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Photos: Ten Environmental Losses of 2009

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 15, 2009   View Article

2009 saw vast patches of the planet protected and world leaders pledge to fight global warming, but the climate continued to change dramatically–putting it in the “loss” column for the environment this year, according to experts who spoke to National Geographic.

U.S. Wolf Hunts May Kill Hundreds – Spurs Demand, Ire

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 24, 2009   View Article

Starting today, hunters can walk into any license vendor in Idaho and buy a tag to kill a gray wolf.

Vendors such as Daniel Stephenson, owner of River of No Return Taxidermy in Salmon, Idaho, expect robust demand.

“In our area, there’re lots of [wolves] and they’re not a real popular thing for deer and elk hunters,” Stephenson said. “So everybody wants a chance to go get one.”

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a plan August 17 to allow up to 220 wolves to be killed by the public this coming fall and winter. Licensed hunters will be allowed to kill wolves starting September 1. Most hunting will be finished by December 31.

Chimps Use “Spears” to Hunt Mammals, Study Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 22, 2007   View Article

For the first time, great apes have been observed making and using tools to hunt mammals, according to a new study. The discovery offers insight into the evolution of hunting behavior in early humans.

No fewer than 22 times, researchers documented wild chimpanzees on an African savanna fashioning sticks into “spears” to hunt small primates called lesser bush babies.

Captured Dolphin With Four Fins Spotlights Controversial Hunt

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: November 14, 2006   View Article

The capture of an unusual dolphin with an extra set of fins is shedding light on a controversial hunting technique in Japan.

The bottlenose dolphin was captured alive on October 28 during Japan’s annual dolphin “drive hunt.”

During the hunt, fishers use boats and loud noises to herd hundreds of dolphins into shallow bays. There, many are corralled into nets and killed. Others are kept live and sold to aquariums, according to conservationists.

Iceland Breaks Whale-Hunt Ban, Kills Fin Whale

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 23, 2006   View Article

Icelandic whalers killed an endangered fin whale Saturday, breaking a 20-year moratorium on commercial whaling in the Scandinavian country.

Television images Sunday showed a 65-foot-long (20-meter-long) fin whale being towed into an Icelandic harbor. The whale was harpooned in the North Atlantic about 200 miles (320 kilometers) west of the country.

Majority Votes to Legalize Whaling

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 19, 2006   View Article

A slim majority of nations on the International Whaling Commission voted Sunday in support of legalizing commercial whaling.

The vote—33 for and 32 against, with one abstention—fell short of the three-quarters majority needed to overturn the 20-year ban on commercial whaling.

Photo in the News: Polar Bear-Grizzly Hybrid Discovered

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 11, 2006   View Article

DNA analysis has confirmed that a bear shot in the Canadian Arctic last month is a half-polar bear, half-grizzly hybrid. While the two bear species have interbred in zoos, this is the first evidence of a wild polar bear-grizzly offspring.

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