Archive for December, 2013

Top predators making a comeback in Europe

| December 24, 2013 | Reply

Across Europe predators have been (and sadly sometimes still are) heavily persecuted. But thanks to legal protection and conservation efforts many are making a comeback and their numbers are increasing. A new report by the Zoological Society of London, BirdLife International and the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) for the Rewilding Initiative lists many species […]

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Decline in rabbits a threat for Iberian Lynx and Spanish Imperial Eagle

| December 22, 2013 | Reply

Predators need prey. In the case of the Iberian Lynx and Spanish Imperial Eagle this means Eurasian Rabbits. Although both species also hunt other prey (the eagle probably more than the cat), the Eurasian Rabbit is a crucial part of their diet. Both the Iberian Lynx and the Spanish Imperial Eagle are among the rarest […]

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Are predators wanton killers?

| December 18, 2013 | Reply

Many people still have negative attitudes towards predators like Pumas, Wolves or even many eagle species. For example there is still a lot of illegal poisoning of eagles and other raptors in places like Austria, Scotland, Spain or Germany affecting rare and endangered species like the Eastern Imperial Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle and […]

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Tigers Forever: Important and beautiful new book about Tigers published

| December 17, 2013 | Reply

A spectacular new book about Tigers and their conservation has recently been published. It is called “Tigers forver” and is written by Steve Winters and others. Steve Winter is one of the best wildlife photographers in the world and Media director for Panthera, an NGO dedicated to the conservation of wild cats. The book has […]

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Arctic Peregrines threatened by an increase in the frequency of heavy rain

| December 7, 2013 | Reply

The Peregrine Falcon is a conservation success story. Almost extinct in many places thanks to the negative effects of chemicals like DDT and also heavy persecution in some places, it has spectacularly recovered in many places in North America and Europe. Now climate change may pose another threat to Peregrines, at least in the Arctic. […]

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Grizzly Bears benefit from Wolves in Yellowstone

| December 4, 2013 | Reply

Grizzly Bears are omnivores. They eat both plants and meat. They can hunt for themselves, e.g. young Elk or Moose calves. They will also take over kills by other predators like Pumas or Wolves. In Yellowstone, when Wolves kill prey such as Elk, Bison or Moose, Grizzly Bears sometimes take over the kill and eat […]

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Livestock guarding dogs reduce killing of predators

| December 1, 2013 | Reply

The use of livestock guarding dogs can significantly reduce loss of animals to predators. For example, these dogs are used to keep away wolves from sheep in some European countries with great success. If the dogs help to reduce the loss of livestock, farmers might tolerate predators and stop shooting or poisoning them. A new […]

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