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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Bear Cubs Found Along Highway in Northern California May Have Been Poached: Wildlife Officials — KTLA

Wildlife officials say they believe someone illegally separated two bear cubs from their mother and left the young animals along a Northern California highway. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says its investigators are processing evidence discovered with the cubs March 9 along State Route 96. Game wardens say they couldn’t find the mother,…

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Winter Warmth Ends the Slumber of Skunks — Oakland County Blog

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY Love is in the air. Eastern striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) are wandering in search of mates all across Michigan’s lower peninsula. During frigid months, skunks had hunkered down in their winter dens for periods of days, or sometimes weeks, and rarely ventured topside. All that is changing now as spring […]

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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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