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Ticks surviving shorter winters led to a recent 86% calf mortality in a study area, according to the Portland Press Herald. (Normal mortality is 20% to 30%.) This year Maine will grant 4,080 permits for the fall moose hunt, an increase from 2021, to help biologists determine whether reducing the state’s high moose density will result in a healthier herd.

SAVA, the South African Veterinary Association, recently invited Dr. Ian Whyte to speak via Zoom about elephant management. He was for many years the Kruger Park’s research manager for large herbivores. His lecture is long—some 40 minutes—but offers important information on how elephants interact with their habitat. Dr. Whyte’s presentation begins at the 5:48 mark.

Bison, that is—in Europe, where rewilding is returning this keystone species to forests and meadows. “Keystone” species have an outsize influence on their habitat, reshaping the landscape and, in this case, promoting biodiversity through grazing and spreading seeds. There are now several thousand free-range bison across Europe. The NY Times recently described a bison “safari” in Transylvania.

That’s the thinking of NatGeo Explorer Topher White and other environmental stewards who are listening for the sounds of illegal logging—truck engines and chain saws—through hundreds of recycled cell phones mounted high in treetops from Indonesia to Eastern Europe. White (above, with a cellphone array) spoke recently to National Geographic about the novel plan.

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