5,000 more badgers killed than authorized after cull zones expanded without public consultation

5,000 more badgers killed than authorized after cull zones expanded without public consultation

Conservationists claim that badger cull areas were enlarged secretly and without consultation in England last year, resulting in a spike in mortality. Up to 5,000 additional animals may have been slaughtered, which is the equivalent of adding an entire new cull zone to the cull zone. And now, through Monday, Natural England, the government’s nature […]

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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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Not just for humans — scientists turn to vaccines to save endangered species

Not just for humans — scientists turn to vaccines to save endangered species

For more than a year, the world has closely followed the development, approval and deployment of various coronavirus vaccines that could bring an end to the global pandemic, debating every side effect and hurdle. But vaccines aren’t only used to spare humans from the ravages of disease; increasingly, they’re being used to conserve wild species […]

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