European Call to End Bird Trapping

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From July 6-8, there was a European conference in Larnaca about illegal bird killing , organized by Terra Cypria. It seems that it came off rather well, and was co-organized by the Cyprus Game Fund and members of the Bern Convention. BirdLife Cyprus noted that, “The three-day conference dealt with illegal bird killing across Europe, and emphasis was given to the problem of poisoning, which affects many bird species in many countries (including the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus).

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King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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Apparently it isn't the first time the King has been shooting big game in Africa, or elsewhere (Apparently he killed a bear in Russia a few years ago too). Whilst not illegal, it shows a complete disregard for his 'subjects' and total contempt for his role as 'Honorary President of WWF Spain'. From the Wildlife Extra News. April 2012.

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Ivory Bigger than Drugs in Africa

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Trafficking in ivory and game meat has become one of the most lucrative illegal trades in Africa due to rising demand in Asia, experts said on Friday. "In In terms of monetary value, ivory trade has surpassed drugs and is now one of the most thriving illegal trade in the continent," said Karl Karugaba, the head of a panel from the Lusaka Agreement Task Force. Sad, sad, sad. Why doesn't this greed ever end? Ivory means NOTHING. It's just a material.

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CA Wildlife Official Photographed with Dead Mountain Lion

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Dan Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, is shown in the photo, holding a mountain lion he reportedly hunted and killed in Idaho, according to Western Outdoor Press, which published the photo. Hunting mountain lion is legal in Idaho, but illegal in California. What was this idiot thinking? The full story is below and it comes from

Power Companies and Springtime Tree Removal

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Maggie Ciarcia, a solo wildlife rehabilitator in Carmel, NY specializing in small mammals and game birds, received a notice from New York State Electric and Gas that tree trimming was scheduled for her neighborhood and someone would contact her.

Lake Tahoe Bear Poached for Gall Bladder

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Mark Lucero of the Department of Fish and Game's Northern Enforcement District. It is illegal to take parts of dead wildlife left on the side of the road, Lucero said. "A Sounds like a crime of opportunity. Beware the disturbing photo.

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Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency charged Wildlife Services for its illegal placement of a sodium cyanide M-44 (a highly lethal booby trap) on public land, which harmed a U.S. Estimates of predator populations by State fish and game officials indicate that the number of predators removed by WS is small compared with overall predator numbers. Environmental groups have called on Obama to get rid of the USDA's Dept.

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Trumpeter Swans: Don’t Shoot Them

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… It’s illegal to shoot trumpeter swans in Minnesota. There were other people in the vicinity who witnessed the swans flying into the water and being shot,” said Jenni,… DNR non-game wildlife specialist Lori Naumann believes the higher number of trumpeter swans visiting the hospital this season is for two reasons. Many years ago, back in the 1970s, I visited my sister, who lived in West Yellowstone, Montana, in the dead of winter.

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Cliff Swallows and Pest Management

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It is illegal for any person to take, possess, transport, sell, or purchase them or their parts, such as feathers, nests, or eggs, without a permit. In California, the Cliff Swallows usually arrive in February so the agency in charge of enforcing these laws, the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), considers February 15th to September 1st the swallow nesting season. Because IT IS ILLEGAL TO INTERFERE WITH NESTING BIRDS!!

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Shutting Your Trap

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What you did was illegal,” he said. Not only did we convince the local head of PRH that DEC was horning in on his territory, we managed to drag the president of the nearby Fish and Game Club – who personally detested trapping – into the fray. This is the kind of insanity that goes on with leghold traps. A few years ago my friend Astrid called me on the phone.

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The slaughter tourism trade in Serbia

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And that flight is illegal because EU legislation does not allow export of game meat from Serbia to EU. Twenty years ago, flocks consisting of a thousand European Turtle Doves were a common sight in Serbia in spring. Ten years ago, those flocks were reduced to a few hundred birds. Nowadays, the flocks are even smaller, merely a few dozen birds. As we speak, in Serbia these birds are still hunted in August and September.

Kathy Hershey: Parker, the Playground’s Vulture

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After school and on weekends he’d attend soccer games and hang around playgrounds, preferring to spectate from the playground equipment. One Monday we got a call from one of the officers: “Hey, we’ve got to up our game! We have no real way of knowing, but we surmise that he was raised illegally by a member of the public, and “imprinted.”. Today’s blog was written by Kathy Hershey, co-founder of Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators in Hope, Indiana.

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The Wildlife Conservation Stamp: An Additional Income Stream for Our National Wildlife Refuges

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Without adequate funding, habitats are not restored, invasive species are left unchecked, poaching and other illegal activities occur and our nation’s wildlife suffers 1. Historically, National Wildlife Refuges viewed the “Duck Factory” (game bird conservation) as a high priority, while relegating non-game issues to a lower rung. President Obama has added 10 new refuges in his first term.

Africa’s endangered species

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The reasons that these ten have been selected is to illustrate some of the myriad reasons that Africa’s birds are being driven to extinction; from commercial overfishing, powerline collisions, illegal trade, poisoning, traditional medicine usage, overgrazing and conversion of specialized habitats into agricultural land. A pair of Hooded Vultures in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania by Adam Riley.

Sexy Halloween Birds

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This could arguably be called an Angry Birds costume but I think all reasonable birders can agree that the red bird on that game is clearly based on the cardinal. These are either highly illegal or false advertising. Warning, saucy photos of females to follow. About six years ago, my husband was chatting with a friend of ours about how we need to have an UnSexy Halloween Party where you take the unsexy and try to make it sexy.

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