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The Last Days of Megafauna

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On August 21, 2017
I don’t mean to deviate from my usual bright cheery self, but the violent death of Wayne Lotter, one of the leading conservationists in Africa fighting the poaching epidemic, reminds me that the future of all megafauna on the planet is highly endangered. The rapidly declining numbers of rhinos, elephants, lions, tigers, leopards, and basically […]

The Wages of Mining

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On December 8, 2016

In 1985, I took the first trip of my life. We drove from Oregon to Minnesota for a family reunion. For me, at that age, this was exciting. As we drove east on I-90, we stopped in Butte, Montana. There

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Kill the Feral Cats

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On November 2, 2016
I love my cat Torvald more than anything. He looks a lot like the cat pictured above. But let’s not beat around the bush–cats are incredibly destructive creatures. Feral cats are not our lost potential pets. They are a wildlife management problem. And the best way to deal with them is to kill them. Not […]

Snails!

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On August 12, 2016

I know we are are focused on the behavior on Donald Trump and no one cares about any other issue. But here’s a post devoted to a life form slightly more evolved than the Republican candidate: sn

Octopus!

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On May 26, 2016

It seems that the octopi may be allying with the cats, jellyfish, and apes to declare war on the human race. So, why are cephalopods kicking butt when pretty much everything else in the oceans is dyin

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As the endless battle to manage salmon in the Columbia River basin marches on, the courts are now forcing the govenrment agencies that manage salmon to respond to new data on how climate change will affect the salmon, making a harder case that the government is actually protecting the salmon under the Endangered Species Act. […]

Habitat Loss

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On May 6, 2016

One of the major problems facing animals in the Sixth Extinction is habitat loss. Animals with formerly large ranges see them shrink and shrink and the large ones or the migratory ones just can’

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This is one of my favorite stories in some time. People love watching cute animals. Except that those cute animals are often brutal, whether they are male ducks engaging in what to humans looks like gang rape of female ducks (I have witnessed this with my own eyes and it was horrifying) or osprey that […]

Tiger Protection

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On April 19, 2016

I guess I will try to be positive here and note that the 13 Asian nations with tigers have publicly committed to preserving tiger habitat. The less positive part of me thinks it will probably end up l

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