Snow Leopard and Himalayan Wolf: Food Habits and Prey Selection in the Central Himalayas, Nepal

A new study published last week in the journal PLOS One, Dr. Chetri and his team are studying conflicts between humans and snow leopards in areas of Nepal in order to find ways to mitigate them. That’s why they spent more than 150 days in the Central Himalayas sniffing out snow leopard scat. Embedded in … Continue reading Snow Leopard and Himalayan Wolf: Food Habits and Prey Selection in the Central Himalayas, Nepal

Permit issued to kill Mountain Lion in California

State officials issued a permit to kill the mountain lion known as P-45 after the big cat was strongly suspected of slaughtering nearly a dozen alpacas and a goat at ranches in the Malibu Hills, The Los Angeles Times reports. But the possibility of the roughly 4-year-old male lion dying in a legally sanctioned hunt … Continue reading Permit issued to kill Mountain Lion in California

Poachers Illegally Kill Hundreds of Endangered Snow Leopards Each Year

A new report published by WWF-TRAFFIC ahead of last week’s UN meeting on snow leopards and International Snow Leopard Day, An Ounce of Prevention: Snow Leopard Crime Revisited estimates that between 221-450 snow leopards have been poached annually since 2008—a minimum of four per week. But this number could be substantially higher since many killings … Continue reading Poachers Illegally Kill Hundreds of Endangered Snow Leopards Each Year

Killing predators does not save livestock

Predator control should not be a shot in the dark, the title of a new study by Adrian Treves and colleagues in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment recommending policy makers suspend predator control efforts that lack evidence for functional effectiveness and that scientists focus on stringent standards of evidence in tests of predator control. … Continue reading Killing predators does not save livestock

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