People and Caracals in Namibia: Interview with Dr. Aletris Neils of Conservation CATalyst

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

Studies Find that Sport Hunting can Increase Human-Puma Conflicts

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

How Bullfighting Breeds of Cattle can Save Jaguars

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

Uttarakhand High Court says Big Cats Cannot be Declared Man-eaters

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

Review of Beyond Cecil: Africa’s Lions in Crisis

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‚Äôs 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

Amur Leopard Population Doubles thanks to Clever Insurance Program

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

Can Livestock Guarding Dogs Save Big Cats?

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?