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March, 2011

This Day in History

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Conservation Work Act on March 31, 1933, which created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was a public works program that enlisted unemployed, unmarried men between the ages [...]

An Update on the Deepwater Disaster

As of November 2010, reports tallied 101 whales, dolphins, and porpoises killed as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. But, a new paper in Conservation Letters now suggests a new chilling statistic: The number of cetaceans [...]

Momentum on Feral Cats Increasing

Another excellent story on feral cats, this time from The San Francisco Weekly. Of course, the most disturbing aspect of this are the public comments from cat advocates, one of whom says “the birders are full [...]

Feral Cats, Horses Not Just a U.S. Problem

An Associated Press article notes that over 40 species of unique Australian animals will be extinct within 20 years if immediate actions are not undertaken to control or eliminate populations of several destructive exotic species, including [...]

Alley Cat Allies Rejects Science on Feral Cats

Now Alley Cat Allies, a non-profit group committed to keeping feral and free-ranging housecats outdoors, is disputing the findings of a Smithsonian study showing that feral and outdoor cats are a significant predator on cat birds in [...]

Saving the Savanna

Although most of our recent articles have been about the effects of feral cats on the environment, not every type of feline has such an abundant population. In fact, many wild cats are endangered, especially in [...]

More Nonsense on Feral Cats

A recent article in Mother Jones by political blogger Kevin Drum further illustrates the kind of eco-ignorant nonsense that is being promulagated by certain media and feral cat advocates. Drum makes the following statement:  “… cats kill birds. Bears kill salmon. [...]

Scholarship To Wildlife Damage Management Conference

Students, April 18-21, 2011, the Wildlife Damage Management Working Group of TWS is hosting the 14th Wildlife Damage Management Conference in Nebraska City, NE. This conference will be of interest to young professionals interested in wildlife [...] Blogger Rejects Science on Feral Cats

Proving once again that a person’s world view has a major impact on their willingness to accept the results of scientific research, no matter how valid, a blogger on has totally rejected the recent Smithsonian study [...]

Call For Student Research-In-Progress Posters

Deadline: May 25, 2011 The Student Professional Development Working Group invites students to submit Research-in-Progress Posters covering topics in wildlife science, management, conservation, education, or policy. All undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. students are eligible for this [...]