US Groups Fight to Save Polar Bear Hunts

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Now that the species is listed in the US as "threatened," hunters can't import the dead body parts (aka hunting "trophies") in from Canada. Tags: canada blood sport polar bear hunting trophy hunting endangered species Supposedly, environmentalists and animal rights activists have "unfairly made the polar bear into 'the panda bear of North America.'" Waaaaaaa! insert crying baby picture here.) Here's the article from the Globe and Mail.

Sandpiper Species Heading Towards Extinction

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To prevent the Spoon-billed Sandpiper's extinction urgent action is needed, both to find ways to give local people economic alternatives to hunting birds and to persuade hunters to release any sandpipers they catch. Tags: birds hunting endangered species Really sad. The Spoon-billed Sandpiper, one of the world's most threatened birds, is rapidly heading towards extinction because young birds are being targeted for human consumption.

Kentucky: First in Crane Hunting?

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As part of my effort to keep concerned wildlife enthusiasts informed about the proposal to hunt Eastern Flyway sandhill cranes, it is my duty to tell you that there’s another vote coming up. The second paragraph of a recent letter from Dr. Gassett, replying to a letter questioning the hunt, opens thus: “ Sandhill cranes are considered to be one of the best tasting of all migratory birds. More than 10,000 people hunt cranes in North America each year.

Stop the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Hunt! (Again)

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Yes, the earth has gone around the sun twice since the uproar from birders and other lovers of wildlife managed to convince the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to table the idea of hunting Sandhill Cranes in Tennessee for two years. Cancel the 17-year-old annual festival, and propose a hunting season on cranes. If it’s an attempt to resuscitate the slowly dying sport of hunting, it’s ill-advised, and unlikely to have the desired effect.

Snow Leopard hunt by Adam Riley (INDRI Ultimate Wildlife Tours)

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Furthermore, the total population in Hemis National Park is estimated at 50-60 individuals, making the park an important genetic reservoir for this species which is classified on the IUCN’s Red Data List as Endangered. Our Snow Leopard sat, quite Cheetah-like, before stalking off and once again rolling in the gravel, apparently an indication of the desire to mask its scent before a hunt. I am exhilarated therefore to be able to share my images and story of this hunt with you.

Newly Found Species Already Endangered

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The wild Saola, which resembles antelopes and was only discovered in 1992, is already near extinction due to hunting. Tags: vietnam laos endangered species Way to go humans! Another notch to add to our belt!

Invasive species in Australia

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In Australia we definitely have our fair share of invasive species and the main problem is that we are such a huge land mass with such a small population. The population of Australia is concentrated mainly around the city areas along the coast and many invasive species have been able to spread with ease. A lot of the invasive species that we have nowadays are species that were brought into the country in very small numbers a long time ago and generally in good faith.

What’s in a Name: Snipe Hunt

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Real snipe hunting, for those that partake of such practices, is a daytime activity that involves guns and being able to track the birds’ rapid flight from cover. Ali Hussein or Hussain, a bird conservationist from India about whom I can find very little information, has apparently documented a traditional bird-trapping technique in his home region that resembles the folkloric snipe hunt in many particulars.

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Africa’s endangered species

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More than 150 bird species are known to have become extinct over the past 500 years, and many more are estimated to have been driven to extinction before they became known to science. The bulk of the recent bird extinctions has been on islands, where species are more susceptible to extermination due to smaller ranges, lower population sizes and a lack of adaptation for coping with introduced predators.

Feral Cats Are An Invasive Species in North America (and elsewhere)

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When you throw the feral Cat in there, not only do they push out the indigenous wild carnivores, but they are hunting animals that are not quite adapted to avoiding them as well as they may be to avoiding other animals. Also, feral Cats on islands seem to be a serious problem, causing the extirpation of some indigenous species. They are invasive species. Just as importantly, or more importantly, feral Cats have the invasive species advantage.

Which Bird Species Have Gone Extinct in Costa Rica?

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Instead of going on about zip lines and other modern, adventure tourism attractions, the birding crowd talks about taking photos of Resplendent Quetzals , seeing dozens of hummingbird species, and the seemingly odd absence of raptors in Costa Rica but nope, we don’t really talk about extinction. Searches haven’t turned up any suspect Alfaro’s either but maybe we just need to look more, or compare its DNA with other, known hummingbird species. Species.

Trophy Hunters Imperil Polar Bears

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They are not hunting for food or for any subsistence whatsoever. It's all about the thrill of the hunt and, sorry to say it, the thrill of the testosterone surge. Therefore, to me it's a slam dunk as to whether trophy hunters should continue to hunt polar bears. If a species' very survival is threatened, then it is impractical to hunt it for mere entertainment. The cost of a trophy hunt can start at $35,000. I have no sympathy for trophy hunters.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced as part of Great Outdoors Month the agency is proposing to expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Service is committed to strengthening and expanding hunting and fishing opportunities,” said Ashe. “By Hunting, within specified limits, is permitted on 335 wildlife refuges. Why would you open it up to hunting?

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Birds to be Removed from Florida Endangered Species List

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be meeting on Wednesday and will be voting on the removal of sixteen species from the state’s endangered species list , including four birds – Snowy Egret , Brown Pelican , Limpkin , and White Ibis. Far more controversial is the likely delisting of the Black Bear , especially around concerns that a hunting season will follow soon after a delisting.

Come@Me: Hunting Is Not Conservation

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The definition of the word HUNT is “to chase or search for game or other wild animals for the purpose of catching or killing.” ” Obviously the dictionary does not equate hunting with conservation. If you have some insane idea that Hunting Is Conservation: I think we all remember the fate of the Passenger Pigeon ? It is obvious that hunting is NOT conservation.

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Open Season on Bald Eagles

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Bald Eagle image is by Francois Portmann and is used with permission You know, I’ve been thinking about this whole dustup over hunting cranes in Tennessee and now Kentucky. I think it’s time to hunt Sandhill Cranes. Look at the facts, lay your emotions aside and listen to reason—exactly the same reasoning that’s been so persuasive in convincing me that hunting cranes is the right thing to do. We’ve always hunted Bald Eagles.

Zero Gravity Brewing Company: Bob White

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Unlike several other gamebird species commonly raised and released for hunting in North America, the Northern Bobwhite ( Collinus virginianus ) is, of course, a native of the continent, though its natural range lies mostly in the southeastern quarter of the continent, and south into Mexico and the Caribbean. Audubon knew the Northern Bobwhite as the “Virginia Partridge” The species has undergone a notable decline in recent decades.

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Canada Okays Matching Seal Quota

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This despite a dry market for seal products and a warming climate that is hurting the species? The market for Canadian seal pelts has gone dry but the federal government will still allow sealers to kill 400,000 of the marine mammals when the annual hunt opens next Monday. canada seal hunt sealsReally, Canada? Really? For the full article, go to The Globe and Mail here.

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Crows, Contest Killing, and Communication

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The subject was not hunting; it was contest killing. Contest killing – where individuals or teams gun down as many of a single species as they can within a specific time period, with prizes going to the winner(s) – is legal all over the country. A bill has been introduced by two senators that would outlaw this type of contest in New York, and I started to wonder if people who really are anti-hunting could jeopardize its potential success.

Serial Poachers Devastate Montana

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I would have thought serial poaching and serial killing were essentially the same, with the difference being the species, but this article says there is a difference. Tags: wildlife crime fish and wildlife montana poaching us trophy hunting This article describes the devastation being inflicted on Montana's wildlife by serial poachers. It's also an insight into how serial poachers think.

Can we talk about Cecil the Lion?

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I get that you’re really angry, I mean, he was a popular lion and yes, his cute widdle cubs will probably die to, but I can’t help feeling you’ve kind of missed the point a bit, and well, ending all hunting in Africa will not solve much and maybe make things worse and… No, no, I’m not a hunter. Tell me, what happens if we rip away hunting when hunting protects more wildlife land in Africa than national parks? Hi there.

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Nesting Eagle Killed in Portugal, Another Brilliant Move

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If predator persecution cannot be adequately controlled, the future recovery of many important predator species will be in doubt". Tags: Stupid eagle portugal fox hunting I come from a Portuguese family and I have no problem dumping on the Portuguese. This makes me angry. It has nothing to do with poverty, just stupidity. March 2009.

The Beautiful and Colorful Mourning Dove

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Their habitats vary widely in both rural and urban landscapes; open habitats are preferred and the species generally shuns only extensively forested areas and wetlands 1. To show how adaptive this species is, the following photograph was sent to me by one of my readers and I use it with her permission. 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.

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ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public comment on a proposal to hunt sandhill cranes in Kentucky. The Kentucky Ornithological Society and the Beckham Bird Club have both come out strongly against the hunting season. It is OK for people to like to hunt.

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Duck Numbers And Duck Stamp Sales No Longer Correlate

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The number of people who hunt waterfowl in the US has declined since the mid 1990s. From the abstract of the study: Current waterfowl populations provide liberal hunting seasons, but waterfowl hunter numbers have declined since the mid–1990s. Development and implementation of programs and policies that maintain or increase participation in waterfowl hunting will assist in habitat conservation efforts and continue waterfowl hunting traditions.

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We Should Kill More Lions

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There are times when acting in the conservation interest of a species or ecosystem means that the welfare of specific animals is compromised, which is a fancy way of saying that conservationists sometimes have to kill animals for the greater good. If you don’t accept that we sometimes have to do harm to individuals to do good for the species, well, nothing I’m going to say is going to convince you. Managing areas for hunting does exactly that.

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Bush Meat, Trafficking Decimate Vietnam

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Dr Scott Roberton, head of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said that hunting wild animals for meat and trafficking had been happening in many countries, especially developing ones. In Viet Nam, hunting and trade in wild animals had been alarming, he said. Tags: vietnam exotic meats wildlife trafficking bush meat endangered species Sounds just awful. But the problem is the high demand for these products. From Vietnam News.

Georgian Raptor Protector Up for “Green Oscar”

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This year’s awards will be handed out on April 27th, and one of the finalists has devoted himself to saving migrating birds of pray from illegal hunting. More than 30 different raptor species pass through this area, called the most vital flyway in the western Palearctic. But along the way, up to 18,000 per year fall victim to illegal hunting for food and sport. News Alexander Rukhaia Conservation georgia illegal hunting raptors SABUKO Whitley Awards

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Machi the Whimbrel Gunned Down by Hunters

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It is estimated that tens of thousands of shorebirds continue to be taken annually by hunting clubs on just these three islands. This practice is a throwback to more than a century ago when gunners hunted shorebirds throughout the Americas. Shorebird hunting within these areas continues to be unregulated to the present time. Conservation organizations continue to work toward some compromise that will reduce pressures on declining species.

We are Just Money Grubbers

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Out of just under 200 bird species I observed this year in SE Europe, there are 6 threatened species. For example, I simply cannot comprehend how such seemingly common species such as the Common Pochard (yes, for the third time, the common), still allowed for shooting in Serbia and many other countries, found its way into the Red List of Threatened Species. point to just one problem source, one over-abundant and highly invasive species – Homo sapiens.

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France's Ugly Secret: Eating Endangered Songbird

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The hunting and selling of ortolans, which have suffered a Europe-wide decline of 40-50% in the last 40 years, has been illegal in France since 1999. During the hunting season, which lasts from mid-August until the end of September, the birds are taken from their cages, fattened up in the dark and then drowned alive in Armagnac. Tags: poaching france endangered species Now France can add another to its long list of gastronomic sins.eating ortolan, an endangered songbird.

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Whales Losing the Will to Live?

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The psychological impact of over-hunting on the highly intelligent and sociable animals has been identified as the latest threat to the survival of the species. Tags: norway iceland whales Japan whaling endangered species I came across this British article from 2008. Very disturbing and sad hypotheses, especially in light of the unconscionable actions (or lack of) by CITES recently. From the Daily Mail.

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Blue Whales Reappearing Again

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BLUE whales, the world’s largest animals, are reappearing in parts of the oceans where hunting once wiped them out, signalling that they may finally be returning from the brink of extinction. Tags: blue whales endangered species And here's some good news for today. Marine scientists have recorded the animals roaming migratory routes and feeding grounds in the Pacific from which they had vanished for much of the past six decades.

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India Takes More Steps to Protect Tigers

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This will increase the habitat area for tigers, who prefer to live and hunt in thick vegetation. Tags: India tigers wildlife endangered species But is it enough? From the Press Association. India is to amend its wildlife crime laws to protect the country's tigers, a government minister said. Environment and forest minister Jairam Ramesh said that speeding up justice as well as hefty fines are needed to strengthen the Wildlife Protection Act.

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Good News About Blue Whales

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The hunting peaked in 1931 with more than 29,000 animals killed in one season. Tags: oceans marine life whales environment alaska endangered species Looks like blue whales may be coming back to Alaska. Here's hoping Sarah Palin leaves them alone. From the Associated Press: Blue whales are returning to Alaska in search of food and could be re-establishing an old migration route several decades after they were nearly wiped out by commercial whalers, scientists say.

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Rarer than Tigers: the Indian Wild Dog

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Further down the road, we reach a derelict building with a large veranda hidden among the trees – an abandoned hunting lodge (if I were in a situation to invest, I would choose to upgrade this into a luxury wildlife lodge). Birds included common species such as Black Drongos , Jungle Babblers and a Hoopoe. These days, the species shares habitats with Tigers, Snow Leopard, Bears, etc. Trips Dhole endangered species India MammalsIndia, February 2013.

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Astonishing Move By UK Government to Control Buzzards

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You could raise an eyebrow that at a time of cuts and austerity measures across a range of environment services and departments to be able to find £375k in support of a non-native species that is reared specifically to be killed anyway is a little astonishing. Conservation Britain hunting UKSkimming through the myriad of posts in my blog reader yesterday I came across a post from the ever-watchful guys at the Raptor Persecution Scotland blog that left me cold with anger.

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Critically Endangered: Sociable Lapwing

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The official definition of CR status says the species could be gone within ten years, or could lose 80 per cent of its population within three generations – whichever comes first. Actually, despite the fact that central Asian steppes cover huge areas, Sociable Lapwings breed only around nomadic cattle herders’ settlements, which signifies that this species has evolved alongside wild ungulates, such as Blackbuck and Saiga antelopes, which kept the grass short. Gujarat, December 2010.

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For mankind to snatch away a species’ very existence is wrong on so many levels that I can’t begin to explain them. However, despite our best efforts to wipe them off the face of the earth, some of the more vulnerable species have managed to hang on. These species have seen the infamous Brink of Extinction, seemingly gone over the edge, and have scrambled back to solid ground in the nick of time…with a little extra help. this species breeds. Species.

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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve: the Tiger Afternoon

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The Osprey tries another hunt, finally a successful one, while Telia goes deeper into the water and lies down. Conservation endangered species India Mammals tiger Maharashtra, February 2013. Trying not to inhale so much of the dust cloud that envelops us, I am sporting a bandana tied bank-robber style. A winding track through dense woodlands takes us to the Telia Lake in the southeast of the Tadoba Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra.

Acclimatisation Societies of New Zealand

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There are the endemics, which are odd in their own way, and then there introduced species, which are so varied in their type and origin that you get the feeling you’ve arrived at the aftermath of a small zoo that escaped. So that New Zealand would end up with quite a few species of animal not originally found here is hardly surprising of itself. What is surprising is quite how many species did end up here, and how economically unimportant they were.

Bird-Eating Fish

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It has also found its way to Japan where it is considered to be an invasive species. Now and then individual catfish of various species hunt nearer the surface and larger catfish such as the American Channel Cat will take a duck or other water bird. So, the modal catfish is a fish that hunts from below, can take large prey, and occasionally eats a bird. Marine invasive species pigeon-eating catfish pigeons predation Silurus glanis

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Bristle-thighed Curlew

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One such tricky bird is the Bristle-thighed Curlew , a species that complicates the matter by looking suspiciously like the common or garden Whimbrel. It’s also fun to think about the massive disparity between the winter and summer range of the species. Click on this close up to check out the bristles that give the species it’s name! Among the threats are low level hunting in its winter range, introduced species and possibly gold mining in its breeding range.

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