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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