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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Petition Filed Asking USFWS To Reintroduce Sea Otters Along West Coast

January 20th, 2023

The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition this week asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce sea otters to a large stretch of the West Coast. Threatened southern sea otters occupy only 13% of their historic range, and a small population of the animals currently lives on California’s central coast.

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Study Says Corridors Between Western National Parks (Mt. Rainier-North Cascades) Would Enhance Mammals’ ‘Persistence Time’

January 13th, 2023

National parks are the backbone of conservation. Yet mounting evidence shows that many parks are too small to sustain long-term viable populations and maintain essential, large-scale ecological processes, such as large mammal migrations and natural disturbance regimes.

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