Wild Boars Bad For New York

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And while we’re working to ban captive boar hunts in New York why not ban all captive hunts? Real hunters don’t shoot animals raised in captivity or animals that are penned in, do they? Asides

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The Final Days of the Danube backwaters in Belgrade: Chinese Belt and Road Initiative is coming to Serbia

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In mid-December, I was birding along the Beljarica levee (Beh-LYAH-ritza), my local patch north of Belgrade, when something other than birds attracted my attention: three wild boars , appearing all black because they had just swam through the swamp to reach the bottom of the levee.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: “ Getting Bacon the Hard Way: Hog-Tying 400 Pounds of Fury ” (front page, June 21), about Texas hog hunters, illustrated the barbarity of hunting with dogs. To compensate for their lack of skill, hunters set their dogs upon a wild pig—a descendant of boars brought to America solely to give hunters the pleasure of killing a helpless animal. As the dogs tear chunks of flesh from the terrified pig, the hunters undoubtedly feel proud of their accomplishment.

The Kerkini Lake, Greece: Dipped One, Got One

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At first, the road is paved, but as soon as the tarmac ends, the tracks become decorated by hunters in orange vests. It’s the boar hunting season. The soil is disturbed by foraging boars (and there is not a single shot from those hunters). I dipped a bird recently – possibly a lifer. While crossing Gramos Mountain in northern Greece, a Dendrocopos woodpecker flew over the road and landed in a pine tree.

Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl–A Book Review

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Let’s talk about the first question, because it strikes to the core of what transforms a book essentially about five years of field research into a dramatic tale of adventure, a series of hazardous journeys into an icy wilderness populated by Amur Tiger; mystic hermits; massive, one-armed hunters; violent poachers; taciturn loggers; Siberian Musk Deer; Brown Bear, and, of course, the largest owl in the world, the Blakiston’s Fish Owl, Bubo blakistoni.

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