Wildlife & Biodiversity

Global Eco Watch: Major ecological happenings of the week (January 6 – 12, 2020)

Down To Earth brings you the top happenings in the world of global ecology

By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Sunday 12 January 2020

Wolf pack discovered in Colorado 7 decades after extinction

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) that manages the wildlife in the American state of Colorado, released a press statement on January 9, 2020, which said ‘there was evidence to suggest that a pack of wolves was now residing in Colorado’.

The statement, said a media report, came on the heels of an eyewitness account in October 2019 of ‘six large canids in the northwest corner of Colorado’ as well as the ‘thoroughly scavenged’ remains of an elk on the state’s border with Wyoming and Utah in the first week of the New Year.

The gray wolf was extirpated in Colorado in the 1940s due to efforts to eradicate livestock predators.

Aboriginal group blocks camel cull in Australia

An Aboriginal group has blocked the mass culling of animals that has been taking place since January 8 in a remote part of northwest South Australia, a media report said.

Elders of the Amata community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands have said that the cull would not be allowed to happen on their lands since it would affect their camel meat business.

The elders said their camel meat business was their only source of income and they would not be able to survive without the camels.

The administration of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands had decided last week to cull 10,000 camels in the area as they were ‘roaming in settlements looking for water’ as the region has been suffering from a very bad drought.

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