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Cheryl Gray

Why these camera trap photos of ocelot kittens are a big deal

January 12, 2017

This year, biologists in Texas were thrilled to discover rare ocelot kittens at den sites they have been monitoring through camera traps and GPS location data from adult ocelots. The kittens were discovered in April, but the news was released in December to protect the den sites and keep people away, giving the kittens the best chance of survival. Read full report.

A rare sighting of a lynx family on the Anchorage Hillside

January 15, 2017

Lynx in Alaska are solitary creatures but an Anchorage man got a surprise earlier this week when he spotted five of them from his living room. Michael Gerstl, 36, was able to snap a few pictures with his cellphone as the group of lynx made their way down the road past his house near Flattop Mountain. Read full report.

Dead lynx identified as 11½-year-old male born in Telluride

January 11, 2017

A lynx found dead Sunday at Purgatory Resort has been identified as an 11½-year-old male born in Telluride, wildlife officials said Wednesday. Representatives with Colorado Parks and Wildlife previously told The Durango Herald the lynx was a 2- to 3-year-old female that was not tagged. Read full report.

Mystery still surrounds deformed mountain lion

January 10, 2017

It’s been over a year since the story about a deformed mountain lion in Southeast Idaho spread across the world. However, state wildlife officials are still not sure why an extra set of teeth was growing out the side of the cougar’s head. Read full report.

Proposed Freeway Passage Routes Would Keep Cougars From Cars

January 6, 2017

Before construction of the 101 and 118 freeways, mountain lions roamed undeveloped space from Malibu to the Los Padres National Forest.
Now the freeways present unintentional barriers that have isolated cougars in the Santa Monica mountains from the larger mountain lion population to the north, leading to inbreeding when the imperiled animals do not attempt to cross, and sometimes death when they do, according to Kate Kuykendall of the National Park Service. Read full report.

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