A female box turtle lays anywhere from three to six eggs each year once it reaches maturity, but usually only one egg survives to become a hatchling. After turtles bury the eggs, a number of predators—raccoons, feral cats, stray dogs and snakes—might dig them up and eat them. “That’s why it’s such a big deal when you see a turtle crossing the street or getting hit by a car,” Xylia Serafy, an educator at the South Fork Natural History Museum, who also has a license to rehabilitate and care for turtles, said on a recent Friday afternoon. She was holding ... 24 May 2019 by Staff Writer
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation is asking for the public’s help in locating a seal pup that has been seen on local beaches recently with a section of monofilament fishing line or netting wrapped around its neck. The seal has been seen in Bridgehampton and East Hampton since the weekend but has eluded capture by the foundation’s biologists. If the seal, which is about 4 feet long, is spotted, the foundation asks that witnesses call the marine mammal stranding hotline at 631-369-9829. 7 May 2019 by Staff Writer
Karen Land and her “string” of 16 dogs had just taken off from one of the trail’s checkpoints on a well-known 1,000-mile sled race, the Iditarod, in early March. She’d been guiding her dogs, from Anchorage to Nome, through the pitch dark, with only a small headlamp illuminating the path of freezing, Alaskan tundra.All of a sudden, part of her racing team sank into an icy hole on the Dalzell Gorge—a narrow valley between mountains with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it. “I had the middle of my dog team fall through a hole in the ice,” ... 15 Apr 2019 by Staff Writer
A 21-year-old Springs man, who East Hampton Town Police said stabbed and choked his aunt’s dog to death on December 2 because he was angry with his aunt, is expected to plead guilty to a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals, according to his attorney, Stephen Grossman. Jose J. Galvez-Garcia, 21, was arrested on the afternoon of December 3, the day after police said he killed a 4-year-old Cockapoo named Simba. At his arraignment that day in East Hampton Town Justice Court, Mr. Galvez-Garcia pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is currently being held in the Suffolk County ... 26 Mar 2019 by Staff Writer
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