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Dramatic decline in genetic diversity of Northwest salmon charted

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Columbia River Chinook salmon have lost as much as two-thirds of their genetic diversity, Washington State University researchers have found. » More …

Photographing the elusive, endangered lynx

lynx in wild - wsu researchBy Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Deep in the forests of Washington’s Kettle Mountains, Washington State University wildlife biologist Daniel Thornton searches for signs of a rare and elusive type of wild cat — the lynx. » More …

Targeted search with eDNA for endangered, invasive species

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

turtle-headPULLMAN, Wash. – New technology at Washington State University could help save the world’s largest species of freshwater turtle from extinction. » More …

Return of wolves aids grizzly bears in Yellowstone

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Grizzly bear in Yellowstone. (Photo courtesy
of Yellowstone National Park)

PULLMAN, Wash. – A new study suggests that the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park is increasing a key part of the grizzly bear diet – berries that help bears put on fat before going into hibernation. Wolves reduce the number of elk, which eat the berry bushes.

The study was published this week by scientists from Washington State University and Oregon State University in the Journal of Animal Ecology. WSU co-authors are graduate assistant Jennifer K. Fortin and Charles T. Robbins, professor in the … » More …