Arkive’s Week in Review — Wildlife News
ICYMI: Arkive has compiled some of the biggest and most interesting headlines from this week.
Article originally published on Friday, May 15, 2015
The war on India’s tiger preserves
The government of India provides funds to help willing residents move out of protected tiger habitat and onto nearby farmland. At times, however, factors working against tigers include luxury resort chains that want to build “ecotourism” lodges that do not allow tigers to live nearby. Other times, it is mining companies that wish to move deeper into protected areas.
Article originally published on Saturday, May 16, 2015
Controversial bear hunt awaits final approval from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Florida is awaiting approval to host its first bear hunt in 20 years. The hunt is considered a method of controlling the bear population, since Florida has seen an increase in human-bear conflicts. Opponents of the bear hunt note that improperly secured food/trash attracts bears and that people should focus on trash management and not on hunts.
Article originally published on Sunday, May 17, 2015
Wildlife experts counteract fallacies about coyotes
Two recent coyote attacks in Bergen county, New Jersey have brought this canid to the forefront of the conversation about wildlife. Wildlife experts stress that while coyotes are predators, they very rarely attack humans. They also informed the public that coyotes are not the top carriers of rabies in the area. Most importantly, coyotes play a vital role in the ecosystem by controlling rodent populations.
Article originally published on Monday, May 18, 2015
Fuzzy ducklings are the future of this Hawaiian species
The Laysan duck is a critically endangered bird endemic to Hawaii that in 1911 had fewer than 20 birds due to invasive rats. Conservation efforts brought the population back to almost 1,000 birds, but 40 percent of them were lost in 2011 due to the Japan Tsunami. In 2014, however 28 young Laysan ducks were moved to Kure Atoll State Wildlife Sanctuary in an effort to establish a population on Kure.
Article originally published on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Giant panda gut bacteria can’t efficiently digest bamboo
The giant panda is known for primarily eating bamboo, but the microbiota it harbors in its stomach actually resembles that which is found in carnivores, a recent study found. It poses a conundrum since pandas spend up to 14 hours a day consuming up to 12.5 kg of bamboo leaves and stems, yet can only digest 17 percent of it.
Article originally published on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
EU concerned about farming impact on its wildlife
In the EU major threats to grasslands, wetlands, and dune habitats were overgrazing, fertilization and pesticides. Fifteen percent of birds in the EU are near threatened or in decline including once common birds such as the skylark.
Article originally published on Thursday, May 21, 2015
Photos from the front: the California oil spill in pictures
On Tuesday, an underground oil pipeline burst near Goleta, California spilling crude oil into the Pacific. Whales and sea lions were spotted in the area where the spill occurred. It is estimated that 21,000 gallons of crude oil entered the ocean.
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA