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MacArthur Park Coyote Died for Our Ecological Sins

MacArthur Park Coyote Died for Our Ecological Sins

Commentary: Drowned in an urban lake and full of toxic rat poisons, Coyote C-146 had the bad luck to live in a landscape full of California's most dangerous animal species.
Two New Adorable Mountain Lion Cubs Underscore Need for Wildlife Crossings

Two New Adorable Mountain Lion Cubs Underscore Need for Wildlife Crossings

Mammals: There are new and fearsome predators in the Santa Monica Mountains. Try not to hurt yourself squeeing.
Watch A Young Bobcat Being Released Into Joshua Tree National Park

Watch A Young Bobcat Being Released Into Joshua Tree National Park

Mammals: Orphaned in a tragic mishap in September, a young bobcat now has a new life of freedom in Joshua Tree, protected from the legal trapping industry.
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Here's a Quick and Easy Way to Save Bears' Lives

Here's a Quick and Easy Way to Save Bears' Lives

Mammals: So far, there have been no recorded human deaths at the hands of black bears in California. With a few straightforward precautions we can keep it that way, and it's all stuff we should be doing anyway.
Endangered Sheep Need an Open Border

Endangered Sheep Need an Open Border

Mammals: The endangered Peninsular bighorn sheep needs connected habitat to survive into the 22nd century -- and a fortified border won't help.
New Mountain Lion Found in Santa Monica Mountains

New Mountain Lion Found in Santa Monica Mountains

Mammals: The discovery of a new male mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains raises questions. Where did he come from? And where did the last male go?
It's Official: Bobcat Trapping Banned in California

It's Official: Bobcat Trapping Banned in California

Commentary: An activist who worked to promote this week's ban on bobcat trapping in California looks back at the long, complex road to protection.
Pot Growers' Rat Poisons Hurting Wildlife More Than Expected

Pot Growers' Rat Poisons Hurting Wildlife More Than Expected

Mammals: The imperiled Pacific fisher is faring worse than expected as a result of illegal marijuana growers' use of rat poisons, according to a study published Wednesday.
Here's to the Bats of California!

Here's to the Bats of California!

Mammals: It's National Bat Week, and what better way to celebrate than with an appreciation of the flying mammals of the Golden State?
We Know a Little More About California's Wolves' Family Tree

We Know a Little More About California's Wolves' Family Tree

Mammals: The Shasta Pack, California's first wild wolf pack in a century, is closely related to wolves in Northeastern Oregon 500 miles away.
This Little Owl Wants You To Rethink Your Halloween Strategy

This Little Owl Wants You To Rethink Your Halloween Strategy

Mammals: That stuff you're thinking of draping your trees and shrubs in for Halloween might cause unlucky wild animals some serious harm.
Some Possible Good News For World's Tiniest Whale

Some Possible Good News For World's Tiniest Whale

Mammals: The bad news: the adorable vaquita porpoise is probably down to fewer than 50 individuals. The good news: a gillnet ban in Mexican waters may be working to protect the animals.
That 'Hilarious' Sea Otter Belly Poke Broke Federal Law

That 'Hilarious' Sea Otter Belly Poke Broke Federal Law

Mammals: That video of a guy poking a sleeping sea otter in the belly? He broke a federal law. Here's how not to do the same.
Study: Intense Wildfires May Be Good For Rare Mountain Weasel

Study: Intense Wildfires May Be Good For Rare Mountain Weasel

Mammals: For Californians used to hearing about intense fires leaving "desolate moonscapes," some good news: even the "worst" fires may be good for wildlife in the long run.
Bigfoot Hunters Find Something Unexpected In Del Norte County

Bigfoot Hunters Find Something Unexpected In Del Norte County

Mammals: Bigfoot hunters set out wildlife cameras in Del Norte County, and they made a remarkable discovery... but it wasn't Bigfoot.
Ivory Ban Heading to Governor's Desk

Ivory Ban Heading to Governor's Desk

Legislation: It's been a good week for elephants in the California Legislature.
New Wolf Pack Documented in California

New Wolf Pack Documented in California

Mammals: California has its first documented wolf family in almost a century.
4 Things You Might Not Know About Elephants

4 Things You Might Not Know About Elephants

Mammals: In honor of World Elephant Day, August 12, here are two troubling facts about elephants, a cool piece of science, and one fact that's truly inspiring.
New Wolf in California Raises Stakes for Predator Agency Dispute

New Wolf in California Raises Stakes for Predator Agency Dispute

Mammals: The gray wolf is coming back to California. It's time we took a hard look at our predator management practices.
California Bans Bobcat Trapping in 3-2 Vote

California Bans Bobcat Trapping in 3-2 Vote

Hunting: A San Bernardino County resident who found a trap on his land says he never expected his find to result in bobcats being protected statewide.
This Delta Rodent Has an Epic Story

This Delta Rodent Has an Epic Story

Mammals: The confusing genetics of this endangered south Delta mammal have something to teach us about more than half a million years of history.
State's Most-Endangered Mammal Gains Ground in Delta

State's Most-Endangered Mammal Gains Ground in Delta

Mammals: The riparian brush rabbit, found in just a few patches of forest in the Delta, may be California's most endangered mammal.
The Bay Delta's Cutest Endangered Species Hangs On

The Bay Delta's Cutest Endangered Species Hangs On

Aquatic: Some endangered species look like they might merit legions of squeeing fans on YouTube. And one such critter still ekes out a living in San Francisco Bay's beleaguered but recovering salt marshes.
San Francisco Bay's Lost World: The Saltmarsh

San Francisco Bay's Lost World: The Saltmarsh

Birds: When the first western naturalists to visit San Francisco Bay arrived in 1816 aboard the Russian ship Rurik, there were an estimated 200,000 acres of salt marsh fringing the Bay's shores. By the 1990s, about 95 percent of that original salt marsh habitat had been lost.
Grizzlies In the Tules, Part 2: Larger Mammals of the Historic Delta

Grizzlies In the Tules, Part 2: Larger Mammals of the Historic Delta

Mammals: The prehistoric Delta teemed with huge herds of hoofed mammals, and at least one large species of formidable carnivore took advantage of those herds.
Major Move Forward for Ban on Ivory, Rhino Horn

Major Move Forward for Ban on Ivory, Rhino Horn

Legislation: A bill the would close a serious loophole in California's existing ban on sales of ivory and rhinoceros horn made it out of committee and is heading for the Assembly floor.
Another Mountain Lion Braves the 101, Underscores Importance of Wildlife Crossings

Another Mountain Lion Braves the 101, Underscores Importance of Wildlife Crossings

Mammals: Another Santa Monica Mountains puma has crossed the 101 successfully, and a wildlife crossing would make that crossing less crazily dangerous for the next mountain lion.
Your Help Needed to Find SoCal Flying Squirrels

Your Help Needed to Find SoCal Flying Squirrels

Mammals: The U.S. Forest Service is looking for your help as it studies one of Southern California's most endangered species.
19-Year Bobcat Study Discovers Extreme Cuteness

19-Year Bobcat Study Discovers Extreme Cuteness

Mammals: The most recent discoveries in a 19-year study of bobcats in the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills may not rewrite the science books, but they are hecka cute.
Rural County Wants Its Bobcats Protected From Trapping

Rural County Wants Its Bobcats Protected From Trapping

Mammals: Backers of an end to bobcat trapping in California got some indirect support from one of the state's most rural counties.
Elk Deaths Are National Park Service's Fault, Says Group

Elk Deaths Are National Park Service's Fault, Says Group

Mammals: More than 250 native tule elk have died at Point Reyes since 2012, and a wildlife protection group says fences are to blame.
County Suspends Contract with Controversial Federal Agency

County Suspends Contract with Controversial Federal Agency

Agencies: Mendocino County, on California's North Coast, has decided to hold off on renewing a contract with a controversial federal agency that kills predators and other animals.
Cute Rodent, Once Thought Extinct, Going Home Next Week

Cute Rodent, Once Thought Extinct, Going Home Next Week

Mammals: An endangered species of vole that scientists once thought had gone extinct will be going through a rite of passage next week, as biologists release some of the wild voles' captive-bred progeny back into their natural desert wetland habitat.
Feds Decide Not To Protect Rare Weasel, Lawsuit Looms

Feds Decide Not To Protect Rare Weasel, Lawsuit Looms

Mammals: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing this week that it won't be adding the Humboldt marten to the Endangered Species list, prompting a promise from one environmental group that it would sue to reverse the decision.
Huge Week for Bighorn in Yosemite and Sequoia

Huge Week for Bighorn in Yosemite and Sequoia

Mammals: There are bighorn sheep in the Cathedral Range in Yosemite National Park for the first time in a century, after a complex effort over the weekend to reintroduce the endangered sheep to some of their former territory.
Northern Counties Opposing Ban on Bobcat Trapping

Northern Counties Opposing Ban on Bobcat Trapping

Mammals: The state commission that regulates hunting and trapping in California is considering a complete ban on bobcat trapping in the state, but two Northern California counties have a problem with that.
Ivory Ban Bill Advances in Sacramento

Ivory Ban Bill Advances in Sacramento

Legislation: A bill that would ban sale of almost all products containing ivory and rhino horn in California passed a major hurdle today in the Assembly.
Camera Catches 'Missing' Lion Kitten, Sibling, Mom in Santa Monicas

Camera Catches 'Missing' Lion Kitten, Sibling, Mom in Santa Monicas

Mammals: Staff at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area got some welcome news by way of a camera trap recently: A 15-month-old puma kitten who had been feared dead showed up looking quite healthy in some of the images.
If Delta Salmon Die, They Could Take Orcas With Them

If Delta Salmon Die, They Could Take Orcas With Them

Commentary: The more water we take out of the Delta, the more imperiled the Sacramento's Chinook salmon runs become -- and that's bad news for the orcas that depend on them.
Coyote Hunting Contests Banned, But Killing Events Continue

Coyote Hunting Contests Banned, But Killing Events Continue

Hunting: The controversial coyote-killing contest that sparked the state's landmark ban is set to take place again this weekend -- with just enough procedural changes to skirt the ban.
The Wild Donkeys of the Inland Empire

The Wild Donkeys of the Inland Empire

Mammals: Moreno Valley's feral donkeys face a variety of threats... including from people who just want to give them treats.
Bobcats Poisoned In Santa Cruz

Bobcats Poisoned In Santa Cruz

Mammals: At least three Santa Cruz bobcats have died in the last four months of complications related to ingestion of rat poisons.
At Least One Wolverine Hangs On In Sierra Nevada

At Least One Wolverine Hangs On In Sierra Nevada

Mammals: Looks like at least one wolverine has called the Tahoe National Forest home since 2008, and state officials are hoping he's not alone.
Is it Time to End Coyote Hunting in California?

Is it Time to End Coyote Hunting in California?

Commentary: Last week's sad news about the Grand Canyon wolf proves again that wolves will be shot by hunters who mistake them for coyotes. The solution: end recreational coyote hunting.
New Wildlife Laws Taking Effect on New Years' Day

New Wildlife Laws Taking Effect on New Years' Day

Legislation: Come New Year's Day, new wildlife laws going into effect include a number of procedural matters, refinements and clarifications of earlier laws, and a few important new wildlife protection measures. We've described the most important here.
People and Large Carnivores Can Live Together, Study Suggests

People and Large Carnivores Can Live Together, Study Suggests

Mammals: Good news for Californians who like having wolves, bears, bobcats and pumas around: a study by 50 European wildlife biologists suggests that given public support and a few laws protecting them, large carnivores can coexist with large numbers of people.
Study: Male Bobcats At Higher Risk From SoCal Roads

Study: Male Bobcats At Higher Risk From SoCal Roads

Mammals: All bobcats in three Southern California mountain ranges seem to shun roads whenever possible, but males run a higher risk of being killed by vehicular traffic, according to a recent study
Amador County Man Racks Up Fines, Probation on Deer Poaching Charges

Amador County Man Racks Up Fines, Probation on Deer Poaching Charges

Mammals: A resident of the Sierra Nevada foothills was sentenced to probation and thousands of dollars in fines after being convicted on trophy deer poaching charges this week.
Habitat Loss Hurts Mountain Lions in the Santa Ana Range, Too

Habitat Loss Hurts Mountain Lions in the Santa Ana Range, Too

Mammals: Mountain lions in the Santa Ana Mountains have become cut off from their neighbors in the nearby Peninsular Ranges by Interstate 15 and other development -- and that's bad for the big cats.
Mine Near Red Rock Canyon State Park May Get No Environmental Review

Mine Near Red Rock Canyon State Park May Get No Environmental Review

Agencies: Kern County is ready to approve an open-pit mine complex next to Red Rock Canyon State Park without reviewing the mine's environmental impact.