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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.
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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.
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.
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.