Category: INVASION BIOLOGY

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Wild Horses: Are They Being Managed to Extinction?

Because humans have eradicated most predators of wild horses, humans are the only means of wild horse population control. How many horses are too many? Probably a lot more than we have today. Here are

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Farmland Birds in France Are in Steep Decline

Scientists involved in long-running regional and national bird-counting surveys in France have reported precipitous declines in agricultural regions, even among common birds such as blackbirds that are well adapted to human activity and do well

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American Prairie Reserve

Our national parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite were chosen for their spectacular mountain scenery. The American Great Plains were not considered sufficiently scenic, although the Great Plains contained some of the most incredible ecosystems, animal

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Are Wolves the Pronghorn’s Best Friend?

Wolf and coyote eradications have exploded coyote numbers across North America. This has increased coyote predation of pronghorn fawns. Coyotes are pronghorns’ most effective predators; wolves will not tolerate coyotes. 150-years of coyote ‘management’ using

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The Last Cowboy at Pine Creek Ranch

 Since its conquest during the Mexican War, more than 50% of the West has belonged to the government, and ranching has been an integral part of Western settlement. The number of ranchers on public

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Restoring Desert Watersheds with Beaver: Back to the Future

Beaver reintroductions can help restore damaged watersheds across the desert Southwest. In far-West Texas, the Rio Grande and its tributaries are obvious starting places. Yet, any ranch having a spring or a creek that flows

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West Texas Beaver Wetlands: The Historic Record

When European settlers arrived in North America in the 1500s, they found as many as 400 million beavers. These four-footed water engineers had created—and maintained—an estimated 50 million acres of beaver ponds. Beavers populated the

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Needed: A Safer Way to Fight Wildfire

Recently I was touring ranches near Ruidosa, New Mexico, and learned that toxic chemicals contained in fire-retardants like these had washed into their river systems, killing the fisheries which they are now trying to detoxify

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The Secret Lives of Well-Digging Burros

“Far-West Texas burros are eradicated by state and federal parks & land managers based on the belief that they “compete” with other wildlife for water. In reality – as this Arizona study explains – “it

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Are North America’s Wild Horses Native?

The fake science of invasive species biology classifies horses as “invasive” “exotics” that “compete” with “natives” to “harm” “ecological systems”. These terms are neither scientifically defined, nor consistently applied. As Dan Flores, author of American