Every year in Virginia, barbaric “killing contests” take place, and they are nothing but tragic and frightening

Every year in Virginia, barbaric “killing contests” take place, and they are nothing but tragic and frightening

While dogfighting and cockfighting are no longer legal in the United States, numerous animal species, such as bobcats, coyotes, crows, foxes, marmots, mountain lions, prairie dogs, rabbits, and raccoons, are nonetheless endangered. Every year, barbaric “Killing contests” take place, and they are nothing but tragic and distressing. They’re essentially competitions to see who can spill […]

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A study finds that bison restoration on tribal lands has cultural, ecological, and economic benefits

A study finds that bison restoration on tribal lands has cultural, ecological, and economic benefits

Beginning in the early 1800s, the American bison, our national mammal, was hunted to near extinction, with fewer than a thousand remaining by the end of the century. Bison, America’s biggest land-dwelling mammal, helps in the balance and maintenance of a healthy ecosystem, as well as the creation of habitat for a variety of species, […]

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Underfunded but passionate, Native American conservationists call for more support

Underfunded but passionate, Native American conservationists call for more support

In the prairies of the Lower Brulé Indian Reservation, the typically knee-high grass extends to the horizon. But in areas home to burrowing mammals, like prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus), the grass shrinks to an inch in height as the animals feed their vigorous appetite. After sunset one September day, wildlife biologist Shaun Grassel drives through […]

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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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Environmentalists sue the US Wildlife Services for killing more than 1.2 MILLION native wild animals in 2019 to make way for agriculture

Environmentalists sue the US Wildlife Services for killing more than 1.2 MILLION native wild animals in 2019 to make way for agriculture

Wildlife Services has come under fire after releasing the death toll of wildlife it killed in 2019. The US Department of Agriculture program slaughtered more than 1.2 million native species including wolves, coyotes, cougars and birds – all of which was funded with taxpayer money. The multi-million dollar federal program conducted the acts primarily to […]

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