A little while ago, I had the distinct privilege of being able to sit down with Dr. Aletris Neils. Dr. Neils is the Executive Director of Conservation CATalyst, the big cat conservation group behind the groundbreaking video of El Jefe that became a media sensation in February, 2016. They were also featured in an article … More People and Caracals in Namibia: Interview with Dr. Aletris Neils of Conservation CATalyst
A few weeks ago, I released a post containing general information about pumas (mountain lions, cougars, Puma concolor, etc.). As I wrote, pumas are highly adaptable animals; even occupying landscapes that have been altered by humans. While they typically do not harm people or livestock, conflicts do occur (Kertson, Spencer, & Grue, 2013). Sport hunting … More Studies Find that Sport Hunting can Increase Human-Puma Conflicts
One of the most significant threats to jaguars comes from human-jaguar conflict. In other words, people often kill jaguars in order to protect livestock. While the total number of cattle killed by jaguars is often low in comparison to other causes of death, it is not evenly spaced. This means that some ranchers lose a … More How Bullfighting Breeds of Cattle can Save Jaguars
Two judges in Uttarakhand’s high court just made a momentous decision. They ruled that big cats in that state should not be declared man-eaters or killed after they attack a human. Instead, they said that such animals should be trapped and relocated. This is certainly a significant ruling. The state of Uttarakhand lies in the … More Uttarakhand High Court says Big Cats Cannot be Declared Man-eaters
A few days ago the conservation NGO Panthera shared an engaging video on their Facebook page. It is called Living with Lions, and I highly recommend you check it out. Living with Lions is important because it touches on several key topics in a short amount of time. It starts off by calling attention to … More Living with Lions: Informative New Video
I am afraid that I have reached that point in the semester at which multiple papers are due at once. Therefore I do not have much time to write original material for this site. However, I have found an important post that deserves reblogging. It would seem that jaguar killings are on the rise in … More 26 jaguars killed in Panama so far this year | Video
Today, October 23, is International Snow Leopard Day! This is an unofficial holiday that was created in 2013 at a meeting of all twelve Snow Leopard Range States in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The purpose of International Snow Leopard Day is to educate the public about the plight facing this extraordinary cat: an aim that is much … More Happy International Snow Leopard Day!
The killing of Cecil the lion last year drew international attention to the problems associated with trophy hunting. Shortly thereafter, a crucial study revealed that lion populations in some areas are plummeting. Africa’s lion numbers have declined by 43% percent in the past twenty years (Funston et al., 2016), and within the next two decades … More Review of Beyond Cecil: Africa’s Lions in Crisis
The Amur leopard (Pathera pardus ssp. orientalis) may be the most endangered big cat in the world. As recently as 2007 no more than 30 of these rare felids were thought to inhabit the Russian Far East (Jackson & Nowell, 2008). Now there may be as many as 80. Conservation successes such as this are … More Amur Leopard Population Doubles thanks to Clever Insurance Program
Dogs have been used to protect livestock for centuries. But as large predators have been eradicated throughout much of the world, the popularity of livestock guarding dogs (LGDs) also declined (Urbigkit & Urbigkit, 2010). Now, however, they are making a comeback. How LGDs are Helping Wild Felids The most notable example of LGDs being used … More Can Livestock Guarding Dogs Save Big Cats?