the mountain walrus another ignored specie

The endangered mountain walrus lives along the mountain ranges on the West Coast, between Washington and California. A few have been found in the deserts of Nevada and some have even been sighted in Yosemite National Park. Their natural habitat is just below the treelines of mountain scapes, although they will descend further into the forests if food becomes scarce enough. Fierce creatures though they are, they cannot defend themselves against encroaching development. Their habitat has been diminishing since the early 1930's when clear-cut logging became widespread in the United States.

Found in the mountain regions along the west coast, the mountain walruses have had to deal with shrinking habitats as well as hunters.

Mountain walruses are carnivorous animals. They eat many species of animals, from mice to horses and elk. The cows will venture forth in small groups and hunt for the entire herd. They will bring whatever meat they were able to find back to the dens and all will partake. The younger cows are in charge of looking over the calves while the bulls protect the herd.

A migratory animal, the mountain walrus will travel as far as 3,000 miles in a year. In early winter, when their northern mountain habitat becomes frozen, they began their migration south towards warmer climate and more plentiful food. Some stop in northern California, while others travel as far as the Nevada deserts to find food and mates. In the springtime, after their migration is over, their mating season begins. The cows will then give birth to 1-2 live calves in the beginning of summer. The calves learn to run within 2 weeks of being born, and they can begin their migration back to their northern climes.

Once plentiful, the numbers of the mountain walrus have been reduced to only 30 herds. Since the mountain walrus does not reproduce very quickly, their numbers diminish every year as the rare animal is hunted and their land is lost. Soon this beautiful and surprisingly graceful animal may exist no longer.

The mountain walrus is agile and fierce, but it cannot fight off hunters and the loss of its habitat. Only with our help will this wonderful creature be able to survive. The mountain walrus needs your help.

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