Category: TWS Wildlife News

June 24, 2016

Plucking hairs: New feral swine genetic archive

Tucked away in the National Wildlife Research Center’s (NWRC) genetics laboratory, biologist Dr. Tim Smyser opens a box from USDA Wildlife Services field specialists in Florida. It could have come...

June 23, 2016

‘Frankenturtles’ may help solve turtle stranding mystery

There’s no bringing a dead sea turtle back to life. But by filling its carcass with Styrofoam and a GPS tracker, researchers can turn it into a scientific instrument, gathering...

June 20, 2016

Wild Cam: Wildlife largely undisturbed by outdoor adventurers

Have you ever wondered whether your hike through the woods is disturbing wildlife? You can probably relax, according to a new study that assessed how animals react to hunting and...

June 16, 2016

JWM Study: Suburban pumas eat more raccoons, house cats

There’s no shortage of deer in the residential neighborhoods of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. Nevertheless, the closer pumas (Puma concolor) come to human dwellings, the more likely they are to...

June 16, 2016

JWM Study: Making better predictions of eagle fatalities

To help conserve eagles and help make developers more aware of the effects of wind energy facilities on the birds, researchers recently helped update a model to predict eagle fatalities...

June 14, 2016

Hundreds of endangered toads released in Wyoming

On June 1, 900 captive-bred Wyoming toads (Anaxyrus baxteri) hopped into the wild at three sites along Wyoming’s Little Laramie River, marking the largest-ever release of adult amphibians by the...

June 14, 2016

Tracking the exotic Nile crocodile in Florida

They crawl through rivers, freshwater marshes and mangrove swamps in sub-Saharan Africa, the Nile Basin and in Madagascar. At about 16 feet long and 500 pounds, the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus...

June 9, 2016

Toxoplasmosis parasite widespread even in healthy nene geese

Hawaii’s native geese may be too big for cats to hunt, but that doesn’t mean they are safe from the invasive predators. Parasites spread by cat feces kill about 4...

June 9, 2016

How songbirds respond to changing weather

Weather data sets and bird surveys from past years in the Badlands and prairie regions of the United States can give researchers clues about the future of songbird species. In...

June 3, 2016

Epic wolverine journey ends in North Dakota

Wildlife managers at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department knew the dead wolverine was special even before they performed a necropsy. It was the first wolverine (Gulo gulo) reported...