Workmen beware ~ Tigers may want to borrow your tools ~ let them

Photographer Michael Vicker snapped several amazing pictures in the Bandhavgarh reserve in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Vicker commented: “In all my many years of photographing wild tigers I have never experienced such a spectacle! I was amazed to see the tiger come back with a pickaxe in his mouth; minutes later he … Continue reading Workmen beware ~ Tigers may want to borrow your tools ~ let them

New research reveals extent of human threat to lion populations

Two new studies led by scientists at Oxford University’s WildCRU have highlighted the threat posed to lions by human activity—including trophy hunting. One study: The landscape of anthropogenic mortality: how African lions respond to spatial variation in risk, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, analyzed the deaths of 206 lions in Hwange National Park, … Continue reading New research reveals extent of human threat to lion populations

California mountain lions trying to survive in fragmented wilderness, hemmed in by major highways and urban sprawl

A mountain lion that was part of a National Park Service wildlife study was struck and killed this month on a Los Angeles-area freeway, an all-too-common fate for the big cats living in an increasingly urbanized environment. Last week biologists confirmed the dead cougar was P-39, an adult female with three 6-month-old kittens, the National … Continue reading California mountain lions trying to survive in fragmented wilderness, hemmed in by major highways and urban sprawl

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 18 December 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, 18 December 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 18 December 2016

Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Commission approves two controversial ‘Predator Control Plans’

Last Wednesday, Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Commission (CPW) approved two controversial “Predator Control Plans” to help the state’s dwindling mule deer population, as part of its predator management strategy. In a unanimous vote, the commission decided to move ahead with its plan to reduce the numbers of mountain lions and black bears in two regions … Continue reading Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Commission approves two controversial ‘Predator Control Plans’

What satellites can tell us about how animals will fare in a changing climate

In a press conference last Monday at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, three researchers discussed how detailed satellite observations have facilitated ecological studies of change over time. The presenters discussed how changes in Arctic sea ice cover have helped scientists predict a 30 percent drop in the global population of polar bears … Continue reading What satellites can tell us about how animals will fare in a changing climate

Tiger bites off tip of zookeeper’s finger at Zoo Miami

The Sun Sentential reports a male Sumatran tiger at Zoo Miami bit off the tip of a zookeeper’s finger when the keeper broke protocol and fed the animal through the bars of its holding area, said zoo spokesman Ron Magill. The bite happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday. The zookeeper, who hasn’t yet been identified, was … Continue reading Tiger bites off tip of zookeeper’s finger at Zoo Miami

Oxford University professor who studied Cecil says strictly regulated hunting could help stop destruction of lion habitats

The Guardian reported last week on a new report by Professor David Macdonald, a scientist at Oxford University who studied Cecil the Lion years before the animal was killed by an American dentist. According to Macdonald, trophy hunting could help conserve lions. In his report for UK ministers, Macdonald concluded that strictly regulated hunting of … Continue reading Oxford University professor who studied Cecil says strictly regulated hunting could help stop destruction of lion habitats

Feral felines fenced from touring world’s largest volcano

If you travel to Hawaii’s Big Island, you are welcome to visit Mauna Loa, the largest volcano in the world; cats, however, are not— a point now being enforced by a new 5-mile-long fence constructed for the sole purpose of keeping felines away. Mauna Loa’s lava-covered slopes make for some seriously forbidding landscape, but that … Continue reading Feral felines fenced from touring world’s largest volcano

Art dealer pleads guilty to trading endangered black rhino horns

A man accused of buying and selling horns of the endangered black rhinoceros pleaded guilty to wildlife trafficking, the Department of Justice announced. Fengyi Zhou, of Syosset, New York, a dealer in Asian art, admitted to purchasing as many as five rhinoceros horns, and sold them for $130,000, a Justice Department statement said last Tuesday. … Continue reading Art dealer pleads guilty to trading endangered black rhino horns