Dec 302016
 
Norway reprieves 32 of 47 wolves earmarked for cull

The Norwegian government has issued a last-minute reprieve for 32 of the 47 wolves that had been earmarked for a cull to protect sheep flocks. The plans to kill two-thirds of the country’s wolves caused outrage among conservationists at home and abroad when they were announced by local predator management boards in September, with warnings […]

Oct 122016
 
Romania bans trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats

Romania has banned all trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats in a surprise decision that gives Europe’s largest population of large carnivores a reprieve from its most severe and immediate threat. The move on Tuesday reverses a trend which has seen the number of large carnivores being shot by hunters grow […]

Sep 222016
 
POLL: Should Norway's plan to cull its wolves be abandoned?

Norway is planning to cull more than two-thirds of its remaining wolves in a step that environmental groups say will be disastrous for the dwindling members of the species in the wild. There are estimated to be about 68 wolves remaining in the wilderness areas of Norway, concentrated in the south-east of the country, but […]

Mar 072016
 
POLL: Should the slaughter of wolves in Finland be stopped?

There’s been a massacre in Finland. The country, which from afar looks to epitomize sustainable living, has slaughtered a third of its wolves this winter. Seventy-five wolves have been killed since the end of August: 43 in a government-sanctioned cull, and most of the rest under a licence system that allows “problem” wolves – those […]

Feb 032016
 
POLL: Should the wolf be delisted in more American states?

The U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday approved an amendment to a bill that orders wolves to be removed from federal Endangered Species Act protections in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming. The amendment, which also would prohibit courts from intervening on wolf status in those states, was added to the the so-called […]

Feb 012016
 
POLL: Should the wolf cull in Finland be stopped?

Finnish hunters have been authorised to kill nearly 20% of the country’s wolf population in a controversial trial cull that begins this weekend, aimed at managing stocks. Authorities hope the sanctioned hunt of nearly 50 of the country’s estimated 250 grey wolves will curb illegal poaching, which some rural landowners have resorted to in recent […]

Jan 112016
 
POLL: Should the wolf cull in Ontario be stopped?

As all controversial government announcements are released when no one is watching, so too was the announcement by the Wynne govt. to begin a wolf cull in Northern Ontario. Posted on Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights Registry on December 17, the Ontario govt. is proposing to remove the previous requirements for hunters to purchase a […]

Dec 152015
 
The Maned wolf: saving South America’s unfortunately-named canid

The Maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is by all accounts a bizarre creature. Nicknamed a “fox on stilts,” it is perhaps best known for its once-heard-never-forgotten “roar-bark.” A single look at this strange, gangly and rather scruffy creature, with its bobbing gait and bat-like ears — with the body of a wolf, face of a fox, […]

Dec 022015
 
POLL: Should wolves be rewilded in other countries?

Wolves have returned to a large national park on the outskirts of Warsaw, decades after they were wiped out there under a hunt launched by the communist authorities. “We’re really happy,” said Magdalena Kamińska, spokeswoman for the 150sq mile (385sq km) Kampinos national park, Poland’s second largest. “The fact that wolves have returned to our […]

Oct 272015
 
On The Hunt with land's fastest predators

“Malaika is really special. I have never worked with a cheetah like her before. She is a wonderful mother and she is hunting every day.” These were the first encouraging words from Sammy Munene, as we sat beside a relaxed cheetah and her four cubs. The sun was just rising above Kenya’s Maasai Mara game […]

Nov 182014
 
POLL: Should wildlife hunting contests be permitted in Idaho?

U.S. land managers approved a recreation permit on Thursday allowing a controversial hunting contest open to children to take place on public lands in Idaho, where contestants will seek to kill the most wolves and other wildlife for cash and prizes. The hunting group Idaho for Wildlife requested the permit for the so-called predator derby to take […]

Oct 192014
 
Rewilding the Land Can Reconnect Us to the Natural World

We live in an age of mass extinctions and increasing degradation of our planet. Rewilding – the return of land to a wild state and the reintroduction of animals and plants that once lived there – is one way we can restore the balance in nature. And in ourselves. From his home in Oxford, England, […]

Jun 222014
 
Extinct Fox Species With Supersharp Teeth Discovered in Tibet

An extinct species of “very carnivorous” fox with supersharp teeth once roamed the frigid Tibetan Plateau, a new study says. The fossils of the newly identified Vulpes qiuzhudingi, which lived 3.60 to 5.08 million years ago, in the Pliocene period, are the oldest arctic fox remains ever found. That could make them the earliest known […]