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Pumas Are Not Such Loners After All

NPR Morning Edition · Oct 11, 2017

Published 10/15/17 in NPR Morning Edition by Nell Greenfieldboyce

Supposedly solitary pumas actually hang out with their fellow big cats quite often, frequently coming together and hissing and snarling before settling down to share a delicious elk carcass.

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Lions’ leftovers eaten by many small critters

Jackson Hole News & Guide · Oct 11, 2017

Carcasses are consumed by many mammals, birds, study finds.

Published 10/11/17 in Jackson Hole News & Guide by Mike Koshmrl

An incredible diversity of wildlife — from chickadees to grizzly bears — make use of cougar-killed carcasses that are distributed around the mountains and valleys of Jackson Hole.

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Solitary Pumas Turn Out to Be Mountain Lions Who Lunch

The New York Times · Oct 11, 2017

Published 10/11/17 in The New York Times by Douglas Quenua 

Pumas have long had a reputation as loners, studiously marking their territory, hunting individually and tolerating one another only when it’s time to mate.

But the animals — also known as mountain lions, cougars or panthers — may be more social than previously thought, according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

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The cat’s out of the bag . . . and onto the ballot

The Rose Law Group Reporter · Sep 28, 2017

Published 9/28/17 in The Rose Law Group Reporter by Phil Riske

As you might have read, the Humane Society of the United States is moving to get Arizona voters to outlaw the practice of “trophy hunting” of mountain lions. The group’s proposal for the next year’s General Election ballot would make it illegal to “pursue, shoot, snare, net or capture any wild cat,” specifically bobcats and mountain lions. It’s estimated there are about 2,500 mountain lions in Arizona.

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Arizonans for Wildlife Launches Ballot Campaign

· Sep 28, 2017

Coalition gives voters the opportunity to end cruel trophy hunting practices on Arizona’s wild cats

Arizonans for Wildlife, a coalition of more than 30 non-governmental organizations and state legislators, has filed a ballot initiative with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office aimed at restricting trophy hunting and trapping of Arizona’s wild cats, including bobcats, mountain lions, jaguars, lynx and ocelots. None of these big cats are killed for food.

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This bobcat brings in $308,000 a year

The Washington Post · Jul 13, 2017

Published 7/13/17 in The Washington Post by Jason Bittel

Somewhere in Yellowstone National Park, a wildcat is walking around with a little extra swagger in its step today. That’s because a new study estimates the value of one specific bobcat there at a whopping $308,105 a year.

How does just one aloof floof generate more cash than the median American home is worth? Not by trading stocks or reinventing the juicer, of course, but by doing what bobcats do best — prowling about the boulders in pursuit of small creatures to devour.

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Biology explains why men kill big game like Cecil the lion — and how that behavior might be stopped

The Los Angeles Times · Mar 29, 2017

Published 3/29/17 in The Los Angeles Times by Amina Khan

Why do some humans engage in expensive ventures to hunt lions, elephants and other big-game species that often are endangered or otherwise threatened?

The cost, according to a trio of scientists, is exactly the point: These pricey big-game hunts are meant to show off men’s high social status to competitors and potential mates.

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Americans love animals more than they used to — even ‘scary’ ones

The Washington Post · Sep 20, 2016

Published 9/20/16 in The Washington Post by Karin Brulliard

Ecologist Stephen Kellert and colleagues carried out what became a keystone survey of Americans’ attitudes toward animals. Researchers recently conducted the survey again, and they found that while dogs and cats maintained their rock-solid top spots in U.S. hearts, creatures that were long hated have risen in the ranks. According to the results, published this month in the journal Biological Conservation, Americans today feel “significantly more positive” about bats, sharks, vultures, wolves and coyotes than they did in 1978.

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America’s trapping boom relies on cruel and grisly tools

Published 1/14/16 in Reveal News | The Center for Investigative Reporting by Tom Knudson

Across the United States, the resurgence of a frontier tradition – commercial fur trapping – is taking a hidden, often grisly toll on wildlife. The activity is legal. It is regulated by state agencies. And for the most part, it doesn’t pose a threat to species’ survival.

But it is carried out in ways that often inflict prolonged suffering and capture many species – including mountain lions – by mistake. And much of it is happening on public land, including national forests, even wildlife refuges.

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The human 'superpredator' is unique — and unsustainable, study says

The Los Angeles Times · Aug 21, 2015

Published 8/21/15 in The Los Angeles Times by Amina Khan

If you’re looking for the world’s top “super-predator,” look no further than your own reflection.

A new study that examined 2,125 interactions between predators and their prey found that humans kill other carnivores at a rate far higher than all other top predators. But what solidifies our No. 1 position is the fact that our hunting methods are so devastating to other species that they alter the course of their evolution — if they’re not driven to extinction.

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