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Source: ABC site.
The plant, California dissanthelium, had long been thought extinct until a botanist recently spotted the wispy, 7-inch-tall tufts while hiking in Cottonwood Canyon.
“I saw a little grass, and I thought, ‘Hmm, that doesn’t look familiar,’” said Jenny McCune, an assistant plant ecologist for the Catalina Island Conservancy.
McCune found the grass on March 30 in an area of the canyon hit by fire two years ago. Scientists confirmed the plant’s identity last month.
The Catalina island fox is one of six subspecies of Urocyon littoralis that inhabit the Channel Islands off the Southern California coast. Like many island species, island foxes are in trouble. Foxes on Santa Cruz, San Miguel, and Santa Rosa islands have been in decline since the 1990s, mainly due to predation by golden eagles: here.
Catalina’s pint-sized native foxes have recovered from a catastrophic epidemic that nearly wiped out the population 15 years ago: here.
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