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You already know that it makes much better sense environmentally to watch bears than to shoot them. Now it turns out that it also makes better sense from an economic standpoint: there is much more money to be made in looking at bears than there is in hunting them. Visitors are flocking to the Great Bear Rain Forest in British Columbia, Canada, just to see the bears. That's great news, especially because a study conducted by the Centre for Responsible Tourism, a research institute at Stanford University in Washington, D.C., and funded by the conservation organization Tides Canada, concluded that bear-related ecotourism is exponentially more profitable than trophy hunting. "We found that...

Japan's owl cafes - coffee shops with live owls that patrons can hold, pet and otherwise interact with on a limited basis - have gained popularity in recent months, but critics are saying these businesses are cruel to the birds, Mother Nature Network reported. At a typical owl cafe, customers are allowed to handle and pet owls, often while the owls are perched on customers' hands or shoulders. Usually, the customers must either pay a cover charge or adhere to a drink minimum in order to interact with the owls. Similar cat cafes have been such a hit in Japan that other animal cafes have cropped up throughout the country. These coffee shops/petting zoos include rabbit cafes, goat cafes and...

My first encounter with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was on a vet school projector. Shown grainy photos of skeletal elk and deer, we were taught CWD was making its way across the country in an easterly direction. Coming from across the Rockies, this disease was infecting both wild and captive cervids (members of the deer family) and moving toward Indiana (I went to Purdue University), with increasing reports in Michigan over the past year. Fast forward to 2013 and CWD has gone beyond Michigan. With cases reported in New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, this debilitating disease is here in the U.S. to stay. Hunters, ranchers, park rangers, field biologists, and veterinarians are...

We already knew that unrelated chimpanzees cooperated with each other outside of sexual relationships, but thanks to new research we now know why, and this exciting revelation doesn't just help us to learn more about social bonding in animals, but also in ourselves. Credit: Nigel's Europe The study, which was published in the journal of Proceedings of the Royal Society B, discovered that cooperation between non-kin chimps could be attributed to increased levels of the hormone oxytocin. International researchers working with a group of wild chimps in Uganda tested the urine to measure the oxytocin levels after a grooming session. Regardless of whether the chimpanzee was engaging with a...

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