Adventuring Naya becomes first wolf sighted in Belgium in a century

January 23, 2018 by  
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A female wolf originally from East Germany has traveled across Europe to arrive in Belgium , marking the country’s first sighting in at least 100 years. Farmers in Belgium’s Dutch-speaking Flanders region have been notified of Naya’s presence after she killed two sheep and injured one in the town of Meerhout. While it is unlikely they are thrilled by Naya’s adventurous spirit, her arrival is nonetheless an inspiring event for a continent that long ago hunted most of its wolves to near-extinction in most places. With the Belgian sighting in the books, wolves have now officially returned to every country in mainland Europe. The nearly two-year old Naya was first tagged with a tracking device by Technical University of Dresden when she was six-months-old. However, she did not depart from her pack rooted in rural Lübtheener Heide, a region between Hamburg and Berlin , until last autumn. She has since been living the dream of traveling through Europe , first traversing the Netherlands before arriving in Belgium. “She passed through four or five natural parks in the Netherlands but she left them all after one or two days showing that she was looking for something else,” Hugh Jansman, a researcher from the Wageningen University and research center, told the Guardian . Related: Wolves return to Rome’s periphery for the first time in 100 years Data gathered from her tracking device indicates that Naya has covered between 30 and 70 kilometers per night. “I followed the places where she stayed,” said Jansman . “We found leftover roe deer and hares, so she has been eating wild animals as well, as expected. And one thing we can tell is that she has totally avoided humans, and anything to do with humans.” Naya is part of a thriving movement of European wolves returning to live in their former habitats. “ Agricultural areas are being abandoned by people so they are re-wilding again, leaving lots of space for carnivores. The countryside is being abandoned by young people who are moving to the cities,” said Jansman. “This increase in wolves numbers and distribution area is going quite rapidly. So it is not a matter of if wolves are coming to the Netherlands , and probably Belgium, but how fast.” Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos (1)

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New hunting ban in Romania protects large carnivores

October 6, 2016 by  
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In a surprise move Tuesday, the Romanian government banned all trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx, and wild cats – a move that will protect the largest population of carnivores in Europe. This is a massive shift for the country, which has seen hunting quotas grow year by year since its acceptance into the European Union in 2007. This year had the largest hunting quotas yet, with licenses for hunters to shoot shoot 550 bears, 600 wolves and 500 big cats over 12 months. This new rule closes a loophole that hunters from around the globe were using to collect trophies from protected species. Under European law, all large carnivores are supposed to be protected from hunters – unless the animals have been proven to pose a danger to humans. Hunting associations in Romania would submit two numbers to the government each year: one, an estimate of the total population of each carnivore species, and two, the number of predators deemed to be a threat. The second number is the one that would be used by the government to determine hunting quotas. Related: Romania races to save some of the last untouched forests in Europe It should come as no surprise that the hunting industry, which rakes in millions of Euros every year, may not have been accurately reporting either number. Animals rights activists questioned how the number of “threatening” animals could be determined in advance, without any actual damage to people or property. The hunting associations likely also inflated the official count of large predators in the region by counting the same animals multiple times. This means the official statistics could be off by hundreds or even thousands. Though conservationists will cheer the news, not everyone is likely to welcome it. In Romania’s remote countryside, large carnivores are a nuisance to livestock farmers and a threat to villagers. Despite research showing that hunting these predators does nothing to reduce the conflict between humans and large carnivores (and sometimes simply causes more predators to move to the area), many in rural areas believe hunting is the only solution. If the government wants to prevent poaching, it will have to convince residents in these regions that there are better alternatives to keep the carnivore population under control. Related: 7 Animals Recently Driven to Extinction by Humans One method the government plans to use is to simply take dangerous carnivores into its own hands. A special unit will be set up within the country’s paramilitary police force specifically to respond to reports of damages by predators. Instead of authorizing the hunting of potentially dozens of unrelated animals, problem carnivores will be dealt with directly. Via The Guardian Images via Henning Leweke and Photogore

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Futuristic Dutch community features 50 out-of-this world spherical homes

October 6, 2016 by  
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Kreijkamp initially designed the bulbous Bolwoningen in the 1970s, in response to a special Dutch subsidy for experimental housing projects that launched in 1968. The decidedly suburban neighborhood in Maaspoort in the city of Den Bosch (formally known as ‘s-Hertogenbosch) is home to this extraterrestrial cluster of apartment homes. Inside each golf-ball shaped home is a compact apartment dwelling with a uniquely otherworldly feel. The curved walls and round porthole windows give the illusion you’re living in a spaceship, which is a little ironic because Kreijkamp actually intended the globe-like structures to bring people closer to nature , with its vantage points from nearly every angle. Related: 3D-printed micro cabin in Amsterdam welcomes anyone to spend the night Each apartment home contains three floors, with bedrooms on the ground level and a bathroom hidden on the middle floor. The upper floor houses the main living room and compact kitchen, and round windows face outward in nearly every direction, offering unique views of the world outside (including the other globe-shaped apartments, which are positioned somewhat close together). At the top floor, each home has a diameter of just 18 feet (5.5 meters), making for a cozy living space . Across the street, another subdivision is filled with traditional-style homes, highlighting the rarity of the globe-shaped apartment community. Kreijkamp passed away in 2014, but the continued fascination with what his perhaps his greatest contribution to architecture lives on. The Bolwoningen apartment community is still in good condition some 30 years after its completion, and has, as far as we can tell, been continuously occupied from the start and will continue to provide funky dwelling space for years to come. Via Ignant Images via Wikipedia, Steven Vance/Flickr and unknown (aerial shot)

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Over 11,000 Norwegians sign up to shoot just 16 wolves

December 3, 2015 by  
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In a move sure to baffle conservationists the world over, wolf hunting season has opened up in Norway with 11,571 people registering for licenses to shoot 16 animals. By some estimates, that may be half the country’s wolf population, with as few as 30 individuals still left in the wild. Officials claim the hunt is necessary to protect livestock. And it’s true that around 1,500 sheep are killed every year in the country by wolves . However, that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the 2 million sheep raised by farmers in Norway each year, and hardly compares to the estimated 100,000 sheep that die in unrelated circumstances. According to a report last year in The Guardian, Norwegian farmers allow their sheep to roam the countryside freely without any kind of supervision, where their flocks frequently succumb to disease, drowning, fatal falls, and even collisions with passing trains. The threat posed by wolves seems insignificant compared to these other preventable dangers. Related: New research reveals that culling wolves is actually bad for livestock Norway’s policies on wolves put it out-of-step with European policies and its own stated aims of conservation . Wolves were completely wiped out in Norway in the 1960s before being reintroduced in the 80s. Since 2010, the country has listed wolves as a species in critical danger of extinction, supposedly banning hunts except in exceptional circumstances. Yet the government has issued hunting licenses by the thousands every year since, and environmentalists claim the number of breeding females allowed within the wolves’ designated habitat is not high enough to sustain a healthy population. While Norway’s wolves do have a designated habitat in the south-eastern part of the country, the unlucky few that wander outside its borders will effectively receive a death sentence. Of course, government-issued hunting licenses are only a small part of the problem: illegal hunts within Norway are common, accounting for half of all wolves killed in Norway each year. So far, there’s only been a single case where hunters have been convicted for hunting wolves without a license. Via The Guardian Images via  Max Goldberg ,  Serge Melki  

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The wealthiest ten-percent of the population generate half of the world’s emissions

December 3, 2015 by  
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The wealthiest 10-percent of the people on the planet are causing half of the world’s carbon emissions. While world leaders gather in Paris to figure out who should carry the burden of reducing global warming, Oxfam has released numbers that show that the wealthy are using more than their fair share of our resources. Meanwhile, the poorest half of the planet – the half who will suffer the consequences of climate change the most – produce a paltry 10-percent of the emissions. Read the rest of The wealthiest ten-percent of the population generate half of the world’s emissions

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British Columbia to kill nearly 200 wolves in last-ditch effort to save caribou

January 22, 2015 by  
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In a desperate attempt to save the endangered mountain caribou of British Columbia, Canada, the government there has ordered a death sentence for up to 183 grey wolves. Populations of South Selkirk mountain caribou have dwindled into the double digits, and the provincial government blames the iconic wolf species for putting the caribou in danger of extinction . Wolves are often made out to be “the bad guys” when another species is in trouble, and then targeted for killing , but there is a lot of controversy surrounding their relative guilt or innocence. Read the rest of British Columbia to kill nearly 200 wolves in last-ditch effort to save caribou Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: british columbia , canada , caribou , conservation , cull , culling , endangered , endangered species , extinct , extinction , killing , population management , populations , predators , shooting , Wildlife , wildlife management , wolf , wolves

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VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

December 1, 2014 by  
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We have a lot more in common with our furry wolf friends than most people realize, and an annoying little case of the hiccups is no exception. The star of this little video is Nikai ; an 8-month-old gray wolf who lives at the New York Wolf Conservation Center . He’s probably the most adorable hiccup-er we’ve ever seen, and watching him is a perfect pick-me-up for a chilly November day. (Be sure to crank up the volume so you can hear his little meeps.) To learn more about Nikai and his siblings, Zephyr and Alawa, or to find out how you can help support and protect   these gorgeous animals , stop by the Wolf Conservation Center website! + NY Wolf Conservation Center Related: How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: baby wolf , baby wolf hiccup , baby wolf hiccupping , hiccoughs , hiccup , hiccupping , hiccups , New York Wolf Conservation Center , New York Wolf Conservation Centre , Nikai , Nikai with hiccups , wolf , wolf conservation center , wolf cub , wolf hiccup , wolf protection , wolf pup , wolf pup hiccupping , wolf pup Nikai , wolf pup with hiccups , wolf pup with the hiccups , wolves

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Help Stop The Killing of Wolves: Boycott Discovery Channel’s Ridiculous “Man-Eating Super Wolves”

August 18, 2014 by  
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  Back in May, the Animal Planet channel was set to screen a ridiculous piece of clap trap posing as a documentary entitled, “Man-Eating Super Wolves.” The production purports that wolf numbers have grown so large that the animals will soon be hunting people living in subdivisions: the kind of scaremongering hyperbole that gets at-risk populations of wolves killed for no valid reason. A public campaign against the screening was successful in getting the program pulled from Animal Planet, but now the Discovery Channel Canada has decided to screen it this coming Sunday 24 August, 2014. If you would like to add your voice to the campaign to stop this screening, read on for details. Read the rest of Help Stop The Killing of Wolves: Boycott Discovery Channel’s Ridiculous “Man-Eating Super Wolves” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal culls , apex predators , Campaign , discovery , Discovery Channel Canada , documentary , grey wolf , hunting , Man-eating Super Wolves , petition , red wolf , wolf

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How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

December 10, 2013 by  
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Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries , which are conservation organizations set up to protect them and help grow their population enough to be re-introduced to the wild. Wolves once inhabited most of North America , from coast to coast, but as humans spread across the states over the last century, these majestic, intelligent creatures (ancestors of “man’s best friend”) have become nearly extinct. Wolves have died out both due to habitat loss and also due to active human hunting and trapping. Today they can only be found in the wild in Canada, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming , whereas they once lived everywhere. Wolf sanctuaries are trying to help protect highly endangered wolves and reestablish populations in places where they once lived. I personally had no idea that there was a population of over 20 wolves living near me in New York City until I heard about the New York Wolf Conservation Center from Subaru as part of an “Adventure Roulette” initiative . I recently had the chance to visit this wonderful wolf sanctuary less than an hour from the city , and it was an incredible experience! It was amazing to meet and be able to “speak” with these magnificent, super-intelligent animals. If you howl at them, they’ll even howl back at you! Read on to find out more about these wolf sanctuaries, as well as where you can meet some wolves in your local area. Surprisingly, they are almost everywhere — probably in your backyard too! Read the rest of How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal protection , conservation , grey wolf , grey wolves , how to find a wolf sanctuary , protect wolves , sanctuary for wolves , wolf , wolf centers , wolf conservation , wolf conservation center , wolf protection , wolf sanctuaries USA , wolf sanctuary , wolf sanctuary nj , wolf sanctuary ny , wolf sanctuary nyc , wolves        

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US Fish and Wildlife Service Declare That Gray Wolves In Wyoming No Longer Need Protection

September 4, 2012 by  
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the gray wolf population has recovered to the point where they no longer warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) . What this means is that from 30th September, wolves in the state will be “managed” by the state under an approved management plan . Unfortunately, this means that Wyoming must maintain only at least 10 breeding pairs of wolves and no fewer than 100 animals. It also means farmers, hunters and anyone else can essentially shoot the wolves on sight. Read the rest of US Fish and Wildlife Service Declare That Gray Wolves In Wyoming No Longer Need Protection Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: endangered species act , esa , gray wolf , protected species , US Fish and Wildlife Service , wolf protection , wyoming

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