A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research. Read full report.
A West Shore woman says she feared for her life when she came face-to-face with a large cougar that stared her down without backing off Thursday night. Read full report.
After an absence of 1,300 years, the lynx could be back in UK forests by the end of 2017. The Lynx UK Trust has announced it will apply for a trial reintroduction for six lynx into the Kielder forest, Northumberland, following a two-year consultation process with local stakeholders. Read full report.
I first heard about Cherie Schroff from a Kenyan-based American conservationist and safari guide. Over dinner one night in Karen, a southern suburb of Nairobi named after “Out of Africa” writer Karen Blixen, I asked him if there were any other Americans in Kenya working on conservation projects. “There is some woman who is tracking cheetahs in Tsavo,” he said, rather mysteriously, “but I have no idea how to reach her.” So that, of course, made me want to find who this woman was, tracking in Kenya’s largest wildlife park, so far away from home in what can sometimes be a very hot, hostile landscape. Read full report.
The research team — which arose from a long-term collaboration between Colorado State University and Sapienza University in Rome, Italy — used high-resolution habitat-suitability models to measure the degree of fragmentation facing 4,018 species from 26 mammalian orders. The scientists then analyzed the relationship between habitat fragmentation and extinction risk, as assessed by the IUCN Red List. Read full report.
In October 2014, a trail camera snapped a grainy photo of a young mountain lion lurking around a deer feeder near Glen Rose, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Read full report.
Noteworthy news has been coming thick and fast on the puma recolonisation front in the American Midwest. Last Tuesday, officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources killed a puma (aka cougar or mountain lion) in west-central Iowa: the first female confirmed in the state in more than a century. The ill-fated cat was suspected in the killing of a domestic calf earlier in the month. Read full report.
A mountain lion killed Tuesday in northwest Iowa was the first female confirmed to be in the state in modern times. Read full report.
In a victory for conservation groups, a federal judge in Tucson has approved a settlement that forces the federal government to figure out how to avoid accidentally killing endangered ocelots. Read full report.
As the western states wolverine inventory study wraps up, finding only two of the weasels in the Wyoming range, the study confirms concerns about a different species and member of the cat family. Read full report.