: APRIL 7, 2016

A generous anonymous donor has contacted us with a challenge and is willing to make a $500 donation to the shelter if we can get other donors to give a total of $500. 

This doesn't mean everyone has to donate $500.  Just a total amount from all donors that totals $500 or more over a certain period of time will get the $500 matching donation from this person. 

This challenge will run through the end of April 2016.  Any donations can be made through our PayPal account at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by sending a check to the Lawrence County Humane Society, PO Box 1331, Louisa KY 41230. 

Please note in the donation that this is to count towards the $500 challenge.  Any questions can be directed to Kim Perry by comment or PM on this page or by calling (606) 483-2959.  Thanks for your support as always and lets get the shelter $1000!

Tané Woods