Wildlife

"Fear of Wolves Is Roiling Germany Once Again"

"GOERLITZ, Germany — German police reached the accident to find what news stories would describe as a scene from a horror show: Seven horses, huddled on a small, dark, highway, had been ripped to pieces by two speeding cars. The drivers had been badly injured. Investigators found pieces of auto wreckage and horseflesh scattered around the site."

Source: McClatchy, 02/18/2014

"Animals Bow to Their Mechanical Overlords"

"Several years ago, a group of American cockroaches discovered four strangers in their midst. A brief investigation revealed that the interlopers smelled like cockroaches, and so they were welcomed into the cockroach community. The newcomers weren’t content to just sit on the sidelines, however. Instead, they began to actively shape the group’s behavior. Nocturnal creatures, cockroaches normally avoid light. But when the intruders headed for a brighter shelter, the rest of the roaches followed."

Source: Nautilus, 02/14/2014

"EPA Approves Another Pesticide Highly Toxic to Bees"

"Flying in the face of recent science demonstrating that pollinator populations are declining, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made the decision to unconditionally register another pesticide that is known to be highly toxic to bees—almost one year after the EPA registered sulfoxaflor, disregarding concerns from beekeepers and environmental groups."

Source: EcoWatch, 02/11/2014

"Scientific Panel Faults U.S. Plan To Lift Nationwide Wolf Protections"

"The Obama administration used flawed research in devising a plan to strip gray wolves across the continental United States of Endangered Species Act protections, and discounted evidence that failed to support it, a scientific panel said in a report released on Friday."

Source: Reuters, 02/10/2014
February 27, 2014

Update on Recent U.S. and International Efforts to Combat Illicit Wildlife Trafficking

This Environmental Law Institute panel in Washington, DC (and via teleconference) will bring together governmental, nongovernmental, private sector and academic representatives to discuss recent domestic and international efforts to combat wildlife trafficking, the Executive Order on Wildlife Trafficking, and describe efforts of the Administration to implement the Executive Order.

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