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Fact Checker: Can Dogs Catch Coronavirus?
Myths, lies, and old wives’ tales loom large in the outdoor pursuits. Here at MeatEater, we’re dedicated to separating facts from bullsh*t...
Washington State Advances New Aquaculture Despite Recent Escapes
Bar Room Banter: Chernobyl Mutants
Florida Water Crisis: Is New Leadership Finally Turning the Tide?
Cartooning Conservation: Ding Darling, Ed Anderson, and Saving South Florida
Sep 3, 2019
Wandering around ICAST, the big fishing industry tradeshow in Florida a few years ago, I came around a corner and saw a burly man in front of an easel. I watched as he set down his paintbrush, slung a ukulele off his back, and absentmindedly began strumming a tune toward the six-foot wide, half-finished painting of a tarpon.
Though early in the composition, the creator’s identity stood out in bold brushstrokes, loud colors, and the slightly comic...
A Day for Bristol Bay: The Issue We’re All Sick of Hearing About
Aug 23, 2019
We are all sick of hearing about the Pebble Mine. I imagine you might be, too.
I’ve been hearing and reading about this project for my whole life. From growing up fishing salmon in the Pacific Northwest, to commercial fishing in Alaska to pay for college, to a career in the conservation field, it has perpetually hung in the background, pervasive and opaque as an Alaskan fog bank.
The claim was first staked on the Pebble deposit at the headwaters...
Fact Checker: Are Daddy Longlegs Venomous?
Aug 5, 2019
Myths, lies and old wives’ tales loom large in the outdoor pursuits. Here at MeatEater, we’re dedicated to separating facts from bullsh*t, so we created this series to examine suspect yarns. If there’s a belief, rumor or long-held assumption you’d like us to fact check, drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daddy longlegs are the most venomous spider in the world, but don’t have fangs big enough to break human skin.
Studies Show 3% of Drivers Swerve to Hit Snakes and Turtles
Jul 9, 2019
Police departments and insurance agencies routinely advise motorists to never swerve to avoid dogs, deer or other animals darting onto roads and highways. Sudden high-speed moves can send vehicles spinning or cause them to strike a tree, guardrail or other cars and trucks. Motorists fare better by bracing, braking, holding straight and letting the animal dictate its fate.
Slowly moving snakes and turtles, however, seldom trigger panicky reactions...
Ask Wired To Hunt: Can Herbicides and Conservation Coexist?
Jun 26, 2019
“Aren’t there any better options?” my wife demanded.
I told her no, this was just the way it had to be. Her question lingered with me the rest of the afternoon, though. The issue at hand was my use of herbicides in preparation of planting a food plot.
The logic of spraying a toxic chemical across a landscape in order to improve vegetation and wildlife habitat seemed counterintuitive to my wife. I couldn’t blame her. My goal with planting food...
The Other Red Meat: What The New York Times Missed
May 14, 2019
Last week, The New York Times’ food and climate desks collaborated to help their readers understand the relationship between dietary choices and greenhouse gas emissions. The project embodied a primary function of journalism—demonstrating the power of individual actions to impact national and global issues. Unfortunately, the associated article and quiz failed at another essential aspect of journalism—communicating the richness and complexity of...
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