Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Saving Cecil’s descendants from trophy hunting

Saving Cecil’s descendants from trophy hunting

In August, reports began to surface that a lion in Zimbabwe, who was beloved by local communities, was likely lured out of Hwange National Park and allegedly killed by an American trophy hunter. His name was Mopane. For anyone who followed the story of Cecil . . . 

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Spinner dolphins finally get the much-needed protection they deserve

Spinner dolphins finally get the much-needed protection they deserve

Hawaiian spinner dolphins, named for their acrobatic displays like leaping out of the water and spinning in the air, are nocturnal. To make it harder for sharks to detect them, they hunt for food and socialize at night. During the day, they rest in sheltered . . . 

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Wolves in the Northern Rockies move closer to getting protections they desperately need

Wolves in the Northern Rockies move closer to getting protections they desperately need

Wolves in the Northern Rockies may warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week, largely because of extreme wolf-killing laws recently passed in Idaho and Montana. The agency’s decision comes in response to a legal petition . . . 

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As assaults against wolves mount, Biden Administration misses the mark

By on August 23, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments
As assaults against wolves mount, Biden Administration misses the mark

Our nation’s assault on wildlife has been going on for centuries, with a staggering toll of animal loss that dates back to our colonial past. Over those hundreds of years, you’d be hard-pressed to identify a more vilified and persecuted species than the wolf. Today, . . . 

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Termed out Wisconsin board chair plays politics with wolves’ lives in the balance

By on August 20, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 6 Comments
Termed out Wisconsin board chair plays politics with wolves’ lives in the balance

In every state where we’re working to protect wolves from trophy hunters and trappers, the political nature of the fight is obvious. But the tragic impacts of political gamesmanship involving wolves are especially evident in the controversy surrounding Wisconsin Natural Resources Board chair Frederick Prehn’s . . . 

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Ann Arbor’s ban on fur sales is part of a larger fight to save wildlife

By on August 17, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 7 Comments
Ann Arbor’s ban on fur sales is part of a larger fight to save wildlife

With yesterday’s passage of an ordinance banning the sale of certain fur products, Ann Arbor, Michigan’s City Council scored a pair of firsts. The 10-member council’s unanimous vote made Ann Arbor not only the first city in the Midwest to prohibit the sale of fur, . . . 

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Here’s what the infrastructure bill could mean for animals

By on August 11, 2021 in Equine, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment
Here’s what the infrastructure bill could mean for animals

Update 11/15/21: President Biden signed the bipartisan infrastructure package into law. The infrastructure bill included $350 million dollars for wildlife crossings, which is a huge victory for wildlife and people! This critical funding will go towards creating wildlife bridges across busy interstates to facilitate animal . . . 

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A rescued tiger’s first summer at our animal sanctuary

A rescued tiger’s first summer at our animal sanctuary

There are many things we can learn from animals, but one thing that never fails to move me to my core is their resilience. Whether it’s witnessing the dogs learn to play after being saved from dog meat farms in South Korea or seeing my . . . 

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Bears are starting their annual feeding frenzy. Here’s what you should know.

By on August 5, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments
Bears are starting their annual feeding frenzy. Here’s what you should know.

For human beings, the end of summer can mean squeezing in a few last trips to the beach or mountains before school begins and the pace of work picks up. But for bears, the end of summer is a vital life stage; it’s when they . . . 

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Otters are suffering and dying because of this bizarre new trend

By on July 30, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 6 Comments
Otters are suffering and dying because of this bizarre new trend

It is a sad reality that human beings always seem to be inventing new ways to exploit, mistreat and profit from animals, but people can also help correct such harms and point the way to a better and more humane world. One of the most . . . 

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Mink fur production drops to historic all-time low in the US

Mink fur production drops to historic all-time low in the US

Every year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases a report on mink fur production, and this year’s report shows a promising outlook for mink, a species that suffers immeasurably for nothing but trim on a jacket, a pom on a hat or purse or eyelash . . . 

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Travelers: What you should know about encountering wildlife right now

Travelers: What you should know about encountering wildlife right now

A poignant Washington Post story about a black bear mourning her 6-month old cub, struck dead by a vehicle in Yosemite National Park, is a reminder that even in wild spaces animals are at risk when they come into contact with humans. Since 1995, motorists . . . 

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