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BREAKING NEWS:Snares Wiping Out Wildlife in Unprecedented Numbers
NEW YORK (January 20, 2017) A very important article co-authored by WCS scientist Tony Lynam has been published in the journal Science about a crisis emerging in Asia from snaring, which is wiping out wildlife in unprecedented numbers.  The article points out that use of homemade snares are largely driving unsustainable levels of commercial hunting in Southeast Asia to the point of extinction. The authors also make recommendations for how this issue might be managed to avoid “empty forests.” 

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WCS Applauds New International Agreement to Protect Polar Regions
January 19, 2017 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) commends the International Maritime Organization and partners for the development and implementation of the “Polar Code,” a binding international agreement that will help ensure the safety of mariners operating in polar waters, and the protection of both the Arctic and Antarctic’s marine environment from the risks of vessel activities.

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Yowie and WCS Announce Partnership
January 18, 2017  -- Yowie Group LTD. (Yowie) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today a partnership focused on wildlife conservation and saving the natural world. 

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Are Herders and Livestock Bad for Rare Wildlife? It’s Complicated.
NEW YORK (January 13, 2017) The Denver Zoological Foundation, WCS(Wildlife Conservation Society) and other partners have published a paper appearing in the early view edition of Conservation Biology that looks at the positive and negative relationships occurring between pastoralists, livestock, native carnivores and native herbivores in the world’s largest unfenced grassland and desert.

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Profitable Coral Reef Fisheries Require Light Fishing
January 12, 2017 – Fishing is fundamentally altering the food chain in coral reefs and putting dual pressures on the valuable top-level predatory fish, according to new research by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Lancaster University, and other organizations.

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January 11, 2017 – WCS has issued the following video statement today by Dr. Timothy Tear, WCS Executive Director of Africa Programs, on the newly published study in Nature on the discovery of the world’s largest peatland in the Republic of Congo.

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A NEW YEAR’S ARREST OF POACHERS ADDS YET ANOTHER REASON FOR ALARM
BANGALORE, INDIA (January 10, 2016) – WCS reports that a poaching gang recently arrested for shooting wildlife in a well-known tiger reserve consisted of software engineers, environmental consultants, wealthy coffee planters, and a leading member of the Rifle Association of Karnataka State. Conservationists say the incident is particularly disturbing because the group consisted mostly of affluent and well-educated men.

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Massive Genetic Study of Humpback Whales To Inform Conservation Assessments of Ocean Giants
January 9, 2017 – Scientists have published one of the largest genetic studies ever conducted on the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) for the purpose of clarifying management decisions in the Southern Hemisphere and supporting calls to protect unique and threatened populations, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, and other organizations.

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GREAT START FOR 2017: WCS Applauds U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management  For Denying Seismic Survey Permits in Mid- and South Atlantic Waters
January 6, 2017 –WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) commends the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for today’s announcement on the decision to deny six permit applications for airgun seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic waters of the eastern United States. 

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New Canada Lynx Debuts at WCS's Queens Zoo
Flushing, N.Y. – Jan. 5, 2017 – A female Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) has arrived at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo and is making her public debut. 

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