Island Fox Taken Off Endangered List
on 16 August 2016
There's not a lot of positive environmental news, so it's heart-warming to find out that after a devastating 90% population loss, a Californian island fox has made a huge comeback—so much so that's it's been taken off the endangered list. One of the USA's most rare animals, the island fox suffered in the '90s due to a viral disease and use of the pesticide DDT which "wiped out bald eagles on the islands. Golden eagles, which prey on the foxes, quickly replaced the fish-loving bald eagles, leading to numerous fox deaths." This has been the fastest turnaround for an endangered mammal in the history of the Endangered Species Act—that's 43 years. Read more at the Guardian.