Bill Gates’ Mosquito Chart Too Harsh on Wolves, Sharks, Hippos; Too Easy on Humans

Bill Gates’ popular chart on World’s Deadliest Animals tries to visualize shows mosquitoes as the most despicable creature on earth. But it makes hippos, wolves and sharks look worse than they are and lets off humans (the true villains) way too easy.

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Seriously? Feds to shoot one of 58 endangered Mexican wolves left in wild

The USDA is going to shoot a Mexican wolf, even though she is one of only six successful wild mothers.

The new scorecard for the FWS recovery effort: 58 Mexican wolves in wild. Agents killed 13 on purpose, 18 by accident and let another 43 get killed illegally. Oh, and zero new wolves released since 2007.

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Men's mags duel over OH zoo gone wild

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GQ and Esquire face off over the exotic predator release in OH. Esquire goes all action adventure. GQ tries to figure out how lion, tigers and bears were unleashed on suburbia.

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The 71 million Americans who like watching wildlife far outnumber and outspend hunters, but don’t get much a say in wildlife policy.

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Yellowstone Bison to be hunted or chemically castrated

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MT Gov wants to hunt bison in Yellowstone Park. The USDA wants to chemically castrate them. Either way, ranchers get to cut their numbers.

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Wolf advocates not as sheepish as NYT claims

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Is there a new dynamic playing out between ranchers and the defenders of wolves since they were taken of the endangered species list? The New York Times thinks wolf lovers and watchers have been chastened by the delisting and are newly compromising. “Aghast, some environmental groups had a moment of reckoning. Had they gone too far in using the Endangered Species Act as a cudgel instead of forging compromises with ranchers?”

Yeah, there’s a new dynamic: ranchers, hunters and government agents can kill wolves like they haven’t in a century. Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity points out that delisting wolves means that the USDA’s Wildlife Services unit, which kills wildlife for farmers and ranchers at taxpayer expense, will now be able to kill even more wolves for even more reasons. Like to promote elk hunting. Even though biologists say the wolves aren’t really hurting the elk.

Only about 1,100 wolves survive out west, but Wildlife Services kills an amazing number: 452 in FY2010 and 481 in FY2009. Wolves didn’t get kicked off the list (this time) by a bizarre political deal until April. In Idaho 169 wolves have been killed so far this year: 122 for hunters, 42 for cows and 5 for elk. Montana has already killed 136, more than half by hunting.

Leslie Kaufman’s story has some sense of history, but the entire premise seems based on a fabulist rancher’s point of view. I don’t know any wolf people who feel they have “gone too far.” Nor do they–we–feel we have been

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Erich Klinghammer, pioneer of wolf watching, dies

Erich Klinghammer was one of the first let the public have fun watching wolves.

The animal behavior professor got wolves to study in his Indiana yard, but the public pestered him till he opened Wolf Park. It was one of the first wolf sanctuaries and probably inspired many more.

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Wildlife Service begs Congress to limit funds for endangered species

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At the rate the USFWS is going, it will 50 years to process endangered species listing petitions. So they asked Congress to limit funds to spurn conservationists

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Budget compromises wolves, other politics shafts orcas, PA porcupines

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Did Obama cave on political riders in the budget compromise? Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson de-listed wolves in Idaho and Montana in a closed-door deal. NOAA almost protects orcas in Puget Sound. PA to declare open season on porcupines.

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Russians will send you a tame fox puppy for $4k–or $7k if they handle the paperwork

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For $7,000, a company will get you a tame fox, product of a famous Russian breeding experiment into domesticating animals. You can get one directly for $4,000, but you have to manage all the exotic animal licenses.

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