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Who Has The Right Of-Way? NikelaWildlife

Is it time to inspire the next generation to do their part?
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Lion killing in Tanzania reduced by installation of 'living wall' fences

Lion killing in Tanzania reduced by installation of 'living wall' fences | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it

Conflict between endangered predators and cattle-owning Masai significantly helped by project using African myrrh trees...

 

A new low-tech solution is helping eliminate an age-old problem in northern Tanzania – the conflict between predators and farmers.

Lions raid Masai cattle in the villages, and then the herders kill lions in retribution. Lion numbers in the region have declined by 50% since 2003 as a result of killings by villagers, as well as habitat fragmentation and loss.

 

But that trend is now being reversed by a new kind of pen, known as a living wall, which is keeping livestock safe from attacks by big cats, and the cats safe from Masai spears. About 360 of these lion-proof fences have already been built in the Masai steppe region over the past five years....

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Some good LION NEWS... on the human-wildlife conflict front.

 

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There's a lion in my tent! An appreciation for human-wildlife conflicts

There's a lion in my tent! An appreciation for human-wildlife conflicts | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Getting along with predators, lion, leopard, wild dogs might be simple in theory.
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Don't kill the predators!

That seems like a simple request when we don't live amongst the lions, elephants and leopards.

I sure gained more understanding recently while camping in the bush...

http://www.nikela.org/theres-lion-tent-appreciation-human-wildlife-conflict-africa/ ;

 

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Kenya: Sengwer tribe faces eviction in the name of conservation

Kenya: Sengwer tribe faces eviction in the name of conservation | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
The Sengwer face eviction from their ancestral forest in the name of ‘conservation’ after a government notice expired on Monday.
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2013, a bad year for Sabah wildlife, elephants, bushmeat

he year 2013 will go down in the annals of history as ‘annus horribilis’ for Sabah wildlife.

 

The gruesome death of 14 Borneo pygmy elephants near Gunung Lara Forest Reserves will not be easily forgotten nor can the killers be forgiven.

 

Neither are we likely to forget the grim images of bush meat (picture left from The Star) from protected animals being sold in the broad day light in Nabawan and Keningau, where ironically the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) office is located....

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Africa to build world's largest dam, but who will benefit?

Africa to build world's largest dam, but who will benefit? | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
The Congo River traverses the continent of Africa, ending its journey in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where it spills 1.5 million cubic feet per second into the Atlantic Ocean.
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Job opening: Rewilding Europe is looking for a Regional Manager

Job opening: Rewilding Europe is looking for a Regional Manager | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Making Europe a wilder place. With much more space for wildlife, wilderness and wild values. Bringing the variety of life back to Europe's abandoned lands and exploring new ways for people to earn a fair living from the wild.
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This could be a sweet job!

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4 Ways Helping People Is Saving Rare Wildlife

4 Ways Helping People Is Saving Rare Wildlife | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Want to save the snow leopard? Support local people, say conservationists who are embracing a new people-centric model for bringing back endangered wildlife.
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Obama to Sign Rule Allowing Death of Eagles

Obama to Sign Rule Allowing Death of Eagles | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
“The Obama administration is about to approve a rule that will ensure the death of golden and bald eagles for the next 30 more years.”
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Kenya: Mixing Wildlife and Cattle to Protect Endangered Species

Less than 100 meters drive into the gate of Ol Jogi ranch, one is confronted by two extremes, the sight of wildlife and of the livestock grazing not far apart.


The predators like lions, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas have all come to learn to coexist with what would make for them a ready and easy meal.


But what is more attractive about the 58,000-acre ranch located at the heart of Laikipia county is the richness of wildlife. Rarely would one drive for a few meters without a sight of a wild animal.


It may be the wild rabbit, or it could be the mighty elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion or the boisterous giraffe.


The ranch’s general manager John Weller said the idea of keeping beef cattle and wildlife was a deliberate move, partly to maximize the income for the ranch owners who include Kenyans and American investors, and also to achieve a balance in conservation.


While cows generally feed on the grass, the herbivorous wildlife feeds on the shrubs....

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Survival and the Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve: 39 questions

Survival and the Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve: 39 questions | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
An interview with Survival's Director Stephen Corry on the campaign for the Bushmen's rights.
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World Applauds Namibia's Conservation Tourism Synergy

[Namibian] CONSERVATION is key to Namibia's tourism industry. That is why the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) decided to have its 10th Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in Namibia this ...
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Slight problem :( 

The trophy hunting issue. Adam calls this a win-win situation... sadly he forgets the wildife that ends up dead on someone's wall.

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Scrumptious Stuffed Peaches

Meatless Monday Recipe: Scrumptious Stuffed Peaches | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Holiday, fall dessert, healthy and reminiscent of summer warmth on a chilly day.
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Gunmen attack Belgian head of African wildlife reserve

Unidentified armed men on Tuesday critically wounded the Belgian head of Africa's oldest wildlife reserve, the Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said.
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Sustainable development in Africa starts with youth

Sustainable development in Africa starts with youth | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Committing to help Africa’s young people does not just make good business sense, it will help them to achieve their potential, writes Phillipe Cori.
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Zambian Wildlife Ranching Industry: Scale, Associated Benefits, and Limitations Affecting Its Development

Zambian Wildlife Ranching Industry: Scale, Associated Benefits, and Limitations Affecting Its Development | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it

The number and area of wildlife ranches in Zambia increased from 30 and 1,420 km2 in 1997 to 177 and ~6,000 km2 by 2012. Wild ungulate populations on wildlife ranches increased from 21,000 individuals in 1997 to ~91,000 in 2012, while those in state protected areas declined steeply. Wildlife ranching and crocodile farming have a turnover of ~USD15.7 million per annum, compared to USD16 million from the public game management areas which encompass an area 29 times larger.

 

The wildlife ranching industry employs 1,200 people (excluding jobs created in support industries), with a further ~1,000 individuals employed through crocodile farming. Wildlife ranches generate significant quantities of meat (295,000 kg/annum), of which 30,000 kg of meat accrues to local communities and 36,000 kg to staff.

 

Projected economic returns from wildlife ranching ventures are high, with an estimated 20-year economic rate of return of 28%, indicating a strong case for government support for the sector....

 

 

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The California Condor, a Story of Hope

The California Condor, a Story of Hope | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Read a sample or download The California Condor, a Story of Hope by Marie von Minden with iBooks.
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No Rat Poison! A 50th Birthday Wish

A Plea from Maggie Sergio on her 50th Birthday!

 

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Just a quick note to express my gratitude to all of you for signing and sharing my petition to stop US Fish & Wildlife (USFWS) from using helicopters to carpet bomb the Farallon Islands with 1.3 metric tons of rat poison. Your support is deeply appreciated, and I can tell you that with over 23,000 signatures WE DO have the attention of US Fish & Wildlife now. Thank you!

 

The public comment period closed on Dec 9, 2013, and I was able to submit the first 500 signatures (with comments) to US Fish & Wildlife. However, the pressure needs to be kept on USFWS to abandon the irresponsible and reckless idea of using aircraft to aerially dump one of the most deadly pesticides to wildlife since DDT, across an area designated as wilderness. Even though I have typed these words many times and spoken to so many people about it, I am still flabbergasted that this is something our government has under serious consideration. You can find the a copy of the draft environmental impact statement at this link; https://tinyurl.com/toxicislands ;

 

Anne Morkill of USFWS stated at the November meeting of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council that a formal decision will happen sometime in the spring of 2014 with the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). That will contain a recommendation of one of three options on the table. Two of three options involve helicopters scattering tonnage of rat poison across the southeast Farallon Islands. One option, Option A is the “do nothing” alternative. USFWS is giving the option of either carpet bombing the island with lethal rat poisons or do nothing at all.

 

I think there is a better way. First, the very obvious conflict of issue for the Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project needs to be called out.

Island Conservation has been paid $481,883.00 to write the environmental impact statement. This explains a highly biased and misleading document that has crossed the line to being fraudulent. If given the go ahead Island Conservation will then get the contract with USFWS to carpet bomb the islands with 1.3 metric tons of Brodifacoum. The financial interest that Island Conservation has in the Farallones project was never disclosed in the draft environmental impact statement and is a violation of NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) 40 CFR 1506.5c. This was something the EPA mentioned in their 18 page comment letter found here.

http://www.epa.gov/region9/nepa/letters/fish-wildlife/south-farallon-islands-invasive-mouse-erad-project-rdeis,.pdf

 

You can help by reaching out to Gerry McChesney and/or Anne Morkill with USFWS to make a personal statement, their contact info is below.

Please keep your comments respectful. To keep things friendly, you may want to make mention of my upcoming 50th birthday to Gerry McChesney and/ or Anne Morkill. For those that need it, there is a small script below.

 

“On December 28, Maggie Sergio, the creator of the petition on Change.org will be turning 50. For her birthday, Maggie is asking people that care about what happens on the Farallon Islands to help her celebrate her 50th by reaching out to Refuge Manager Gerry McChesney and/or Anne Morkill with USFWS, to help make her birthday wish come true.

 

Maggie’s only wish is that USFWS abandon the foolish plan that involves the use of aircraft to aerially disperse rat poison over the southeast Farallon Islands. Please choose the no action alternative. It is the mission of US Fish & Wildlife to protect ALL of the protected living resources in the public trust. Collateral damage, death to non-target animals and the potential contamination of the food supply for the Farallon Islands are unacceptable risks for this project.

Gerry McChesney , Refuge Manager
510-792-0222, ext 222 gerry_mcchesney@fws.gov

 

Anne Morkill, SF Bay, NWR Complex Manager
510 792-0222, ext 123 Anne_morkill@fws.gov

 

Thank you again everyone! Wishing you all the best for a happy and healthy 2014!!

 

Please continue to share this petition!

Best wishes,
Maggie Sergio 

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Wind turbines bad news for eagles

Wind turbines bad news for eagles | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Via CFACT.org on Facebook The Obama administration turns a blind eye to the impact of so-called "renewables" on nature.

Wind, solar & biomass destroy natural habitats. Their death toll on birds is high.

Share the facts at CFACT.org: http://wp.me/p39tSj-586...

The Audubon Society tells Obama: “The 30-year permit rule is a blank check for the wind industry and provides no comfort or confidence at all that you will be protecting America’s majestic Bald and Golden Eagles and safeguarding their populations.”

Green gadflies have used inconsequential threats to wildlife to thwart industry for years. Will they stand with CFACT and Audubon against the double standard for "renewables?"
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China Bans Shark Fin Soup at State Banquets—but Not for the Shark’s Sake

China Bans Shark Fin Soup at State Banquets—but Not for the Shark’s Sake | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
A new regulation on the controversial dish is all about presenting an appropriately Communist image at official dinners.
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Even if not for the shark's sake it should still save sharks... and that is good.

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U.S. Wildlife Services Kills 1.5 Million Animals Each Year With No Public Accountability

U.S. Wildlife Services Kills 1.5 Million Animals Each Year With No Public Accountability | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
“The secretive killing—which includes aerial gunning, traps and exploding poison caps—has gone on for decades”
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America's Pest Problem: It's Time to Cull the Herd

America's Pest Problem: It's Time to Cull the Herd | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
After nearly wiping out many wildlife species 50 years ago, Americans are once again living close--sometimes uncomfortably so--to all kinds of feral creatures. Why wildlife in the U.S.
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I'm not an expert, however it seems that if we'd allow nature to exist more naturally, i.e. not wipe out the predators....

Also, as the human population grows we're going to have to figure out how to co-exist if wildlife species are to survive.

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Bears, wolves, lynx – Europe is going wild

Bears, wolves, lynx – Europe is going wild | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Europe, the world’s most industrialised and intensively managed continent, is going wild.
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This is fantastic news!

Africa please take note... and for that matter the US too.

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The ‘only hope for lions’

The ‘only hope for lions’ | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it

Durban - Half of Africa’s 30 000 surviving wild lions are likely to die off within the next 20 to 40 years unless they are fenced off from humans or protected more intensively.

 

This is the conclusion reached by a group of more than 50 wildlife researchers in a study published in the latest issue of the journal Ecology Letters....

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Namibia: Commmunities Battle Problem Animals

Human — Discussions on the co-existence of humans and wildlife are again taking centre stage following a number of human deaths in Kavango and Zambezi regions from encounters with wild animals.

 

This follows the death of an eight-year-old in Nantungu area, a tributary of the Zambezi river, where people and wildlife compete for limited resources. This year two deaths have been reported in the Zambezi Region and three deaths in Kavango.

 

Last year, no deaths were reported in the Zambezi Region compared to the seven lives that were lost in Kavango due to crocodile attacks. People of the Nantungu area, which is home to over 200 villagers, are heavily dependent on the river for several resources such as water, fishing, washing and irrigating fields as a source of subsistence...

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PHOTOS: 2013 Wildlife Photographers Of The Year

PHOTOS: 2013 Wildlife Photographers Of The Year | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
To be crowned a "wildlife photographer of the year" is no small feat.
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