How Bullfighting Breeds of Cattle can Save Jaguars

One of the most significant threats to jaguars comes from human-jaguar conflict. In other words, people often kill jaguars in order to protect livestock. While the total number of cattle killed by jaguars is often low in comparison to other causes of death, it is not evenly spaced. This means that some ranchers lose a … More How Bullfighting Breeds of Cattle can Save Jaguars

Conservationists Decry South Africa’s Plan to Legalize Lion Bone Trade

South Africa recently proposed to legalize the trade in captive-bred lion carcasses. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) announced that it plans to allow up to 800 lion skeletons per year to be exported. Conservation groups, such as Panthera, immediately decried the move. The DEA claims that allowing lion bones to be traded legally will … More Conservationists Decry South Africa’s Plan to Legalize Lion Bone Trade

Jaguars are More Threatened than they Appear, Study Finds

Currently, the jaguar (Panthera onca) is classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. This is the second lowest threat level, right behind Least Concern. This global assessment is based on the jaguar’s wide distribution, as well as the fact that much of its territory in Amazonia remains intact. But a new study suggests that … More Jaguars are More Threatened than they Appear, Study Finds

Fascinating Compilation of Camera Trap Videos

Camera traps are a vital tool for conserving wild felids (cats). Do to their elusive nature, these creatures are difficult to glimpse in the wild. While cats’ propensity for stealth is key to their survival, it also makes them difficult to study. Thankfully camera traps make the job a little easier. Such devices allow scientists to monitor … More Fascinating Compilation of Camera Trap Videos

Trump’s Border Wall Would be Disastrous for Jaguar Recovery

By now it is common knowledge that Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. This would cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars, and experts say it would not stop people from illegally crossing the border (Owens, 2017; Center for Biological Diversity, 2017). What it would do is dismantle Southwest ecosystems – and … More Trump’s Border Wall Would be Disastrous for Jaguar Recovery

Trespass Marijuana Grows are Poisoning Northern California’s Mountain Lions

On December 1, 2016 I attended a talk hosted by tracker and Humboldt State University student Phil Johnston. In it, he spoke of a grave threat to Northern California’s mountain lions (Puma concolor): trespass marijuana grows. This is a serious problem that needs attention, and I recently sat down with Phil to learn more about … More Trespass Marijuana Grows are Poisoning Northern California’s Mountain Lions