Trumpeter Swans: Don’t Shoot Them

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They were heavily hunted as food, and for the feathers. 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. Birds Conservation Cygnus buccinator hunting Minnesota Trumpeter Swan

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The Beautiful and Colorful Mourning Dove

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It’s a good thing too, because it is the leading gamebird in North America in terms of total harvest and the widespread distribution of hunting effort. 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. Use of non-toxic shot when hunting waterfowl has been mandatory, nationwide, since 1991.

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Tribes and Birds of the Lower Omo Valley by Adam Riley

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These vast and rugged lands of savanna, hills, gorges and rivers still protect some of Ethiopia’s largest extant herds of typical African savanna game, including African Elephant, African Buffalo, Giraffe, Lion, Leopard, African Wild Dog and numerous species of grazers. Game used to teem here until the downfall of the Marxist Derg government in1991, when millions of dollars of Russian-supplied arms were looted from military depots and circulated amongst the tribes people.

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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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Starlings and Eagles

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The aim of the game was to band raptors, and specifically to band Golden Eagles. To assess their populations, draw their blood, test them for lead, and discover what kind of impact feeding on gut piles might have on these iconic raptors, particularly the young ones, as hunting season begins in Montana. Any bird that was wounded — and a bander could often prevent that fate by firing the net quickly enough — was nursed back to health.