Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

And herein lies the premise: if drivers are moving slowly enough, they will have time to avoid hitting large animals, such as deer and pronghorn, on the road.

Do Elk Fear Wolves? Maybe Not

Do Elk Fear Wolves? Maybe Not

Animals like elk in North America and vicunas in the Andes also share those same priorities, and what new research shows is how they respond to those fears depends mostly on what’s trying to eat them.

Maps Are Biased Against Animals

Maps Are Biased Against Animals

Many complex nonhuman animal societies are concentrated in biological hotspots like the Serengeti.Humans are not knowledgeable or sophisticated enough to depict every individual creature on our maps, but surely we can display the animal habitats of which we are aware.

The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth

The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth

Kristin Laidre, an animal ecologist at the University of Washington and a coauthor, says the melting summer sea ice is causing trouble for big mammals: polar bears, walruses, and seals.

Camera Trap Chronicles: The Pennsylvania Wilds

Camera Trap Chronicles: The Pennsylvania Wilds

Photo © TNC As a Nature Conservancy forester in Pennsylvania , Mike Eckley spends a lot of time assessing the health of woodlands.Beginning in 2008, Eckley set out trail cameras to monitor white-tailed deer, including their health and buck to doe ratios.

Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes

Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes

By combining DNA sequence data with gene expression profiles from deer, goats, and sheep, the consortium scientists identified a handful of genes that work together to keep such species cancer-free, even as they grow pounds of new tissue on their heads each year.

What Happened to the Schomburgk’s Deer?

What Happened to the Schomburgk’s Deer?

Schomburgk’s deer antler on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh © Matthew L. Even a dramatic animal like the Schomburgk’s deer vanishes without a trace. Just as with the Schomburgk’s deer, barasingha are vulnerable on their islands.

Mountain Lion at Phantom Canyon Preserve

Mountain Lion at Phantom Canyon Preserve

Photo © TNC For more than 30 years, The Nature Conservancy’s Phantom Canyon Preserve has sought balance between the needs of people and the needs of wildlife. Photo © TNC “The preserve is not open for six months of the year,” says Sally Ross, The Nature Conservancy in Colorado’s Laramie Hills program director.

Chronic Wasting Disease: What You Need To Know

Chronic Wasting Disease: What You Need To Know

“We injected macaques with extremely high levels of CWD-infected deer and elk brains without any evidence of CWD,” says Race, who cautions that it only takes one mismatch in an amino acid sequence to create a species barrier.

Want to Try Camera Trapping? Check Out This New Guide

Want to Try Camera Trapping? Check Out This New Guide

Check Out This New Guide Flying squirrel caught on camera trap © Janet Pesaturo Trail cameras have become a common tool for wildlife biologists. That’s why Janet Pesaturo’s Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign, and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife (Stackpole Books) will be invaluable for both novice and experienced camera trappers.