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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 »

He Killed a Bear With a Spear. The Video Caused Outrage

Canadian government says it will outlaw the 'archaic' type of hunting

(Newser) - Killing a bear with a hand-thrown spear isn't an everyday feat—but the government of Alberta, Canada, is not impressed by the prowess of American hunter Josh Bowmar. The government promised to introduce a ban on "archaic" and "unacceptable" hunting with spears after video surfaced of Bowmar,... More »

Cops: Portland Police Chief Shot Buddy, Lied About It

Larry O'Dea placed on administrative leave

(Newser) - Portland's police chief has been placed on administrative leave amid claims that he accidentally shot his friend, then lied about it, reports the Oregonian . When questioned by reporters on Friday, Larry O'Dea, a 29-year bureau veteran and police chief since January 2015, publicly admitted to shooting a 54-year-old... More »

How 2 Men Got Banned From Hunting in 44 States

Men illegally killed dozens of deer, took disturbing photos

(Newser) - Two Tennessee men are forever banned from hunting in that state and 43 others after illegally killing dozens of deer and taking disturbing photos of the animals, the Tennessean reports. "We will never know how many deer these two killed, but we believe they could have poached at least... More »

Safari Raffle Riles Activists for Animal Rights

Bubye Valley Conservancy raffles off a lion hunt

(Newser) - A safari company has upset animal-rights activists by launching a "full lion trophy hunt" raffle —mere months after Cecil the lion's killing attracted worldwide attention, Sky News reports. Tickets for the Bubye Valley Conservancy raffle in Zimbabwe cost $1,500 each , with the winner getting the aforementioned... More »

A Prophetic Tweet, Then a Country Singer Goes Missing

Craig Strickland went duck hunting in Oklahoma during Winter Storm Goliath

(Newser) - Craig Strickland of Arkansas country music band Backroad Anthem set out on a hunting trip north of Tulsa over the weekend in the midst of a winter storm . "In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks,"... More »

Lost Teen Survives 4-Degree Utah Night

Brayden Neilson suffered hypothermia

(Newser) - After spending a frigid night lost in the marshes of a bird refuge near the Great Salt Lake, a 14-year-old Utah boy was found alive—and is expected to make a full recovery, KSL reports. Brayden Neilson suffered hypothermia and is being monitored for any lasting damage to his hands... 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 »

Hunter's Fire Breaks Boulder, Which Falls and Crushes Him

Another hunter was injured but escaped alive

(Newser) - West Virginia State Police say a hunter was killed after he and a fellow hunter built a fire and the heat broke apart an overhanging boulder, which tumbled onto him. According to a police statement, the hunter's death occurred Monday afternoon, the start of the buck firearms season in... More »

Woman Shot by Dog ... Named Trigger

Yep, this happened

(Newser) - If you name your dog Trigger, you're sort of tempting fate. And in the case of one Indiana woman, fate came back to bite her in the butt. Or, more accurately, shoot her in the foot. Allie Carter, 25, was hunting with her labrador retriever, the aforementioned Trigger, when... More »

Fla. Shuts Down Bear Hunt After Bloody 2 Days

State's first bear hunt in 21 years comes to an early end after hunters kill 295

(Newser) - Hunters hoping to take advantage of Florida's weeklong bear hunt—the first in 21 years—have had to shoulder their rifles after just two days. "I have signed the order to close the hunt," Nick Wiley of the state's wildlife commission said Sunday after 295 bears... More »

Hunters Kill 2 Moose ... Behind a Fence, in a Zoo

They didn't realize their mistake until it was too late

(Newser) - Hunters in Norway bagged two moose, somehow without realizing they were shooting at the animals through a fence. And not just any fence, but the fence of the Polar Park zoo, The Local reports. As the hunters explained to the zoo, their hounds somehow got inside the animals' enclosure and... More »

Which Animal Is the 'Superpredator'? We Are

The rate at which humans kill animals is not sustainable, study finds

(Newser) - For tens of thousands of years, where humans go, animals are driven to extinction. We are the superpredator, killing animals—and adults ones at that—at a much higher rate than other predators. And it's not sustainable. So say researchers at the University of Victoria in the journal Science... More »

In Cats vs. Dogs, History Answers

Cats are responsible for the extinction of 40 early canine species

(Newser) - It's official: Cats are better than dogs. Better predators, that is. So say researchers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences after looking at more than 2,000 fossils of prehistoric cats and dogs in North America. It turns out that when cats arrived on the continent... More »

Office of Cecil the Lion's Killer Back in Business

Walter Palmer's dental office reopens in Minnesota

(Newser) - The killer of Cecil the lion is in business again—sort of. The office of dentist Walter Palmer, who admitted to taking Cecil's life in Zimbabwe last month , reopened today in Bloomington, Minn., but without Palmer on the premises, NBC News reports. River Bluff Dental posted a tweet saying... More »

UPS: We'll Keep Shipping Big-Game Trophies

Company says public opinion won't influence its policies

(Newser) - While airlines at home and abroad move to ban the shipment of big-game trophies in the wake of recent public outcry, at least one company will continue to transport the heads of lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros, and buffaloes: UPS. The shipping giant tells the Washington Post that it follows US... More »

Hunting Photos Trigger Boycott Campaign on Jimmy John's

CEO Liautaud is the latest to raise ire

(Newser) - The Internet hunting of actual big-game hunters continues in the wake of Cecil the lion's death, with the CEO of the Jimmy John's sandwich chain the latest target. Photos that appear to show Jimmy John Liautaud posing with slain elephants and a rhino were in wide circulation as... More »

US Huntress Poses With Her Kills

Sabrina Corgatelli defends the hunting of animals in Africa

(Newser) - A huntress from Idaho has added her two cents to recent stories about Americans accused of hunting illegally in Africa—and attracted her share of outrage in return, the Telegraph reports. On July 25, Sabrina Corgatelli responded to the story of Cecil the lion's death by posting photos on... More »

American Gynecologist Accused of Illegal Lion Hunting

He's Jan Casmir Sieski of Pittsburgh

(Newser) - Not again: Another American has been accused of illegally hunting wildlife in Zimbabwe. Officials there say in a press release that Jan Casmir Sieski of Murrysville, Pa., joined a hunt in April near Hwange National Park, where an American dentist recently coaxed out and killed a famous lion . The New ... 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 »

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