Back from the Brink: California’s Cutest Endangered Species Gains Ground


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11 thoughts on “Back from the Brink: California’s Cutest Endangered Species Gains Ground

  1. This is an interesting article explaining the details of conservation efforts. There should be strict rules regarding dog visits in the island, especially when dog walker s do not respect the rules, jeoparizing the outbreak of distemper.

    I featured this special fox in one of my posts to raise awareness about the DDT poisoning ecological impact. I also learnt about the Nature Conservancy’s “conservation works” in the island, after which I withdrew my longtime support. The Island Fox made a comeback and a species was saved, unfortunately, by slaughtering another one.

    http://artforconservationbycarmenmandel.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/the-island-fox/

  2. Wonderful to see so much work being done on their behalf. It is always heartwarming to see some people taking responsibility for our collective impact on the earth. It does go to show the “ripple effect” of human impact, too. Tread lightly! I can’t see why proof of distemper vaccination shouldn’t be mandatory for visiting dogs. But then, lots of things seem obvious to me…. 🙂

    • I love your phrase “people taking responsibility for our collective impact on the earth”. We all should! I am not sure about distemper, but in the UK many rules exist for bringing a dog into the country. Sort of depends where you are coming from, but strict rules do exist. 🙂

      • It’s the same here, when bringing an animal across an international border. There are vaccination requirements, quarantines. I really don’t see how the impact on tourism (which I presume is the concern) would be so severe if you simply had to show proof of vaccination. In most states vaccinations are required anyway, and in some wild areas (e.g., national parks), dogs are not permitted at all.

  3. Ah, now you’re in my favorite neck of the woods. On a clear day we could see Catalina Island from atop the garage of the two-story duplex I wrote about in my story about my California home. And it was one of my favorite places to go. I had no idea there were foxes over there though I’m so glad this little guy is making a come back. Natalie 🙂

      • Oh, I’m so sorry. It was post 161. I just reread it and it never really said that what I was talking about was my California home. We lived a half a block from the Pacific Ocean then, Amelia, and two doors closer lived my great aunt and uncle. Theirs was a two-story duplex and on top of the garage in the back of the residence was a deck, and it was from there that on a clear day we could see the distant and small image of Catalina Island 26 miles out in the Pacific. That was in the late 1940’s and l950’s before we moved to Texas. I’ve been back since and the pollution out there is so bad that now you can’t see the island until you are right up on it in a boat. I still love that island and regret that in my college days I didn’t go back to spend a whole summer there. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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