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Wildlife Crossing in Banff National Park by Anthony P. Clevenger of Western Transportation Institute

Is Less Always More?

10/1/2015 // By Melissa Gaydos

Since its first introduction in 1975, the single large or several small (SLOSS) debate has sparked considerable controversy among conservation practitioners. Originally derived for providing recommendations for wildlife refuge design, the SLOSS debate has been formulated and referenced to describe …

The Real Cougars of L.A.

Meet the Real Cougars (Mountain Lions) of L.A.

9/22/2015 // By Jane Kirchner

Blonde. Powerful. Amazing teeth. Not the Real Housewives—but mountain lions, the real cougars of L.A! These wide roaming and territorial cats are at risk because their habitat is being cut up and cut off by highways and development. Twelve mountain …

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Orphaned Fisher Kits Get a Brand New Start in Yosemite

9/17/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

As California Director for the National Wildlife Federation, I truly do have the best job in the world. This week, I had the once-in-a-lifetime privilege of attending the release of four fisher kits into Yosemite National Park, part of a …

Oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA, May 2015 (US Coast Guard photo)

Oil Pipeline Rupture Soaks Santa Barbara Beaches (Updated with New Photos)

5/20/2015 // By Miles Grant

From oil train explosions to pipeline ruptures, not a month goes by without a reminder of the high cost of our ongoing addiction to oil, and this morning we’re waking up to a new disaster in California. As Matt Hamilton …

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Good News for Los Angeles Mountain Lions! CalTrans Pursuing Wildlife Crossing

7/29/2014 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

The now famous P22, the mountain lion who crossed two eight-lane freeways to find a new home, has captured the imagination of people in Los Angeles and beyond with his perilous journey and current plight. Trapped by the same freeways …

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Getting Wildlife (Safely) to the Other Side of the Road

7/18/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

More and more, mountain lions are tragically being injured or killed on the heavily-trafficked roads outside Los Angeles that cut through their mountain habitat. And as sprawling development consumes significant portions of the remaining green spaces in our country’s largest …

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Wildfire Season in Full Swing

7/18/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Wildfire season is in full swing and states across the West are starting to feel the burn. From the over 20,000 acre Mills Canyon fire in Washington to a wildfire in a remote Wilderness Area in the Sequoia National Forest in California, sparks are …


Celebrating 150 Years of Yosemite and Its Remarkable Wildlife

6/29/2014 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Editor’s Note: Yosemite National Park celebrates its 150th anniversary on Monday, June 30, and although many visit for the awe-inspiring scenery, NWF’s California Director (who lives on the southwest border of the park and worked in Yosemite for a decade) …

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Would You Want to Cross a Freeway in LA? Neither Do Mountain Lions…Let’s Help Them Out

5/22/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

When young mountain lions in the hills of Southern California venture out to find their own territory, they come up against the daunting prospect of crossing as many as ten lanes of freeway traffic that cut through their home range. …

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Los Angeles Mountain Lion Survives Freeways, Now Threatened by Poison Exposure

4/17/2014 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

During a recent capture, Hollywood’s famous mountain lion in Griffith Park displayed symptoms of mange and tested positive to poison exposure.