Last year, a group of Montanans, including wildlife biologists and hunters, launched a ballot initiative that would have banned trapping on public lands. They called trapping barbaric because people’s pets, as well as threatened and endangered wildlife, inadvertently get killed in traps. Read full report.
You can expect to see mountain lions anywhere in Idaho. Because lions are territorial, young adults sometimes move into marginal, non-typical habitats, such as urban areas, looking for unoccupied territory. Read full report.
Reduced-impact logging doesn’t need to be a death knell for a region’s big animals, according to a new study in Biotropica — but only if hunting is well-regulated. Read full report.
An Iberian Lynx, bred in Spain, but which had been released into the wild on Wednesday in the Guadiana Valley in Portugal, where the critically endangered species is being reintroduced, died after it was run over on the same day in the area of Mértola, in the Beja district. Read full report.
Imagine being just a year old and having to move out on your own! From about 6 months of age, mountain lion kittens can survive without their mom, but it is a difficult existence. Most kittens will stay with their mother until the age of 12 to 18 months. Read full report.
Residents in a Santa Barbara County neighborhood are on the lookout after a 100-pound mountain lion was twice spotted wandering the streets Friday. Read full report.
Late at night on March 15, a snow leopard secretly entered the sheepfold of a Tibetan household in a remote pastureland in China’s western Qinghai province, killing one sheep. Local Tibetan nomads captured the cat and sent it back up into the surrounding mountains. Read full report.
How old is that mountain lion? Scientists who can get up close enough, measure age by their teeth. These mammals have 4 types of teeth: incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. Incisors are front teeth that are very straight and used for cutting. Read full report.
A recent research paper in the Journal of Heredity reveals that there are three sub-species of snow leopard. Until now, researchers had assumed this species, Panthera uncia, was monotypic. Read full report.
Two big cats - the African lion and the Sunda clouded leopard - are most at risk from extinction caused by loss of prey, according to a new analysis. Read full report.
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