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Canada: Ex-RCMP officer gets 5 years in jail for smuggling narwhal tusks

(Reuters) - A retried Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was sentenced on Wednesday by a U.S. judge to five years and two months in prison, after pleading guilty to 10 money laundering charges related to a scheme to smuggle Arctic narwhal tusks.

USNPS brings in team of arborists to help salvage trees damaged by Hurricane Irma

Arborist Curtis Tilghman sees the national parks like no one else. He’s been in a tree over the grave of Thomas Edison. He’s cut branches under the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. He’s repaired tree damage in the Chalmette National Cemetery and cut trees from an airboat at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

Ranchers' fear of brucellosis continuing to impede full recovery of bison population in areas around Yellowstone NP

Once staring into the oblivion that is extinction, bison have rebounded in number and prestige to be called the United States’ national mammal. Yet those in Yellowstone National Park don’t fully carry the prestige that distinction bestows.

New global study has good news about sea turtle recovery

On this planet, so many plants and animals are disappearing that scientists worry we’re experiencing a sixth mass extinction.

Germany: Rare wild bison killed after it wanders across border from Poland, drawing angry response and lawsuit

Last week, a rare wild bison was spotted wandering alone near the town of Lebus in eastern Germany. A local official, alarmed that the animal could be dangerous, ordered hunters to shoot it and one of them did, using a rifle to kill an animal that had not freely roamed Germany for several hundred years, conservationists say.

Bangladesh: Pangolin population down sharply as trafficking surges, but small numbers exist in and near Lawchara NP

Pangolins, one of the most trafficked mammals in the world, are fast disappearing from earth. Yet, we know very little about these solitary animals. Even basic information such as pangolins’ populations is severely lacking, scientists say, making it difficult to plan conservation actions to save the animals.

Ever-inventive, rhino poachers shift away from smuggling whole horns to pieces processed into jewelry

Instead of shipping poached rhino horns whole or in chunks, transnational criminal networks have started manufacturing jewelry and other rhino-horn trinkets in southern Africa, according to a new report from conservation NGO Traffic.

Pro-monument tribal leaders angry as USBLM stalls on implementing NMon management at Bears Ears

Nine months after President Barack Obama enshrined the 1.3 million acres encircling Utah’s Bears Ears Buttes as a protected landscape, federal agencies have done little to manage the lands as outlined in the monument proclamation.

Eager to remove Confederate statue, DC council learns congressional approval needed first

Members of the D.C. Council are wasting no time in expressing their frustration over a statue of a Confederate general in the District.

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