New research challenges the reputation of pumas as solitary and unsociable. Science Advances reports that the big cats operate in networksworks of trusted individduals with whom they innteract regularly and shhare food. GOOD D FOR THE GOOSE OSE Chicaago is inunddated with Canaada geese in wiinter seeking safetyety from hunters’ guns.gun Research published in The Condor shows that the influx coincides with the dates of the shooting season. All tagged city birds survived the winter, while half of those that foraged in rural sites were killed.
Crucian carp, goldfish’s closest wild relatives, spend long winters under ice. The Journal of Experimental Biology reports they sustain brain damage in these oxygen-deprived conditions but that it is reversed after the thaw, providing clues for restoring brain function in human patients.
ALLIGATOR V SHARK
When sharks and alligators occur together in estuarine habitats, it’s the reptiles that come out on top. According to research presented in Southeastern Naturalist, American alligators consume four shark species,species including nurse sharks, and stingrays.