David Moskowitz-Wolves of the Pacific Northwest

I had the opportunity to interview David Moskowitz last month while he was here in the Methow Valley working on his new book “Wolves of the Pacific Northwest”. David, a professional wildlife tracker, photographer, and outdoor educator, has been studying …

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It’s green out there!

I headed into the Cascades yesterday to look for bears and was welcomed by a verdant green in every direction. It reminded me why it is that the Pacific Northwest makes such good bear habitat. More than one hundred plant …

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Loss Of Top Predators Causing Surge In Smaller Predators, Ecosystem Collapse

The catastrophic decline around the world of “apex” predators such as wolves, cougars, lions or sharks has led to a huge increase in smaller “mesopredators” that are causing major economic and ecological disruptions, a new study concludes. The findings, published …

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Bear species: six of eight face extinction

The Asiatic black bear is now listed as vulnerable, therefore six of the eight species of bear in the world are now officially facing extinction. The smallest, the sun bear, is the latest to be classified as vulnerable on the …

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Effects of past climate changes

Climate change wiped out cave bears 13 millennia earlier than thought. Enormous cave bears, Ursus spelaeus, that once inhabited a large swathe of Europe, from Spain to the Urals, died out 27,800 years ago, around 13 millennia earlier than was …

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Has the Arctic melt passed the point of no return?

Why are Polar Bears falling through the sea ice? Scientists have found the first unequivocal evidence that the Arctic region is warming at a faster rate than the rest of the world at least a decade before it was predicted …

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Poor Huckleberry Crop May Lead to Fewer Bear Cubs Next Spring

I’ve noticed while hiking in the high country this late summer and fall that something is notably missing – huckleberries. I’ve done a fair amount of hiking this year – on the PCT between Rainy Pass and the Canadian border, …

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Thirty years of Biodiversity?

On December 4th, the Washington Biodiversity Council presented a thirty year plan to promote biodiversity within Washington State. Washington’s plan recognized six eco-regions which would be managed separately. Biodiversity is the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem. Biodiversity …

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What’s happening behind your back?

Have you ever noticed that when you are out walking in the woods you seldom see a lot of wildlife? A friend who has a cabin in the Teanaway River drainage (near Cle Elum, Washington) wondered about this. So he …

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6 of 8 bear species threatened with extinction

Six of the world’s eight species of bear are threatened with extinction, according to a report from the World Conservation Union (IUCN).The smallest species of bear, the sun bear, has been included on the list for the first time, while …

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