Anti-Poaching Adds Technology to Arsenal

Poaching of protected wildlife has reached an epidemic level and created a crisis for some African species. Rhinos and elephants are especially targeted for their horns and ivory in illegal markets overseas. Last year, a total 1,215 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone. Poaching syndicates are becoming more organized and well equipped. Technology may …

Issue of the Week: Fair Chase and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Since the late 19th century, North America‚Äôs hunter-conservationists have embraced a strong ethical tradition of fair chase. The concept of fair chase considers the means and methods for the ethical harvest of wildlife. One definition of fair chase is the lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging game species in a manner that does not …

Issue of the Week: Drones

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles that can be used as a low-cost surveillance alternative to planes and helicopters. Some drone systems now cost as little as $1000 and are becoming widely available to the public. In the past, drones were associated with military intelligence and warfare. However, as technology advances and becomes less expensive, drones …