Mountain lions that roam two Southern California mountain ranges separated by a freeway are the impetus for a recent land purchase—the first step toward creating a wildlife crossing to enable the pumas to mingle and breed, the Los Angeles Times reported last week. The Nature Conservancy purchased a 73-acre property adjacent to the eastern side … Continue reading Land purchase opens the possibility of a future wildlife crossing
The BBC News reports One of the largest wildcats ever recorded in the world is said to have been discovered by field workers in Aberdeenshire’s Clashindarroch Forest. Nicknamed the Clashindarroch Beast, the wildcat was captured on camera and is estimated to be 4 feet long—from nose to tail. The footage was gathered as part of … Continue reading Enormous wildcat found in Aberdeenshire Forest
A coalition of environmental and animal-welfare groups are challenging the Trump administration’s moves to allow the importation of the heads, hides and tusks of African elephants as hunting trophies. Four groups filed an amended lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over this month’s announcement that USFWS will begin considering … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 03.23.18
A new study, “Rewilding the World’s Large Carnivores,” published this month in the Royal Society Open Science, analyzes the successes and failures of carnivore reintroductions. Since their reintroduction to Yellowstone and Idaho in the 1990s, gray wolves have done so well that they’re reclaiming other parts of the northern Rockies. In the places where they … Continue reading ‘Rewilding’ Missing Carnivores May Help Restore Some Landscapes
A member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) told Mehr News that despite all efforts, the conservation of the Asiatic cheetah project in Iran has practically failed. Mohammad Sadegh Farhadinia, a member of the IUCN, said the number of the endangered Asiatic cheetah in Iran seems to have dropped compared to … Continue reading Is the Asiatic cheetah project failing?
The survey of more than 100 tiger conservation areas, where an estimated 70% of the world’s wild tigers live, found that only 13% of them are able to meet global standards—according to a joint statement from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CATS), an accreditation system designed to measure … Continue reading Tigers in more than one-third of protected areas surveyed are severely at risk of dying out
The GB Times reported last week that China implemented a Natural Resource Monitoring System in a northeast national park for Siberian tiger and Amur leopard conservation efforts. Beijing Normal University and the State Forestry Administration’s Monitoring and Research Centre for the Siberian tiger and Amur leopard are using this intelligent system which was officially launched … Continue reading China sets up monitoring system for Siberian tiger and Amur leopard conservation
The Far Eastern or Amur leopard is already among the rarest of the world’s big cats, but new research reveals that it faces yet another threat: infection with canine distemper virus (CDV). A new study published last month in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases: Canine Distemper Virus in a Wild Far Eastern Leopard (Panthera pardus … Continue reading Canine Distemper found in rare Amur Leopard
An environmental group secured the development rights to a key piece of land in the LaBelle area, a 460-acre tract that’s expected to move the Florida panther recovery forward by giving the cats’ easier access to lands to the north. The Nature Conservancy paid nearly $2 million to keep the land in an eternal state … Continue reading Land for Florida Panthers!
The Denver Post reports an extensive poaching ring is responsible for slaughtering more than 100 black bears, cougars, bobcats, deer and elk in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon, with many of the animals hunted with dogs and then left to rot, authorities said. “There was an absolute wanton disregard for our conservation laws,” Washington Department … Continue reading Charges detail extensive poaching ring responsible for slaughtering more than 100 animals in Washington and Oregon