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Taxidermist in demand for his ability to make bird replicas lifelike
Los Angeles Times
Igor Caragodin was looking for the perfect specimen. He and his crew had been riding for hours in the bed of a dusty safari truck across the Burkina Faso savanna. The sun reached high in the sky and the sub-Saharan winds seared their faces. The group had found a few common guinea fowl near dawn, but Caragodin was scanning the dry bushes for something in particular. Then he pointed toward a rustle in the leaves — on a low-hanging branch, his quarry: a brown hammerkop.
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Obama administration plans to aggressively target wildlife trafficking
The New York Times
Hoping to stem illegal wildlife trafficking, the Obama administration recently introduced an aggressive plan for taking on traffickers that will include using American intelligence agencies to track and target those who benefit from the estimated $20-billion-a-year market. The plan, which was outlined by officials from the State Department, Justice Department and Interior Department, will also increase pressure on Asian countries to stop the buying and selling of illegal rhinoceros horns, elephant ivory and other items, which President Barack Obama has called an "international crisis," and will try to reduce demand for those items worldwide.
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The case of the black bear parts
The News Leader
A bag floating in Mills Creek recently had a local woman who spotted it worried it might contain a child. When she fished it out, she called not a police officer but a game warden to the scene, because the bag contained bear parts. While the case is still being investigated, the bear may well have been killed legally during hunting season and dumped later, according to state conservation officer Neil Kester. It's common for hunters to kill a bear or a deer that they'd love to mount as a trophy, only to discover the cost of the taxidermy is out of reach, Kester observed.
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Captive deer hunting operations under scrutiny in rural America
International Business Times
Some farmers in rural America have taken to flipping their land from growing crops to breeding white-tailed deer for a lucrative hunting business that some wildlife officials are cracking down on. Authorities say the practice is aiding the spread of a disease fatal to deer throughout the U.S.
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'Sustainable' taxidermy invades Toronto
If it hadn't been for a dead squirrel on a kitchen table, Mickey Alice Kwapis might be a miserable law student right now. "I couldn't be happier with the accidental taxidermy encounter that I had," she says while laughing. The first time Kwapis successfully reanimated an animal's corpse, it was at the request of a friend struggling with a college science assignment. Armed with a bottle of wine and an out-dated biology book, they successfully stuffed and mounted the rodent. She credits this process as the reason she swapped studying for the LSATs with studying taxidermy. And recently, Kwapis brought her now-seasoned skills to Toronto for a series of lectures and workshops.
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Lilydale home to 1st Australian Taxidermy Championships
A national competition heralding the art of taxidermy will see the Lilydale Scout Hall stuffed with a menagerie of lifelike preserved animals. Organizer Dennis Grundy said the inaugural championships would showcase up to 50 items of "animal artistry" made by enthusiasts from as far as New Zealand and Singapore. Grundy, who is the founder of the Australian Association of Wildlife Artists and owner of Lilydale's Australian Taxidermy Supplies, said the craft was often misunderstood. Over the past five years, he has prepared and preserved about 400 animals and has about 30 animals, mostly deers and foxes, at home.
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