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Oregon Tribes Push for Beaver Protections to Save Wetlands

Oregon Tribes Push for Beaver Protections to Save Wetlands

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer After centuries of overhunting, beavers may receive new protections in the Beaver State. Two bills have been introduced to the Oregon Legislative Assembly that would ban the killing of beavers on federally managed public land and exclude beavers from being classified as predatory animals.  Experts hope that protected beaver populations will improve the health of their entire […]

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In the Midst of Another Drought, California Trucks Millions of Salmon to the Pacific Ocean

In the Midst of Another Drought, California Trucks Millions of Salmon to the Pacific Ocean

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As the Guardian reported, California is now in its second year of drought after a winter with little precipitation and it is the state’s fourth-driest year on record, especially in the northern two-thirds of the state, according to the California Department of Water Resources. Because of drought conditions, the […]

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A Hunt That Must End

A Hunt That Must End

By Azzedine Downes In 1965, the Canadian government asked then 30-year-old Brian Davies to join a group of consultants to visit the annual seal “hunt” taking place in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Eastern Canada. The government sought feedback on how to make the hunt more humane. What Davies saw was there would change […]

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Broad Coalition Develops Drones to Protect Critically Endangered New Zealand Dolphins

Broad Coalition Develops Drones to Protect Critically Endangered New Zealand Dolphins

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A coalition of scientists, environmentalists, fishers, and the New Zealand Government has developed a special drone to monitor and protect one of New Zealand’s most endangered aquatic mammals. There are just 63 Māui dolphins remaining off the west coast of New Zealand, and experts hope that this new technology can give them critical insight that […]

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Meet the “Pizzly Bear,” a Polar/Grizzly Hybrid Moving in Next Door

Meet the “Pizzly Bear,” a Polar/Grizzly Hybrid Moving in Next Door

As the earth grows warmer, some of its cold-weather creatures are struggling to survive, and in response, nature is showing us what it does best: adapting. The “pizzly bear,” which won out over the name “grolar bear,” is a polar bear/grizzly bear hybrid becoming more and more common in Canada. 

Why This Matters: The polar bear may be the next victim of the ongoing biodiversity crisis.

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Animal Activists Cautiously Celebrate as Federal Government Cracks Down on “Tiger Kings”

Animal Activists Cautiously Celebrate as Federal Government Cracks Down on “Tiger Kings”

When quarantine began, many of us were hooked on two things: Animal Crossing and Tiger King. Now, thanks to the hit Netflix docuseries, the federal government and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are having an animal crossover all their own. PETA hopes to use a series of lawsuits against privately-owned tiger and “exotic” animal “zoos” to set a precedent under the Endangered Species Act. 

Why This Matters: There is currently no federal law preventing the ownership of wildlife, endangered or otherwise.

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