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How to Predator-Proof Big Game Herds
Maybe you’ve been there: You’re hunting and haven’t seen a hoofprint all day. Then there are tracks tearing up the snow—but instead of deer...
17 Kills in Two Months: A Cougar’s Summer Diet in Yellowstone National Park
Isle Royale: Are the $2 Million Wolf Reintroductions Working?
The Biggest Change for Deer Conservation in Decades
‘3 Billion Birds?’ America’s War On Feral Cats
Jul 2, 2020
Scott Farver doesn’t have anything against cats.
When he found a box of abandoned kittens on his north Texas property a few years ago, he nursed them back to health and took them to a local no-kill shelter. But he also understands the dangers that adult free-roaming cats pose to native wildlife. That’s why, prior to 2007, when the Texas Legislature made the practice illegal, his rural community shot feral cats like any other invasive species.
How North America’s Most Popular Fish Nearly Went Extinct
Jun 16, 2020
Cast a line into any lake, river, or ornamental pond in the Lower 48 and you’re likely to pull out a black bass. The black bass genus Micropterus, the most famous of which are the largemouth and smallmouth, are native only to North America and have been the continent’s most popular game fish for at least 100 years. And for good reason.
In 1881, James Henshell famously described bass as “inch for inch and pound for pound, the greatest fish that...
Fact Checker: Will a Mother Bird Abandon Her Baby If You Touch It?
Jun 11, 2020
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.
If you find a baby bird that has fallen from its nest, you shouldn’t put it back. Touching a baby bird will stain it with a...
‘Incredible Waste of Money:’ America’s Most Ineffective Deer Management Program
Apr 29, 2020
New York City gave 1,719 whitetail bucks on Staten Island the “big snip” the past four autumns as part of an 8-year, deer vasectomy experiment. The program hopes to reduce the herd population, Lyme disease, browse damage, and deer-vehicle collisions. It has cost the city $6.6 million so far.
As of early March—before coronavirus devastated NYC—City Hall remained committed to the vasectomy program, which began in 2016 as a 3-year, $3.3 million...
Should You Fish for Spawning Bass? Conflicting Philosophies and Research
Mar 27, 2020
There’s no easy way around it, the ethics of angling for spawning fish are murky and widely debated, especially when it comes to bass. We would all like to definitively settle the debate around fishing for spawning bass, particularly those on beds. Anglers want a clear-cut, “Yes, it’s okay to fish for them” or a definitive, “No, it’s not good practice to target them.” But as with so many worthy topics, it’s not that simple—morally or biologically...
Ask a Warden: What Bag Limit do People Most Often Exceed?
Mar 24, 2020
In our series Ask a Warden, we interview officers from across the country to learn about their role in protecting our game, fish, public lands, and other resources. In this edition, we asked officers from West Virginia, Minnesota, and Arizona what bag limit is most often exceeded.
When a shared resource is depleted by individuals acting independently and according to their own self-interest, you have what is known as the tragedy of the commons...
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