In Aysen, threats to huemul include dogs

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Patagonia's endangered huemul has its share of predators. Pumas, foxes, and the occasional poacher are expected, but a new threat has become a hounding concern in Chile's Aysen region.

Dogs belonging to residents living near Lake Cochrane are killing young fawns, and injuring and sometimes killing adult huemul.

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The penguin season begins in Magallanes

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The Magallanes region is home to one of the largest penguin colonies in Chile: Magdalena Island, which includes an incredible 200,000 Magellanic penguins. 
 
Before, tourists visiting Punta Arenas could only visit the Seno Otway penguin colony, which is much smaller (about 8,000 penguins) and its birds are widely scattered. Magdalena Island, which is part of Los Pinguinos  Natural Monument, was only for the privileged few arriving on cruise ships. Now, some tourism companies are taking people to Magdalena two or three times per day. 
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Condors in Patagonia: Part 2, Captive Breeding

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In 1964,  I made my very first hike into the Andean mountain range of South America. The towering crags of the Paine Massif, in Patagonia, was an awesome place to start. That my "welcoming committee" happened to be a splendid entourage of eight full-grown condors was extraordinary. I do not flatter myself that they came soaring in to greet me with any sort of friendly "saludos." Being raptors, they were out cruising for carrion as usual, and spotted my body relaxing on a high ledge. For them it was the sign on a butcher shop: "FRESH MEAT TODAY!" Circling in to inspect the goods, they got a little too close; I jumped up, back to life, waving and shouting, and they gently floated off. In the ensuing years, I've had scores of sightings and encounters with condors, but never one quite so intimate.
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A four day trek around Fitz Roy

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"It's called the Guillaumet pass. It's generally used by climbers. There's a little crevasse danger but as long as the weather holds it'd be fine. You'd be right underneath Monte Fitz Roy."
 
The e-mail I'd opened was from a 29-year old Argentinean mountain guide, Pedro Fina. I'd first met Pedro in 2004, when he was one of two guides I'd had on a 4-week trekking expedition in South America. During that trip, we'd climbed a glacier beside two of the great peaks of the Patagonian Andes, Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, and traversed a small portion of the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap, a flat expanse of thick ice - 13,000km2 - that flows west from the mountains and down into the Pacific Ocean.
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Waking up in Puerto Varas

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Winter mornings in Puerto Varas, Chile, start slow.  As I stumbled out of my overnight bus ride from the capital Santiago at 9:25 a.m., I was welcomed by silent and empty streets.  Even the stray dogs, numerous in Chile, do not feel it necessary to start their daily prowl for food until 10.

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