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  • October 29, 2020
    Good News for Stephens' kangaroo rat
    by Wayne Spencer, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently reclassified the Stephens’ kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi, or SKR) from the direst classification under the Endangered Species Act of Endangered to the lesser category of Threatened. Although one might think that an organization called the Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) might lament such a decision or charge that it is political, our kangaroo rat ...
  • October 16, 2014
    Help or Hindrance for Species Conservation?
    by Wayne Spencer, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    I have mixed feelings about the proposed listing of the Pacific fisher as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The species seems to meet the biological criteria for listing —small, fragmented populations, victim of numerous threats, etc.—however the question in my mind is whether ESA protections may hinder more than help with species conservation and recovery. I lead a ...
  • March 11, 2014
    The Killing Fields
    by Wayne Spencer, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    Decades spent as a wildlife conservation biologist never prepared me for what I’m about to say:  We need to quickly legalize marijuana in this country to save wildlife and protect our natural lands.  Illegal marijuana grow sites are devastating wildlife populations, destroying forests, and poisoning ecosystems at an alarming rate on public lands across California and other western ...
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