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Fox Thought Extinct in Oregon Possibly Photographed on Mt. Hood

20 Jun

By Ian C. Campbell, The Oregonian

Photo from Cascadia Wild: A red fox photographed by motion-detecting infrared camera in Mt. Hood National Forest. The fox is thought to be a Sierra Nevada red fox, which hasn’t been found in Oregon in decades.

With an invisible flash of infrared light across the snow, motion-detecting cameras in the mountains of Oregon may have snapped evidence of a nocturnal fox not seen in the state in decades. These new photos provide hope for the survival of one of the rarest animals in North America.

Although the photos clearly reveal some kind of red fox, environmentalists still need to confirm this is Oregon’s lost fox. “We are operating under the assumption that these are the Sierra Nevada red fox because it is the only montane red fox that occurs in the mountains of Oregon,” said Taylor McKinnon of the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Mountain Lion Shot, Killed in Santa Monica Shopping Mall

27 May

The mountain lion lies cornered in an office courtyard in Santa Monica. (AFP/Getty Images, Santa…)

by Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times

In the end, the mountain lion was probably looking for a place to call his own.

Scientists believe the male mountain lion roamed his way down the Santa Monica Mountains early Tuesday, likely following a runoff channel. When daylight broke, he found himself in the middle of the city and scared.

The lion was 3, and experts said that was the age to carve out his own territory.

“These young guys are looking for a home of their own,” said Jeff Sikich, a biologist with the National Park Service. “At this age, they are testing their boundaries and establishing their home range away from other males.”

Officials on Wednesday were studying hair and tissue sample and preparing genetic analysis that could help shed more light on his origins as a debate raged over whether police should have killed the lion.

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Lawsuit Challenges Old-growth Logging Near Grand Canyon

9 May

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in federal court today challenging a 25,000-acre timber sale on the Kaibab National Forest near Grand Canyon’s north rim.

Approved in January, this is the U.S. Forest Service’s fifth attempt to sell old-growth trees and forests in the Jacob Ryan project since 2003. Center appeals blocked two earlier attempts; the Forest Service voluntarily withdrew two others.

“The Forest Service consistently rejects good-faith restoration proposals and pushes logging big, old trees, contrary to its own science,” said Jay Lininger, an ecologist with the Center. “The Jacob Ryan timber sale is the opposite of forest restoration and it shows a need for reform within the agency.”

Today’s lawsuit asserts that the planned sale will remove forest habitat supporting northern goshawks and shirks rules designed to protect this rare and declining woodland raptor. According to a Forest Service report, goshawks are “vulnerable to extirpation or extinction in Arizona.” A source population of goshawks lives on the Kaibab Plateau, where Jacob Ryan is located.

In its last failed attempt to sell old-growth trees at Jacob Ryan, in 2009, the Forest Service admitted violating its rules for logging in goshawk habitat after an appeal from the Center.

Center staff also documented that old-growth trees were marked for cutting in the timber sale, despite agency statements in official planning documents that “yellow-bark” ponderosa pines older than 180 years would be left alone.

“There’s no change in the timber sale,” Lininger said. “Now the Forest Service just admits to wanting to cut down thousands of old-growth trees.”

To download a copy of today’s lawsuit, click here.

Photos of the Jacob Ryan timber sale, including old-growth trees marked for logging by the Forest Service, can be seen and downloaded here.