Wildcat News Brief & Chat

Question marks over the leopard’s future

A new study published on Monday in PeerJ, reveals that leopards historically occupied a vast range of approximately 13.5 million square miles throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Today, however, they are restricted to approximately 3.3 million square miles. Scientists spent three years reviewing more than 1,300 sources on the big cat’s historic and … Continue reading Question marks over the leopard’s future

African safari operators call for an end to captive breeding and canned lion hunting

Shana Genever reported earlier this week, in Environmental Top News, that some of Africa’s largest safari and eco-tourism operators have come together to call for an end to captive breeding and canned lion hunting. The signatories of the statement “strongly request that the respective authorities take note of the mounting global opposition to these practices … Continue reading African safari operators call for an end to captive breeding and canned lion hunting

IUCN Motion to terminate canned-hunting in South Africa

The World Conservation Congress at its session in Hawaii in September will address the termination of canned hunting in South Africa. Over 200 lion farms exist in South Africa, of which about 5% are registered with the South African Predator Breeders Association. Conditions of breeding and captivity are known to vary considerably but few, if … Continue reading IUCN Motion to terminate canned-hunting in South Africa

No more tiger cub encounters at Alabama Zoo

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo announced on Tuesday it will no longer offer “baby tiger encounters” to their guests. The Zoo cited a USDA restriction for the change in the management of big cats. The Zoo stated that the care and well-being of their animals has always been their biggest priority. “Through the intimacy of … Continue reading No more tiger cub encounters at Alabama Zoo

Judge gives state two-weeks to return seized wild animals to Stump Hill Farm

Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione is giving the state two weeks to deliver the wild animals: five tigers, two pumas, two baboons and a chimpanzee back to their owner Cyndi Huntsman who runs the Stump Hill Farm in Perry Township, Ohio. On May 4th, the State Department of Agriculture officials along with local police and … Continue reading Judge gives state two-weeks to return seized wild animals to Stump Hill Farm

Indiana considering proposal to allow bobcat hunting and trapping

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is considering a proposal to allow bobcat hunting and trapping because of a recent surge in the bobcat population. With the addition of a regulated hunting season, officials say, the growth would be managed appropriately. Right now, the numbers decrease only when bobcats die in accidental kills, like … Continue reading Indiana considering proposal to allow bobcat hunting and trapping

WildEarth Guardians challenge U.S. exports of bobcat pelts

On Wednesday, May 4th WildEarth Guardians said they will seek a court order halting a United States government program that allows tens of thousands of pelts from bobcats and a small number of gray wolves to be exported annually for sale on the international fur market and the little-known program should not continue without a … Continue reading WildEarth Guardians challenge U.S. exports of bobcat pelts

WildCat Chat ~ Nahla’s Story ~ the perils of captive possession ~ May 11, 2016

Nahla’s Story ~ the perils of captive possession Over the past few weeks, we’ve been over-whelmed with news stories on the atrocities occurring all over the world about the handling, care and living conditions of captive big cats. Most notable is Animal Defenders International’s (ADI) heroic effort to relocate 33 lions from Peru and Columbia … Continue reading WildCat Chat ~ Nahla’s Story ~ the perils of captive possession ~ May 11, 2016

WildCat News Brief ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 05.08.16

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief ~ 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, May 8, 2016: ~ … Continue reading WildCat News Brief ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 05.08.16

Nahla ~ The Conroe, Texas Tiger Part II

Nahla the Conroe Texas tiger found wandering the streets near Coral Cove Pass, was moved Wednesday to the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary (IEAS) near Fort Worth but not before a custody hearing and an apparent attempt to steal the Bengal tiger from the city’s animal shelter. Police said a masked man with chain cutters in … Continue reading Nahla ~ The Conroe, Texas Tiger Part II