Monthly Archives: August 2015

Council for all wildlife

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In an August 21, 2015 letter to the Utah Wildlife Board, on the draft cougar management plan, Kirk Robinson, Founder and CEO of Western Wildlife Conservancy, has written that the plan allows for the killing of too many cougars.

His letter to the Wildlife Board has been written ahead of the meeting to be held on August 27, 2015, at 9 am, at the Department of Natural Resources Auditorium, 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. The meeting, which will discuss the draft cougar management plan, is open to the public. Please attend if you can, or write to the Utah Wildlife Board to express your views (politely). (Please see below for the email address.)

Kirk Robinson writes that the numbers of cougars being killed in Utah have been “slowly creeping upward over the last several years.”

The average age of cougars left in the wild is now…

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Council for all wildlife

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By Kirk Robinson, Founder and CEO of Western Wildlife Conservancy

August 21, 2015

Dear member of the Utah Wildlife Board,

I was one of two “non-consumptive” members of the cougar committee that produced the new cougar management plan as directed by the Wildlife Board. It is the third such plan that I have worked on. I am writing because I wish to explain that my support for the plan is contingent upon how it is implemented and is qualified by a concern that it is not informed by the best scientific information available.

The new plan has many virtues, one of which is its relative simplicity and ease of implementation. However, it easily allows for the killing of too many cougars – too many in the sense that cougar population age distribution, social relations, and home range tenure can be seriously disrupted with no discernible benefit to prey species, plus…

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By Sharon St Joan

Given the worldwide outcry over the sad death of Cecil the lion, it may be worth a reminder that there are countless deaths of Cecils right here in the U.S. The American lion is a cougar and they are hunted in Utah and in many states.

On August 27, 2015, at 9 am, the Utah Wildlife Board will meet to discuss the draft Utah cougar management plan, at the Department of Natural Resources Auditorium, 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. The meeting is open to the public.

Cougars are extensively hunted in Utah, with the objective of increasing the mule deer population to provide more mule deer for hunters to hunt.

In a letter written by Wendy Keefover, Native Carnivore Protection Manager, The Humane Society of the United States, and by Sundays Hunt, Utah State Director, The Humane Society of the United States, they…

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The science is increasingly clear: trees are central to healthy, livable cities. New studies are only adding to this understanding. For example, recent research published in the prestigious journal Nature found that having 10 more trees on your block, on average, improves the perception of your own health in ways comparable to an increase in annual income of $10,000 or being 7 years younger. However, according to Cene Ketcham, a graduate student in urban forestry at Virginia Tech, the benefits of urban trees rarely fan out equally across a city.

“We know trees have a lot of benefits. And if we know that having trees in our cities is important for our health, the converse must also be true — a lack of trees hurts your health,” Ketcham said at a conference organized by Casey Trees in Washington, D.C.

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Vietnam is the country responsible for the most demand in rhino horn.

75% of Vietnam is Buddhist.

Recently the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) announced they would actively promote guidelines and awareness toward the illegal and immoral use of rhino horn.

According to the IBC newsletter, “We should move from Compassion to Action…putting forth the need for a pioneering Buddhist initiative that translates Buddha’s teachings of compassion and wisdom into action for the good of all sentient beings.”

Vietnam’s Buddhist leadership has agreed to launch a comprehensive public outreach campaign against the use of rhino horn on the grounds that it is steeped in violence towards animals, biodiversity and human beings (poachers, rangers, and the victims of illegal trafficking in drugs, arms and people).

It’s consumption therefore is unacceptable for any Buddhist and has to stop.  Sourced through from:

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