We have two indoor cats, Shekie and Portia, whom we adore. We believe they are safer enjoying the view of nature from our large, arched windows, as are the birds, squirrels and other wildlife that frequent our backyard.
"The Mule Deer Wars." That's what I've come to call a tenacious western wildlife controversy. It began in the 1990s, when state wildlife managers started reporting lower mule deer populations. "If mule deer herds are in poor health, the land is in poor health."
Even though we do not have precise data on how many teachers and other educators abuse students, the recent Sandusky case at Penn State show that it is urgent for schools to take deliberate, comprehensive steps to safeguard students.
What will it take for wolves to thrive here? What do wolves need to prosper? How will politics, agencies, ranchers, hunters and trappers, environmental activists and urban and suburban citizens affect whether wolves will flourish here?
Residents of Puget Sound's Vashon Island were recently treated to the sight of dozens of killer whales hunting for salmon. What's odd about the event is how close these massive predators came to shore.