Yellowstone Bison to be hunted or chemically castrated

Yellowstone Bison

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

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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On the internet, everyone knows you love dogs

Social media may be great for overthrowing dictators and stuff, but what people really like online are animal causes.

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Rick Perry's wildlife staff use AR-15s to hunt burros, FOIA shows

burros on the roadside

Texas wildlife officials have been hunting down wild burros with AR-15s to clear a state park for bighorn sheep hunters, FOIA documents show.

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Ohio is the Wall Street of the U.S. exotic animal trade Zanesville exotic animals

Parts of Ohio, the Wall Street of the U.S. exotic animal trade, were locked down to catch the predators released by a private zoo owner before he killed himself.

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Beagles sprung from NC lab still recovering one year on

Beagles in cages

About a year ago today my beagles’ lives started changing. Huckleberry, Moxie and 200-some dogs and cats were sprung from their filthy cages at Professional Laboratory and Research Services after a PETA undercover video

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NC lab workers who abused beagles (including mine) indicted

Four workers at a NC lab that tested flea and tick drugs have been indicted for felony animal cruetly–a US court first. Then again, these women were particularly heartless. My beagles still show signs of abuse.

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NYC birders' patrol stops goose cull plan. Is all the geese killing for airplanes or lawns?

NYC birders halted a USDA plan to kill Prospect Park’s Canada geese. They also question whether the culls are to protect air travelers or lawns.

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The pheasant subsidy in New York

Pheasant stocking farm in NJ

New York state spends $1 mil raising non-native pheasants to be released for hunting. The Conservation Dept gets funding from hunters, should it only spend it on hunters?

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Kentucky wants to open hunting on eastern population of Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Dance

KY wants to be the first state in the Eastern Flyway to hunt Sandhill cranes. Watch out whooping cranes. This is the same route endangered whooping cranes take and sandhill hunters keep shooting them.

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