Rabid bobcat found in Lexington County, SC
A bobcat is the latest animal to be found infected with rabies in Lexington County, SC, according to South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control. No people are known to have come into contact with the sick animal, but at least four dogs were exposed.
The bobcat is the seventh animal in Lexington County to test positive for rabies this year, The State reports. Bobcats live across the entire state of South Carolina but are most commonly found in the Coastal Plain.
Look up! NEOWISE comet visible in the sky this month
A celestial light show is coming to the northern sky this month. Comet NEOWISE, one of the brightest comets to pass earth in decades, is visible in the sky with the naked eye during the month of July. The comet is already visible in the sky around dawn, but beginning around July 12, it should be visible in the evening sky as well, Scientific American reports.
Astronomers say that if you want to catch a glimpse of the comet, now is the time to do it. When it leaves Earth’s vicinity later in July, it won’t come around again for another 6,800 years.
Court saves protection for Yellowstone grizzlies
This week, a federal court upheld a lower court decision reversing a Trump administration policy that eliminated protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, The Hill reports. In 2017, the Fish and Wildlife Service delisted grizzly bears as a threatened species. Wednesday’s court ruling agreed with a previous court ruling that the agency acted against the best science available when it delisted the bears.
“This is a tremendous victory for all who cherish Yellowstone’s grizzly bears and for those who’ve worked to ensure they’re protected under the Endangered Species Act,” Andrea Zaccardi, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement.
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