Grizzly Committee to Consider Measures to Protect Bears, Reduce Conflict in Northern Rockies

MISSOULA, Mont.— The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee will consider on Tuesday whether to implement additional measures to reduce conflicts between grizzly bears and people in the northern Rockies, as requested by conservation groups and others. The number of grizzly bear deaths has spiked to unprecedented levels in recent years. In 2018 at least 120 bears […]

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Canada Passes ‘Free Willy’ Bill Banning Whale and Dolphin Captivity

By the end of June, it will be illegal to keep whales and dolphins in captivity in Canada, the Huffington Post reported Tuesday. The so-called “Free Willy” bill passed the Canadian House of Commons by an overwhelming majority Monday, CBS News reported. It now must pass through a process called “royal assent” in which either the governor general or their deputies sign […]

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Thousands of confiscated juvenile European eels (Anguilla anguilla), called glass eels as they are transparent Image courtesy of the Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) 2018

Researchers and customs officials unite to fight wildlife trafficking using eDNA

A novel, fast-acting eDNA test can help airport customs officials identify illegally trafficked European eels, which as juveniles cannot be visually distinguished from legally-traded species. Although international treaties have historically provided a framework for imposing restrictions when nations violate agreements, enforcement remains a challenge in part because many trafficked specimens go unnoticed. Where enforcement proves […]

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