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Trophy Hunting Could Actually Help Lions

Only under the right conditions

(Newser) - It may be a tough one for animal lovers to swallow, but a study out of the University of Kent suggests trophy hunting of lions might actually be good for the species. Specifically, researchers say trophy hunting facilitates the maintenance of large areas of lion habitat—but only under certain... More »

'Arrested' in India for 3 Deaths: 18 of These Lions

Officials in Gujarat state are checking paw prints and feces for clues leading to the killer

(Newser) - Three people are dead from vicious attacks in India's Gujarat state, and police have detained 18 suspects: lions from an animal sanctuary, the BBC reports. The "arrested" lions have been gathered from the forests of Gir National Park over the past two months and are now being held... More »

Guy Attempts Suicide by Jumping in Lion Cage

Franco Luis Ferrada, 20, was critically injured

(Newser) - Two lions were killed after they severely mauled a man who stripped naked and entered their enclosure in an apparent suicide attempt early Saturday in Chile, the AP reports. The man—identified by the Guardian as Franco Luis Ferrada, 20—was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was... More »

Agitated by Car Horns, Stray Lion Attacks

Victim in stable condition with broken bone, cuts

(Newser) - A warning: When a lion is on the loose, it's best to keep your distance and skip the selfies. A 63-year-old man is recovering in a hospital after a lion strayed from a national park in Kenya on Friday. The black-maned lion was spotted prowling beside a four-lane highway... More »

Researchers Stumble on 'Hidden' Lion Population

Study confirms lions live in Ethiopia park, possibly another in Sudan

(Newser) - Conservationists say they have confirmed the existence of lions in a remote national park in Ethiopia, a rare piece of good news for a threatened species whose numbers have plunged in many parts of Africa, the AP reports. Born Free, a charity based in Britain, said in a statement Monday... More »

No More Cecils: African Lions Now on Endangered Species List

And US hunters will need special permit to bring back 'trophies'

(Newser) - Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer caused an uproar when he killed Cecil the lion —and he may have expedited the latest Obama administration mandate. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is set to announce Monday that as of Jan. 22, lions in Africa will be protected under the Endangered Species... More »

Your Cat May Really Want You Dead

Study compares domesticated cats to African lions

(Newser) - Cats are fluffy little creatures that like playing with string and lying on their backs for a tummy rub. They're also neurotic predators that might suddenly kill you if only they were bigger, according to one interpretation of a study on cats. The study , by University of Edinburgh researchers... More »

10K-Year-Old Extinct Species Found in Cave

These creatures once roamed alongside woolly mammoths

(Newser) - One of Earth's long-extinct and ancient predators has been found—wholly intact for the first time—in a cave in eastern Russia, the Siberian Times reports. According to the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia, two cave lion cubs were discovered this summer almost totally preserved by permafrost in the... More »

Daring Rescues Give Circus Lions Freedom

They'll be airlifted to a sanctuary in Africa

(Newser) - Thirty-three lions who lived under awful conditions in South American traveling circuses have only one more trip to make, and it will easily be the best one of their lives. Next month, they will be airlifted to a sanctuary in Africa by the group that not only rescued them but... More »

Why I'm Glad Cecil the Lion Is Dead

Goodwell Nzou says Cecil wasn't 'beloved,' he was a terror

(Newser) - Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer may regret killing Cecil the Lion during an apparently illegal hunt in Zimbabwe, but at least one person is relieved there's one less lion on the prowl. Goodwell Nzou, a Zimbabwe native studying in the US, says he had no idea who Cecil was when... More »

2 Major US Airlines Ban Big-Game Trophies

No more rhino heads on Delta, American

(Newser) - More fallout from the killing of Cecil the lion : Two major American airlines say people whose hobby is killing and beheading African wildlife will have to fly other carriers if they want to take the animal parts home with them. In a statement, Delta Air Lines said it has now... More »

It's OK: Cecil's Pal Is Alive

Zimbabwe confirms reports of Jericho's demise were greatly exaggerated

(Newser) - Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe today dismissed a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a well-known lion killed by an American hunter. The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority released a photograph of the lion named Jericho that it said was... More »

Cecil the Lion's Brother Feared Dead; Reports Are Conflicting

Park says Jericho was killed, but researcher says his GPS movements are normal

(Newser) - Those outraged by the death of Cecil the lion have one big question today: How's Jericho? That would be Cecil's brother, and there's conflicting reports about his well-being. A senior official with Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe tells CNN that he was shot dead by an illegal... More »

Experts: Cecil's Death Could Doom 10 Lion Cubs

Dead lion's cubs are now vulnerable to infanticide from nearby male lions

(Newser) - The death of Zimbabwe's beloved lion Cecil , killed by Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer , could spark a "cascade of effects" that ultimately result in the deaths of 10 cubs in Cecil's pride. So say University of Oxford conservation experts who've been tracking one of the continent'... More »

American Hunters Bag Hundreds of Lions a Year

Washington Post: Walter Palmer is far from the only one

(Newser) - As the outrage against dentist and lion-killer Walter Palmer simmers, the Washington Post points out that he's far from the only American hunter to kill a lion in Africa. In fact, hundreds do so every year in legal hunts. Palmer's problem is that his guides lured a lion... More »

Baby Elephant Survives 14-Lion Attack

Fends them off, escapes into water

(Newser) - A 1-year-old elephant wandered off from his mother at the Norman Carr Safaris Chinzombo Camp in Zambia, and 14 lions attacked him—but, somehow, this story avoids an unhappy ending. The lions were unable to take the elephant down, even as they clung to his back, and he was able... More »

Zoo That Killed Giraffe Kills 4 Healthy Lions

Two females and two cubs put down to make room for incoming male

(Newser) - The Copenhagen Zoo has another controversy on its hands over its treatment—more precisely, its killing—of animals. The zoo, which drew outcries several weeks ago when it killed a healthy giraffe and dissected it publicly, killed four lions this week to make way for an incoming adult male lion,... More »

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