An endangered red wolf was shot and killed just before Christmas in North Carolina’s Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and a coalition of conservation groups are offering a reward of $16,500 for any information leading to arrest.Only 45 red wolves remain in the wild, and they all live in a protected area in eastern North Carolina.“This loss is a huge blow to the species,” says Defender of Wildlife program director Ben Prater. “The poaching of any wild animal is intolerable, but the intentional killing of one of the world’s most endangered species is inexcusable.”Gunshot mortality is the leading cause of death for the endangered red wolf. A small group of landowners in eastern North Carolina has opposed protection for the endangered red wolf.Once a top predator throughout the Southeastern United States, the red wolf almost vanished 50 years ago. After being named an endangered species, a captive breeding program began in 1973. As the captive population grew, scientists considered where the red wolf could be reintroduced.Photo by Ryan Nordsven/ USFWSIn 1987, six pairs of wolves were released in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge located within a five-county region—Beaufort, Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde and Washington—of eastern North Carolina. Those 1.7 million refuge acres are now home to the only wild population of red wolves in the world, managed for the last 29 years by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program. Until recently, it has been one of the most successful wildlife recovery programs in the country’s history.But today, both the program and the wild red wolf face possible extinction once more. In the last few years, the wild population has decreased from over 120 wolves to 45— mainly due to shotgun mortality. Red wolves can resemble coyotes—especially at night—and a handful of local landowners have balked at hunting restrictions to protect red wolves. At the request of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and pro-hunting landowners, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has effectively ended the red wolf reintroduction and adaptive management program.Litigation over the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s decision is ongoing. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina issued a preliminary injunction in September 2016 that orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop killing red wolves and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill red wolves.One long-term solution, Prater says, lies in monetary incentives for landowners. A similar program was recently launched in Florida to protect the endangered panther and has seen early success. “Some type of incentive or payment plan—where landowners are compensated for every wolf pack they have or every acre of habitat they provide—it can work. It has worked elsewhere. We just need to start these conversations.”Meanwhile, authorities are seeking any information related to the December 21 red wolf shooting. Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Welfare Institute, and the Red Wolf Coalition have partnered to offer a reward of $16,500 for information leading to an arrest. Contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with any leads at 252-473-1131.
BTravel, one of the fastest growing Croatian and regional tourist agencies, in 2017 generated revenue of HRK 65,5 million, which is an increase of 70,12% compared to the previous year.This is a great business success for the agency that was founded less than three years ago, at the end of 2015. Today, BTravel employs 32 people and in addition to Zagreb, it also has offices in Pula, Ljubljana and Belgrade. The basis of business is categories incominga (tourist groups from Western Europe, mostly from Austria and Germany), MICE and business tourism and the category by which BTravel is unique in the market – sports tourism. The additional offer consists of school groups, as well as the offer of skiing and wellness, which recorded a growth of 100% compared to the previous year.”The concept of our business consists of connecting the interests and needs of different sectors of the economy with tourism and travel and achieving added value through this synergy. We also see further development in innovations, ie the development of digital platforms that will connect social networks, tourism and wellbeing, thus setting the latest trends in the industry.” said Dalibor Bilić, President of the Management Board of BTravela.Since May last year, BTravel has also been the exclusive travel agency of the BBCC (British Business Center Croatia / British Chamber of Commerce) and the agency’s special emphasis is certainly on the British market. “Data from the Association of British Tour Operators (ABTA) from 2016 show that almost 86% of Britons travel annually, with at least once a year traveling to a foreign country. So, it is about almost 40 million people. Given that British overnight stays in Croatia in 2016 reached 3 million, it is clear that there is much room for growth. The British are quality guests, who usually spend more than others, and Croatia is their destination that they have only been discovering in recent years.. ”Said Dan Vidošević, Corporate Director of BTravel at the Brit Travel Afternoon panel held at the end of the year, on the topic of young British tourists and their travel habits.The panel concluded that it was imperative to extend the Croatian tourist offer to the whole year, including continental tourism. More than half of Britons travel to other cities for a city break (53%), followed by holidays, continental and all-inclusive tourism. The picture in Croatia is that the British are mostly young tourists interested only in entertainment, but the figures of the Association of British Tour Operators (ABTA) show the opposite. Namely, according to statistics for 2016, only 8% of British tourists travel for the festival.</p>
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For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Real Madrid conceded 16 goals in five pre-season games.Bayern Munich lost to Tottenham Hotspur on penalties in the final.Gareth Bale could play for three years for Chinese side Jiangsu Suning. highlights Munich: French striker Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid defeated Fenerbahce 5-3 in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday which temporarily lifted the summer gloom which has engulfed the Spanish giants and coach Zinedine Zidane. However, problems remain for Real as they have now conceded 16 goals in just five friendly matches. They faced their Turkish opponents having been defeated by Tottenham 1-0 on Tuesday in the first match of a four-team event which also features German champions Bayern Munich. “We are going to find the solutions, we are going to work. I stand by my players and I know that we are going to make progress and that we will have a very good season,” said Zidane whose team had been left bruised by a humiliating 7-3 defeat by city rivals Atletico in a friendly in the United States last week. “Nobody likes conceding three goals but we have scored five. For us, this is a positive victory.” Zidane’s preparations for the new season have also been overshadowed by the saga of Gareth Bale’s future at the club. The Welsh star was left out of the Spanish side’s squad for the two matches in Munich after his planned transfer to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning, who had offered the Welshman a three-year-deal worth USD 1.1 million a week, broke down.Also Read | Real Madrid delivered a winning response to Zinedine Zidane’s stinging criticismBenzema said the humiliation at the hands of Atletico was a thing of the past and that the crucial date will be the weekend of August 17 when the new La Liga season starts.Also Read | Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas stable after a heart attack: FC Porto “The criticisms after the match against Atletico were normal. It was only a friendly but you cannot concede seven goals,” said the French striker. “However, it’s no longer on my mind.” In the final of the tournament, Tottenham claimed the trophy 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out win over Bayern after the game had ended 2-2. Eric Lamela and Christian Eriksen had put Spurs 2-0 up ahead before 19-year-old Jann-Fiete Arp, signed in the summer from Hamburg, and Alphonso Davis, just 18, pulled the German giants level with second-half strikes.