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More than 800 coyotes were killed at the direction of the Arizona Game and Fish Department from 2012 to 2014 for the purpose of protecting pronghorn fawns in five areas
GR: The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) lets people kill Pronghorn Antelope for the money. Antelope have declined drastically from their original range. However, AZGFD continues to sell Antelope hunting licenses for $103 ($565 non-residents).
"Annual harvests since 1990 have varied between 500 and 700 bucks, with archers taking a proportionally larger percent of the harvest in recent years. Plagued by encroaching subdivisions, increasing highway construction, and other land-use changes, maintaining even the present number of antelope is dependent on citizen involvement and an aggressive translocation program. Approximately 10 percent of the antelope harvest is in areas having reintroduced herds."
The AZGFD can't do much about construction and land-use, but they could stop selling hunting licenses. They might have to cut salaries and layoff a few of their wildlife-control staff. But then they wouldn't have to kill the coyotes.
Even more appropriate in these times of rapidly disappearing wildlife, would be to stop all hunting and call on the people of Arizona to fund the 25% of the AZGFD budget that comes from hunting licenses.
The impact of pollution on wildlife could be made dramatically worse by climate change according to a new study published today in the journal PNAS.
GR: Hormone disrupting chemicals are leaked into soils and water along with human wastes. This one of the reasons that amphibians, fish, and other water-dependent species are in general more endangered than terrestrial animals.
Medellin, Colombia - A Pew Research poll found that 49-percent of “steadfast conservatives” doubt global warming.
Interesting. Worth a look.
With March arriving the northern hemisphere will be looking for early signs of spring, while the southern hemisphere is heading into its first weeks of autumn.
Early spring here at Coldwater Farm. A month early, buds have broken, and trees are in full bloom. House Finches are glowing and pronouncing their availability. Goldfinches are deep yellow, and the hawks are sitting on the nest. Grass and weeds will need cutting this week.
As the human population grows, deforestation increases. As a result, many animals are at risk of extinction, due to the loss of their natural habitat. If we don’t do something now, this could be the end of these animals.
We need to refocus our national priorities--right now!
I was a born-again Christian in my youth. Headed the Baptist Youth Fellowship at my church. Then I actually read the Bible. In it, God demanded animal sacrifices because He enjoyed the smell of the...
GR: Are any of the faith-based religions better? Should we bow only to logic and heed only refrutable suggestions?
"The first and only fully protected marine reserve in Scotland is continuing to provide benefits for fisheries and conservation, according to new research by the University of York.
"Backing from the local community has been crucial to the success of Lamlash Bay marine reserve after its creation off the Isle of Arran in 2008, following a decade-long campaign by the local Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)."
GR: Of course, we all know that fishing is not sustainable. Worldwide, marine life is sinking as human populations rise. Reserves such as the one in Lamlash Bay will only slow the demise of ocean life.
Increasing acidity in the Southern Ocean is slowing the growth of diatoms, reports Tim Radford. Why worry? Because these tiny plankton sustain essential marine ecosystems, and are highly effective at drawing CO2 down into the deep ocean.
"Nobody expected this. And since tiny, single-celled algae are a primary food source for an entire ocean ecosystem, the discovery seems ominous."