Trumpeter Swans: Don’t Shoot Them

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This morning’s news had this: During this year’s open of waterfowl season, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center admitted more trumpeter swans for bullet wounds than ever before. …Veterinarian hospital workers in Roseville see projectile wound, or bullet wound, injuries quite frequently. They (hunters) see this white thing, and they aren’t entirely sure what it is,” Naumann said. The other reason is due to inexperienced or uninformed hunters.

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The Beautiful and Colorful Mourning Dove

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Approximately one million hunters annually harvest more than 20 million Mourning Doves , which exceeds the annual harvest of all other migratory game birds combined 3. Due to the fact that so many of these beautiful birds are “harvested” by gamebird hunters, I think it important to note that there is still an environmental issue of hunters using lead shot. military, with all their ballistics and performance testing, it should be good enough for hunters.”

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Falakhe’s Story

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Early starts are the rule when monitoring endagered species in Mkuze Game Reserve, in South Africa, but there’s a particular urgency to this morning’s start. We tried to sight and count the pack twice every day so that if any of the dogs got snared we’d know quickly and could get a vet in to dart them, free them and clean up the wound.

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