Himalayan musk deer talk to each other through poop, but poachers are also listening

Himalayan musk deer talk to each other through poop, but poachers are also listening

KATHMANDU — On April 25, 2020, barely a month after the country went into COVID-19 lockdown, authorities at Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park reported “one of the worst cases of poaching in recent years”: Six Himalayan musk deer (Moschus leucogaster) had been found killed by poachers. Officials from the park, situated in the Everest foothills, said […]

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Colorado’s bighorn sheep and mountain goats threatened following surge in big game hunting applications

Colorado’s bighorn sheep and mountain goats threatened following surge in big game hunting applications

When the COVID-19 pandemic first broke out, the vast majority of Americans went outside. National shutdowns and social distancing guidelines became the norm during the transition. Meanwhile, state and national parks around the United States have seen an increase in visitors. The number of large game hunting applications in Colorado, on the other hand, has […]

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Fur farmers to receive between €4m to €8m in compensation as Cabinet approves ban

Fur farmers to receive between €4m to €8m in compensation as Cabinet approves ban

The Irish Cabinate has approved legislation that will ban fur farming in Ireland as well as establishing a compensation scheme for fur farmers that will be forced to close. Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue brought the memo today in relation to the Animal Health and Welfare (Amendment) Bill 2021. The commitment to prohibit the breeding […]

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COVID could wreak havoc on gorillas, but they social distance better than we do

COVID could wreak havoc on gorillas, but they social distance better than we do

Endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s famous Volcanoes National Park could face “population collapse” within 50 years if some of them contract COVID-19, new research suggests. There are only around 1,000 mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) left in the wild, all in protected areas in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and tourists come […]

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When North America locked down, birds filled the gap left by people

When North America locked down, birds filled the gap left by people

An analysis of bird sightings in Canada and the U.S. showed that many North American species, from mighty eagles to diminutive hummingbirds, gained ground during COVID-19 lockdowns as humans sheltered in place. “Bald eagles changed their use of the entire North American continent,” said Nicola Koper, professor of conservation biology at the University of Manitoba […]

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Black-footed ferrets riding out COVID-19 with a vaccine and a lot of TLC

Black-footed ferrets riding out COVID-19 with a vaccine and a lot of TLC

In spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic took off in the United States just as the breeding season for the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) commenced. Disease is always at the forefront of the mind for the conservationists who work with this human-dependent species, but the pandemic kicked things into high gear. Suddenly, breeders at seven different […]

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