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Wolves as the Keystone Species of the Greater Yellowstone Area
Wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem In the Greater Yellowstone Area, wolves have been reintroduced to help with the development of the ecosystem. Wolves are considered a keystone species at the top of the Yellowstone food chain. Due to this, they affect many other organisms in the ecosystem. In 1995, there were fo...
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The Significance of Ferret Domestication in Our History
Ferrets The ferret (Mustela putorius furo) has been domesticated for thousands of years. The domesticated ferret is imperative to the modern and historic world in many ways. Today’s ferrets have many uses, such as: hunting rabbits, rodent control, fur production, transportation, companionship, British games, and biomedical...
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A Discussion on a New Hunting Method From the Coasts of Japan's Islands Called Drive-Hunting
Do you remember the last time you felt immense physical pain? Well, it is unlikely that you were stabbed and completely conscious while your spinal cord was being crushed and your body mutilated. I mention this because this is only a part of a somewhat new hunting method called “drive-hunting”, which has surfaced on the coa...
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Characteristics of the Cassowaries a Bird Found in the Rainforest of Papua New Guinea
The cassowaries are large, flightless ratite birds that are found in the rainforests of Papa New Guinea, Australia, and some of the surrounding islands (Sanft 1975). Weighing up to 85 kg, these birds are second in size only to the ostrich. Native peoples hunted the cassowaries and valued them as livestock; it was reported t...
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Lead Ammunition Ban in California and Its Effects on Scavenging Birds
Several years ago, a team of wildlife researchers tested the effect of California’s 2008 lead ammunition ban on the blood lead levels of two scavenging birds, the Golden Eagle and the Turkey Vulture (Kelly, et al. 2011). The lead ammunition ban was enacted to aid the recovery of a critically endangered bird, the California...
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A Study on Determining the Genetic Diversity of the Devil Lake Trout and the Loughborough Lake Trout
Abstract This study was undertaken to determine the genetic diversity of both the Devil Lake trout and the Loughborough Lake trout. To accomplish this, microsatellite data was collected from the two fish populations. The observed heterozygosity of each of the fish populations was used as a point of comparison as it direct...
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A Discussion on Hoddle's Use of Exotic Species to Control Invasive Exotic Species
Hoddle, M. S. (2004). Restoring Balance: Using Exotic Species to Control
Invasive Exotic Species. Conservation Biology, 18(1), 38-49. Hoddle advocates for the use of powerful technology to control invasive feral cats using biological control, entails the use of selected organisms high in the food chain to...
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Colorful Guppies Have a Higher Chance of Getting a Mate and Getting Eaten
With lots of data composed in the United States, I knew that the guppies were dramatically changing in color and my crew and I wanted to fully understand why. The guppies were mire drab when there were more predators. The more colorful guppies in areas with lots of predators were more likely to get eaten. The colorful gu...
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The Ban on the Importation, Distribution and Sale of Whales and Whale Products in Australia
Statement of Facts The newly appointed Australian Government has proposed to ban the
importation, distribution and sale within Australia of whales and whale
products. This arises from the provisions created under Australia's
Absolute Protection for Wild Whales Act 2013 (Cth) and related customs
regulations. One of the many...
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A Comprehensive Analysis of Blackfish, a Documentary Film by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Blackfish, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite was released on July 19th, 2013. In the film, the watchers get to see a continuous court case between SeaWorld and the Occupational Safety and Health Admissions. The documentary talks about an aggressive killer whale named Tilikum who was captured at a young age and was kept in...
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