Wildlife Roundup: The Good News, June 2009

Do you ever get tired of all reading bad news about endangered wildlife?  I know I do.  So I thought I might start a regular feature (of course, what exactly “regular” means is yet to be determined): “Wildlife Roundup: the Good News.”  Here it goes:

  • The Canadian federal government and the Province of Saskatchewan just unveiled a recovery plan for the black footed ferret that aims to restore ferrets to the Grasslands National Park;
  • According to Maine Audubon, the state’s piping plover population is doing better than last year thanks, in part, to local government efforts to protect their beach nesting sites; 
  • Wildlife officials in Colorado have documented the birth of 10 Canadian lynx kittens in the state—the first births recorded since 2006.  These little guys are  the third generation of lynx to be born in the state after reintroduction efforts began.
  • A photograph of a rare wolverine was recently captured on Mount Adams, in Washington, possibly marking the return of this iconic and elusive predator to the state’s southwest;
  • The very small remaining population of Hangul (India’s red deer) is on the rise;
  • A new species of bat, now named Miniopterus aelleni, has been discovered in Comoros Island archipelago, off the south-east coast of Africa.  The bat weighs only 5 grams and is one of the smallest species of bats in the world.
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