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Mysterious Flying Squirrel Could Get Endangered Species Protection

San Bernardino flying squirrel

The squirrels gliding amid the mountains east of Los Angeles have been, for the most part, flying under the scientific radar. There has never been a single scientific paper published specifically about the San Bernardino flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus californicus), even though hundreds of papers about squirrels in general are published every year. Despite this [...]

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Cane Toads, Blue Whales, Red Wolves and Other Updates from the Brink

northern spotted owl

People often ask me, “How can you write about endangered species all the time? Isn’t it depressing?” Sure, it can be, but not as depressing as the sheer number of stories that I don’t get to write about. So let’s catch up on some of the stories that should have made headlines this month. First [...]

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Italy Faces Invasion of American Killer Squirrels

Squirrels: So bushy-tailed, so ubiquitous—so deadly. We don’t normally think of squirrels as killers, but North America’s eastern gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) have actually been called one of the worst invasive species on the planet. When introduced into other ecosystems, the larger and more aggressive grays tend to out-compete native squirrels for food and intimidate [...]

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