Four Dall sheep from the Talkeetna Mountains and two Kenai Peninsula mountain goats became the state’s first wild sheep and goats to test positive for a pathogen known as Movi that has led to deadly outbreaks among bighorn sheep in the Lower 48 and is triggering calls for restrictions on domestic livestock here.
The Pacific Northwest’s beloved orcas will not survive unless humans do more to ensure adequate food and cleaner, quieter waters, just one of the messages at a crowded signing ceremony in Seattle convened by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
Since 2014, the state has recruited citizen scientists to monitor bats in Southeast Alaska, and discoveries are being made. For example, last summer, the state recorded the first documentation of swarming behavior outside of a cave or mine.