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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.

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

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.