Geographical Location: Western

April 22, 2022

USFWS updates Mexican wolf recovery plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released a court-ordered draft revision to its 2017 Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan, providing measures aimed at reducing human-caused mortality like poaching and vehicle...

April 21, 2022

Specific reintroduction factors lead to Chiricahua leopard frog success

By the 1980s, more than 80% of populations of Chiricahua leopard frogs in Arizona and New Mexico had disappeared. The amphibians faced habitat loss, predation by invasive fish like bass...

April 20, 2022

California readies for massive wildlife crossing

California plans to break ground on April 22—Earth Day—for what it’s calling the world’s largest wildlife crossing. The bridge will cross 10 lanes of Highway 101 and a feeder road...

April 15, 2022

USFWS issues emergency endangered status for toad

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an emergency endangered listing for Dixie Valley toad on April 7 due to the extinction risk posed by a geothermal project. The Dixie...

April 14, 2022

JWM: Fire suppression may help cougars prey on bighorns

Decades of fire suppression may be the reason that mountain lion predation is taking a bite out of bighorn sheep numbers in parts of Arizona. Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) evolved...

April 13, 2022

Tribes used fire to shape California forests for millennia

Managers are increasingly turning to prescribed fire to address unhealthy forest conditions in California. But as researchers recently explored in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they are...

April 11, 2022

Humpback entanglements bring halt to Dungeness crabbing

California is halting commercial Dungeness crab fishing after two humpback whales were seen entangled in crab fishing gear. “The past few seasons have been difficult for fishing families, communities and...

April 5, 2022

Mountain lion captured in California shopping area

Wildlife officials tranquilized and captured a mountain lion after it wandered into a Southern California shopping center. Rebecca Barboza, a wildlife biologist with the California Fish and Wildlife Department, told...

February 25, 2022

Watch: Restoration efforts transform trampled rangeland

Riparian restoration efforts are bringing back rangeland ecosystems that have been damaged by cattle grazing. One successful project is along Dixie Creek, in the Bureau of Land Management’s Elk District...

February 11, 2022

Can extirpated quail return to San Francisco parks?

The official bird of San Francisco has become officially extirpated there. But researchers are determined to return California quail to large urban parks in the city, like the Presidio. “We...