700 species are negatively impacted by climate change

A new study has found that nearly half (47%) of the mammals and nearly a quarter (24.4%) of the birds on the IUCN Red List of threatened species are negatively impacted by climate change: a total of about 700 species. Previous assessments had said only 7% of listed mammals and 4% of birds were impacted. … Continue reading 700 species are negatively impacted by climate change

Concerns over first snow and common leopards found in same area

From the BBC Environment and Science News The first ever recorded video footage showing snow leopards and common leopards sharing the same habitat on the Tibetan plateau is causing concern among conservationists. They are worried about the future of the snow leopard’s habitat if common leopards begin to live at higher elevations in a warming … Continue reading Concerns over first snow and common leopards found in same area

South African rangers hunting caracals for hunting endangered penguins

On Wednesday, REUTERS reported that South African wildlife rangers are stepping up efforts to hunt one of two caracal cats blamed for killing around 130 endangered penguins at a tourist beach near Cape Town. Following several failed hunts, Cape Town conservation authorities will close Burghers Walk close to Boulders Beach overnight as they lay down … Continue reading South African rangers hunting caracals for hunting endangered penguins

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

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’

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

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

ABC News reports a Florida Animal Trainer Hospitalized after Tiger Attack at Fair during School Field Trip – Tiger beat with rod by Owner

An animal trainer in Florida was hospitalized after being scratched and dragged by a tiger while performing for a school field trip at a fair, officials said. A video of the incident allegedly taken by a student on a field trip to the Pensacola Interstate Fair has surfaced on social media. The dramatic footage shows … Continue reading ABC News reports a Florida Animal Trainer Hospitalized after Tiger Attack at Fair during School Field Trip – Tiger beat with rod by Owner