Smuggling of exotic animals in India reaches high as kangaroos spotted in Bengal

Smuggling of exotic animals in India reaches high as kangaroos spotted in Bengal

Illegal wildlife trafficking gangs have begun transporting kangaroos – native to Australia – to the eastern Indian state of West Bengal as the smuggling of exotic animals via India rises exponentially. Three of the marsupials were rescued by wildlife officers last month after a botched smuggling attempt when residents called in sightings in West Bengal’s […]

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US hunters import almost one million hunting trophies including skulls, mounts, and teeth

US hunters import almost one million hunting trophies including skulls, mounts, and teeth

“The tremendous influx of hunting trophies into the United States indicates massive animal exploitation at a time when the world is facing extinction.” Over the course of five years, American hunters imported more than 700,000 hunting trophies, including skulls, mounts, and teeth, among other things. According to data collected by the Center for Biological Diversity […]

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Endangered chimps ‘on the brink’ as Nigerian reserve is razed for agriculture, timber

Endangered chimps ‘on the brink’ as Nigerian reserve is razed for agriculture, timber

ORE, Nigeria — More than two decades ago, fate took Tajudeen Babalola to his lifelong ambition. The 52-year-old longed for a more serene life that offered hope for survival away from the fake fancies of Lagos, Africa’s second-largest city and Nigeria’s commercial nerve center. One evening, after an exhausting shift of commercial driving, he received […]

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POLL: Should hunters be allowed to use night-vision and infrared optics?

POLL: Should hunters be allowed to use night-vision and infrared optics?

Hunters pursuing foxes, coyotes, raccoons, opossums, striped skunks, weasels, bobcats and porcupines in Pennsylvania may now use handheld and sporting-arm mounted night-vision and infrared (thermal) optics. A law permitting those devices in hunting furbearers became effective November 6, when it was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners in September gave […]

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Porcupines Face a Poaching Crisis — and It’s All Because of What’s in Their Stomachs

Porcupines Face a Poaching Crisis — and It’s All Because of What’s in Their Stomachs

A porcupine’s diet is wide, varied, and a little hard to digest. A lifetime of grasses, herbs, bark and other vegetation can leave little bits of indigestible matter behind in a porcupine’s digestive tract, where they occasionally congeal into a hard ball called a bezoar. That sounds uncomfortable, but a porcupine’s health probably doesn’t suffer […]

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