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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.

Interview: The case for giving lunar landing sites World Heritage status

Michelle Hanlon is the co-founder of For All Moonkind, a nonprofit established in June that seeks to preserve the six Apollo lunar landing sites—including Tranquility Base—by having them classified as world heritage sites. Hanlon spoke with Air & Space Magazine in August.     

Study: SoCal MPAs have quickly boosted once-collapsing rockfish populations

West Coast rockfish species in deep collapse only 20 years ago have multiplied rapidly in large marine protected areas off Southern California, likely seeding surrounding waters with enough offspring to offer promise of renewed fishing, a new study has found.

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.

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.

England: In uncovering mosaic from Roman-era villa, amateur archaeologists credited with making biggest find of its kind in decades

BOXFORD, England — Their ages range from 9 to about 80. They include a butcher and a builder. Some devoted vacation days to laboring on their hands and knees in an open field.

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