Following on my earlier posts in January and February about the human-wildlife connection of Covid-19, this link accesses a half hour radio interview that Dr. Nicole Walrath and I did about the subject. It aired on Tuesday, March 15th. Bottom line: Covid- 19 originated in wildlife and infected humans in China and subsequently became a worldwide pandemic. Now that we’ve documented SARS-CoV-2 virus spilling from humans into various species of captive and wild animals, what does
This Washington Post article brings some national attention to one of the foremost problems of congregating and feeding wild elk (and other wildlife) in winter — the enhanced opportunity for the spread of diseases. Of greatest current concern is chronic wasting disease (CWD), a 100% fatal disease of deer, elk, and moose. The Post article provides some insight into the biopolitics of managing wildlife. For more details, read my article on the topic in The Wildlife Professional
To all of you who’ve subscribed to Bruce’s Blog but have not received email notifications of new posts in recent months, I’m deeply sorry. I only discovered the problem earlier this month after asking a couple of subscribers for their reaction to recent posts. “Posts, what posts?” they said. There’s no feature in WordPress that informs me that email notifications are not being delivered to subscribers. Because of ongoing problems with the platform I use, I’ve decided to migra
Panama’s president, Laurentino Cortizo, signed into law far-reaching protections for the natural world last week. The legislation, which was debated for more than a year in Panama’s National Assembly, recognizes the natural world as a “unique, indivisible, and self-regulating community of living beings” with its own suite of intrinsic rights. It validates nature’s rights to “exist, persist, and regenerate its life cycles” and to “be restored” following damages from human acti
In a continuing effort to build a following for conservation of mountain goats, this podcast interview with Exo Mountain Gear aired yesterday. The interview summarizes the ecology, sociobiology, and conservation status of this remarkable animal.
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