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Moles and mole control in Britain after strychnine

June 14, 2016

Molehills are a familiar sight in the British countryside and the moles that create them are often considered pests. Until recently it was legal to poison moles with strychnine, which is widely regarded as inhumane. Strychnine was withdrawn from use in mole control in 2006, leading to fears that mole populations would increase. In a ... Read full story


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David Macdonald reports on a remarkable story of teamwork, and illustrates how modern conservation work goes far beyond biology

May 24, 2016

At WildCRU we are fond of saying that, for modern conservation, biology is necessary but not sufficient – conservation goes beyond the natural sciences, to the social sciences, through economics, development, governance and the law all the way from evidence to judgment and thus politics. An important element is education, and we have been busy ... Read full story


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Ruaha Carnivore Project loses lion to poisoning

May 11, 2016

Unfortunately, the WildCRU team at our Ruaha Carnivore Project recently discovered a very significant poisoning event in one of the local villages, following an attack by lions on some cattle. One cow was killed, and the carcass was poisoned and left out in the bush. Project staff heard about the incident and went to investigate, ... Read full story


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New study improves understanding of Amazonia’s ocelot population

June 1, 2016

Though the Amazonia is considered to be the ocelot’s (Leopardus pardalis) major stronghold, there is no previous ocelot density estimates for any site in this area. WildCRU’s Cedric Tan and Diploma alumnus Daniel Rocha, along with other international researchers, published a new study in PLoS One using camera trap data from three consecutive ... Read full story


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Cecil and the Trans Kalahari Predator Project

May 13, 2016

The idiom has it that as time passes water flows under the bridge: David Macdonald observes that as we approach the anniversary of Cecil’s death that proverbial water has been a torrent, but amongst the turbulence of debate and the swell of concern for lion conservation there is good news from Hwange: Cecil’s three lionesses ... Read full story


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International trap testing guidelines in need of review

May 11, 2016

Around the world, animals considered pests are often killed or captured using traps. In 1999, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) produced guidelines for the testing of killing and restraining traps, and these guidelines are used as the basis for approving traps worldwide. However, our recent evaluation has demonstrated that the guidelines for testing trap ... Read full story



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