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Pending Court Decision Could Decide Fate Of SE Alaska Chinook Trolling Seasons, Increased Salmon For Endangered Killer Whales

January 27th, 2023

Commercial fishers in Southeast Alaska waters may soon lose two trolling seasons for Chinook salmon in order to provide more fish for endangered Southern Resident killer whales in Puget Sound. As a result of the possible termination of that fishery, the whales could gain nearly 5 percent in available prey, according to a judge’s recent report in a Washington federal court.

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Top Predator Feeding On Top Predator: After Eliminating Deer On Alaska Island, Wolves Now Stalking, Eating Sea Otters

January 26th, 2023

Wolves on an Alaskan island caused a deer population to plummet and switched to primarily eating sea otters in just a few years, a finding scientists at Oregon State University and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game believe is the first case of sea otters becoming the primary food source for a land-based predator.

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USGS Says Drought, Pesticides Have Reduced Western Bumble Bee By 57 percent, Could Rise To 97 Percent In Some Regions

January 26th, 2023

The western bumble bee was once common in western North America, but increasing temperatures, drought, and pesticide use have contributed to a 57% decline in the occurrence of this species in its historical range, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey-led study. 

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With Spring Heatwaves, Rapid Melt, April 1 May No Longer Be Reliable Benchmark For Evaluating Snowpack Levels, Western Water Supplies

January 26th, 2023

Snow-capped mountains aren’t just scenic – they also provide natural water storage by creating reservoirs of frozen water that slowly melt into watersheds throughout the spring and summer months. Much of the Western U.S. relies on this process to renew and sustain freshwater supplies, and new research underscores the impacts of extreme weather conditions on this annual cycle. 

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