Wildcat News Brief & Chat

New York state lawmakers ponder ban on declawing cats

On Tuesday, May 17th the AP reported, New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under a legislative proposal that has divided veterinarians. Several veterinarians along with a spokescat named Rubio, came to the state Capitol to lobby for the ban. They say the declawing procedure, which involves cutting through … Continue reading New York state lawmakers ponder ban on declawing cats

Tiger poached for witchcraft at the Satpura Tiger Reserve in India

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has pulled up forest department officials for their “callous attitude” and failing to keep an eye on a tiger killed last year for “sorcery.” The Press Trust of India reports, in a letter to chief wildlife warden, the NTCA has sought a detailed report on the matter. It is … Continue reading Tiger poached for witchcraft at the Satpura Tiger Reserve in India

Tyrone Township Planning Commission: proposed new ordinance on exotic animals

The Tyrone Township Planning Commission (Fenton, MI) is getting closer to approving a proposed new ordinance that would address the keeping of exotic animals under specific circumstances, the Commission reported on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The proposed amendments will be under Section 21.52, Supplemental Shoreland Regulations. The proposed new Section 21.58 is called, “Keeping and … Continue reading Tyrone Township Planning Commission: proposed new ordinance on exotic animals

Police called to catch tigers at Dutch big cat sanctuary

On Saturday, May 14th, Dutch police reported two tigers escaped from their enclosure at a big cat sanctuary and were prowling around the terrain of the park in the northern province of Friesland. Police spokeswoman Nathalie Schubart said police officers and a vet had the animals in sight and were trying to tranquilize them as … Continue reading Police called to catch tigers at Dutch big cat sanctuary

WildCat News Brief ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 05.15.16

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 15, 2016: ~ … Continue reading WildCat News Brief ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 05.15.16

The first wild Iberian-lynx cub born in Portugal

On May 5th the Portuguese Government confirmed “the first Iberian-lynx cub was born in the Guadiana Valley Natural Park;” the first “wild” birth in almost 40 years. Fifteen years ago we were losing Iberian-lynx; one of the four lynx species in the world that includes the Eurasian lynx, Bobcat and Canada lynx. In 2002 there … Continue reading The first wild Iberian-lynx cub born in Portugal

Vietnamese man arrested with 4 frozen tiger cubs

On Tuesday, the Thanh Nien News reported, that police in Nam Dinh Province in northern Vietnam on Sunday arrested a man who was carrying the frozen carcasses of four tiger cubs. The 26-year-old from the central province of Ha Tinh said he had bought the carcasses from a Laotian at a border market for (U.S.) … Continue reading Vietnamese man arrested with 4 frozen tiger cubs

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