Journal archives for April 2018

April 01, 2018

Selfies are 'worst thing' for seal pups since the orca.

The Marine Mammal Center in California has asked beachgoers to refrain from taking selfies with the seal pups trying to catch some rays on the Northern California shores during pupping season.

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Chasing big cats: Meet the first mountain lions caught for research in SLO County.

The first two mountain lions ever caught for research in San Luis Obispo County are a female cub that walked into a trap in the Irish Hills and an adult male that led trackers on a wild-cat chase in the rural ranching community of Pozo.

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April 03, 2018

Whales, orcas converge in Monterey Bay.

The prospects of an annual phenomenon — the “Killer Whale Season,” as marine biologist Nancy Black in Monterey calls it — has many on edge in Monterey Bay.

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April 04, 2018

Pen in Hand: Regional Velvet — the elk and deer begin to grow their new antlers.

Now that spring has officially arrived, the two types of deer in our area — California Mule Deer and American Elk — have begun to grow their new antlers. Only the males produce antlers and they grow so amazingly fast, they are considered to be the fastest growing bone in the natural world.

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April 08, 2018

This is no fish tale — we have more new neighbors from California in the Puget Sound.

Cascadia Research was able to confirm that the group is part of the California coastal stock, and with the help of photos, they were able to work with researchers in California to match the unique markings on the animals' dorsal fins with dolphins in that area.

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Deadly catch: New video of animals killed in drift nets off Southern California.

New video footage of dolphins, whales and sharks being caught and killed in mile-long fishing nets off Southern California could create pressure to end the controversial practice of drift-net fishing statewide, according to a coalition of marine wildlife conservation groups that is publicly releasing the material.

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April 10, 2018

Rare photo of 3 mountain lions sparking excitement.

A rare local photo showing three mountain lions in the wild is being called 'encouraging.'

The just-retrieved image of the cougars on an evening in late March was snapped by a wildlife camera run by the San Diego River Park foundation at its preserve near Julian.

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This New App Will Help You Identify the Plants and Animals You See in Nature.

New app Seek is giving curious outdoorsy types an easy way to identify the plants and animals they encounter, whether they're in the park, on a hike, or in their own neighborhood.

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April 12, 2018

California’s elk need protection. The state needs to try harder to bring them back.

Elk are California’s largest land mammal. At 500 pounds with three-foot antlers, their sheer size inspires wonder. And for anyone who has watched cows and their calves emerge from the trees to cross an open meadow, or heard bulls bugling during the annual fall rut, the majesty of these animals is unparalleled.

Today the state’s three elk species face an uncertain future.

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April 14, 2018

Only 12 Vaquita Porpoises Are Left in the Entire World.

Last year the count was 30. When this year’s count came back at 12, optimism for the survival of the vaquita porpoise drained out of researchers’ hearts. Little hope remains for the species whose lives have been snared by illegal gillnet fishing in the Gulf of California.

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