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Rare Baja Porpoise Likely Extinct by 2018, Yet Illegal Fishing Continues in Refuge

Rare Baja Porpoise Likely Extinct by 2018, Yet Illegal Fishing Continues in Refuge

Mammals: Satellite photos taken earlier this month show that illegal gill-net fishing is rampant in an area of the Sea of Cortez set aside for protection of the world's most endangered marine mammal.
State Bans Coyote-Killing Contests

State Bans Coyote-Killing Contests

Mammals: Coyote-killing contests are no longer legal in the state of California.
Groups Sue NorCal County Over Work With Federal Wildlife Agency

Groups Sue NorCal County Over Work With Federal Wildlife Agency

Mammals: A coalition of wildlife protection groups filed a lawsuit against Mendocino County on Tuesday charging that the county's contract with a controversial federal wildlife agency violates state environmental laws.
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Gray Wolf Confirmed In Northern Arizona

Gray Wolf Confirmed In Northern Arizona

Mammals: Federal biologists have confirmed that a gray wolf seems to be visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Gray Wolf Sighted At Grand Canyon

Gray Wolf Sighted At Grand Canyon

Mammals: For the first time in over 70 years, a gray wolf has been sighted roaming the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, according to conservation groups who viewed a photo shared with them by a visitor to Grand Canyon National Park.
Breeding Program May Save Desert Rodent

Breeding Program May Save Desert Rodent

Mammals: The Amargosa vole, once thought extinct, is getting some help from a captive breeding program at UC Davis.
Groups Sue Feds Over Failure to Protect Wolverines

Groups Sue Feds Over Failure to Protect Wolverines

Mammals: Eight conservation groups filed suit Monday in Federal court to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider its decision in August not to list the American wolverine as a Threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Rare Weasel May Get Federal Protection

Rare Weasel May Get Federal Protection

Mammals: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that it may add Pacific fishers in three western states to the list of Threatened Species.
Group Opposes Coyote Cull in Seal Beach

Group Opposes Coyote Cull in Seal Beach

Mammals: Animal welfare activists are opposing the use of gas chambers to kill coyotes in Seal Beach, and have scheduled a demonstration for Sunday to make that opposition public.
Good Dog! Sheepdogs Protect Predators as They Protect Sheep

Good Dog! Sheepdogs Protect Predators as They Protect Sheep

Mammals: It's no secret that well-trained sheepdogs do a great job of protecting sheep from wolves, coyotes, mountain lions and other predators. But what you might not realize is that those sheepdogs can help protect the predators as well.
New Study Will Track Bears In Yosemite High Country

New Study Will Track Bears In Yosemite High Country

Mammals: For the first time, the National Park Service will be fitting Yosemite National Park bears with GPS collars to track their movements outside crowded Yosemite Valley.
Groups Push For 'Cougar Crossing' in San Fernando Valley

Groups Push For 'Cougar Crossing' in San Fernando Valley

Mammals: The campaign to build a freeway crossing to allow mountain lions and other wildlife to travel safely between the Santa Monica Mountains and other open space got a boost Friday, as elected officials and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) joined the effort at a rally in Agoura Hills.
Animal Control Rescues Endangered Bighorn From Canal

Animal Control Rescues Endangered Bighorn From Canal

Mammals: A bighorn sheep that got stuck in a canal in the Coachella Valley city of La Quinta is back in the wild today, thanks to an assist from an animal control officer.
21 Green Groups Will Sue Feds Over Refusal To Protect Wolverine

21 Green Groups Will Sue Feds Over Refusal To Protect Wolverine

Mammals: Mere minutes after the ink was dry on a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw a proposal to protect the wolverine under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, environmentalists announced they'd be hauling the agency into court over the decision.
Feds Bail on Protecting Wolverines

Feds Bail on Protecting Wolverines

Agencies: Overruling the strong recommendations of its own scientists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withdrawing a proposal to list the North American wolverine as Threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Group Calls for State Investigation Into Poisoning of Wildlife Researcher's Dog

Group Calls for State Investigation Into Poisoning of Wildlife Researcher's Dog

Mammals: A national wildlife protection group is urging California's Attorney General to mount an investigation into the poisoning death of a dog belonging to a leading researcher into the effects of rat poisons on wildlife.
Invasive Species Week: The Wild Pig

Invasive Species Week: The Wild Pig

Invasive Species: Quite a few mammals have gone invasive after being introduced to California, some of them destructively so. And when it comes to just plain old damage to the landscape, it's hard to top the destructive power of California's population of introduced wild pigs.
Official's Interference in Wolverine Protection Slammed by Scientists

Official's Interference in Wolverine Protection Slammed by Scientists

Mammals: A group of independent scientists is speaking out in response to an order from a high-ranking U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official to not protect wolverines under the U. S. Endangered Species Act.
New Photos Document OR-7's Wolf Family

New Photos Document OR-7's Wolf Family

Mammals: California's part-time wolf OR-7 started a family this spring, and now there are baby pictures. Hang on to your chair and swallow that mouthful of coffee.
New Disease Afflicting Sea Otters

New Disease Afflicting Sea Otters

Mammals: A virus related to the ones that cause smallpox and chickenpox has been found in sea otters from California and Alaska, and scientists are concerned it could interfere with infected otters' ability to stay warm in the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Leaked Federal Memo Orders Biologists to Abandon Wolverine Protection

Leaked Federal Memo Orders Biologists to Abandon Wolverine Protection

Commentary: The leaked document shows that a regional director doubts climate change's affect on the species.
Humboldt County Will Reconsider Working With Controversial Wildlife Agency

Humboldt County Will Reconsider Working With Controversial Wildlife Agency

Agencies: A campaign to urge California counties not to work with a controversial federal agency accused of massive cruelty to wildlife is gaining traction, as Humboldt County's Board of Supervisors has agreed to discuss whether to renew the county's annual contract with Wildlife Services.
Bobcat Poacher Gets Probation

Bobcat Poacher Gets Probation

Mammals: A man who pled guilty to illegally trapping and killing dozens of bobcats and gray foxes in Lassen County was fined $5,000 and sentenced to a year's probation.
Feds Consider Listing Adorable Predator as Endangered

Feds Consider Listing Adorable Predator as Endangered

Mammals: The federal government is seeking public comments on whether or not one of California's rarest and most photogenic predators should be listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
5 Sanctuaries For Exotic Animals in California

5 Sanctuaries For Exotic Animals in California

Mammals: Whether they're native to California or some other place, animals deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. Sadly, that doesn't always happen. And that's why animal sanctuaries exist: to give animals who are neglected or mistreated a chance to live out their lives in comfort, with adequate food, protection, and veterinary care.
5 Species You Might Have Mistakenly Thought Were California Natives

5 Species You Might Have Mistakenly Thought Were California Natives

Invasive Species: Did you know that all of these animals are exotics that were introduced to California? Some of the entries on this list may surprise you.
Griffith Park Mountain Lion's Health Improves

Griffith Park Mountain Lion's Health Improves

Mammals: Good news for those worried about LA's mountain lion P-22, whose health took a hit after the animal contracted a bad case of mange linked to ingesting rodent poisons. The big cat's doing better, at least for the time being, after a bit of veterinary care. But that doesn't mean the trouble's over.
California Panel Votes to List Gray Wolves as Endangered

California Panel Votes to List Gray Wolves as Endangered

Agencies: It's a big day for gray wolves that might deign to visit California: the species has just been listed as Endangered under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), and there may be half a dozen wolf cubs in southern Oregon waiting to take advantage of that new legal protection once they're old enough to wander across the state line.
Rat Poison Company to Discontinue Household Products

Rat Poison Company to Discontinue Household Products

Agencies: A company that sells rodent poisons that have been implicated in the deaths of a wide range of wildlife is agreeing to remove some of those products from the over-the-counter market, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday.
New Jaguar Cubs Born in Riverside County Zoo

New Jaguar Cubs Born in Riverside County Zoo

Mammals: We pride ourselves on hard-hitting analysis of wildlife issues here at ReWild, but sometimes a person just has to kick back and gawp over cute zoo babies.
Feds Move to Protect Sperm Whales From Fishing Nets

Feds Move to Protect Sperm Whales From Fishing Nets

Mammals: A bill that would have phased out the use of drift gillnets off the California coast died in committee last month in the state Assembly, but a federal agency is taking emergency action.
As Hibernation Ends, California Wants You to Be Bear Aware

As Hibernation Ends, California Wants You to Be Bear Aware

Mammals: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife wants the public to redouble efforts to bear-proof food and trash, whether backpacking or at home.
California's Part-Time Wolf, OR-7, May Be a Proud Papa

California's Part-Time Wolf, OR-7, May Be a Proud Papa

Mammals: OR-7, the first wild wolf in California since 1924, may have started a family north of the state line.
Once Again, Sea Lions Rescues Are Increasing

Once Again, Sea Lions Rescues Are Increasing

Mammals: Since January, nearly 300 sea lions have been admitted to the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro.
New Study: Cattle Won't Fix Landscapes or Climate Change

New Study: Cattle Won't Fix Landscapes or Climate Change

Commentary: Supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy have pointed to claims that stocking cattle on desert lands can actually improve the desert and help mitigate the effects of global warming. But a new study pulls the rug out from under those claims.
State Gets Closer To Ban On Wildlife-Killing Contests

State Gets Closer To Ban On Wildlife-Killing Contests

Mammals: The campaign to end wildlife killing contests like the annual "Coyote Derby" in Adin, California got a boost this week, as the California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 to propose a rule that would ban offering prizes for killing predatory mammals in California.
Griffith Park Mountain Lion Suffering From Rat Poison, Scientists Say

Griffith Park Mountain Lion Suffering From Rat Poison, Scientists Say

Mammals: A much-celebrated Los Angeles puma whose image graced the pages of a national magazine last year is suffering serious health effects from exposure to rat poison, according to biologists working with the National Park Service.
Happy News For a California Species Once Thought Extinct

Happy News For a California Species Once Thought Extinct

Mammals: A southern California mouse species once feared extinct has some good news to share: its numbers are increasing... at least in captivity. A litter of four Endangered Pacific pocket mice was born at the San Diego Zoo this past weekend, with another litter expected this weekend.
6 Cool Animals That Live Only in California

6 Cool Animals That Live Only in California

Guides: Our state has a lot of what ecologists call "endemic species," meaning species found in California and nowhere else. Here are some of the coolest ones.
Majority of California's House Democrats Want Wolves Protected

Majority of California's House Democrats Want Wolves Protected

Agencies: Political wonks have long talked about "blue dog" and "yellow dog" Democrats, but now California has a new Democratic dog political tendency: the Gray Wolf Democrat.
In Effort to Help Wildlife, California Bans Household Rat Poisons

In Effort to Help Wildlife, California Bans Household Rat Poisons

Mammals: The California agency responsible for regulating pesticide use in the state has banned household use of rodent poisons that have shown to cause serious damage to the state's wildlife.
Skunks and Social Media: Campaign Over Yogurt Containers Gains Steam

Skunks and Social Media: Campaign Over Yogurt Containers Gains Steam

Mammals: Almost since Yoplait yogurt's inverted conical containers first appeared on supermarket shelves in 1978, wildlife rescue people have been warning that they pose a particular threat to a range of wildlife species, especially skunks.
I Can Haz Birdburger? Groups Say No to Outdoor Cats, Urge Federal Solution

I Can Haz Birdburger? Groups Say No to Outdoor Cats, Urge Federal Solution

Invasive Species: The controversial issue of outdoor cats and their effect on wildlife just got a major boost in visibility. More than 200 wildlife protection groups, wildlife rehabilitation organizations, and university biology departments have signed a letter urging Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to remove colonies of feral cats from public lands.
State Law or Not, Orca Shows Need to Go

State Law or Not, Orca Shows Need to Go

Commentary: Whether or not a recent piece of legislation in California turns out to be the appropriate way to address the captive performing orca issue, one thing is certain.
More Wolves May Be Heading for California

More Wolves May Be Heading for California

Mammals: A new gray wolf visiting the Mount Hood area in north-central Oregon in December is providing confirmation that left to their own devices, the charismatic predators may well recolonize California.
Drones: Making Wildlife Fun Since 2013

Drones: Making Wildlife Fun Since 2013

Video: Two new videos out this week show how drones can actually help us learn about and appreciate California's wildlife.
Drought Threatens Major Ecosystem Shift on the Carrizo Plain

Drought Threatens Major Ecosystem Shift on the Carrizo Plain

Mammals: In wetter years, there's so much wildlife on the Carrizo Plain in San Luis Obispo County that observers sometimes call it "California's Serengeti." But a wildlife species that helps hold the whole ecosystem together is on the verge of blinking out of existence in this year's drought. If it goes, it could take the Carrizo Plain as we know it with it.
'Worst-Case Scenario' Disease in Mojave Bighorn Sheep Crosses State Lines

'Worst-Case Scenario' Disease in Mojave Bighorn Sheep Crosses State Lines

Mammals: In what wildlife agency staff are calling a "worst case scenario," two different killer strains of a pathogen that causes infectious pneumonia have been found in Southern Nevada's desert bighorn sheep, and one of those strains is the same one that's been killing bighorns in the Mojave National Preserve in California.
Does a Bear Cross the Road in the Woods? Study Says Yes.

Does a Bear Cross the Road in the Woods? Study Says Yes.

Mammals: A network of wildlife crossings along the Trans-Canada Highway is showing promising results, which could have influence with California policy.
Reward Offered in Sea Otter Shootings

Reward Offered in Sea Otter Shootings

Mammals: Three southern sea otters were shot to death at Asilomar State Beach in the Monterey County community of Pacific Grove in September, and a federal agency announced Friday that a $21,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the capture of the person or people responsible.