London may have werewolves, but Santa Cruz now has mountain lions. A wayward cat enthralled the city Thursday when it ambled from the mountains and was spotted around daybreak near one of the busiest intersections in town. Several hours after leaping a fence and into an aqueduct 25 feet below, the lion was tranquilized and rescued without further trouble. Read full report.
Life is more relaxed in Keystone these days, following the shooting of three mountain lions that had confronted dogs, strolled through yards and killed deer on city streets. State Game, Fish & Parks Department officers killed an adult female lion and two 40-pound kittens in Keystone on the nights of May 5 and May 6 after a string of cat sightings in town over several weeks. Read full report.
State wildlife officers killed three mountain lions that had confronted dogs, strolled through yards and killed deer on city streets in the southwestern South Dakota community of Keystone. The Rapid City Journal reports that Game, Fish and Parks officers killed an adult female lion and two 40-pound kittens on May 5 and May 6. Read full report.
A ban on the clearing of tropical forests in Indonesia is on the verge of being extended in a historic deal that could protect some of the world's most threatened habitats. Indonesia is home to about a third of the world's remaining tropical forests, which provide a habitat for endangered species such as the orangutan and Sumatran tiger. Read full report.
They’re known by many names: cougar, puma, panther. Whatever you call them, there’s no bigger cat in California than the mountain lion. But being the top predator is no guarantee of success, especially as the human population grows. Studies have shown that humans are the main cause of death for Southern California’s mountain lions. Researchers are tracking the lions to see how we can change that, but first they need to catch them. Read full report.
Bengal tigers can be elusive. They're classified as an endangered species, they're mostly nocturnal, and if they had their way, they wouldn't see many humans, either. Native to Southeast Asia, there are only an estimated 1,850 left in the wild. That makes counting them somewhat difficult—but researchers in Nepal have developed a system that they think will make it easier to figure out how many tigers live there. They're pulling genetic data out of their poop. Read full report.
After 13 years of searching for the Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyura), once hopeful scientists say they believe the cat is likely extinct. For more than a decade scientists set up over 1,500 camera traps and scent traps in the mountains of Taiwan where they believed the cat may still be hiding out, only to find nothing. Read full report.
A state Assembly committee gave initial approval on Tuesday to a bill that would prohibit trappers from catching bobcats near Joshua Tree National Park and would order state wildlife officials to estimate the animals’ population in California and produce a management plan for the species. Read full report.
King County is set to break ground on a federally funded project aimed at preventing serious animal-vehicle collisions on Novelty Hill Road near Redmond. The federal grant covers 100 percent of the eligible costs for the design and construction of the public safety project. Read full report.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission soon will decide whether to let people hunt mountain lions in the state. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that the proposal to be considered at the commission's May 24 meeting would allow a total of three big cats to be killed over two short periods of one season in parts of the Nebraska Panhandle. Read full report.
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