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16 Animals Scientists Want to Bring Back from Extinction

Mastadon coming back?Mastadon coming back?

Since the beginning of time, animals have gone extinct on Earth for many different reasons, such as a dramatic climate shifts, natural disasters, or human intervention. For decades, the notion of “de-extinction”—or the resurrection of an already extinct animal— has hovered on the scientific fringes. Now, new advances in science and genetic engineering could enable scientists to bring some of these animals “back” from extinction. Here are some of the candidate species scientists are currently considering for de-extinction.



Court reinstates 100 animal cruelty charges against LaRue woman

Jane Embry 111Jane Embry 111Date: 01-19-2017-- After having her charges dropped in court because she was believed to be dead, Jane Embry of Magnolia now has more than 100 cruelty to animal charges reinstated.

As a result of the confusion, Embry’s case was reviewed earlier this month in LaRue District Court. She was in court that morning while other cases were being reviewed, but she was not present when her case was heard. Embry’s lawyer, Robert Fredrick Smith of Louisville, also was not present in court.

County Attorney Kyle Williamson made a motion to reinstate all the charges against Embry. He said he also had a voicemail from Smith saying he could not attend court that day, but he agreed with reinstating the charges and with scheduling a trial date as long as it was a date Embry had time to recuperate from her illnesses.

Reed granted the motion to reinstate the charges and set a pretrial date for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 1.

Embry is charged with 102 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals and one count of harboring a vicious animal. She was scheduled to appear for trial Dec. 7 and the charges were dismissed after she was believed to have died.

The charges stem from Dec. 8, 2015, when officials rescued 102 animals at her residence. According to the arrest citation, 13 animals were euthanized on site because of illness and aggressiveness. Several other cats also were found dead in a freezer inside the home.

After learning the information provided to the court was not accurate and that Embry was a patient at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. District Judge C. Derek Reed said the charges against Embry are not dismissed and a trial at a later date in Elizabethtown that is convenient for all the attorneys, witnesses and others who are involved. He said it also will be at a date when Embry can be present and has had time to “recuperate.”

HMH officials confirmed Dec. 13, 2016, that Embry is no longer a patient at the hospital.

By Doug Ponder
News Enterprise


We’re lucky. Two of the four species of fox that live in North America call Northern Kentucky home. Both are seldom seen but they’re here, living amongst us like so many other creatures that move in and out of the shadows.

The most commonly seen fox in our area is the Red Fox. It is the most widespread of all the fox species, inhabiting the entire Northern Hemisphere. Humans have served the Red Fox well, as it has expanded its range alongside that of our own. It’s reddish coat, white-tipped tail and black legs or “stockings” make it easily recognizable.

To be called “sly as a fox” or “foxy” is as much a compliment to us as it is to this flashy looking and wily canine.

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Because of their thick fur, Red Foxes look deceptively larger than they actually are. Most well-fed house cats weigh more than the average nine to twelve pounds of a full-grown Red Fox. They are however, efficient hunters and will readily eat a variety of small prey, berries and insects. With their large, upright ears they can locate moving prey within one-degree of its true location and hear a mouse squeal from 150-feet away. They hunt from just before dusk to just after sunrise and can travel up to nine miles a night.

Our other fox is the Gray Fox, which is considered to be among the most primitive of the living canids. The Gray Fox is not world renown, as is the Red Fox, inhabiting only North and Central America.

At one time it was the most dominant fox in the eastern U.S., however human advancement allowed the Red Fox to become the more dominant species.

Somewhat similar in size and appearance to its red cousin, the Gray Fox is a salt and pepper gray color, has a strong, thick neck and a long, bushy tail with a black stripe on top. It does not have the black stockings of the Red Fox.

Whereas the Red Fox does well in a variety of habitats, the Gray Fox is a creature of the forest where it stays hidden and is seldom seen. It is one of the few canines with the ability to climb trees. With its strong, hooked cat-like claws, it can scramble up trees to escape predators and search for food. It will also frequently lounge and rest in the trees.

Both species breed in the dead of winter and have five to six pups, or kits, in early spring.

The young are hunting with their parents when they’re three months old and are on their own when they reach sexual maturity at about seven or eight months old. They have similar diets; however the Gray Fox eats considerable more vegetable matter. Like so many other predators, both have a special fondness for Peter Cottontail.

Both fox species can be found locally.

To see one though you’ll have to be “quick as a fox,” since your opportunity will be nothing more than a fleeting glimpse.

Gayle Pille Gayle Pille Gayle Pille is a local naturalist and nature writer who many know through her work to establish the five-mile network of nature trails at Highland Cemetery in Ft. Mitchell. She created the cemetery’s popular 25-year-old Wildlife Enhancement Program and works with a small team of volunteers to maintain the cemetery’s wooded walking paths. An avid birdwatcher, Gayle also builds custom wildlife nest boxes for businesses, parks and residences through her business,

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