In the Face of an ‘Extinction Vortex,’ a Radical Plan Emerges to Save Southern California Cougars — KTLA

The future is looking increasingly bleak for some Southern California mountain lions. Urban encroachment, inbreeding, vehicle strikes, rat poison and wildfire have all taken their toll on cougars living in the Santa Monica and Santa Ana mountains. Now, research published Wednesday suggests there’s an almost one-in-four chance the charismatic cats could become extinct in those areas within…

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Statement on Bureau of Land Management’s Final Decision Weakening Sage-Grouse Habitat Protections — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Come on people, wake up, shake off your complacency and take a long, hard look at what’s happening to your natural resources. The father of national monuments/parks and wildlife and environmental protection Teddy Roosevelt, would be mortified to see the extent of the ongoing rape of the natural world being inflicted upon the landscape and vulnerable wildlife by the BLM and the Trump Administration.

Below from Straight from the Horse’s Heart.  

Source: Western Values Project “This move will impact over 350 species that depend on the “big empty” of the sagebrush sea – habitat that drives over $1 billion in economic output each year from outdoor recreation alone…” After the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released Records of Decision on their final amendments to the 2015 […]

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Study Suggests Snow Leopard Population Estimates are Inflated — The Jaguar

A study performed by researchers with the Snow Leopard Trust suggests that snow leopard (Panthera uncia) population estimates are too high. The study – conducted by Suryawanshi, Khanyari, Sharma, Lkhagvajav, and Mishra (2019) – analyzed all of the peer-reviewed articles about snow leopard numbers from around the world. The scientists discovered that most of these […]

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A Model Ranch for Jaguars in Bolivia — The Jaguar

On March 7, Mongabay’s Rhett A. Butler released a great feature about jaguars (Panthera onca) in Bolivia. More specifically, the article deals with a ranch that is serving as a bastion of conservation. The ranch at the center of Butler’s article is called San Miguelito. Run by Duston Larsen and his partner Anai Holzmann, San […]

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What extinction in Idaho looks like: Last caribou captured, ending conservation program — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

By Rocky Barker as published on the Idaho Statesman “It kind of happened with a whimper,” Idaho’s last surviving caribou was trapped in a net and carried by helicopter from the Selkirk Mountains north into Canada on Jan. 14. The British Columbia Ministry of Forests’s capture ended more than 35 years of conservation aimed at […]

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Rare Ocelot Filmed in Arizona, with Q&A — The Jaguar

Conservation CATalyst, the group behind the viral El Jefe video from 2016, is in the news again. This time, they’re making headlines with a video of a rare ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) in southern Arizona. While, on a global scale, ocelots are listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, in Arizona they’re endangered. Ocelots […]

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Deadly skin trade may have prompted Nigeria’s Equine Influenza outbreak — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Source: HorseTalk Nigeria has declared an outbreak of Equine Influenza with more than 3000 equines infected, with reports from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) suggesting the outbreak is a symptom of the unregulated global movement and trading of donkeys for their skins. International animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary has warned of a potential disease […]

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Butterflies Vs. Border Wall: National Butterfly Center Seeks Restraining Order — News : NPR

The center says government officials have already cut down trees on its private property in anticipation of a border wall. The planned wall would split its property in two.(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

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