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  • 'Gang' of rhino poachers mauled to death by pride of lions after breaking into game reserve

    07/07/2018 6:32:49 PM PDT · by ETL · 42 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | July 5, 2018 | Chris Irvine
    At least three suspected rhino poachers have been killed by a pride of lions after they broke into a game reserve in South Africa. Rangers discovered human remains around 4:30 p.m. local time on July 3 in the immediate vicinity of the lions’ territory at the Sibuya Game Reserve in Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape, more than 24 hours after an anti-poaching dog alerted her handler that something was amiss. The ranger however did not examine the disturbance further because it was not unusual to hear the lions at night. When members of the anti-poaching unit investigated, they recovered human...
  • 'Gang' of rhino poachers mauled to death by pride of lions after breaking into game reserve

    07/05/2018 2:34:06 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 72 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Chris Irvine
    At least three suspected rhino poachers have been killed by a pride of lions after they broke into a game reserve in South Africa. Rangers discovered human remains around 4:30 p.m. local time on July 3 in the immediate vicinity of the lions’ territory at the Sibuya Game Reserve in Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape, more than 24 hours after an anti-poaching dog alerted her handler that something was amiss. *snip* The ranger however did not examine the disturbance further because it was not unusual to hear the lions at night. When members of the anti-poaching unit investigated, they recovered...
  • Kenya to fast-track laws to make wildlife killing capital offense

    05/14/2018 4:15:23 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 23 replies
    Xinhuanet.com ^ | 05/13/18
    Kenya will fast-track laws to make wildlife poaching a capital offense as part of the country's bid to conserve flora and fauna, a senior government official said late Thursday. Najib Balala, the Minister for Tourism and Wildlife, said that once the laws are enacted, the offenders of the wildlife crimes will face the death penalty in accordance with the laws of the land. "We have in place the Wildlife Conservation Act that was enacted in 2013 and which fetches offenders a life sentence or a fine of 200,000 U.S. dollars. However, this has not been deterrence enough to curb poaching,...
  • Raptor poaching investigation continues

    04/09/2018 7:02:59 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 35 replies
    Plumas News ^ | April 9, 2018 | Sam Williams, Lassen Managing Editor
    The investigation into what could be the largest raptor poaching case in the state of California continues, according to a California Department of Fish and Wildlife officer in Sacramento. Standish rancher Richard Parker, 67, was booked into the Lassen County Jail on Monday, March 12, on multiple charges including take of birds of prey, take of migratory non-game birds as designated by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, take of other non-game birds and possession of wildlife unlawfully taken. Additional charges may be added as the investigation proceeds. Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon said after Parker’s arrest, CDFW officers booked...
  • Chinese Wreckers Inflicted 50 Millions Rubles in Damage in a Pacific Federal District Indicted

    02/21/2018 7:42:23 PM PST · by NorseViking · 4 replies
    The damage from the actions of citizens of PRC in Primorye amounted to more than 50 million rubles. They face a lengthy imprisonment if convicted. Citizens of China are jailed before trial in Primorye for attempting to illegally export a large batch of wild animal parts, including the endangered Amur tiger, as well as firearms, ammunition and amber to the PRC, PRIMPRESS reports citing the press service of the Amur Tiger Protection Center. According to the experts, the main part of the contraband are the derivatives of at least five individuals of the Amur tiger (clad skins, 18 claws, bones...
  • llegal Fish Traps Removed From Guadalupe River

    12/20/2017 10:12:19 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 20, 2017 | Julia Baum
    San Jose residents are being asked to keep an eye out for people setting illegal fish traps in local waterways after city workers and South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition volunteers recently broke up several found in the Guadalupe River. The traps were discovered about two weeks ago under the Julian Street bridge and farther south near Virginia and Willow streets. The fish traps are built out of large items like river rock, which block the stream so fish become penned into a shallow pool of water away from their migratory path. That makes it easy for poachers to nab the...
  • How To Save the Elephants? Buy Ivory, Shoot Them

    11/19/2017 6:54:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    mjperryblogspot.com.au ^ | June 8, 2011 | Professor Mark J. Perry
    In the 1970s, Kenya had about six times as many elephants as Zimbabwe, and today Zimbabwe has three times more elephants than Kenya (see chart).  What happened that caused the dramatic reversal in elephant populations in the two African countries?  Terry Anderson and Shawn Regan of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) explain in their excellent article "Shoot an Elephant, Save a Community": "Anti-hunting groups succeeded in getting Kenya to ban all hunting in 1977. Since then, its population of large wild animals has declined between 60 and 70 percent. The country’s elephant population declined from 167,000 in...
  • Zimbabwe to U.S.: Extradite dentist over killing of Cecil the lion

    07/31/2015 1:35:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 191 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri July 31, 2015 | Faith Karimi, Michael Martinez and Laura Smith-Spark
    As outrage grows over the killing of Cecil the lion, Zimbabwe has called on the United States to extradite the American dentist who shot the prized big cat. Zimbabwe has started extradition proceedings and hopes the United States will cooperate, said Oppah Muchinguri, the African nation's environment minister. Walter Palmer "had a well-orchestrated agenda which would tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and further strain the relationship between Zimbabwe and the USA," Muchinguri said. Palmer, his professional hunter guide, and the owner of the land where the hunt took place are accused of an illegal hunt under the country's Parks and...
  • Marin County man arrested in fatal shooting of doe, fawn caught eating his yard plants

    09/08/2017 3:25:43 PM PDT · by rey · 102 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 8 Sept 2017
    TIBURON — A resident of an exclusive San Francisco Bay neighborhood is the target of online outrage and may face criminal charges for shooting to death a doe and its fawn that were eating newly installed landscaping. Tiburon police arrested Mark Dickinson, 54, shortly after 5 a.m. on Sept. 2. Officers were responding to a report of a suspicious person when they found two severely injured deer in the street near Dickinson's bay-view home. The animals died a short time later. Officers arrested Dickinson after they determined he shot the deer several times with a high-powered pellet gun with scope,...
  • One of Africa's Last Great Tusker Elephants Was Killed by Poachers

    03/24/2017 4:16:35 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 7 replies
    National Geographic ^ | March 7, 2017 | Sarah Gibbens
    One of Kenya's last great tusker elephants was reportedly shot and killed by poachers. During a routine flyover on January 4 by the conservation group Tsavo Trust in southern Kenya, the body of a famous, roughly 50-year-old African elephant known as Satao II was discovered, though news of his death was only announced Monday. While the cause of death has not been confirmed, conservationists believe he was killed by a poisoned arrow while feeding in the eastern region of the park. The area is known as a "poaching hot spot." African elephants are traditionally referred to as "tuskers" when their...
  • Poachers strike at EUROPEAN zoo: Rhinoceros is shot dead in France by killers who hack off [tr]

    03/07/2017 7:47:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 7, 2017 | Peter Allen
    Poachers have broken into a zoo near Paris and shot a rhinoceros dead before stealing his hugely valuable horn, police revealed today. In the first case of its kind ever in Europe, the four-year-old was found dead in Thoiry, west of the French capital. The raid happened late on Monday night, and it was not until 9am today that zoo keepers made the horrifying discovery.
  • Ex-Mountie Accused of Smuggling Narwhal Tusks Pleads Guilty

    10/06/2016 10:27:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 28, 2016
    A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks across the border pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 10 money-laundering counts. Gregory Logan, 59, of St. John, New Brunswick, smuggled 250 tusks valued at $1.5 million to $3 million into Maine in false compartments in his vehicle, prosecutors said. Narwhals are medium-sized whales known for spiral tusks that can grow longer than 8 feet. They are protected by the U.S. and Canada.
  • Well-known buck killed illegally in county park

    12/18/2015 12:10:02 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-17-15 | Paul A. Smith
    If you're a white-tailed deer in Milwaukee County, odds are you live in or near the county's park system. The 15,000 acres of parks and parkways provide more than 90% of the deer habitat in the county, according to an assessment by the Department of Natural Resources. That's a lot of land, but not enough for a deer to hide in. Especially if you're a big-racked buck like "Bow Tie." Bow Tie was a very well-known white-tailed deer that was frequently seen in Milwaukee County. Randy Crawford of Wauwatosa is a wildlife photographer and hunter who enjoys viewing and capturing...
  • God's Own Country - A Lost Paradise for Wild Elephants

    This is with regard to "Elephant Poaching haunts Kerala" by Ramesh Babu, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Page 8 HT - Nation July 6, 2015. Kerala in Southern India is God's Own Country. It is home to 3,520 Wild Elephants who live in protected areas in various parts of the State. Just a week back, it was discovered that at least 10-20 Wild Elephants or more were slaughtered for their tusks by ivory poachers in various forests in Kerala in collusion with corrupt forest officials. This is terrible news for "Elephant Lovers" and for all "Wildlife Lovers". Periyar and Parambikulam Tiger Reserves...
  • Napa Valley art gallery owner pleads guilty to selling animal parts

    08/12/2015 5:23:06 PM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 12 Aug 2015 | ROBERT DIGITALE
    A Yountville art gallery owner has pleaded guilty to wildlife trafficking and conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco announced Wednesday. Michael Polenske, owner of Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, admitted to illegally buying and selling sea turtle shells, whale bones, orca jaws and a seal head. Trafficking such items violated such federal laws as the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Polenske, 53, of Napa, also admitted to conspiring from 2007 through 2011 to dealing in wildlife species that were protected by federal law. He imported the protected items into the U.S. from European vendors with the...
  • Cecil the Lion: What If We Find Out Cecil Wasn't Poached?

    08/02/2015 4:50:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 143 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2015 | Doug Giles
    Unless you live under a rock, there is no way in Hades that you have not heard of Cecil the LionÂ’s dreadful demise. Matter of fact, there has been such an international uproar over his killing that Obama is now slated to do the eulogy at CecilÂ’s funeral. ItÂ’s also been reported that Michelle has already contacted CecilÂ’s pride to give them her and Barack's condolences. ItÂ’s true. Tell everyone. Now, before I give you my two cents as a big game hunter on the Cecil situation, right before I sat down to bang out this screed my editor pointed...
  • Who’s Really Responsible for the Killing of Zimbabwe’s Lions and Other Wildlife?

    08/01/2015 4:01:55 PM PDT · by digger48 · 26 replies
    Time ^ | July 29, 2015 | Nash Jenkins
    Until 2000 Zimbabwe had a successful wildlife-management program, with many big-game animals flourishing. But by 2003, a staggering 80% of the animals that had lived on Zimbabwean safari camps (which employed firm quotas to regulate animal population sizes) had died. By 2007, there were only 14 private game farms in the country, compared with 620 prior to the land seizures of 2000, according to a National Geographic report. With the protection of private game reserves nearly nonexistent, once abundant wildlife began dying off, hunted by desperate farmers with no other options for sustenance. Despite the passing of harsher laws for...
  • Worldwide Rhino Horn Trade Continues Unabated

    09/03/2014 6:00:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    More rhinos were killed by poachers last year in Africa than ever before. In 2014 the dubious record looks set to be broken again. The black market price for rhino horn is now considerably higher than cocaine. Poachers from Mozambique's poorest villages sneak into South Africa, heavily armed under the cover of darkness. They are here to hunt rhinos. The money they make from just one rhino horn is enough to feed their families for months. It’s a payoff worth risking their lives for. Between 1990 and 2007 poachers killed on average 14 rhinos a year in South Africa. Last...
  • Three men arrested, equipment seized for deer poaching

    03/13/2014 10:34:07 AM PDT · by rarestia · 44 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Staff
    Three men are facing charges in Pasco County for poaching deer on private property and hunting out of season. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission say they caught the men on February 27 on private land near Bellamy Brothers Boulevard in Dade City. Officers said they noticed spotlights in operation and heard multiple gunshots coming from private property nearby. Around 1 a.m., officers said they found Jason Payne, Eric Ohmdahl and Marc Laird cleaning six deer on Payne's property. Officers took three rifles with lights attached and six bags of deer meat. All three men were charged with...
  • U.S. Crushes 6 Tons of Ivory to "Send Message" to Poachers

    11/17/2013 5:53:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Here's an interesting video of the US taking 6 tons of confiscated ivory to Africa to crush it. The purpose was to "send a message" to poachers. The entire worldwide elephant population is 500,000. They are vanishing at a rate of 50,000 per year, just for their ivory. A couple of people sent me this video, Reader Michael was first. Link if video does not play: U.S. crushes 6 tons of confiscated ivory to send message to poachers Africa's elephants are being slaughtered at a record pace by poachers who hope to get rich by selling their ivory tusks. The...