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  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Environmental crime wave costs world billions (poaching now “environmental crime”?)

    11/06/2013 9:51:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 6, 2013 12:36 PM EST | Jason Straziuso
    The illegal cutting of timber and the poaching of elephants and rhinos are part of a “rapidly escalating environmental crime wave” that international governments must combat by increasing cooperation, police and environmental officials said Wednesday. Interpol and the United Nations Environmental Program are working together to stop environmental crimes that cost tens of billions of dollars a year, said Achim Steiner, the U.N. Environmental Program's Executive Director. … The demand for elephant ivory by China’s rising middle class is fueling the deaths of thousands of elephants across Africa, say wildlife experts. An estimated 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in Africa...
  • Poachers Use Cyanide to Massacre Over 300 Elephants in Zimbabwe

    10/21/2013 7:05:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Oct 2013 | Peta Thornycroft, and Aislinn Laing
    Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide • Cyanide has been used to kill 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate - as new photos show the scale of the slaughter Poachers in Zimbabwe have killed more than 300 elephants and countless other safari animals by cyanide poisoning, The Telegraph has learned. The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange, the country's largest national park, has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst single massacre in southern Africa for 25 years. Pictures taken by the hunters, which...
  • Record number of rhinos killed in South Africa in 2013

    09/23/2013 11:20:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 23 September 2013 | Adam Vaughan
    Total of 688 rhino deaths passes last year's record, with three months of the year still to goNearly 700 rhinos have been killed in South Africa in 2013, making it the bloodiest year yet for rhino poaching. Last year, a record 668 rhinos were poached for their horns, but that figure has already been eclipsed with the deaths of 688 rhinos with three months left of the year, figures from the South African government show. There are around 18,000 white and 4,000 black rhinos in the country. The dramatic growth in rhino poaching in South Africa, up from just 13...
  • Perry woos gun manufacturers in N.Y., Conn.

    06/15/2013 7:26:59 PM PDT · by txrangerette · 52 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 11, 2013 | Stephanie Condon
    [snip] It's not unusual for state leaders to try to lure businesses into their borders, but Perry is doing it with fanfare. [snip]
  • (Obamaville) ... Hungry Homeless Man Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail for Choking Pelican to Death

    09/08/2012 2:08:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 09/07/2012 | Daily News
    <p>A homeless man was sentenced today to 60 days in jail for choking a pelican to death because he was hungry.</p> <p>The District Attorney's Office said Sergio Alvarez, 30, caught the bird near the Malibu pier on Aug. 22.</p> <p>About 5:50 p.m. that day, a bystander flagged down a sheriff's deputy and said a man was choking a pelican.</p>
  • Indian state OKs shooting tiger poachers on sight

    05/29/2012 8:24:42 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 23, 2012 | Katy Daigle
    A state in western India has declared war on animal poaching by allowing forest guards to shoot hunters on sight in an effort to curb rampant attacks on tigers and other wildlife. The government in Maharashtra says injuring or killing suspected poachers will no longer be considered a crime. Forest guards should not be "booked for human rights violations when they have taken action against poachers," Maharashtra Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam said Tuesday. The state also will send more rangers and jeeps into the forest, and will offer secret payments to informers who give tips about poachers and animal smugglers,...
  • Cops nab bizarre Prospect Park poachers (Brooklyn, NY)

    07/30/2011 6:37:18 PM PDT · by Renfield · 44 replies · 1+ views
    The Brooklyn Paper ^ | 7-29-2011 | Natalie O’Neill
    Cops have busted a group of oddball poachers in Prospect Park — a band of vagrants that was trapping and eating ducks, squirrels and pigeons. Parks officers wrote four tickets — two for killing wildlife and two for illegal fishing — totaling $2,100 in fines during a two-day period last week. BoroDeal The city would not immediately release details of the incidents, which occurred on July 17 and 18 — just days after park-goers told rangers about a “Beverly Hillbillies”-like scene on the southeast side of the lake, near the ice skating rink. “This is a dodgy group,” said park-goer...
  • SAfrican police arrest 11 suspected rhino poachers

    09/22/2010 9:17:04 AM PDT · by mmanager · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 9/22/10 | ERIC NAKI
    – South African police said Wednesday that they have arrested 11 suspected members of a major rhino poaching ring which they said had been linked to many rhino poaching incidents. Police spokesman Vish Naidoo said the suspects include two veterinarians and a game farmer. He says the 10 were arrested earlier this week and one was arrested Wednesday after he appeared in court to support the accused. Game farmer Dawie Groenewald was released on 1 million bail ($140,000), which is believed to be the heaviest in the crime's history. The remaining 10 were released on bail ranging from 5,000 to...
  • 2 NV men plead guilty to killing wild mustangs

    06/16/2010 1:56:05 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 6 replies · 363+ views
    AP via Mercury News. com ^ | 06/16/2010 | SCOTT SONNER
    RENO, Nev.—Two men accused of shooting and killing five wild mustangs in Nevada last year have changed their pleas to guilty and now face up to a year in jail and $100,000 fine.
  • State may close park gates, but it won't keep me out

    08/24/2009 12:46:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 801+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/23/9 | Tom Stienstra
    Logic gives you what you need. Passion gives you what you crave. In the end, it's passion that feeds your dreams or part of you dies. When it comes to logic, it makes financial sense to keep all state parks open. Last year, state parks had 79.6 user visits that generated $2.6 billion in spending during those trips. For every dollar the state put into parks, it generated $2.35 in tax revenue. Yet in his last-minute line-item budget cuts, Gov. Schwarzenegger slashed general fund money to state parks. ...., yet could close 100 parks starting in September. When it comes...
  • Man Tagged With Lifetime Hunting Ban

    06/27/2009 11:00:45 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 14 replies · 883+ views
    A lifetime hunting ban. That's the sentence handed down in Couer D'Alene Friday to a man guilty of poaching. Timothy Herbert was also ordered to pay more than 12 grand in fines, and was tagged with 4 years probation. Fish and Game says Herbert hunted deer and turkey illegally....there have been fewer than 50 lifetime hunting bans imposed in Idaho's history.
  • Man loses appeal in Yellowstone elk shooting case

    03/14/2009 2:42:32 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 723+ views
    kxmc ^ | Mar 14 2009 2:36PM
    CASPER, Wyo. A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and four-year prison term for a southwest Montana man who pleaded guilty in an elk poaching case. Michael David Belderrain of Whitehall, Mont., pleaded guilty in February 2008 to being a felon in possession of a firearm, transporting illegally possessed wildlife and possessing illegally taken wildlife. Belderrain was charged for standing in Yellowstone National Park, shooting an elk just outside the park and dragging the head to his pickup truck in the park.
  • GENE MUELLER: Poachers shouldn't be called hunters

    10/28/2008 11:35:51 AM PDT · by JZelle · 4 replies · 379+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10-28-08 | Gene Mueller
    The stupidity of some people must never be underestimated, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries occasionally provides classic examples of it whenever none-too-bright poachers are caught red-handed. What irks me, however, are dreadful violations of wildlife laws that eventually involve descriptions such as "hunter" or "hunting," which is the wrong application of the meaning and intent of the words. See if you don't agree. Shortly after midnight on a recent late-summer day, Virginia senior game officer Dewayne Sprinkle received a call from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office about a possible spotlighting incident. Apparently a county resident saw...
  • Ivory poachers decimate Congo elephant population

    09/07/2008 8:06:30 PM PDT · by Flavius · 14 replies · 217+ views
    reutuers ^ | 9/7/08 | By Joe Bavier
    KINSHASA (Reuters) - Poachers in Congo have killed a fifth of the elephants in Africa's oldest national park this year as China buys more ivory, the park's director said on Friday. Rwandan rebels have killed seven Savannah elephants in the past 10 days alone in the Virunga National Park, along Congo's eastern border with Rwanda and Uganda, Emmanuel de Merode told Reuters
  • Mora, Minn. Woman Fined $2,500 in Bald Eagle Shooting

    08/05/2008 8:01:52 AM PDT · by lesser_satan · 27 replies · 191+ views
    Fox9News ^ | 8-5-08
    MORA, Minn. -- A Mora woman has paid a $2,500 fine in relation to the October, 2007 shooting of a bald eagle. On Oct. 10, Minnesota DNR officers received a complaint from the Minnesota “Turn in Poachers” hotline that a bald eagle had been killed in Mora. Katherine K. Tramm, 48, paid the fine July 15. After being listed as endangered since 1967, the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 2007. "This case is a clear indication that the DNR and the USF&WS are working diligently to protect and preserve our natural...
  • Animal rights group says poaching case worst this year

    06/05/2008 5:14:19 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 118+ views
    PORTAGE (AP) - The alleged thrill-killing of as many as 600 animals in Columbia and Marquette counties is the worst case in the nation this year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Josh Kerl, 21, of Portage, and Adam Stalsberg, 22, of Neshkoro, are accused of using a rifle and spotlight to shoot animals from their vehicle in the past year, and HSUS leaders say they want meaningful fines, permanent revocation of hunting licenses and restitution for the deaths of protected animals. "The amount of animals killed and the wide variety of animals involved in this case...
  • How bad does the UN have to get?

    05/05/2008 10:53:54 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 18 replies · 104+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/4/08 | Daniel Hannan
    Here’s a nice dilemma for Lefties. What if UN peacekeepers in the Congo turn out to have been encouraging elephant poaching? Would they continue to give the organisation their unconditional support? Elephant poaching in Africa: sanctioned by the UN? The UN gets away with an extraordinary amount. Because it is thought to embody a lofty ideal, many liberal-minded people are prepared to overlook what it actually does. Never mind that it betrayed the Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica. Never mind that its officials were illicitly running oil-for-food scams with Saddam. Never mind that it ordered its local commander not to seize...
  • Two men caught in lobster traps

    03/20/2007 7:26:13 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 20 replies · 639+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 20, 2007 | Louis Sahagun
    **Suspecting poaching in a marine reserve, game wardens set up a sting. ** The battleship-gray fishing boat roared past in the dead of night with its running lights off, catching the attention of game wardens patrolling the open ocean just outside Los Angeles Harbor. An onboard inspection turned up hundreds of California spiny lobsters — prized for their sweet flavor and meaty tails — but the skipper's story about where he caught them didn't seem to hold water. The edgy encounter in early January prompted an elaborate undercover operation featuring an array of sophisticated tactics — including divers plunging into...
  • Activists boiling mad over cruel lobster tale

    08/01/2006 1:51:56 AM PDT · by Panerai · 87 replies · 1,793+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 08/01/2006 | Steve Ryan
    Lobster defenders are seeing red after two local men were nabbed for allegedly snapping the tails off live crustaceans and tossing the traumatized creatures back into the sea. Anthony T. Gozzo, 52, of Billerica and his partner, Mark E. Turcotte, 20, of Lowell were arraigned in East Boston District Court yesterday on 202 counts of possessing mutilated lobster. “I certainly hope these fishermen are punished to the fullest extent of the law for this sick crime,” said Matt Prescott of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - which isn’t crazy about lobster boiling, either. Environmental police spotted the pair...
  • Royal Bengal Tigers hunted online

    09/29/2005 10:25:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 324+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | September 29, 2005 | Anirban Roy
    The endangered Royal Bengal Tiger is up for sale on the Internet - like any other pet. Several e-portals, which merchandise pets, have put up advertisements for the sale of a variety of endangered wild animals including the big cat. One of them,, had on Wednesday inserted two advertisements for the sale of Bengal tigers. In response, a prospective buyer from Helena in Georgia, US, said he was willing to pay $2,000 — a little over Rs 88,000 — for a Bengal tiger cub. All is in spite of the fact that trading in Bengal tiger is prohibited under...
  • Alleged Illegal Deer Hunting Became A "Contest" (WI.)

    09/21/2005 11:47:50 PM PDT · by quietolong · 8 replies · 568+ views
    WEAU TV 13 ^ | 9/21/2005 | WEAU TV 13
    Alleged Illegal Deer Hunting Became A "Contest" Eleven people in Bayfield County accused of turning illegal deer hunting into a contest face dozens of criminal and civil charges. Department of Natural Resources wardens say the males range in age from 16 to their early 20s. They're accused of shining deer, shooting deer and leaving injured or dead deer in the field and hunting outside the season. The D-N-R investigated for seven months. Warden Matt MacKenzie says the shootings began with a small circle of friends and expanded as the group's confidence increased. MacKenzie says there were a lot of bucks...
  • Poaching making China elephants evolve tuskless

    07/17/2005 9:04:09 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 307 replies · 3,294+ views
    Chinese elephants are evolving into an increasingly tuskless breed because poaching is changing the gene pool, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Five to 10 percent of Asian elephants in China now had a gene that prevented the development of tusks, up from the usual 2 to 5 percent, the China Daily said, quoting research from Beijing Normal University. "The larger tusks the male elephant has, the more likely it will be shot by poachers," said researcher Zhang Li, an associate professor of zoology. "Therefore, the ones without tusks survive, preserving the tuskless gene in the species." Since only male elephants...
  • Thy Fearful Cemetery : Indian tiger genocide

    04/30/2005 11:01:52 AM PDT · by Arjun · 16 replies · 616+ views
    Outlook ^ | May 9, 2005 | PRAMILA N. PHATARPHEKAR
    Thy Fearful Cemetery Death decor and catskin fashion in China spurs India's tiger genocide PRAMILA N. PHATARPHEKAR There's only one tiger census in India whose numbers are deadly certain. And increasing. These cold facts are born during wildlife seizures, when dead tigers are counted by their skins, skulls, bones, paws, claws and whiskers. It's a gory toll: over 700 tigers and 2,500 leopards in 1994-2004, as per Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) figures. Last year, over 33 tiger and 114 leopard skins and parts were recovered from wildlife criminals in India. This January, for the first time in Project...
  • Game wardens chase geese in suspected poaching case

    04/27/2005 8:47:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 276+ views
    AP ^ | 4/27/5 | BRIAN MELLEY
    SACRAMENTO - The Department of Social Services said Wednesday it was investigating a home for the elderly after state game officials raided it and removed a flock of maimed Canada geese. The two agencies focused on Lakeside Villa in Loomis, a Sacramento suburb, after a neighbor reported that the owner was poaching geese. Investigators were looking into the possibility that residents of the home were fed meat or eggs from the wild birds that are illegal to possess, state game officials said. "Eating goose is not necessarily a bad thing," said Patrick Foy, a biologist with the state Department of...
  • Man Fined For Shooting Bald Eagle

    02/03/2005 7:08:04 PM PST · by ambrose · 6 replies · 324+ views
    Man Fined For Shooting Bald Eagle Officials Report 18 Nesting Pairs In Massachusetts POSTED: 4:38 pm EST February 3, 2005 UPDATED: 8:13 pm EST February 3, 2005 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- An elderly hunter from Western Massachusetts will pay a substantial fine after shooting a bald eagle. NewsCenter 5's Jack Harper reported that until recently, the bald eagle, the symbol of America, was on the endangered species list. This was the third shooting of a bald eagle in Massachusetts in 20 years. Joseph Donohue, a 79-year-old World War II veteran from Pittsfield, Mass., was fined $5,000 and ordered not to hunt...
  • Canadian firm is sued in clam caper

    02/03/2005 12:26:08 PM PST · by Lorianne · 31 replies · 1,822+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 03 February 2005 | Craig Welch
    A Canadian seafood company helped buy geoduck kingpin Doug Tobin's fishing boat and finance his $1.5 million Puget Sound clam-poaching ring — all in exchange for exclusive rights to resell the stolen shellfish, according to a lawsuit filed by the Washington state Attorney General's Office. A year after Tobin was sentenced to 14 years in prison for making off with nearly 100 tons of shellfish in the region's oddest and most sophisticated wildlife-poaching ring, the Attorney General's Office accused a Richmond, B.C.-based company of fronting him much of the cash to get started. The state is seeking millions of dollars...
  • 'Simple Life' Denies Deer-Poaching Claim

    01/14/2005 8:08:19 PM PST · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 884+ views
    My Way News ^ | 1/14/05 | AP
    DENNIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Paris Hilton's reality show "The Simple Life" is disputing allegations that a deer was illegally killed so that it could be gutted by the socialite and her sidekick, Nicole Richie. State officials said the deer was killed Tuesday night and they believe it was to be gutted for the show. Investigators are looking into accounts the deer was shot by someone firing a gun from inside a car. Two men working for the Fox show could face fines of between $100 and $500 for permit violations and hunting out of season, said Elaine Makatura, spokeswoman...
  • Feds Uncover Illegal N.M. Hunts

    12/16/2004 6:36:53 PM PST · by CedarDave · 4 replies · 425+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal (North edition) ^ | Thursday, December 16, 2004 | Jeremy Pawloski
    Two Espańola men were arrested in raids Wednesday and are accused of participating in illegal elk and wild game hunts organized for tourists from Virginia. The hunts took place in the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the Gila National Forest, according to federal court records. Registered guide Jeffrey Clem of Espańola and Mike Archuleta, owner of Sierra Taxidermy in Espańola, were each placed under arrest and charged with violating federal wildlife law. During a raid at Archuleta's taxidermy shop Wednesday morning by officers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Game and Fish Department, row upon row...
  • Indian Elephants Fight Losing Battle with Man

    10/07/2004 9:23:37 PM PDT · by AM2000 · 11 replies · 505+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Thu Oct 7 2004, 8:01 AM ET | Simon Denyer
    GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - It is an unexpected headache for the Indian army, an unlikely embarrassment for the government and an unwelcome challenge for the railways department. Elephants in India are on the rampage, coming into conflict with man ever more frequently and ever more dangerously. It is a battle the normally gentle animals seem destined to lose. In the northeastern Indian state of Assam, elephants have been raiding army depots, eating the military's rations, drinking its liquor and leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. In Bangladesh, stray elephants from India have been terrorizing villagers and destroying farms,...
  • Kerry's Hunting

    09/15/2004 6:09:17 AM PDT · by venabulum · 7 replies · 1,225+ views
    09/15/04 | venabulum
    John Kerry appears brandishing a shotgun whenever he can and claims to be an "avid" hunter. I don't know what kind of an animal and avid is, but his now famous deer hunting quote makes me think it improbable that he has ever really hunted. I wrote the following to the MA game commisioner and got no repsonse: August 9, 2004 Commissioner David Peters Department of Fish and Game 251 Causeway St., Suite 400 Boston, MA 02114 Re: Public Records Act Request Hunting Licenses for John Forbes Kerry Dear Mr. Peters, I would like to request copies of any documentation...
  • Statewide realignment to spread out game wardens' thinning ranks (CA)

    08/14/2004 11:05:25 AM PDT · by PinnedAndRecessed · 1 replies · 223+ views
    A/P ^ | 8/14/04 | don thompson
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Fish and Game is changing how it manages its game wardens because of a worsening shortage that has left some portions of the state without any protections at all against poachers. The realignment will phase out some supervisors in favor of field officers over the next three to five years, giving the department more flexibility in assigning wardens where they are needed, said spokesman Steve Martarano. To add more wardens after a yearslong hiring freeze, the department is on the verge of establishing a permanent joint law enforcement officer training program with the...
  • In The Company of Grave Robbers

    08/03/2004 5:58:56 AM PDT · by sinanju · 1 replies · 560+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 29, 2004 | Lauren Gelfond Feldinger
    Ransacked West Bank antiquities turn into black-market gold On a small stone patio, surrounded by 2,000-year-old olive trees and piles of ancient pottery, Ahmed takes a deep breath as the smell of freshly slaughtered goat baked with okra and tomatoes wafts from his window. The ritual of sharing a homemade meal from an animal reared in his yard is nothing new for the herder-turned-grave-robber on days when his friends come to visit. To his left sits a once-affluent and significant Palestinian antiquities dealer in a pin-striped shirt, and to his right an Israeli antiquities hunter, who has ventured beyond the...
  • Poachers Threaten Last Wild Northern White Rhinos

    05/10/2004 11:36:45 AM PDT · by ZULU · 16 replies · 521+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | May 7, 2004 | Stefan Lovgren
    Poachers Threaten Last Wild Northern White Rhinos Stefan Lovgren for National Geographic News May 7, 2004 A dramatic rise in poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Garamba National Park is threatening to destroy the last wild population of northern white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), conservationists warn. Warring factions from neighboring Sudan have reached the heart of the park and are killing both rhinos and elephants for their valuable horns and tusks. Six rhino carcasses have been found in the last two months, and more rhinos could have been slaughtered. Before the recent killings, the northern white rhino population was...
  • Moose poacher sentenced

    03/24/2004 5:44:49 AM PST · by PeteFromMontana · 25 replies · 294+ views
    Daily Interlake ^ | 3/24/2004 | Jim Mann
    Justice of the Peace David Ortley had harsh words for a Kalispell man who was sentenced Tuesday for poaching a trophy bull moose last November. "There are people who are born and raised here who can go through their whole lives without an opportunity to legally hunt a moose like this," Ortley told Frank Wayne Campbell. Campbell, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of killing a bull moose without a license or a permit and one count of possessing an unlawfully taken moose. Those misdemeanors came on top of Campbell's guilty plea last week to felony driving under the influence....
  • Navy boards illegal fishing boat

    01/24/2004 10:52:04 AM PST · by Dundee · 23 replies · 252+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 24, 2004
    Navy boards illegal fishing boat A NAVY boarding party rappelled down ropes from a helicopter to seize a suspected illegal fishing boat in treacherous Antarctic seas, the federal government said today. The boat, Maya V, was apprehended late yesterday for suspected poaching within Australia's economic zone around the remote Heard and McDonald Islands, more than 4000km south-west of Perth. "Our frigate HMAS Warramunga and her sailors on patrol in Australia's southern oceans battled extremely bad weather and high seas to intercept and board the Maya V," Defence Minister Robert Hill said in a statement. "It is a credit to their...
  • Only 22 rare white rhino survive the war in Congo

    10/06/2003 2:25:34 AM PDT · by Prodigal Son · 15 replies · 402+ views
    Telegraph ^ | October 6, 2003
    Rebel soldiers are slaughtering the Northern White rhino and selling the horns to buy arms, reports Susan Bisset One of the world's rarest rhinos has been hunted almost to extinction by rebel troops in Congo. There are now only 22 Northern White rhino alive in their last remaining wild refuge - down from 30 last year. Unless urgent action is taken, the rhino will be extinct within months, conservationists say. The Northern White (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), a sub-species of the white rhino that used to be found across central Africa, is being killed by rebel troops for their horns, which...
  • High Court Rules Boat Search Legal, Even Without Owner's OK

    09/25/2003 8:21:31 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 56 replies · 394+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 25, 2003
    The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that conservation officers may search boats without probable cause or the consent of the owner, handing a victory to those who argued that such searches were critical for protecting natural resources. ``The difference between the inspection permitted under the facts of this case and searches impermissible under the Fourth Amendment is that fishing is a largely recreational privilege that anglers choose to engage in with knowledge of the regulations governing their conduct,'' Justice James Gilbert wrote for the majority in the split opinion. Col. Mike Hamm, enforcement chief for the Department of Natural Resources,...
  • Officials Battle Seas to Seize Toothfish Ship

    08/27/2003 3:19:21 PM PDT · by Notforprophet · 12 replies · 222+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/27/03 | Ed Stoddard
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) - Armed South African officials were hoping Wednesday for another attempt to board a Uruguayan ship chased for 20 days through Antarctic seas on suspicion it has been poaching the rare Patagonian Toothfish, also known as Chilean sea bass. A South African salvage tug, the John Ross, came alongside the Uruguayan-flagged Viarsa late Tuesday, but waves of up to 33 feet and heavy snow prevented a boarding, according to Australian and South African officials. "We think it might happen (the boarding) at around 1600 our time (10 a.m. EDT) but we will see what happens. The...
  • Customs ship chases trawler for 11 days

    08/18/2003 6:03:44 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 27 replies · 250+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 08/19/03 | Nick Squires
    A sea chase in the icy Southern Ocean was heating up last night as customs officers pursued a trawler believed to be fleeing with a multi-million-pound haul of illegally caught Patagonian toothfish.The Southern Supporter, an Australian customs ship, has been chasing the trawler, the Viarsa, for 11 days, since it was spotted near the Heard and McDonald islands, more than 2,000 nautical miles south-west of Australia.   Click to enlarge Ignoring commands to stop, the Uruguayan-flagged trawler set off through snow storms and icebergs to try to escape. It is believed to be carrying Patagonian toothfish, a species highly prized...
  • Wyoming doctor, 'extreme environmentalist,' recruits army in Africa to save animals from poachers

    10/20/2002 6:37:22 PM PDT · by Conagher · 8 replies · 508+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | Sat Oct 19, 9:13 PM ET | JOSEPH B. VERRENGIA
    JACKSON, Wyoming - Dr. Bruce Hayse doesn't look like a tin-pot dictator. He favors tropical shirts and Western boots, not camo fatigues and a chestful of medals. He drives a muddy truck, not an armored limousine. So why is this middle-aged family physician living on the summit of cowboy chic in Wyoming recruiting his own army 8,000 miles (12,900 kilometers) away in the remote and wretched Central African Republic? "Don't call it an army," Hayse said, wincing. How else to describe 400 soldiers brandishing AK-47s? Militia? Mercenaries? Military? "All of the M-words are bad, too," he admonished. "It's an anti-poaching...