Journal archives for July 2018

July 01, 2018

Sea lion undergoes surgery to remove fish hooks as entanglements increase.

Raptor, a sea lion found with fish hooks embedded in her mouth, is healing after sedation and surgery at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2018/07/01/sea-lion-undergoes-surgery-remove-fish-hooks-entanglements-rise/748897002/

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Scientists were studying this SLO County mountain lion. Now it's been killed.

The young male — named SM-2 — was one of two wild cats in San Luis Obispo County that scientists have been able to trap and affix with a radio collar for a statewide mountain lion project by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/environment/article214075569.html

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July 03, 2018

Mills College Biology Professor Coauthors Research on the Social Personalities of California Ground Squirrels.

The study, titled Split between two worlds: automated sensing reveals links between above-and-belowground social networks in a free-living mammal, provides some important revelations about the ways that architecture shapes collective behavior

https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/07/p11967255/mills-college-biology-professor-coauthors-research-on-the-social-perso

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July 04, 2018

Kit foxes are threatened. Could a new land purchase in SLO County help save them?

The parcel in the northern Carrizo Plain area is adjacent to land already owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The land will be transferred to that department to be conserved in perpetuity as high-quality habitat for the endangered San Joaquin kit fox, giant kangaroo rat and other native species, conservancy president Neil Havlik said Tuesday.

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/environment/article214301029.html

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Nutria pose ‘triple threat,’ officials warn.

Nutria are semi-aquatic rodents that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has described as a "triple threat": They can damage crops, undermine levees and other water infrastructure, and wreak havoc on wetlands.

http://agalert.com/story/?id=12000

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July 07, 2018

The Giants of California: How Redwoods and Whales Got So Big.

One of the best ways to learn about California's giants and why the state became home to these giants is by visiting a new exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences called Giants of Land and Sea.

https://www.kqed.org/science/1926434/the-giants-of-california-how-redwoods-and-whales-got-so-big

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Anza Borrego sheep count is for the extreme.

This year’s count recorded 225 animals, compared to last year’s tally of 207. The highest total of 356 was recorded in 2009.

One significant observation was the return of sheep to Rattlesnake Spring, an extremely remote location in the Santa Rosa Mountains. Last year, counters saw no sheep there because the spring was dry.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/sd-no-cowan-column-0707-story.html

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July 09, 2018

This mountain lion study could solve the mystery of California's elusive predator.

The statewide California Department of Fish and Wildlife project will establish an estimated population count of mountain lions for the first time in decades. Researchers are working in the field and lab — analyzing mountain lion genetics to identify family groups, tracking how mountain lions use habitat, and developing tools to monitor population trends into the future.

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/environment/article213968974.html

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Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns.

By land, sea and marsh, the numbers show that a chart-buster era for fish, whales, wildlife and waterfowl has arrived in the Bay Area, California and — in some cases — across North America. For many major species, populations are the highest in more than a century. There are some exceptions (deer, for example), but most of the news is good.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/outdoors/article/Chart-buster-times-salmon-to-whales-bears-to-13056881.php

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July 11, 2018

To save the world's rarest marine mammal, conservationists seek ban on Mexican seafood imports.

Now, with less than 20 vaquita left in the wild, the prospect of the species’ extinction within two years has prompted a last-ditch effort with significant economic and political consequences for the United States and Mexico.

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-vaquita-seafood-ban-20180711-story.html

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