The Wildcat Tribune

NPS threatens endangered tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore: an exploration of sides and solutions

Tule Elk Population Distribution Maps of California, Past to Present

Eva Shen, Managing Editor

October 24, 2020

In the 1870s, there were ten tule elk left in the world.  These 10 individuals were leftovers, the ghosts of a species that had been hunted to near extinction by Europeans. Endemic to California, the last tule elk— the smallest subspecies of American elk— wandered on the cusp of society for years, grasping on to survival in the grasslands and ...

Blaming the right beast: why the pandemic is humanity’s fault

When humans disturb the ecosystem, the consequences come back to bite us -- in the form of viruses like COVID-19.

Eva Shen, Managing Editor

September 25, 2020

Eight years ago, a science writer named David Quammen predicted the COVID-19 pandemic. In his bestselling book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, Quammen wrote:  “If there is a Next Big One it will be zoonotic. Certain kinds of viruses [are the] likeliest candidates to cause a new pande...

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