Earlier this month, the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) started a controversial program that is paying residents of all ages, including children, to kill animals. The GFP says their new Nest Predator Bounty Program was designed to help preserve nests of ducks and pheasants, bring more participation, awareness, and education to […]
Do hibernating animals get cold? It might seem like a simple question, but scientists have long wondered exactly how bears, bats, snakes, and many other creatures can wait out the winter without freezing to death. According to a new study, that may be because hibernating animals don’t feel winter’s chill in the same way that […]
It’s not an easy life for the mountain lions and other animals that make their home in the Santa Monica Mountains. Because they’re so isolated, Los Angeles mountain lions are almost 100 percent likely to become extinct in 50 years due to inbreeding, which can cause health problems and unusual behavior. Leaving their territory is […]
Still in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti and after a relatively unsuccessful previous day waiting for our “flat cats” to raise themselves and start moving and playing, we were up and on our way by 6h30 the next morning full of expectation that a fresh start would reveal something quite unexpected. Our guide, Yona, […]
I did a post of Florida’s Bobcats (Lynx rufus) some time back, but it just disappeared from the blog. I am reposting these photos as I love watching these cats. We live in a large subdivision bordered by an even larger preserve, so these bobcats thrive on rabbits, squirrels, and, I suppose the occasional loose […]
In the popular TV series “The Walking Dead” humans can hide from zombies by covering themselves in zombie guts, masking their scent. The California ground squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi) uses a similar tactic to hide from a major predator, the rattlesnake, which relies on smell to track down its prey.
One of the difficulties of studying rare and endangered species is that they are, by definition, hard to find. Scientists attempting to understand their distributions and the threats to their survival can spend hundreds of hours in the field while collecting little data, simply because sightings are so few and far between. To find out […]
A swan has been detained in Egypt on suspicion of being a spy. Except it looks – in pictures released by the Egyptian authorities, who kept referring to it as a “swan” – like a stork. Perhaps it was wearing a disguise. The bird, allegedly working for the French government, was captured in a heroic […]