Weekly Update: The South Rockies Grizzly Project

The South Rockies Grizzly Project in British Columbia seeks to research “bottom- up” effects on bears, such as habitat or prey availability, as well as “top-down” effects like hunting and human development. The goal of the project is to balance hunting opportunity, human safety and conservation risk for grizzly bears in the southern Rocky Mountains …

Genetics and the Conservation Status of Species

Researchers at Purdue University have recently published an article in the journal Biological Conservation, suggesting that genetics should play a stronger role in determining whether species are threatened with extinction. In the article, “The reduction of genetic diversity in threatened vertebrates and new recommendations regarding IUCN conservation rankings,” the authors argue that biologists need to …

Mountain goat genetics in the Cascades

Mountain goats are an icon of the rugged Cascade high country for outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts, including hunters. The species also has great cultural significance to people living in Washington State.   Unfortunately, the Washington mountain goat population has declined drastically since the 1950’s. While the decline has been attributed to historical overharvest, many populations within …