SCI Foundation Visits New Predator-Prey Project in the Field

After a four-hour early morning drive from SCI Foundation’s Washington, DC office on Capitol Hill, we found ourselves on the top of a steep ridge miles into the thick and thorny woods on our hands and knees. We had traced the coordinates of a GPS-collared young male black bear to this exact location and were …

No More Crying Wolf in Washington

“Where winter wolves bark amid wastes of snow and ice-clad trees.” (Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself.” 1855.) For almost eighty years wolves were absent from the Cascade Mountains. In 2008, gray wolves began recolonizing the northwestern United States and reestablishing packs in Washington. Four years later, the University of Washington, the USDA Forest Service, and …

Weekly Update: Predator Control Increases Caribou Calf Survival

Since the late 1990s, the Newfoundland woodland caribou population declined from about 94,000 individuals to 32,000 today. Research from 2003 to 2007 indicated that low calf survival was a primary reason for the decline. The majority of calf mortality was due to predation by black bears and coyotes, though lynx and bald eagles were also …