Snow leopard no longer considered ‘endangered’ by the IUCN

The decision was announced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) the global standard for assessing extinction risk. The iconic big cats’ conservation status was improved from “endangered” to “vulnerable,” but the threat of extinction remains. Experts warned that the species still faces serious threats from poaching and habitat destruction. The elegant yet … Continue reading Snow leopard no longer considered ‘endangered’ by the IUCN

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 21 May 2017

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, 21 May 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 21 May 2017

Hwange National Park: Lion killings undermine conservation efforts

A distributing account of two lionesses killed by professional hunters instead of seeking aid from community based lion guardian groups rampantly circulated via social media last week as reported by Traveller24 and Conservation Action Trust. Two endangered lionesses were killed after being lured out of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe to a hunting trap set … Continue reading Hwange National Park: Lion killings undermine conservation efforts

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

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

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

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 30 October 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, 30 October 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 30 October 2016

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

Cougar Trophy Hunting in B.C. is Linked to Human Conflicts

Kim Pemberton reports for the Vancouver Sun After examining 30 years of data on human-caused cougar kills in five regions of B.C—the Cariboo, Kootenay, Lower Mainland Southwest, Thompson Okanagan and Vancouver Island—researchers found that when trophy hunters killed a larger adult male the younger “sub-adults” or “teenagers” became more prone to human conflict. “In all … Continue reading Cougar Trophy Hunting in B.C. is Linked to Human Conflicts

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