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Recent conversations with scientists at conferences, along with several comments made recently by readers of The Wildlife News got me thinking about this question. In one of the more bleak moments, a reader commented:

After years of reading and posting here, I finally got enough that I spoke out. I am a conservationist, I commit […]

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It is time for a new “wildlife news” thread.

Please put  your news, links and comments below in comments.  Here is the link to the thread being retired (April 3, 2013).

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Our future bleak; do intelligent species destroy themselves-

Today is Earth Day, the 43rd since its inception in 1970. Earth Day is always a day for some celebration, thought, political and social action, and fear for the future of life on the planet. For example, this Earth Day is also the last day […]

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Are ranchers stupid? You might think so if you watch their behavior towards predators. For decades ranchers have declared war on coyotes. Despite their best efforts, coyotes not only survive, but thrive. Even with taxpayer subsidies to America’s welfare ranchers in the form of Animal Damage Control agents, and the slaughter of tens of […]

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It is time for a new “wildlife news” thread. Please put  your news, links and comments below in comments.

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By George Wuerthner

State Fish and Game agencies are in the midst of a funding and mission crisis. They appear unable to adapt to shifting political and demographic changes much as the Republican Party is failing to adjust to new voter realities. The crisis is nowhere more evident than in their attitudes towards predators like […]

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If you  come across interesting wildlife news, please post it as a comment below.

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Ancient petroglyphs stolen from California site recovered.
Reuters
Important petroglyphs that were stolen from a site in California were cut out of the rocks using power tools. They have been recovered but the thieves have not been identified.

Critics: Nevada wildlife director’s ouster could endanger effort to prevent sage grouse listing.
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Some wildlife news shorts

On January 31, 2013 By

Some recent stories about wildlife certainly deserve to be mentioned, and with a link if possible.

Trap set for wolf gets a cougar instead, then a Park employee- It was set  on the Glacier National Park boundary, and a cougar stepped on it and was found caught by a Park Service employee.  The cougar was […]

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The deadly domestic cat

On January 30, 2013 By

Study: “The impact of free-ranging cats on wildlife in the United States-“

The Wildlife News has reported earlier on the large number of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibian, the common cat, felis domesticus, kills. Because cats are so highly regarded by many as pets, a look at their side effects on wildlife makes for  intense […]

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey