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Episode 149: Protecting wolves on the prairies

The shocking news out of Saskatchewan that an additional 100 permits for hunting and trapping wolves in Wildlife Management Zone 49 made a splash across our social media platforms last week. In our blog , we told you that the Ministry of Environment is responding to an alleged increase in ...
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ACTION ALERT: Conservation officers shoot and kill cougar in Calgary

A cougar was brutally shot and killed outside of a Calgary hospital yesterday, after Fish and Wildlife officers – who took hours to get on scene – decided alternatives were not viable. According to the CBC and other sources, Calgary Police were the first to arrive on scene. Their role ...
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Greek fur businesses on the brink with Russian sanctions

Greek fur makers are getting worried after years of lowered exports to Russia are expected to take another nosedive. According to the Moscow Times , Greece exported 108 million euros worth of fur coats to the northern country in 2012, which dropped to 86 million euros in 2013. This year, ...
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ACTION ALERT: Saskatchewan government puts wolves in the crosshairs

In a shocking announcement, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) for Saskatchewan stated they would be opening a limited hunting and trapping season on wolves to deplete the standing population. In a quiet press release last week, the MOE stated that from September 15, 2014 thru March 31, 2015, Wildlife Management ...
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Seriously?

It’s taught in journalism and public relations to make a headline both informative and catchy. In this case, we really, really tried. But every time we read the letter from BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, all we could say was, “seriously?” In early 2013, we were told ...
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92% drop in bear conflict shows co-existence works

There once was a problem in Yosemite National Park . Bears were getting into cars (more than 600 in 1997), turned over garbage bins and generally wreaked havoc. And then something incredible happened: it stopped. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting a 92 per cent drop in bear conflict ...
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Episode 148: Back to school, week 2

We’re continuing our back to school series – focusing this week on the two-legged young who are eager to learn. This week we’re happy to bring you two top humane educators. First up is Zoe Weil , co-founder and president of The Institute for Humane Education , who will share ...
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Olivia Chow first mayoral candidate to protect raccoons

You’re already doing great work, Toronto! Within 24 hours of us posting our #SaveRaccoonsTO blog and social media, we’ve received multiple responses from council candidates across the city. But the big news is the first mayoral candidate to state they would not use lethal action: Olivia Chow . “We understand ...
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Gazette fur story: journalism or a sales pitch?

It’s an old adage in journalism that reporters must tell the whole story. In the case of business news, this remains true. Yet for some reason, the Montreal Gazette felt they didn’t need to share the facts with their readers. In an article about entrepreneur Lysa Lash, a former event ...
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Kudos to responsible conservation officers in Banff

It is typically said that a fed bear is a dead bear. But in Banff National Park, some hard working conservation officers (COs) are preventing that from holding true. According to the Calgary Herald , the wildlife officials closed a park near the Banff town site after receiving reports that ...
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