WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 15 January 2017

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, 15 January 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 15 January 2017

Cheetahs – Sprinting to Extinction

The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah, is sprinting towards the edge of extinction and could soon be lost forever unless urgent, landscape-wide conservation action is taken, according to a new study, “The global decline of cheetah Acinonyx jubatus and what it means for conservation,” published last month in the Journal Proceedings of the National … Continue reading Cheetahs – Sprinting to Extinction

Jaguar draft recovery plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced the availability of their draft recovery plan for the jaguar on December 20, 2016 in the Federal Register. The jaguar is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The jaguar draft recovery plan includes specific recovery objectives and criteria in order for USFWS to remove the … Continue reading Jaguar draft recovery plan

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’

Many species will not be able to adapt fast enough to survive climate change

BBC News reported on a new study of more than 50 plants and animals that suggest their ability to adapt to changes in rainfall and temperature will be vastly outpaced by future climate change. “Rates of change in climatic niches in plant and animal populations are much slower than projected climate change,” published in the … Continue reading Many species will not be able to adapt fast enough to survive climate change

Poachers Illegally Kill Hundreds of Endangered Snow Leopards Each Year

A new report published by WWF-TRAFFIC ahead of last week’s UN meeting on snow leopards and International Snow Leopard Day, An Ounce of Prevention: Snow Leopard Crime Revisited estimates that between 221-450 snow leopards have been poached annually since 2008—a minimum of four per week. But this number could be substantially higher since many killings … Continue reading Poachers Illegally Kill Hundreds of Endangered Snow Leopards Each Year

Paleo-genetics confirm that the cave lion was a species all its own

This week, Scientific American reviewed a new study: Mitogenomics of the extinct cave lion, “Panthera spelaea” and resolve its position within the Panthera cats’ species. From western Europe to the Yukon, the grasslands of the Northern Hemisphere used to belong to the cave lion. The bones of this massive and maneless cat, larger than today’s … Continue reading Paleo-genetics confirm that the cave lion was a species all its own

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ Sunday 07.31.16

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, July 31, 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ Sunday 07.31.16

Final Methodology for Prioritizing and Addressing Endangered Species Act Status Review

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Tuesday, its final methodology for improving the way it identifies and prioritizes pending Endangered Species Act (ESA) status reviews, the scientifically rigorous process the agency uses to determine whether a species warrants federal protection. The new approach will allow the Service to be more strategic in how … Continue reading Final Methodology for Prioritizing and Addressing Endangered Species Act Status Review