Wildlife Journal

Keiko Just Says No to Freedom

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/12/2012

Keiko, the killer whale that starred in the Free Willy movies of the 1990s, turned his back on the freedom of the open seas in favor of close company with humans, leading a marine mammal specialist to note that the whale would be…

Africans Want to Trade Ivory

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/12/2012

Several African nations plan to petition the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species for the authority to trade ivory from current stockpiles and from legal hunting and tusks impounded from poachers in the future.

Bambi has Outgrown the Forest, and Alternatives for Control are Elusive, Inefficient or Unpleasant

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/12/2012

It’s late afternoon at Big Meadow in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, and dozens of deer mosey along, nibbling on tender shoots and keeping wary eyes on people trekking across the open expanse or hiking along Rapidan Road.

West Nile Invasion Devastates Wildlife

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/12/2012

West Nile virus spread across the US in 2002, leaving more than 200 people dead and thousands more infected.

The Invaders: New Darlings of the Drive to Gain Power and Money at the Altar of Environmentalism

By Jim Beers | Published: 01/12/2012

This article explores similarities between the current endeavors to bring “invasive species” under the control of the federal government and the campaign that led to passage of the Endangered Species Act more than 30 years ago.

Predator Return Successful for Wolves, Environmentalists, But Devastating for Ranchers, Cattle, Shee

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/12/2012

On April 1, the Bush administration downgraded the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from endangered to threatened in northwestern Montana and in Michigan and Wisconsin.

CITES Grants Ivory Exemptions

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/12/2012

The November 2002 CITES conference in Santiago, Chile, brought victory to supporters of limited sales of ivory in several African nations but declined to lift restrictions on hunting some whale species.

Tuna Fishermen VS Environmentalists

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/10/2012

Fishermen developed the purse seine method of catching large yellowfin tuna in 1957 and began casting these nets around dolphins swimming above schools of mature yellowfin. Even with the introduction of the back-down method of releasing…

Summary Judgment

By William Perry Pendley | Published: 01/10/2012

Years ago, when I was just starting out as an attorney, I worked on a criminal case in Wyoming that involved and alleged sexual assault. Since Wyoming had not changed the sexual assault portion of its criminal code after becoming…

Tuna Time in DC!

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/10/2012

Against overwhelming odds, the Pacific tunafleet made enormous strides in the public debate in 1995 and 1996. But all they can say now is, “Tunafish! Are we there yet?” Not quite. And everyone who cares about the oceans…

Tuna Bill Sweeps Senate

By Teresa Platt | Published: 01/10/2012

After lengthy negotiations brought all but the most extreme into agreement, the International Dolphin Conservation Program Act (IDCPA) swept the United States Senate on July 30 by a vote of 99-0 and was signed into law during August…

The Strange Politics of the Marine Mammal Protection Act Steals Puppets from Native People

By Sheila Watt-Cloutier | Published: 01/10/2012

Over the weekend of July 17-18, American border officials in Buffalo seized six Inuit marionettes en route to a puppeteer in Rhode Island for repair. The puppets were made in Pelly Bay, a tiny Inuit village in Nunavut, of hair from…

US Marine Mammal Law Plays Havoc with Inuit Lives

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

The US Marine Mammal Protection Act is up for Congressional renewal this year, and anada’s Inuit natives would like an amendment to the law so they can sell seal products to US consumers.

CITES Conference Ends:  Same Old Whale Rules,  New Elephant Poaching Study

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Government representatives, conservationists, and animal rights and environmental activists met in Nairobi, Kenya, from April 10-20 for the triennial meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

Summary Judgment: The Prairie Dogs that Weren’t There

By William Perry Pendley | Published: 01/9/2012

There is no evidence that Fish and Wildlife Service employees who charged Lin Drake of Cedar City, Utah, with violating the Endangered Species Act ever heard this poem:

“Yesterday upon the stair,
I met a man who…

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh No!

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

Citing pet ownership of certain exotic species as “a growing national problem that must be addressed,” California Representative George Miller introduced HR 5226, the Captive Wildlife Protection Act, on July 25 to ban private…

22nd International Dog Show

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

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By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

Border Collies are intelligent dogs developed to herd sheep in the harsh climate of the border country between England and Scotland. The Border Collie energy and willingness to work are legendary, but alas, too few opportunities…


By Jim Beers | Published: 01/8/2012

Recently it was my pleasure to participate in a meeting of dog owners in northern Ohio. That evening, as I dined with my hosts and a couple of local owner/trainers, the conversation revolved around current efforts by animal rights…


By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced on October 12 that the agency would not issue new guidelines for field trials held on public land and would instead revert to the policy outlined in the FWS manual.

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