The complex evolution of the big cats — Why Evolution Is True

A new paper in Science Advances by Henrique V. Figueiró et al. (reference below, free download with legal UnPaywall app) resolves the contested phylogeny (family tree) of five big cat species: lion, leopard, jaguar, snow leopard, and tiger. In so doing, the researchers uncovered some interesting evolutionary history. Previously, the family tree of this group had […]

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Cougars, Social Animals!

This video from the USA says about itself: Bizarre experiment studies pumas reacting to political talk shows 21 June 2017 Scientists from University of California at Santa Cruz researched mountain lions‘ fear of humans by exposing them to clips of political talk shows. Here’s what happened. From the Panthera organisation: Pumas found to exhibit behaviors […]

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Interior Secretary Recommends Shrinking the Size of National Monuments!

The Washington Post reports Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening up hundreds of thousands of acres of land revered for natural beauty and historical significance to mining, logging and other development. Zinke’s recommendation, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, […]

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Endangered Species Act!

National Geographic reports The U.S. Endangered Species Act has saved more than 200 species from extinction—but business and political interests want to scuttle it. Read story at Inside the Effort to Kill Protections for Endangered Animals

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Lawsuit to stop wildlife killing in Idaho!

Center for Biological Diversity News Release Lawsuit Asks Court to Halt Federal Wildlife Killing in Idaho New Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Wildlife Services From Exterminating Native Wildlife BOISE, Idaho— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal court today to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s wildlife-killing agency from shooting, trapping, and poisoning Idaho’s wild animals. […]

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Federal Government Carnivore Destruction

Western Environmental Law Center Press Release 4/12/17 Federal Wildlife Killing Program Sued Over Carnivore Killing in Colorado Conservationists sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services today over its carnivore-killing program in Colorado. Included in the larger program are controversial plans to kill up to 120 mountain lions and black bears in Colorado in a misguided […]

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