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California Mountain Lion Population Is Thousands Fewer Than Previously Estimated

California Mountain Lion Population Is Thousands Fewer Than Previously Estimated

The first large-scale study of mountain lion numbers in California has been completed by scientists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW); the nonprofits Audubon Canyon Ranch and the Institute for Wildlife Studies; University of California, Santa Cruz; and University of California, Davis. The population estimate of between 3,200 and 4,500 cougars is […]

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    Coastal Redwoods Have Remarkable Ability to Recover From Severe Wildfires, Study Finds

    Coastal Redwoods Have Remarkable Ability to Recover From Severe Wildfires, Study Finds

    New research has found that California’s coastal redwoods have the remarkable capacity to recover from severe wildfires. The study led by researchers from Northern Arizona University (NAU) looked at the ancient trees’ recovery from the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, which burned thousands of acres in California’s Big Basin State Park in the summer of 2020, […]

    95,000 Gallon Sewage Spill Closes Over Two Miles of Laguna Beach

    95,000 Gallon Sewage Spill Closes Over Two Miles of Laguna Beach

    On Wednesday, 95,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the coastal waters of Laguna Beach in Southern California, prompting the closure of over two miles of the coastline. The closure spans from Laguna Avenue to Blue Lagoon, according to the announcement from the Orange County Health Care Agency. The area will be closed until further notice. […]

    Light Pollution Threatens Mountain Lion Habitats, Study Finds

    Light Pollution Threatens Mountain Lion Habitats, Study Finds

    Researchers from University of California, Davis have published a study that outlines how artificial light pollution from things like city lights and highway traffic is threatening the habitats of mountain lions in Southern California. “Well-lit streets, neighborhoods and commercial areas will reduce and fragment the areas available to mountain lions to move around,” Fraser Shilling, […]

    EPA to Investigate Tire Chemical Linked to West Coast Salmon Deaths

    EPA to Investigate Tire Chemical Linked to West Coast Salmon Deaths

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to review the use of, and consider prohibiting, the rubber preservative found in tires known as 6PPD, in response to a petition from the Yurok Tribe, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The chemical 6PPD is a rubber preservative used in tires […]

    Visitors to Death Valley National Park Greeted by New Lakes, Wildflowers After Summer Deluge

    Visitors to Death Valley National Park Greeted by New Lakes, Wildflowers After Summer Deluge

    Back in August, Death Valley National Park closed following flooding from Tropical Storm Hilary. The deluge inundated the park with a year’s worth of rain that filled long-dry lake beds and revitalized the landscape. The park partially reopened on October 15 and is now dotted with lakes and blanketed with greenery and wildflowers. “Some spectacular […]