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Wolf shooting in Minnesota leads to questions about hunting law | Grand Forks Herald | Grand Forks, North Dakota

Wolf shooting in Minnesota leads to questions about hunting law | Grand Forks Herald | Grand Forks, North Dakota | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

A wolf shooting in the Huntersville State Forest in Wadena County (Minn.) has stirred up the local population at a time when Minnesota courts were grappling with a legal challenge to the state’s inaugural wolf hunting/trapping season.


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Cabinet pass wildlife and mineral bills to boost sectors

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Cabinet on Thursday passed wildlife and mineral bills and policies to speed up the conservation of the country’s wildlife resources and also to recognize the rapid expansion and importance of mining in the country.

A statement issued in Nairobi after the Cabinet meeting said the Wildlife Policy and Wildlife Bill 2012 will provide a comprehensive institutional framework for managing wildlife, human wildlife conflict, and compensation and ensures that wildlife is beneficial to those who live with the wildlife.

"The Bill establishes that the Kenya Wildlife and Forestry Regulatory Council; County Wildlife Conservation Committees; Wildlife Conservation Fund and restructures the Kenya Wildlife Services to fit within the new regulatory framework," the statement said.

Kenya wildlife enthusiasts have been banking on the passage of the new Wildlife Bill 2011 to reduce the rising cases of poaching in the East African nation.


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Bandipur Tiger Reserve becomes first tiger reserve to notify its ESZ - The Economic Times

Bandipur Tiger Reserve becomes first tiger reserve to notify its ESZ - The Economic Times | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Bandipur Tiger Reserve became the first tiger reserve in the country to notify its Eco-sensitive Zone (ESZ) a week ago, on October 4.
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TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - New report finds illegal hunting and bushmeat trade of wildlife in Savanna Africa could result in a ‘conservation crisis’ if unchecked

TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - New report finds illegal hunting and bushmeat trade of wildlife in Savanna Africa could result in a ‘conservation crisis’ if unchecked | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
New York, NY and Hyderabad (India) October 12, 2012 – A new report published today by P...
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Really Laos, you shouldn't have: giving elephants to Japan is a bad idea

Really Laos, you shouldn't have: giving elephants to Japan is a bad idea | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
The 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan was undeniably a tragedy on many scales. Thousands killed, tainted agriculture, disappearing tourism and overall economic gloom.
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allAfrica.com: Ethiopia: DNA Confirms Lions Are Genetically Distinct Group

allAfrica.com: Ethiopia: DNA Confirms Lions Are Genetically Distinct Group | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
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Cost of Conserving Global Biodiversity Set at $76 Billion: Scientific American

Cost of Conserving Global Biodiversity Set at $76 Billion: Scientific American | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Researchers hope the estimate will spur government action, and point out that the annual costs are a fraction of the value of nature's 'ecosystem services'...
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Costa Rica passes ban on taking of shark fins

MANUEL ANTONIO, Costa Rica (Reuters) - October 10, 2012

Costa Rica has passed a blanket ban on shark finning, in which the fins are sliced off sharks, often while they are alive, before the fish are thrown back... http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/10/us-costarica-sharks-ban-idUSBRE8991N420121010


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Kenya arrests 32 suspected poachers, recover ivory pieces

Kenya's authorities have arrested 32 suspected poachers and recovered an M16 rifle with nine rounds of ammunition, six pieces of ivory and 300 kg of assorted bushmeat during the past one week of anti-poaching operations across the country.

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Poachers shoot 4th rare rhino in India's northeast - The Associated Press

The HinduPoachers shoot 4th rare rhino in India's northeastThe Associated PressBy WASBIR HUSSAIN, Associated Press – 1 minute ago.

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The GOP-Controlled House Has Voted 223 Times Against Clean Energy & For Oil

The GOP-Controlled House Has Voted 223 Times Against Clean Energy & For Oil | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

That's a lot of votes against clean energy. That's some serious dedication to shutting down clean energy incentives and pollution protections, and some serious dedication to granting financial support to the fossil fuel industry. It's a product of the anti-regulatory zeal of the Tea Party caucus that's occupied Congress for the last two years, and the opportunism of the oil and gas interests that have bankrolled them.


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All For Luxury Leather: Bangladesh: Tanneries Harm Workers, Chemicals Poison Communities and Environment

All For Luxury Leather: Bangladesh: Tanneries Harm Workers, Chemicals Poison Communities and Environment | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

October 9, 2012 - | Human Rights Watch

Workers in many leather tanneries in the Hazaribagh neighborhood of Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital,  including children as young as 11, become ill because of exposure to hazardous chemicals and are injured in horrific workplace accidents as poisonous chemicals flood the rivers. The tanneries, which export hundreds of millions of dollars in leather for luxury goods throughout the world.  (Not To Mention the tens of millions of animals that have to die for these "luxury" goods)... http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/10/08/bangladesh-tanneries-harm-workers-poison-communities


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No one can save Vietnam’s elephants?

No one can save Vietnam’s elephants? | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
The serious poaching which has not been eased over the
last many years has led to the sharp fall of the number of elephant individuals
in Vietnam, from 1500-2000 in 1990s to tens of elephants now.

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Chemically Spraying The Skies - Climate Geoengineering In Progress

Chemically Spraying The Skies - Climate Geoengineering In Progress | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

What are they spraying in our skies? Chemtrails in our skies are being scene around the world. People are starting to speak out against unauthorized spraying.,,, http://www.gobeyondorganic.com/spraying-the-skies?utm_source=Spraying+The+Skies&utm_campaign=NT+1%2F31%2F12&utm_medium=email

 

CHEMICALS FALLING FROM THE SKY http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/the-truth-about-geoengineering-our-climate/


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Environmental organisation builds check dam in national park

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MUMBAI: Going beyond its annual clean-up campaign in Mumbai's famous Sanjay Gandhi National Park, an environmental organisation actually built a check dam in the core protected area. Animals will...
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TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Four Leopards a week enter India’s illegal wildlife trade

TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Four Leopards a week enter India’s illegal wildlife trade | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
At least 4 Leopards a week are entering the illegal wildlife trade in India © TRAFFIC New...
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Calls for climate action as Great Barrier Reef suffers major coral loss

Calls for climate action as Great Barrier Reef suffers major coral loss | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral cover in the last 27 years, and it could halve again by 2022 say researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science.A study published today in…...
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allAfrica.com: Tunisia: Urgent Call to Preserve Marine Fauna in Tunisia and Mediterranean - Stop Killing Sea Turtles

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allAfrica.com: Mozambique: North Korean Caught Smuggling Ivory

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Hunters ready for first wolf hunts in Wisconsin, Minnesota

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MADISON, Wis. — For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around their cabins and pastures, eying up Fido or Bessie. The tables are about to turn: Both states plan to launch their first organized wolf hunts in the coming weeks.

 

The hunts won't be anything on the scale of the two states' beloved whitetail deer hunts, when hundreds of thousands of hunters rearrange work and school schedules and fan out across the woods. Both states have limited the number of wolves hunters can kill and capped the number of permits, creating an exclusive club of hunters who will get what could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the wiliest of predators....

 

Beverly Kiger, a Grand Rapids, Minn.-based trophy hunter who has bagged a wildebeest and an impala in South Africa, bought her wolf permit the same day she discovered she'd won one. She wants to add a full-size wolf mount to her collection. She plans to start scouting for wolf signs, perhaps around her cabin in far northeastern Minnesota.

"To get a (wolf) as a trophy would be awesome," she said....


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Dar in new bid to sell Sh89 billion ivory stock

Dar in new bid to sell Sh89 billion ivory stock | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

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Dar es Salaam/Nairobi. Tanzania has once again applied for a go-ahead to sell over 101,005kg of its ivory stockpile valued at over $55.5million (about Sh88.8billion) with a pledge that the money, if availed, would be used for anti-poaching operations.The deputy minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu noted yesterday in a telephone interview: “Poaching of elephants is currently very alarming; we have to use every resource we have at our disposal to fight poaching.”

 

 

 


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No polar bears within few decades, Russian expert predicts

No polar bears within few decades, Russian expert predicts | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

Climate change has sparked fears about the survival of the polar bear, seen in Churchill, Man., in this file photo. A new study has found that a feeling of ‘personally experiencing’ global warming heightens people’s perception of risks related to the environmental phenomenon.


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Green Business Grows in Zambia and Saves Wildlife

Green Business Grows in Zambia and Saves Wildlife | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

Poachers Turned Protectors in ZambiaWCS And COMACO Community Based Conservation Zambia

 

From the sky above, things in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley are starting to look different. Populations of zebra, wildebeest, and antelope dot the savannah. Fields of peanuts and peppers are growing taller. And a new green workforce has taken root.

 

A recent aerial survey over this remote corner of East Africa showed that wildlife decimated by poaching in the 1980s and 1990s have stabilized or are increasing. The survey was part of a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) documenting the success of WCS’s COMACO (Community Markets for Conservation) program. COMACO uses an innovative business model to improve rural livelihoods while simultaneously restoring local wildlife populations.

 

Begun in 2003, COMACO has been teaching rural villagers—including former poachers—sustainable agriculture methods that improve crop yields and reduce deforestation. The program then helps them earn more by adding value to crops, such as selling peanut butter instead of peanuts. Importantly, participants receive access to national and international commodity and retail markets.

 

COMACO links membership in the cooperative business with wildlife conservation by having new participants turn in their guns and snares. The program’s leaders also monitor the sustainable practices....


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Mistrust! Was there breach in rhino poaching investigation?

Mistrust! Was there breach in rhino poaching investigation? | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
KwaZulu-Natal - Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife says the result of an internal probe into the recent killing of seven rhinos in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park will be made public after it has been scrutinised by a group of “independent conservation experts”.

 

Ezemvelo chief executive Bandile Mkhize said he had nothing to hide about the preliminary field investigation into the poaching.

 

“First impressions show a small breach in the chain of command at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi. Sadly, it only takes one or two people to be induced by these huge riches, or one area of neglect of supervision and ‘bang’ you suffer this dramatic consequence.”

 

However, Mkhize said calls for an independent investigation into the poaching of the rhinos were “ill-considered”.

 

“I flatly reject this mistrust, [it] ignores the professionalism in our ranks. It also shows an ignorance of the extreme sensitivity surrounding intelligence gathering.

 

“In this climate of mistrust and suspicion, who exactly qualifies to undertake such an investigation?” Mkhize asked.

 

He acknowledged criticism that Ezemvelo had suffered from a loss of experienced staff, but noted that it had formed a strategic support committee made up of former senior conservation officials.

 

But critics should also not “sugar-coat everything from yesteryear”, Mkhize said.

 

“There are many instances of past field operations performing beyond the scope of modern-day accountability by ex-military personnel… Yesterday’s practices spoke of people on one side and bio-diversity on the other.

 

“Our approach demands a sustained humanistic outreach, one that is fundamental for the acceptance of conservation among our rural people.”

 

He was dismayed to hear “opportunistic and largely unsubstantiated” criticism of Ezemvelo’s performance at a time when SA’s rhinos were under assault from criminal networks offering huge financial inducements to poachers. - The Mercury


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SPS is gathering an ideal set of champions to make a stand for marine conservation and against the shark finning and fishing industry. SPS invites public participation in this campaign by holding a photo shoot on the day of ...

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