Wildlife News January 2018
Wolf for the first time in Flanders, Belgium
It was already mentioned on our facebook page, a collared wolf from a German research travelled 500 km in 10 days, passing through the Netherlands to finally spend some time in Belgium. It’s a female wolf with the name Naya. Soon she got into the media. To summarize, her stronghold is a military area in Limburg, Belgium. Not surprisingly, as it’s a restricted area where she can find peace and quietness. Up until now, she has been ‘behaving’ and only killed 2 sheep in the area. It seems like the general public is accepting the wolf. Hopefully, it can stay as a success story…
Extremely rare ‘ghostly’ white stag spotted in Scotland
Another strange sighting came from Scotland this month, check out this article with pictures about a white red deer in the Scottish highlands.
Camera trap captures spotted hyena in Gabon national park, the first in 20 years
In Gabon’s Batéké Plateau National Park, a camera trap study has been conducted. The park suffers from poaching. With camera traps, they managed to get pictures of a spotted hyena, a lion, a serval and chimpanzees. Check out the pictures and the article.
Big Cats – BBC One
In January, BBC One came with a 4 episode long series on cats, ranging from the small rusty-spotted cat to lions and anything in-between. check out the trailer from YouTube, find it on the BBC One player, check out this article, …
Remarkable, after episode 1, apparently there were a lot of people looking to get some of these cat species from the series. Sadly, people want to own a lot of things, instead of just enjoying their beauty in nature (and on screen). (BBC One article on global pet trade)
Muskox and other Arctic mammals are feeling the heat of climate change
It’s nothing new, but climate change increases the occurrence of extreme weather events, which obviously has an influence on animals. There is already some data on marine animals and polar bears, but there is a lack of data on other terrestrial mammals. This study reveals this climate change events are resulting in smaller head size among muskox young, which is generally correlated with poor survivorship rates. It’s a call to action to start studying more of these northern mammal species such as the muskox, reindeer and caribou, as warming in the Arctic is going twice as fast as the world average. Also just check out this article for the magnificent pictures of the Muskox, which is a remarkable animal, living in harsh condition.
A saiga time bomb? Bad news for Central Asia’s beleaguered antelope
Staying in the Climate change atmosphere, remember the Saiga antelope? In 2015, over 200 000 individuals died in Kazakhstan with no clear indication why. In a first step to address the problem, researchers figured out they were likely killed by hemorrhagic septicaemia, caused by bacteria. Although the relationship remained unknown. Now, researchers dived deeper into it and came up with a link between the bacteria and unusually high humidity levels and temperature. This finding makes saigas particularly sensitive to climate change.
Belize Banned Offshore drilling to protect coral reefs
New app hopes to reduce wildlife deaths on India’s roads, railway lines
Roadkills, an Android app currently supported by the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT), lets people record information on deaths of animals, both domestic and wild, on roads or railway lines, and upload geotagged photos. (Mongabay.com)
- Rhino poaching in South Africa dipped slightly last year, but ‘crisis continues unabated,’ conservationists say
- No more elephants? Poaching crisis takes its toll in the Central African Republic
Only one video caught my attention on Facebook last month, it’s a cougar hunting a deer that’s not running away, check out it’s confusion…
I took this video while I was whitetail hunting Thanksgiving morning. I thought you guys would enjoy it! One of the neatest things I’ve seen while hunting! You can see more of this on my Instagram @idahojeffPosted by Jeff Jeppesen on Sunday, 14 January 2018