The mastodons, ground sloths, and sabercats are all gone. They all slipped into extinction around 10,000 or so years ago, along with an even wider variety of fantastic beasts and birds that fall under the category megafauna. Read full report.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism posted a photos of a mountain captured by a hunter's trail camera. "The clarity of the shots provide a crystal clear image of the animal's signature long, upturned tail and the nearby blind serves as a great size reference," read the agency's Facebook post. Read full report.
Big cats are extending their range into the Great Plains. Mountain lions, or cougars as they are also known, have long been associated with regions other than the Plains, but mountain lions are expanding their territory into the area. Read full report.
Big game trophy hunters can play an important role in lion conservation, a team of researchers from the University of Kent has controversially claimed. Read full report.
This summer, America woke up to the unequivocally endearing footage of five mountain lion kittens born in the Santa Susana Mountains, just north of Los Angeles. They made national headlines. “They nailed their Hollywood-area debut with adorable hisses, deep blue eyes and darling little claws,” wrote Karin Brulliard in the Washington Post. Read full report.
Residents on Vashon Island are used to wildlife sightings, but not like what they've seen recently. A cougar has taken up residence on the island after swimming from the Kitsap Peninsula during a minus tide. Read full report.
The snow leopard is known as the “ghost of the mountain” for good reason. The big cats are secretive, few in number, and native to craggy, high-altitude habitats of Central Asia that can be treacherous for humans. Read full report.
A small population of mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains might be facing inbreeding problems and potential extinction in the next 50 years, according to new research. Read full report.
Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society used satellite and survey data to conclude that human interference has led to a 10 percent decline in wilderness on Earth over the last few decades. Read full report.
Until recently, I had never had any dealings with Wildlife Services, a century-old agency of the United States Department of Agriculture with a reputation for strong-arm tactics and secrecy. It is beloved by many farmers and ranchers and hated in equal measure by conservationists, for the same basic reason: It routinely kills predators and an astounding assortment of other animals — 3.2 million of them last year — because ranchers and farmers regard them as pests. Read full report.
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