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Vector, a wildlife scent detecting dog, with his trainer, Lauralea Oliver, during a break in the search for the elusive Morro Bay kangaroo rat in San Luis Obispos County. Credit: Chris Kofron / USFWS
Vector, a wildlife scent detecting dog, with his trainer, Lauralea Oliver, during a break in the search for the elusive Morro Bay kangaroo rat in San Luis Obispos County. Credit: Chris Kofron / USFWS

To Find Elusive Kangaroo Rat, Biologists Go to the Dogs

December 05, 2016
Is California’s Morro Bay kangaroo rat extinct? It hasn’t been seen in 30 years, but the Service’s Dr. Chris Kofron and Dr. Francis Villablanca of California Polytechnic State University believe it might still exist in few isolated colonies. To try to find the kangaroo rat, “we combed all of California for a wildlife sniffer dog to lead the field search," Kofron says, and they found Vector.
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Inkpot Sinkhole offers a glimpse into the Roswell Artesian Aquifer under the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge wilderness in southeastern New Mexico. Credit: Jeff Howland / USFWS
Inkpot Sinkhole offers a glimpse into the Roswell Artesian Aquifer under the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge wilderness in southeastern New Mexico. Credit: Jeff Howland / USFWS

Wilderness! There’s Nothing Like It

December 02, 2016
​Among conserved public lands and waters, wilderness is a category unto itself. It is land and water designated by Congress for special protection under the Wilderness Act of 1964. In the United States, there are 765 designated wilderness areas comprising about 109 million acres in 44 states and Puerto Rico. There are 75 wilderness areas in 26 states within the National Wildlife Refuge System.
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Juvenile American eel. Credit: Greg Thompson / USFWS
Juvenile American eel. Credit: Greg Thompson / USFWS

3 Plead Guilty in Crackdown on American Eel Trafficking

November 28, 2016
​Demonstrating, as Service Director Dan Ashe says, "the role U.S. citizens often play in wildlife trafficking," three more men have pleaded guilty in the illegal trade of American eels. Eels are highly valued in East Asia for human consumption. This has led to overfishing of Japanese and European eels. To protect the American eel, harvesting of juvenile American eels is prohibited in all but three states, and the Service is conducting an investigation to crack down on eel trafficking.
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