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Pandas descend from carnivores, despite vegetarian diet

Pandas descend from carnivores, despite vegetarian diet

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May 3 (UPI) -- Today, pandas largely feast on a vegetarian diet dominated by bamboo, but they descended from carnivores and their bodies still operate that way, a new study says. While the panda's diet is plant-based, it's protein and carbohydrate intake looks more like a hypercarnivore, which gets more than 70 percent of its those nutrients from eating other animals. The findings were published Thursday in Current Biology. "Based on what they eat, giant pandas absolutely belong to the herbivores -- but considering the macronutrient composition of the ingested and absorbed diets, they could also belong to the carnivores," Fuwen Wei, a researcher from the Chinese Academy of Science and study author, said in a news release. Throughout their evolution , giant pandas acquired herbivore trait...
Ecologists: Alaska wildlife management threatens state's largest carnivores

Ecologists: Alaska wildlife management threatens state's largest carnivores

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Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Alaska's wildlife management plan puts the state's largest carnivores, wolves and bears, at risk, according to a group of ecologists at Oregon State University. In a new paper published in the journal PLOS Biology, ecologists argue the state's management plan privileges moose, caribou and deer over carnivores. By depressing carnivore numbers, wildlife managers can ensure moose, caribou and deer populations balloon -- a boon for hunters. "Gray wolves, brown bears and black bears are managed in most of Alaska in ways designed to significantly lower their numbers," William Ripple, distinguished professor of ecology at Oregon State's College of Forestry, said in a news release. "Alaska is unique in the world because these management priorities are both widespread and legally ...
EU moves to protect large carnivores

EU moves to protect large carnivores

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The EU is to allow farmers to receive full compensation for any damages caused by attacks from protected animals like lynxes, wolves and bears.Other expenses including installing electric fences or acquiring guard dogs to prevent damage will also be fully reimbursed. The EU says the move will help protect large predators in areas where they have come into conflict with humans.Campaigners hope it will limit the need for culls. After many decades of decline, the numbers of large carnivores like wolves and bears are stable or increasing in many parts of Europe, often due to concentrated conservation efforts. 'Wolf-like' creature puzzles US experts Rare brown bear dies in capture operation There are now around 17,000 brown bears in E...
World's large carnivores being pushed off the map

World's large carnivores being pushed off the map

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Six of the world's large carnivores have lost more than 90% of their historic range, according to a study.The Ethiopian wolf, red wolf, tiger, lion, African wild dog and cheetah have all been squeezed out as land is lost to human settlements and farming.Reintroduction of carnivores into areas where they once roamed is vital in conservation, say scientists.This relies on human willingness to share the landscape with the likes of the wolf.The research, published in Royal Society Open Science, was carried out by Christopher Wolf and William Ripple of Oregon State University.They mapped the current range of 25 large carnivores using International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List data. This was compared with historic maps from 500 years ago. The work shows that large carnivore r...