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

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

Wolf return sends mule deer to higher terrain

As gray wolves continue to make a strong comeback in Washington state, deer have had to get smart to avoid getting eaten.

Michelle Ma-Washington • futurity
March 7, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: endangered-species hunting wolves earth-and-environment predators deer

Bones suggest Neolithic dogs hunted with people

11,500-year-old bones add new information to the story of dogs and people living and working together.

Carsten Munk Hansen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Jan. 16, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: dogs history archaeology bones hunting science-and-technology

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