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Misunderstood Mesos: The Striped Skunk

It is built for a life foraging at the ground surface, with short, powerful legs and a stocky body.  The head and body measure 13-18 inches, with the notorious tail adding another 7-10 inches.  It’s weight varies greatly with average adults between 5-10 pounds, but some as heavy as fourteen pounds!

It is the Striped Skunk aka a Misunderstood Mesos.

Let’s Talk About Seals!

Seals are carnivores that are in the Pinnipedia group – the word pinniped translates from Latin to mean “fin-footed”.1 This Pinnipedia group is divided into three groups:1&2 Odobenidae, which is made up of walruses Otariidae, which consists of fur seals and sea...

What’s the Largest Cat Within the U.S.?

This carnivore is one of the largest cats in the world. They come in third place, right behind the tiger and lion. Within the United States, they take first place as the largest cat. Originally, their territory took up from the southern region of the United States down to the northern part of Argentina. However, they’ve lost more than half of their original territory since the late 19th century. Now they can be found mostly in Brazil, within the Amazon rainforest and the Pantanal.

Meet the jaguar.

Black-footed Ferret Conservation

Black-footed Ferrets are nocturnal and fossorial (living underground) members of the Mustelidae family. They are easily recognized by their black feet, black-tipped tails, and black masks on the face, while the rest of their body is a beige-white color. Black-footed Ferrets are the only species of ferret that’s native to North America.

They’re also one of the most endangered species in North America.

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Does your dog start to shake when you pull your coat on and grab your keys? Does he howl as soon as you turn the lock and head toward the car? If so, your dog may have separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is a problem that can make it difficult for you to do what you need to do on a daily basis. However, there are certain ways to tackle this problem. 

Piping Plovers Are Endangered

Piping Plovers are shorebirds that have struggled to increase their numbers due to a variety of threats to their habitat. Originally, they were almost hunted to extinction until 1918 with the creation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Although they made a brief recovery by the middle of the 1920s, their numbers fell again in the 40s because of development.

Which Fox Has Unique Cat-Like Qualities?

Do you know what the smallest member of the Canidae family is? Or which fox has unique cat-like qualities?

Find out in Christopher Montero’s classroom discussion on Foxes! 

Why Flea Prevention is Important

Fleas are annoying for both you and your dog. This is why it’s essential to take the threat of fleas seriously and make sure you have preventative measures in place so that they never become a problem. Dogs can pick up fleas from outside and other animals. Once a flea has decided to make your dog its host, the issue can grow exponentially. One flea can lay a couple of thousand eggs, which hatch within ten days. These get transferred to different surfaces anytime your dog lays down or shakes – which means that fleas aren’t just present on your dog, but everywhere in your home and yard.

What is Wildlife Telemetry?

Wildlife Telemetry is when scientists place devices on wild animals to track their movements and behaviors. The information gathered from doing this helps us get a better understanding of a species’ behavior, their migratory patterns, where they spend most of their time, etc. This can help us make better decisions regarding their habitat – a good example is whether or not we can thin part of a forest to help against wildfires without hurting a species that lives there.

How do dogs help with Eurasian oystercatcher conservation? 

Coastal wetlands are important habitats for many bird species.  Additionally, these marshes filter sediment from waterways and absorb floodwaters, both of which are major benefits to humans living near the coast.  Unfortunately, industrial and residential development threatens coastal wetlands around the world.  Rising seas caused by climate warming add yet another stress upon these important ecosystems. 

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Films

THE GREAT PREDATOR DEBATE TRIO

WERC has produced two feature length films in the Great Predator Debate Series and working on our final installment to complete the trio. Viewed by thousands worldwide, this important civics course not only tells the stories of the Sawtooth and Owyhee Packs but delves into the complex subject of preserving carnivores in the face of human progress and expansion. Hear from State wildlife managers, Native American representatives, and recreation enthusiasts who all have a stake in the outcome of this important discussion.  

  • The Great Predator Debate: A Predator’s Dilemma
  • The Great Predator Debate: A Nation’s Dilemma
  • The Great Predator Debate: A Nation’s Dilemma (Classroom Version)
  • The Great Predator Debate: A Nation’s Resolve (In Progress)

View The Great Predator Debate Classroom Edition Here For Free

GRAY AREA: WOLVES OF THE SOUTHWEST

In the American Southwest, a unique species of wolf unlike any other is making a comeback. Considered extinct nearly 40 years ago, the little known Mexican gray wolf has slowly pulled back from the very brink — against all odds. From a founding population of just seven animals, this species has slowly grown to a current wild population of approximately 100, only to face a new threat from within: its own genetics. As part of a bold recovery mission, one lone wolf is given a chance to offer new hope for the survival of her species. In telling this story, narrated by Chris Morgan, “Gray Area” explores whether there can be a balanced and sustainable future where ranchers, conservationists, locals, and biologists alike can coexist with this apex predator. 

Videos

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