Fish and Game commissioner who killed cougar loses position

Fish and Game Commissioner Daniel Richards

Daniel W. Richards was replaced as president of the California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday, seven months after he sparked a storm of controversy by killing a mountain lion during a hunt in Idaho.

 

Although the kill was legal in Idaho, California has outlawed the hunting of mountain lions for decades. More than 40 state legislators called for Richards to resign in March, saying he showed poor judgment in killing the cougar when the practice is opposed by most Californians. (more…)

India Tiger Park Tourism Banned

India Tiger Park Tourism Banned

 

NEW DELHI — India’s top court banned tourism in tiger reserves across the country Tuesday in a ruling that aims to protect the endangered big cats but may disrupt travel plans for droves of tourists who booked stays at the hundreds of hotels that have sprung up deep inside the forests.

 

The Supreme Court also announced stiff penalties on Indian states that have not created buffer zones around tiger habitats, said Wasim Kadri, a lawyer with the National Tiger Conservation Authority.  (more…)

NE China Bans Photo Sessions with Siberian Tiger Cubs

Wildlife conservation and forestry departments of northeast China’s Heilongjiang province announced Thursday that visitors will soon not be allow to pay for pictures with Siberian tiger cubs in a tiger park.

 

Visitors take photo with a tiger cub in Harbin's Siberian Tiger Park. [www.dbw.cn]

Visitors take photo with a tiger cub in Harbin’s Siberian Tiger Park. [www.dbw.cn]

 

A resident, surnamed Li, living near Siberian Tiger Park, the largest Siberian tiger breeding base in the world, recently complained to the provincial forestry department.  (more…)