Summer 2006

Summer 2006 AWI Quarterly Cover - Photo by Martin Woike/Foto Natura/Minden Pictures
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Unlike some species, the highly adaptable and intelligent raccoon thrives in human-developed areas. Unfortunately, because of this ability to flourish in environments as diverse as urban cities and the untouched wilderness, the small mammal is often blamed for wildlife-human conflicts. Raccoons are omnivorous and will eat most foods, which is typically the cause of the conflict. Simple steps, such as securing trashcans and feeding companion animals indoors, usually prevent the problem from occurring in the first place.

When raccoons are already present, sometimes homeowners merely need to mildly harass the animals using techniques such as placing a bright flashlight or loud radio in the den site, and then seal any entrances to get them to move on and stay out. However, in the spring and summer, it is necessary to make sure the raccoons leave with their young in tow. With some patience and a bit of research on humane, non-lethal methods for dealing with a particular species, it is not difficult to solve wildlife-human conflicts (see story pages 10-13).

Photo by Martin Woike/Foto Natura/Minden Pictures

Table of Contents

Last summer, a Davenport, Iowa reporter broke the story that plans were underway for building a pig slaughterhouse in nearby East Moline, Ill. The town mayor denied any knowledge about the development. A few months...
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Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good By Jonathan Balcombe Macmillan, 2006 ISBN: 1403986010 256 pages; $24.95
Growing public concern about the way animals are treated in agriculture, laboratories, the pet trade, the entertainment industry and the wild has led to a rise in proposed animal welfare legislation.
Oregon Primate Rescue founder Polly Schultz works with a cynomolgus monkey who demonstrates self awareness by recognizing her own mirror image.
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Since the 1968 publication of Stanford University biologist Dr. Paul Ehrlich's classic book The Population Bomb , the potential consequences of the human population explosion have been a heated matter of debate. Today, the effects...
Researchers Evan MacLean and Sheila Roberts Prior of Duke University reveal what's wrong with the traditional double-tier primate caging system .
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