Geographical Location: Western

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...

February 10, 2022

Bay Area battles growing wild pig problem

Feral pigs are a growing problem throughout North America. That includes the San Francisco Bay Area, where they are tearing up lawns and soccer fields and invading waterways. Fifty-six of...

January 7, 2022

Watch: New preserve connects Northern and Southern California

A massive new nature preserve is helping create a wildlife corridor connecting Northern and Southern California. The 112-square-mile Randall Preserve, The Nature Conservancy’s largest holding in California, links a patchwork...

January 4, 2022

Invasive mongoose raises concerns in Kauai

The appearance of an invasive mongoose in Kauai is raising concerns. Mongooses are found elsewhere in Hawaii after they were introduced by the sugar industry to control rats in sugar...