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Human population boom remains largest threat to Africa's lions
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
The killing of a lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe has sparked worldwide outrage, but the largest threat to Africa's big cats is a human-population boom that is shrinking the animal's habitat and posing worrying questions about its future in the wild.
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Major US airlines ban shipping of big game trophies
OutdoorHub
At least three major U.S. airlines — Delta, American and United — have announced that they will no longer be shipping certain big game trophies. The airlines have not yet confirmed whether the decision had any connection to the death of Cecil the lion, which was killed by an American tourist in July. The airlines did say that the new policy has already gone into effect.
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Hunters benefit New Mexico tourism
New Mexico Council of Outfitters and Guides
Representatives of the New Mexico Council of Outfitters and Guides recently met with the secretary of tourism and director of marketing to discuss the economic contributions of the hunting industry to New Mexico tourism. Hunting is currently the second highest grossing recreational industry in the state shadowed, only slightly, by the New Mexico ski industry.
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Wyoming nabs shed antler poachers
goHUNT
Many hunters and nonhunters look forward to shed hunting every year, anticipating a lucky find or two among the hundreds of elk and deer antlers left behind, but this year, several people tried to gain an advantage by shed hunting before the May 1 season opener. Yet, instead of collecting sheds, they collected citations.
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Bill to protect central Idaho mountains clears Congress
E&E Publishing
A decadelong push to protect central Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds region came to a close with the Senate's unanimous approval of H.R. 1138. The bill by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, which passed the House by voice vote, now heads to President Barack Obama's desk, where it is expected to be signed this summer. Simpson's bill would designate 275,000 acres of wilderness, forever banning mining, logging, road building and motorized recreation in a region prized for its alpine lakes, salmon streams and towering mountain peaks.
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Opinion: In Zimbabwe, we don't cry for lions
The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
Doctoral student in molecular and cellular biosciences Goodwell Nzo writes: My mind was absorbed by the biochemistry of gene editing when the text messages and Facebook posts distracted me. "So sorry about Cecil. Did Cecil live near your place in Zimbabwe?" Cecil who? I wondered. When I turned on the news and discovered that the messages were about a lion killed by an American dentist, the village boy inside me instinctively cheered: One lion fewer to menace families like mine. My excitement was doused when I realized that the lion killer was being painted as the villain. I faced the starkest cultural contradiction I'd experienced during my five years studying in the United States.
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Iran clones mouflon, rare wild sheep, using surrogate ewe
HNGN
Researchers at Iran's Royan Institute for Reproductive Biomedicine, Stem Cell Biology and Technology made a clone of the endangered Isfahan mouflon, a type of wild sheep, by using a domestic sheep as the surrogate mother.
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How to gain access to hunt private land
By John McAdams
One of the biggest obstacles to most hunters these days is finding a good place to hunt. Some people have access to family-owned land, a hunting lease or even some high-quality public land. However, getting access to hunt private land is another good option that can lead to some great opportunities. Obviously, you'll want to gain access to land with good hunting prospects. But beyond that, you'll also want to seek out the landowners who are most likely to grant your request.
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