WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 07 January 2018

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, 07 January 2018: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 07 January 2018

Eyes on Washington week ending 01.05.18

USDA Seeks Public Input on Recognizing Third-Party Inspections and Certifications of Animal Welfare Act Facilities On December 19th the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the agency is seeking public input on whether they should recognize inspections (and similar reviews) by third-party programs when determining the frequency of federal inspections for facilities … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 01.05.18

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Panther Update 01.05.18

On November 21st, the FWC collected the remains of a 2 year old male on CR833 in Hendry County. The cause of death was vehicle collision. On November 23rd, the FWC collected the remains of a 2 year old male on Daniels Parkway east of 75 in Lee County. The cause of death was vehicle … Continue reading Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Panther Update 01.05.18

Mountain lion and kitten spotted since wildfires

A mountain lion and her surviving kitten were spotted on a Sonoma wildlife camera for the first time since October’s devastating wildfires in North Bay. The mother, known to researchers as P1, and the Audubon Canyon Ranch Mountain Lion Project (ARC) have been tracking her for over year. Last April, P1 gave birth to a … Continue reading Mountain lion and kitten spotted since wildfires

Michael Kors to stop using animal fur

The U.S. fashion designer Michael Kors announced that it will no longer use fur in its collections. Production of current designs using fur, such as coyote and rabbit, will be phased out by the end of 2018. This new model will also apply to the luxury footwear brand Jimmy Choo which was acquired by Michael … Continue reading Michael Kors to stop using animal fur

California shop owner admits selling rare-animal coats

In mid-December, the owner of a vintage clothing store in San Francisco pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges she sold coats and other items made of cheetahs, leopards and other protected species. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a judge fined Cicely Ann Hansen $3,600 and sentenced her to probation and 500 hours of community … Continue reading California shop owner admits selling rare-animal coats

Travelling circuses exhibiting wild animals banned in Scotland

In December, Scotland passed legislation banning the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. The bill bans the use of non-domesticated animals for performance or exhibition in travelling shows but does not apply to static circuses. MSPs unanimously signed off the ban, the first of its kind in the UK. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said … Continue reading Travelling circuses exhibiting wild animals banned in Scotland

Teen pleads guilty to smuggling Bengal tiger cub into the U.S.

Eighteen-year-old Luis Valencia, who smuggled a Bengal tiger cub into California from Mexico last year pleaded guilty to federal charges on December 5, 2017 in San Diego. The 6-week-old cub was found on the passenger-side floor in Valencia’s car last summer at a San Diego border checkpoint. Valencia told authorities he obtained the animal as … Continue reading Teen pleads guilty to smuggling Bengal tiger cub into the U.S.

Cheetah cub saved from smugglers

The Tehran Times reported on December 27th, that following the arrest of an animal-trafficking band in Tehran, an Asiatic cheetah cub was discovered and the required measures were taken for her protection. “The cheetah, named Iran, was quickly moved to the wildlife rehabilitation center of Pardisan Park for further medical examinations,” said, Hooman Jokar, director, … Continue reading Cheetah cub saved from smugglers

WildCat Chat ~ ‘Tis the Season for Giving & Gratitude ~ November 20, 2017

‘Tis the Season for Giving & Gratitude I wrote a portion of this WildCat Chat in November 2008 just after the election of Barack Obama. In 2008, we, as a nation were under extreme financial distress: “For many of us the past year has been nothing short of a bumpy ride and we may feel … Continue reading WildCat Chat ~ ‘Tis the Season for Giving & Gratitude ~ November 20, 2017