Nighttime in the Santa Cruz mountains. A mountain lion sprawls on the forest floor, happily noshing on a freshly killed deer. The wind in the trees is the only sound, the moon the only illumination. Then political commentator Rachel Maddow's voice fills the clearing: “Last Friday, three days after Bobby Jindal quit …" The lion lifts its head, and its eyes, glowing in the scant light, look right toward a hidden camera. Then the creature turns tail and flees. It's gone before Maddow even finishes her sentence.
Reports of cougar sightings around Ontario tend to spark alarm. But relax, they’re more scared of us than we are of them. That’s confirmed in a newly published study by Western University biology Prof. Liana Zanette. She said cougars see humans as “super-predators,” and for good reason: Humans kill large predators at nine times the natural rate.
River temperatures in the Pacific Northwest are rising and salmon aren’t doing so hot. Many scientists and fisheries managers are concerned that unless something is done, it is not clear that salmon and the surrounding billion-dollar industry will be able to keep up with climate change.
From studying unusual organisms thriving in frozen environments to geophysicists working on Antarctic ice sheets and astrophysicists interested in the South Magnetic Pole. Canadian scientists make the case for an Antarctic research program.