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Bad News, Bears: Obama-Era Rule on Hunting Reversed

New rule to allow bear baiting, spotlights for shooting in dens called 'unethical' by critics

(Newser) - The Trump administration is looking to dismantle Obama-era rules that made it more difficult to hunt on federal lands, including through the banning of bacon, honey, and doughnuts as bear bait. The 2015 rule also barred the use of dogs to hunt bears, spotlights to shoot bear cubs in dens,... More »

Book: Cecil the Lion's Death Marked by 'Incredible Cruelty'

Andrew Loveridge writes death was far from instantaneous

(Newser) - When Cecil the lion was killed in July 2015, animal lovers around the world mourned . Andrew Loveridge had a heightened reason to be distraught: The Oxford University researcher had spent eight years studying the animal in northwestern Zimbabwe, and he's now sharing what the Washington Post calls the "... More »

Trump Administration to Permit Import of Elephant Body Parts

US Fish and Wildlife Service quietly made the announcement in March 1 letter

(Newser) - The Trump administration has quietly decided once again to allow Americans to import the body parts of African elephants shot for sport, despite presidential tweets decrying the practice as a "horror show." President Trump personally intervened in November when the US Fish and Wildlife Service first said it... More »

Officials Testing Human Feces, Hope They Belong to Tycoon

Thai officials trying to prove Premchai Karnasuta poached animals in wildlife sanctuary

(Newser) - It's not every day that a tycoon's feces are tested by the authorities, but such is the case in Thailand. Wildlife officials accuse Premchai Karnasuta—ranked by Forbes as the country's 35th richest person, with an estimated net worth of $240 million—of poaching a leopard and... More »

Hunter Tracking Lion Meets the 'Ugliest End'

Big game hunter's death under investigation in South Africa

(Newser) - Pero Jelinic's love of big game hunting took him all over the world, but most recently to South Africa, where he hoped to bring down a lion. It was to be the "crown" of the Croatian's trophy hall, filled with "everything that could be hunted in... More »

Man Killed by Boar He Was Hunting

German man shot at animal, followed it into reeds

(Newser) - Authorities in Germany are trying to find a wild boar that turned the tables on a hunter Sunday, fatally injuring the man after he fired a shot and followed it into a reed bank. Witnesses say the male boar apparently surprised the man as he searched for it, Deutsche Welle... More »

Cops: Woman Dead After Hunter Thought He Saw a Deer

Police say hunter took the shot after sunset

(Newser) - A western New York woman was shot and killed while walking her dogs Wednesday night—by a hunter, police say. Deputies say Thomas Jadlowski, 34, thought he spotted a deer in a field in the Town of Sherman and fired; he told authorities he then heard a scream and went... More »

Surprise: Lion Trophy Limits Were Loosened a Month Ago

One month before controversial decision on elephant trophies

(Newser) - One month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on trophies from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened restrictions on the importation of heads and hides of lions shot for sport, the AP reports. The US Fish and Wildlife Service began issuing permits Oct. 20 for... More »

Trump to Reverse Obama's Ban on Import of Elephant Trophies

Move will allow hunters to import from Zimbabwe, Zambia

(Newser) - If you happened to shoot an elephant in Zimbabwe on or after Jan. 21, 2016, you'll be able to import its remains into the US, reports the Washington Post . This after confirmation from a Fish and Wildlife Service official that the Trump administration intends to once again allow the... More »

Deer Kills Seasoned Hunter

'The antlers of the stag are like many knives piercing you'

(Newser) - A member of a French hunting party was killed Monday in what authorities are calling an exceedingly rare accident. Police say the unarmed 62-year-old man was acting as a beater (meaning trying to get game to leave their cover) for a hunting party in Compiègne national park, around 50... More »

Wisconsin Toddlers Could Soon Legally Shoot Guns

Lawmakers vote to eliminate minimum hunting age

(Newser) - Residents of any age, no matter how young, could legally hunt in Wisconsin under a bill the state Assembly passed that eliminates the state's minimum hunting age, the AP reports. Currently, a resident must be at least 12 years old to purchase a hunting license or hunt with a... More »

For $35K, You Can Kill an Exotic Antelope—in Texas

A look inside the Ox Ranch

(Newser) - When the death of Cecil the lion drew outrage, it shone a light on big game hunters in Africa. A photo-heavy piece for the New York Times moves the spotlight to something that may surprise: exotic-game hunters scoring kills in Texas, where an estimated 1.3 million such animals are... More »

British Columbia Just Outlawed a Certain Type of Hunting

Province says public sentiment has shifted against 'trophy' hunting for grizzly bears

(Newser) - The government of British Columbia has some good news and bad news for grizzly bears in the Canadian province: The good news is that hunters will no longer be able to kill them for sport. The bad news is that hunters will still be able to kill them for meat.... More »

These Snakes Don't Capture Prey Like You Might Expect

Cuban boas apparently coordinate the hunt

(Newser) - Time to nix that belief you've been clinging to that snakes are "mostly solitary and stupid," Vladimir Dinets tells Gizmodo . The University of Tennessee researcher has found one particular Caribbean species that apparently hunts together. Dinets' study in the Animal Behavior and Cognition journal details his research... More »

3 States Could Resume Hunting Wolves This Fall

Lawmakers from Great Lakes states want protections lifted

(Newser) - Gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan could again find themselves in hunters' crosshairs—possibly as soon as this fall if federal protections are removed for the predators. A ruling is expected soon from an appeals court that recently lifted protections for wolves in Wyoming. In Congress, wolf-hunting supporters aren'... More »

Astute Viewer Busts Poachers on Hunting Show

Observant man noticed hunters didn't have correct licenses while hunting elk

(Newser) - An eagle-eyed viewer in Wyoming watching a hunting show on cable TV noticed something amiss—an observation that's led to two hunters from Bedford, Ky., being sentenced for poaching and forced to pay hefty fines, the AP reports. Per a release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the... More »

After Huge Search, Missing Hunter Found in Jail

He had been picked up for public intoxication

(Newser) - Searchers spent hours looking for a missing hunter in north Alabama until officers realized he was actually in jail. Relatives of 50-year-old Randy Keith Holt of Hartselle reported the man missing Monday afternoon after he failed to return from a hunting trip, the AP reports. Holt didn't have a... More »

Woman Denied Swiss Passport for Being 'Annoying'

Nancy Holten meets all legal requirements

(Newser) - A vocal vegan in Switzerland seems to have voiced her discontent with certain Swiss traditions too many times. Nancy Holten was born in the Netherlands but has lived in Switzerland since she was 8; she'd like to gain Swiss citizenship, which her children have, but despite meeting all legal... More »

Elk Gets Posthumous Revenge on the Hunter Who Killed It

Oregon hunter almost killed himself when he flipped his ATV

(Newser) - An Oregon hunter found himself in a dangerous situation after accidentally impaling himself on his own kill, the Oregonian reports. Gary Heeter, 69, was dragging an elk carcass behind his ATV up a steep hill Saturday when the vehicle flipped, impaling Heeter in the back on the elk's antler.... More »

Hungry Humans Are Eating Wild Mammals Into Extinction

Study finds 285 species are close to gone because they're hunted for food

(Newser) - Hungry humans are in danger of eating nearly a quarter of all endangered land mammals into extinction, according to a study published this week in Royal Society Open Science . Quartz reports that 301 species of land mammals—from bats and primates to rodents and big cats—are being hunted into... More »

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