POLL: Should wildlife hunting contests be permitted in Idaho?

U.S. land managers approved a recreation permit on Thursday allowing a controversial hunting contest open to children to take place on public lands in Idaho, where contestants will seek to kill the most wolves and other wildlife for cash and prizes. The hunting group Idaho for Wildlife requested the permit for the so-called predator derby to take […]

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Yellowstone wolf’s killing raises questions

The November killing of a Yellowstone wolf outside the park has generated “hundreds” of emails and phone calls to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials suggesting that the hunt was not lawful. So far, FWP has found no wrongdoing. “There’s no indication it was killed illegally,” said Adam Pankrantz, the FWP warden captain based in […]

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Like Her Mother, Another Famous Yellowstone Wolf Killed by Trophy Hunter

In 2012, a hunter in Wyoming shot and killed Yellowstone National Park’s most famous wolf—alpha female of the Lamar Canyon pack, known as 832F or 06 for the year she was born—not far from the park’s protected area. After that tragedy, 06′s daughter, named 926F or “Spitfire,” took over as the alpha for the pack. […]

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POLL: Should the legal protections for the gray wolf be maintained?

Just because an animal is a predator doesn’t mean they’re not vulnerable. Take gray wolves – their population once thrived in the United States, but farmers nearly wiped them out of existence in the 20th century in an overly aggressive attempt to safeguard their livestock. Endangered Species Act protections have been critical in reviving gray […]

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POLL: Should wolves be restored in Japan to control sika deer and save forests?

From the peak of Mt. Rausu, a clear view of the Shiretoko Peninsula opens from the Okhotsk Sea on the west to the Pacific Ocean on the east. Below, a dense green boreal forest of conifers, maples, and birch hides hundreds of brown bears and 590,000 sika deer. Japanese wolves once roamed this wilderness but […]

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Plan Dooming Red Wolves to Extinction Just Got Major Public Opposition

Red wolves have continued to slide closer to the brink of extinction in the wild since recovery efforts began, but they just got some major support from members of the public who have made it clear that letting them slip away when we have the chance to save them is unacceptable. Red wolves once roamed […]

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On the trail of wolves in Belarus

Dawn in the Naliboki forest: mist over the marshes and bats skittering in birch trees. Above the clearing, stars are fading into a pale sky. We’re in deepest God-knows-where in one of Europe’s largest wild forests. Zoologist Vadim Sidorovich crouches in the half-light studying the track; I’m barely breathing, so intense is the silence. A […]

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Trump’s next target? The endangered species that define America

The Trump administration and its conservative allies in Congress have consistently touted their efforts to “free” the American economy by rolling back regulations. The vice-president, Mike Pence, has said that the administration will deregulate so aggressively that we should all “buckle up”. Pence must have forgotten that seatbelts were instituted as a safety regulation that […]

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