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Trophy Hunter Gets US Permit to Import Body of Rare Rhino

Michigan hunter gets dispensation in what Humane Society calls 'pay-to-slay scheme'

(Newser) - The Trump administration says it will issue a permit to a Michigan trophy hunter to import the skin, skull, and horns from a rare black rhinoceros he shot in Africa. Documents show Chris D. Peyerk of Shelby Township, Mich., applied last year for the permit required by the Fish and... More »

Hunter in Dead Giraffe Photo: It Was 'Delicious'

Tess Talley keeps hunting despite worldwide outcry

(Newser) - A hunter whose photo of her and a dead giraffe sparked global outrage has a message for the world: She's "absolutely" still hunting, MSN reports. "It's a hobby, it's something that I love to do," Tess Talley said Friday on CBS This Morning. "... More »

135K Elephants Were Protected. Not Anymore

Hunting ban in place since 2014 is lifted in Botswana

(Newser) - The nation that's home to roughly a third of Africa's 415,000 elephants has delivered a harsh but unsurprising blow to conservationists in lifting a five-year ban on hunting the animals. "The number and high levels of human-elephant conflict and the consequent impact on livelihoods was increasing,... More »

Nation Might Lift Ban on Elephant Hunting

Review ordered by Botswana leader suggests using meat for pet food

(Newser) - A third of Africa's elephants—an estimated 130,000—are found in Botswana. That's one reason animal activists are alarmed to learn the country is considering lifting its four-year ban on hunting the giant animal, 87 of which were found slaughtered and stripped of their tusks in a... More »

His Dog Shot Him. Now, Consequences From the Court

For him and his firearms license, not the dog

(Newser) - A German court has ruled that a dog owner isn't fit to carry a firearms license after his dog shot him with a rifle. The Munich administrative court dismissed the man's appeal against an earlier decision by Bavarian authorities to withdraw his license to own a rifle, as... More »

US Hunter Pays $110K to Kill 'Screw Horn Goat'

Officials say such hunts actually help the species

(Newser) - The latest trophy hunter to make waves paid $110,000—a record—to kill a rare mountain goat in Pakistan. Bryan Kinsel Harlan, as he was was identified in Pakistani newspapers, told Dawn News he took "an easy and close shot" to kill the wild Astore markhor in Pakistan’... More »

He Went Out to Shoot Ducks, Was Shot by Dog

Matt Branch loses part of his leg in Mississippi hunting accident

(Newser) - "My dog ate my homework" is what Matt Branch would probably rather be saying following what must be the worst hunt of his life. The Louisiana hunter was preparing to move positions during a duck hunt with friends on family-owned property near Mississippi's Eagle Lake on Dec. 28... More »

Hunter Says He Was Shot by 'Good Dog'

He left shotgun with dogs in backseat of pickup

(Newser) - When Sonny "Tex" Gilligan was shot in the back, he initially thought he was being fired on from outside his vehicle. Then he remembered the shotgun he had left in the backseat of his pickup with Charlie, his 120-pound Rottweiler mix, and two other dogs. The 74-year-old, who was... More »

After Shooting a Goat, She Became the Target

Larysa Switlyk went hunting in Scotland

(Newser) - It's a predictable cycle: A hunter posts a photo of themselves beaming over the carcass of a fresh kill only to become the target of international condemnation (like this , this , and this , to recall a few). This time, the ire-inducing image shows American Larysa Switlyk, host of Larysa Unleashed... More »

Idaho Official Resigns Over 'Nauseating' Safari Photos

Blake Fischer boasted about killing family of baboons

(Newser) - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says he has asked for, and received, the resignation of a wildlife official who was heavily criticized for sharing graphic photos of his kills after a hunting trip in Africa. Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer, who boasted about killing a family of baboons, failed to... More »

Idaho Wildlife Official's Safari Photos Spark an Uproar

In one, Blake Fischer boasts about killing a 'family of baboons' in Africa

(Newser) - Another controversy is brewing about an American hunter's safari in Africa. This time it involves a Fish and Game commissioner in Idaho named Blake Fischer, who returned from a hunt in Namibia with his wife and boasted by email of all the animals he killed with a bow,... More »

Hunter Shoots Cyclist Dead

Marc Sutton had just opened a restaurant in French town of Le Gets

(Newser) - A prosecutor says a hunter shot and killed a 34-year-old bicyclist in the French Alps in what appears to be an accident, the AP reports. Thonon-Les-Bains prosecutor Philippe Toccanier says the 22-year-old hunter was hospitalized for shock after the Saturday evening shooting and couldn't be taken into custody while... More »

He Shot a Bear in Alaska. Then the Unheard Of Happened

The bear rolled into William McCormick, causing life-threatening injuries

(Newser) - Getting hurt by a bear in Alaska is rare but not unheard of . But William McCormick's injury is more of the unheard of kind: The Army soldier suffered "life-threatening injuries" last weekend when a bear he shot fell on him. McCormick was hunting with Zachary Tennyson, 19, near... More »

Judge Halts State's First Grizzly Hunt Since 1974

Wyoming hunt was scheduled to start Saturday

(Newser) - Hunters hoping to legally shoot a grizzly bear in Wyoming for the first time since the Ford administration might be out of luck. A federal judge has halted Yellowstone National Park-area grizzly hunts that were supposed to start Saturday morning, the AP reports. US District Judge Dana Christensen granted a... More »

US Woman Poses With Giraffe She Killed, Ignites Rage

Kill happened during a sanctioned hunt in South Africa

(Newser) - The latest trophy hunter to spark the internet's rage is a Kentucky woman who posed for a photo with the giraffe she killed on a trip to South Africa. The South Africa-based AfricLand Post website tweeted the pictures earlier this month along with the message, "White american savage... More »

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 »

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