Jukasa News Update Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Authorities say wildfires near California’s Yosemite National Park have entered a 2700 year old grove of giant sequoia trees.
Officials with the states fire departments said the fires entered the Nelder Grove on Friday evening.
The trees are noted to be some of the oldest living organism on earth – and the Nelder Grove is home to one of the largest measuring 24 stories high.
Fire officials do not have a total count of trees that were lost. The current wildfire at Yosemite spans over 20 kilometres.
Blockades were removed from Argyle Street and repositioned on the Highway 6 bypass in Caledonia Sunday, prompting OPP officers to surround protesters and threaten people with being arrested if they did not leave the blockade.
Fire officials were also called in over the weekend to extinguish fires protesters placed on nearby railways – prompting rail traffic to be halted for the day.
Several people standing at the blockade took to social media doing live stream videos of the events taking place.
As of Monday evening traffic was being halted by police at the corner of Sixth Line and Oneida Road.
Police say they’re investigating after a death at a nursing home in a northeastern Ontario Indigenous community.
Provincial police say a man was injured during an undisclosed incident at the Wikwemikong Nursing Home last week.
He was taken to hospital with serious injuries and died roughly a week later.
Police have identified him as 85-year-old Robert Jim Still of Little Current, Ont.
They say they’re working with the Wikwemikong Tribal Police to investigate the incident, but provided no other details.
Anyone with information is being urged to come forward.
Deer hunters in New York are fighting federal lawmakers over a proposed ban of deer urine luring sprays.
Wildlife biologists say the urine and scented sprays could be contaminated with chronic wasting disease – a deadly neurological infection that affects deer and elk much like mad cow disease.
Provincial officials in Ontario monitor chronic wasting disease in local deer populations across the province.
In Ontario those urine scented deer luring sprays are already banned from use with potential fines for carrying them in field while hunting.
Biologists say the sprays, along with the saliva and faces of sick animals, can contaminate the soil and foraging plants with the infectious proteins that carry the disease.
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