USFWS announces review of the Florida Panther’s endangered status

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it is reviewing the endangered status of the Florida panther. The panther, Florida’s state animal, has been on the endangered list since the list was first enacted in 1967. Federal rules require the agency to review the status of each endangered or threatened species every five years, … Continue reading USFWS announces review of the Florida Panther’s endangered status

A new study reveals mountain lions fear humans

New research into the behavior of these big cats indicates that they don’t like encountering humans any more than we like bumping into them on hiking trails. The findings are particularly valuable as human development encroaches on lion habitat and drives up the number of human-puma encounters. “We exposed pumas in the Santa Cruz mountains … Continue reading A new study reveals mountain lions fear humans

California mountain lions trying to survive in fragmented wilderness, hemmed in by major highways and urban sprawl

A mountain lion that was part of a National Park Service wildlife study was struck and killed this month on a Los Angeles-area freeway, an all-too-common fate for the big cats living in an increasingly urbanized environment. Last week biologists confirmed the dead cougar was P-39, an adult female with three 6-month-old kittens, the National … Continue reading California mountain lions trying to survive in fragmented wilderness, hemmed in by major highways and urban sprawl

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 18 December 2016

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Sunday, 18 December 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 18 December 2016

Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Commission approves two controversial ‘Predator Control Plans’

Last Wednesday, Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Commission (CPW) approved two controversial “Predator Control Plans” to help the state’s dwindling mule deer population, as part of its predator management strategy. In a unanimous vote, the commission decided to move ahead with its plan to reduce the numbers of mountain lions and black bears in two regions … Continue reading Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Commission approves two controversial ‘Predator Control Plans’

What satellites can tell us about how animals will fare in a changing climate

In a press conference last Monday at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, three researchers discussed how detailed satellite observations have facilitated ecological studies of change over time. The presenters discussed how changes in Arctic sea ice cover have helped scientists predict a 30 percent drop in the global population of polar bears … Continue reading What satellites can tell us about how animals will fare in a changing climate

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 04 December 2016

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Sunday, 04 December 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 04 December 2016

Cougar Trophy Hunting in B.C. is Linked to Human Conflicts

Kim Pemberton reports for the Vancouver Sun After examining 30 years of data on human-caused cougar kills in five regions of B.C—the Cariboo, Kootenay, Lower Mainland Southwest, Thompson Okanagan and Vancouver Island—researchers found that when trophy hunters killed a larger adult male the younger “sub-adults” or “teenagers” became more prone to human conflict. “In all … Continue reading Cougar Trophy Hunting in B.C. is Linked to Human Conflicts

Could reintroducing the puma in New England save lives by controlling the deer population?

Every year, thousands of deer are killed on roads and highways. Those collisions can lead to costly insurance claims, injuries, and deaths which made scientists wonder what would happen to deer, and to us, if an elusive carnivore came back to the northeast. In a WNPR interview, Laura Prugh, a wildlife ecologist at the University … Continue reading Could reintroducing the puma in New England save lives by controlling the deer population?

Four-year old girl saved from mountain lion ~ mountain lion killed

According to a press release issued by the Idaho Fish and Game, a family camping near Green Canyon Hot Springs east of Rexburg, Idaho, saved their four-year-old daughter from being dragged away from their campfire by a mountain lion on the evening of Friday, August 12, 2016. The family saw the lion in the vicinity … Continue reading Four-year old girl saved from mountain lion ~ mountain lion killed