Will Colorado bring back wolves? It's up to voters

For the first time in the US, a ballot measure will ask voters whether to restore wolves to a place where they've been eradicated. Coloradans have strong views on both sides.

Kevin Crooks, Professor of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology , Colorado State University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: livestock ranchers endangered-species colorado human-wildlife-conflict hunting wolves carnivores apex-predators us-west us-elections-2020 referendum ecological-restoration

Glue bird traps: Macron suspends use amid EU row

President Emmanuel Macron orders an end to the much-criticised method for catching songbirds.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 27, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: conservation birds france european-union hunting

Can Asia end its uncontrolled consumption of wildlife? Here's how North America did it a century ago

In the 1800s, Americans hunted many wild species near or into extinction. Then in the early 1900s, the US shifted from uncontrolled consumption of wildlife to conservation. Could Asia follow suit?

Roland Kays, Research Associate Professor of Wildlife and Scientist at NC Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 china wildlife fishing wildlife-conservation bison endangered-species us-history wildlife-trade asia hunting ivory-ban wildlife-management

More people eat frog legs than you think – and humans are harvesting frogs at unsustainable rates

Frogs are harvested as food by the millions every year. A new study shows that uncontrolled frog hunting could drive some populations to extinction by midcentury.

Kerim Çiçek, Associate Professor of Zoology, Ege University • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: food extinction frogs regulation endangered-species amphibians hunting turkey

Indigenous Alaskans probably didn’t eat sea otters

Before fur traders decimated sea otters, ancestors of at least one Alaskan indigenous group hunted them for their pelts, not food, researchers say.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: conservation alaska indigenous-people hunting earth-and-environment otters

Why West African lions don’t avoid hunting areas

Images from camera traps show West African lions venturing out of protected areas and closer to humans. Researchers have an idea why.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation endangered-species cats west-africa hunting featured earth-and-environment predators national-parks

With bear trophies and lion genitals, US wildlife trafficking booms

Illegal wildlife trafficking and the demand for animal parts rose in the United States between 1979 and 2014, researchers find.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation pets endangered-species hunting featured society-and-culture earth-and-environment crimes

Humans 'sole culprits' in US parrot extinction

A study of North America's only native parrot confirms its disappearance was down to humans alone.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
Dec. 13, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: dna evolution genetics genome birds spain extinction animals united-states wildlife hunting catalonia

When the Norse settled Iceland, its walrus disappeared

Icelandic Medieval literature, in addition to ancient DNA and carbon dating, tell the likely story of how Iceland lost its unique walrus population.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 16, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: history extinction oceans iceland hunting earth-and-environment

Are really tiny tools what make humans special?

The tiny stone tools of our prehistoric ancestors were like the disposable razor blades or paperclips of today—pervasive, easy to make, and easily replaced.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
March 19, 2019 ~11 min

Tags: stone hunting featured science-and-technology weapons hands stone-tools

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