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Bethany Augliere

Tagged animals are falling victim to photographers, poachers

Radio tags are a common tool scientists and conservationists use to study animals in the wild. But a new paper in the journal Conservation Biology calls out a troubling side effect: Some tags can be accessed by people who don’t have the animals’ best interests at heart, from hunters and poachers to antipredator groups and even nature tourists. These people can access radio signals to track animals like sharks, wolves, and fish, sometimes putting them in considerable danger, BBC News writes. The paper calls on researchers to “take a leadership role” in proposing solutions for these unintended consequences.

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