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Lynx, Seals and Boars

Did you hear the one about the swan who fell in love with a pedal boat or Berlin's annual crow-attack season? More than just wild boars, big bad wolves and problem bears, Europe's fauna have disappeared, returned, hunted and riveted the continent's residents.

Crying Wolf: Saxon Hunters Say Predators a Danger

Crying Wolf: Saxon Hunters Say Predators a Danger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2014

Hunters believe wolves may have caused a serious accident in the state of Saxony in December. They claim the animals, which have been repopulating Germany over the past decade after a 150-year absence, are increasingly feared by the local community. By Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Hydropower Struggle: Dams Threaten Europe's Last Wild Rivers

Hydropower Struggle: Dams Threaten Europe's Last Wild Rivers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2014

Europe's last remaining wild rivers flow through the Balkans, providing stunning scenery and habitat to myriad plants and animals. But hundreds of dam projects threaten to do irreparable harm to the region's unique biospheres -- to provide much needed electricity to the people who live there. By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]

Reeling In the Trawlers: EU Takes On Overfishing

Reeling In the Trawlers: EU Takes On Overfishing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2013

Fish stocks have made surprising comebacks in the North and Baltic seas. But much remains to be done. Beginning in January, new EU laws will impose more sustainable practices with stricter quotas and by-catch rules. By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]

Europe Gone Wild: Back to Nature on the Continent

Europe Gone Wild: Back to Nature on the Continent

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

Conservationists want to turn parts of Europe back into wilderness, teeming with wild horses, lynxes and native bison. But there are varying interpretations of what "wilderness" means and conflict over how much it should be managed. By Manfred Dworschak more... Comment ]

Badger With Chianti: Cooking Tips from a Roadkill Fanatic

Badger With Chianti: Cooking Tips from a Roadkill Fanatic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2013

Arthur Boyt eats animals killed by cars. He stews badgers with the head on, and he loves the taste of labrador. He'll even eat carrion several weeks old. Once you've picked the maggots off and cooked it, the meat tastes really good, says the British pensioner. more...

All Hands on Deck: Bavarian Search for Vicious Turtle Continues

All Hands on Deck: Bavarian Search for Vicious Turtle Continues

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 15, 2013

No one knows where it is, or even whether it exists at all. The Bavarian village of Irsee is ramping up efforts to find an alligator snapping turtle that is believed to have severed a young boy's Achilles tendon at a local lake last week. By Björn Hengst more... Comment ]

Tomb Raider: Badger Digs Up Medieval Treasure in Germany

Tomb Raider: Badger Digs Up Medieval Treasure in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2013

A badger helped discover the tombs of two medieval lords in Germany in what archaeologists are hailing as a significant find. The 12th century burial site contains a sword, bronze bowls, an ornate belt buckle and skeletal remains that tell stories of a violent life. By David Crossland more... Comment ]

Vicious Bite: Dangerous Turtle At Large in Bavaria

Vicious Bite: Dangerous Turtle At Large in Bavaria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2013

The village of Irsee was a sleepy place until last week when something big bit a boy swimming in a lake. Now, the villagers are hunting a snapping turtle, encouraged by a 1,000 euro reward on offer from the mayor. more... Comment ]

Endangered: Sharp Rise in Migrant Bird Hunting in Egypt

Endangered: Sharp Rise in Migrant Bird Hunting in Egypt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2013

German ornithologist Eric Neuling says there has been a huge increase in Egypt of the hunting of migrant birds headed south from Europe. Given the political crisis in the country, there's not much hope of tackling it. more... Comment ]

Highway Slaughter: Germany's New Anti-Roadkill Offensive

Highway Slaughter: Germany's New Anti-Roadkill Offensive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2013

Every year, hundreds of thousands of wild animals die on German roads. Now scientists are studying new ways to prevent deer, boar and other creatures from being run over. By Julia Koch more... Comment ]