Three New Snow Leopards Collared as part of Groundbreaking Study

The Snow Leopard Trust just announced that they have placed GPS collars on three new snow leopards in Mongolia’s Tost Nature Reserve. This represents the continuation of a long-term study into the behavior of the legendary snow leopard (Panthera uncia). The new snow leopards are the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd animals to be collared for this … More Three New Snow Leopards Collared as part of Groundbreaking Study

Chasing Ghosts in the Mongolian Altai

Originally posted on Katey Duffey:
Mongolia’s Bayan-Ölgii province is an incredibly remote, but beautiful region of mostly untouched wilderness situated right on the borders of Russia, China, and Kazakhstan. It features rugged 3,000-4,000m (9,842-13,123m) snowcapped peaks, with glacier-fed lakes, rivers, and a large variety of wildlife that includes snow leopards, wolves, wolverines, and Siberian brown…

Environmental Group and Congressman sue Over Trump’s Border Wall

On April 12, 2017 the Center for Biological Diversity and Arizona Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva announced that they had sued the Trump administration over planned border security measures. This includes the proposed wall, road construction, increased human presence, heightened off-road vehicle use, and more. This is the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s intended border militarization efforts. … More Environmental Group and Congressman sue Over Trump’s Border Wall

Studies Find that Sport Hunting can Increase Human-Puma Conflicts

A few weeks ago, I released a post containing general information about pumas (mountain lions, cougars, Puma concolor, etc.). As I wrote, pumas are highly adaptable animals; even occupying landscapes that have been altered by humans. While they typically do not harm people or livestock, conflicts do occur (Kertson, Spencer, & Grue, 2013). Sport hunting … More Studies Find that Sport Hunting can Increase Human-Puma Conflicts

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

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

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