Wildlife

Defying Man & Nature, The Sea Otters Of Morro Bay Have Made A Comeback

"On a day of cozy coastal grays — soft cloud cover, a silver foil-wrap sea — a dozen gray fur balls brought visitors the most comfort. Bobbing 20 feet from a harbor walkway, the sea otters were part of a record number in California. They once were believed to be as extinct as the dodo bird or the Tyrannosaurus rex."

Source: LA Times, 03/27/2017

Senate Votes To Lift Limits On Hunting Alaska Grizzlies, Wolves On Fed Land

"The Senate voted Tuesday to abolish a rule restricting specific hunting practices on national wildlife refuges in Alaska — including trapping, baiting and aerial shooting — on the grounds that state officials should be able to set the terms for wildlife conservation on public land within their own borders.

Source: Washington Post, 03/23/2017

Cook Inlet Gas Leak Remains Unmonitored as Danger to Marine Life Feared

"As the underwater methane leak in Cook Inlet, Alaska continues well into its third month, even basic environmental monitoring has been impossible because of ice cover. The ice also prevents any repair to the pipeline or response to the leak."

Source: InsideClimate News, 03/15/2017

"States Attack U.S. Endangered Species Act Rules"

"More than a dozen state attorneys general are asking Pres. Donald Trump to throw out recent federal rules regulating the environment for endangered or threatened plants and animals. The states claim the rules, which enlarge the definition of species habitat, give the federal government excessive power over state and private lands."

Source: Scientific American, 03/08/2017

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