Saving the Three Amigos

Three of the world’s rarest antelope, the scimitar-horned oryx, dama gazelle, and addax (or white antelope), known as the “Three Amigos”, could be saved from extinction thanks to American hunters and private landowners. The scimitar-horned oryx is extinct in the wild across its range in North Africa, having been last seen in Niger and Chad …

AWCF Update: “Hunting Is Conservation”

Delegates from 13 countries gathered this week at the Legend Resort and Entabeni Conservancy in Limpopo, South Africa for the 14th annual African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF). Participants included government representatives from African nations, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, private sector representatives from professional hunter associations, a variety of non-governmental organizations, the CITES Secretariat, …

Tanzania Introduces New Wildlife Management Authority

Conservationists are celebrating the recent launch of the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA). Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete announced the inauguration of TAWA on October 18th in Dar es Salaam. The new authority is responsible for building the country’s capacity to fight growing wildlife challenges. Tanzania has been considering establishing a body like TAWA for many …

Weekly Update: Tanzania Lion Project Launches in Serengeti

SCI Foundation, in collaboration with the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute and the Carnivore Ecology Laboratory (CEL) at Mississippi State University, has begun what will be the most accurate population survey in the history of African lion research. Researchers have recently completed the initial stages of   field work in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. The Tanzania Lion …

Weekly Update: Sensory Safari Program Reaches Thousands with Wildlife Education

The Redding Regional Chapter of SCI in northern California has exposed thousands of visitors to the world of wildlife and wildlife conservation this year with the use of their Sensory Safari Trailer. Overall, the chapter has already reached 8,000 visitors from public and private schools, county fairs, and various organized events. Sensory Safari is a …

Issue of the Week: Successful Bear Management Leads to Opening of Hunting Season in Florida

This weekend, Florida’s first black bear hunting season in decades opens. The opening of the season is the culmination of years of bear recovery efforts. From only a few hundred individuals in the 1970s to more than 3,000 today, the Florida black bear is one of the state’s biggest conservation success stories. The opening of …

CWD: An Uncertain Link to Hunting Scents

With deer season underway in many parts of North America, hunters are using a variety of scents, such as dominant-buck or doe-in-estrus urine attractions, to lure deer closer to their stands. However, some states, like Alaska, Virginia and Vermont, have recently banned the use of these products for fear that is contributing to the spread …

Weekly Update: Montana Bitterroot Elk Project

  In 2011, SCI Foundation partnered with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the University of Montana to investigate the influence of predation, habitat and nutrition on elk population dynamics in the southern Bitterroot Valley. After four years, the research is complete. There are some important outcomes that are being used to change regulations and …

Positive Enhancement Finding for Argali in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently found that the importation of argali sheep hunted in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia in 2015 would enhance the survival of the species in each country. Enhancement findings are annually required for argali before import permits are issued. A positive enhancement finding essentially means that U.S. hunters participating …

Estimating White-Tailed Deer Fawn Survival in Michigan

By Nathan Libal, MS State University; Dr. Jerrold Belant, MS State University; Dr. Dean Beyer, MI DNR Wildlife radio transmitters are an invaluable tool for determining habitat use and movements of many species.  Researchers also use radio transmitters to estimate survival and cause-specific mortality.  Several decades ago, these devices were in their infancy, and managers …