Paleo-genetics confirm that the cave lion was a species all its own

This week, Scientific American reviewed a new study: Mitogenomics of the extinct cave lion, “Panthera spelaea” and resolve its position within the Panthera cats’ species. From western Europe to the Yukon, the grasslands of the Northern Hemisphere used to belong to the cave lion. The bones of this massive and maneless cat, larger than today’s … Continue reading Paleo-genetics confirm that the cave lion was a species all its own

Could reintroducing the puma in New England save lives by controlling the deer population?

Every year, thousands of deer are killed on roads and highways. Those collisions can lead to costly insurance claims, injuries, and deaths which made scientists wonder what would happen to deer, and to us, if an elusive carnivore came back to the northeast. In a WNPR interview, Laura Prugh, a wildlife ecologist at the University … Continue reading Could reintroducing the puma in New England save lives by controlling the deer population?

Personality assessments of certain captive wildcats

Personality is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of well-being in humans. In a study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare, M.C. Gartner and colleagues explore this concept with certain captive wildcats. In a Comparison of Subjective Well-Being and Personality Assessments in the Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia), … Continue reading Personality assessments of certain captive wildcats

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ August 21, 2016

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Sunday, August 21, 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ August 21, 2016

Protection of the African Lion: A Critical Analysis of the Current International Legal Regime

A new study by Samantha Watts, from the University of Cape Town, Protection of the African Lion: A Critical Analysis of the Current International Legal Regime explores the current international regime that pertains to the African lion—a species that needs adequate protection across its range—a range that does not adhere to state boundaries. Ms. Watts’ … Continue reading Protection of the African Lion: A Critical Analysis of the Current International Legal Regime

Poison trap for lions kills 119 vultures in Maun

The Mmegi, Botswana’s daily news, reported last week at least 119 vultures were killed in a poisoning incident recently in Maun, after farmers laced cattle carcasses with a chemical in order to eliminate troublesome lions attacking their livestock. Birdlife Botswana director, Kabelo Senyatso told Mmegi the incident was the latest in a string of poisonings … Continue reading Poison trap for lions kills 119 vultures in Maun

Farming organizations unite in calling for urgent reassurance from Natural England about lynx reintroduction

Farming UK news reports the sector wants reassurance that any formal application by the Lynx UK Trust to introduce up to ten Eurasian Lynx into Kielder Forest will trigger a full independent impact study and consultation. Lynx UK is currently exploring the possibility of an introduction program, but has not submitted an application to the … Continue reading Farming organizations unite in calling for urgent reassurance from Natural England about lynx reintroduction

Four-year old girl saved from mountain lion ~ mountain lion killed

According to a press release issued by the Idaho Fish and Game, a family camping near Green Canyon Hot Springs east of Rexburg, Idaho, saved their four-year-old daughter from being dragged away from their campfire by a mountain lion on the evening of Friday, August 12, 2016. The family saw the lion in the vicinity … Continue reading Four-year old girl saved from mountain lion ~ mountain lion killed

Queen of Ranthambore and India’s Most Famous Tigress Machli Passes Away

Machli, the world’s most photographed tigress in India passed away on Thursday, August 18th at the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. Also known as the queen of Ranthambore, she turned 20 this year and was considered to be the oldest living tigress in the world. The average life span of a tiger is 12 to … Continue reading Queen of Ranthambore and India’s Most Famous Tigress Machli Passes Away

State wildlife officials in Maine approve new rules for owning, breeding, and selling animals

A series of new rules that apply to animal owners in the State of Maine that generated a range of reactions during the public comment period earlier this summer, were approved last week by state wildlife officials. The new rules allow the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife to impose steeper fines on those … Continue reading State wildlife officials in Maine approve new rules for owning, breeding, and selling animals