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Rare Cats Saved From Hunting and Trapping in New Hampshire

In response to outcry from the Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Welfare Institute and other groups, New Hampshire’s Game and Fish Department has cancelled its planned bobcat hunting and trapping seasons. They would have been the state’s first such seasons since 1989, when New Hampshire protected bobcats from the hunting and trapping that had driven their population down to only 200 animals.

Bobcats aren’t the only wild felines at stake here: Canada lynx, protected as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, could be mistakenly shot or ensnared by bobcat hunters and trappers. Under the state’s proposed rule to allow the hunting and trapping seasons to move forward, hunters would’ve been allowed to chase bobcats with hounds; trappers could’ve legally set unlimited numbers of indiscriminate traps.

“We’re so relieved the Game and Fish Department listened to our concerns, and that New Hampshire’s bobcats and lynx are safe from hunters and trappers for yet another year,” said the Center’s Collette Adkins.

Read more in The Keene Sentinel


Wild & Weird: The Daring Escape of Inky the Octopus

There’s something about a good jailbreak that captures the human imagination. Maybe it’s the cunning derring-do of the escapee; maybe it’s our own longing to break free. Add eight arms to the getaway and people really become entranced.

Recent news of the daring escape of Inky, an octopus formerly on exhibit at the National Aquarium of New Zealand, captured news media and the internet by storm. “We did not expect that much interest at all from around the world; we thought it was just a story for the locals,” said Rob Yarrell, manager of the aquarium, to National Geographic in a recent interview.

Inky’s escape path was easily discovered by aquarium staff: They followed his wet trail from the small opening in his enclosure, across the floor and into a narrow pipe leading to the ocean. Yarrell and his staff do not plan to pursue the tentacled absconder; they merely wished him well on his travels.

Read more about Inky’s great escape at National Geographic.


Imperiled Gulf Fish One Step Closer to Protection

The Alabama shad — a large, silvery fish that lives partly in the Gulf of Mexico and swims up Southeast streams to spawn — occupies just a tiny fraction of its historic habitat in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana and Iowa. Its numbers are dwindling because of dams, dredging and water pollution. The shad has languished for decades without federal protection despite being named a “candidate” for that protection back in 1997.

Luckily for the at-risk fish, the Center last week reached a settlement with the National Marine Fisheries Service that will force the agency to decide whether the shad warrants protection by this June. (In 2013 the agency declared that the species may deserve protection, but it’s more than a year late in taking the next legal step toward that goal.)

“There’s still time to recover this oceangoing fish in its historic Southeast habitat,” said the Center’s Jaclyn Lopez. “Endangered Species Act protection will help guide restoration efforts that will help the shad rebound.”

Read more in our press release.




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