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The coywolves of Albemarle County: A new species that calls the area home

By Jackson Landers | December 2, 2015 A lone, gray pickup truck with its headlights off rolls along the gravel road in the pale light of a full moon. The truck stops along a tree line in front of a long, broad field and two camouflaged men get out. They close the doors slowly so as to not make any noise. The men sling their rifles over their shoulders and whisper about where to begin. Down past the woods? Over at the neighboring farm? A long, chilling howl erupts from the woods across the …

Extinction Means Less Mammal Poop To Fertilize The Earth

… the capacity for land animals to carry nutrients away from “hotspots” has fallen to eight percent of what it was at the end of the last ice age. The capacity of whales, and other marine mammals to carry nutrients such as phosphorous from the deep sea to more shallow waters has been reduced by about 75 percent. In the past animals were not believed to be vital for nutrient transfer, but this new research demonstrates the animals are crucial for the “distribution pump” of …

Big animals’ extinction forever alters environment, study shows

… them,according to a joint report by UC Berkeley, Stanford University, California State University Sacramento and the University of Chile. “Ecological studies have shown that if you pull out a top predator or a key herbivore today, you get dramatic change in the ecosystem,” said Anthony Barnosky, a UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology and the study leader. “Our study makes it clear that in the past, such changes have lasted for thousands of years. These extinctions really do …

World’s most endangered big cat may be on the rebound 

By Emily J. Gertz, TakePart | September 1, 2015 The number of Amur leopards has more than doubled since hitting a low in 2007, researchers in Russia and China say. An extremely rare spotted cat could be stepping back from the brink of extinction. The Amur leopard appears to have doubled its wild population in the past several years from fewer than 40 adults in 2007 to 80 or more in 2014 and repopulated some of its historic range in China, according to a joint announcement by Russian and …

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