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Florida panther dies after fight with another panther

Naples Daily News reported earlier this week that a Florida panther was found dead— and was likely killed by another panther. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stated that the 8-and-a-half-year-old female’s carcass was found in the Golden Gate Estates in Collier County. Her remains will be taken to a facility for a necropsy. … Continue reading Florida panther dies after fight with another panther

Lion cub roams Russian city’s streets: poses for photos with passersby

According to RT News a lion cub was seen roaming the streets of Ufa, Russia. The not-so-big big cat appeared to be friendly and was not angered by passersby stopping to take selfies. The cub turned out to be a local schoolboy’s birthday present. People who saw the lion cub on the street were quick … Continue reading Lion cub roams Russian city’s streets: poses for photos with passersby

A growing number of Tiger farms in Asia and the sale of Tiger bone wine are fueling illegal wildlife trade, ITV News investigation finds

Animal campaigners such as the WWF and Environmental Investigation Agency believe an international commercial trade in parts and derivatives from tigers is fulling the growth in tiger farms. The sale of tiger bone wine was banned in China in 1993, but a tiger park visited by ITV this month in Harbin is claiming to sell … Continue reading A growing number of Tiger farms in Asia and the sale of Tiger bone wine are fueling illegal wildlife trade, ITV News investigation finds

12 animal traffickers nabbed—RM2mil worth of parts

New Straits Times reports from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) arrested 12 men and seized a variety of smuggled animal parts worth RM2 million (US$491,000.00) in a special operation known as Ops Chameleon. Perhilitan director-general Abdul Kadir Abu Hassan said in the raid conducted last month, about 300 animal … Continue reading 12 animal traffickers nabbed—RM2mil worth of parts

IUCN Approves Motion 009

IUCN Approves Motion 009 to terminate the practice of breeding lions in captivity for the purpose of canned shooting On the opening day of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress, the IUCN approved Motion 009 terminating the practice of breeding lions in captivity for the purpose of “canned shooting,” also known … Continue reading IUCN Approves Motion 009

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ September 4, 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, September 4, 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ September 4, 2016

Paleo-genetics confirm that the cave lion was a species all its own

This week, Scientific American reviewed a new study: Mitogenomics of the extinct cave lion, “Panthera spelaea” and resolve its position within the Panthera cats’ species. From western Europe to the Yukon, the grasslands of the Northern Hemisphere used to belong to the cave lion. The bones of this massive and maneless cat, larger than today’s … Continue reading Paleo-genetics confirm that the cave lion was a species all its own

Could reintroducing the puma in New England save lives by controlling the deer population?

Every year, thousands of deer are killed on roads and highways. Those collisions can lead to costly insurance claims, injuries, and deaths which made scientists wonder what would happen to deer, and to us, if an elusive carnivore came back to the northeast. In a WNPR interview, Laura Prugh, a wildlife ecologist at the University … Continue reading Could reintroducing the puma in New England save lives by controlling the deer population?

Personality assessments of certain captive wildcats

Personality is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of well-being in humans. In a study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare, M.C. Gartner and colleagues explore this concept with certain captive wildcats. In a Comparison of Subjective Well-Being and Personality Assessments in the Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia), … Continue reading Personality assessments of certain captive wildcats

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ August 21, 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, August 21, 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ August 21, 2016