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Trump administration OKs addition of 4 shark species to endangered list

The Trump administration is adding new shark species to the Endangered Species List.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) said Tuesday it will add daggernose sharks, striped smooth-hound sharks, spiny angel sharks and Argentine angel sharks to the list.

Editorial: Bears Ears may be next flashpoint in movement to assert Native rights

After seven years of organizing, the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition — made up of the Hopi, Navajo, Uintah and Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Zuni Nations — played a key role in securing the protection of 1.35 million acres surrounding Bears Ears from development and resource extraction just before President Obama left office.

Belize: 25 years after translocation, howler monkeys thriving in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

The calls of howler monkeys, once wiped out in a Central American forest known as the Cockscomb Basin, now ring out in the canopy, and the scientists responsible couldn’t be happier.

“As conservationists, we’re constantly trying to stop things from disappearing. We’re always playing for a tie,” said Scott Silver, a tropical biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Partial dune collapse takes out viewing platform, part of North Country NST at Pictured Rocks NL

MUNISING, MI - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is warning hikers to stay back from the park's dune and cliff edges after a second large-scale erosion event occurred in the Grand Sable Dunes area.

The early May incident also took out a piece of the North Country Trail network. Park staff have said they will mark a temporary trail to bypass the erosion.

Madagascar: Activist who fights rosewood trafficking languishes in jail after being charged with rebellion

Clovis Razafimalala heads Lampogno, an organization seeking an end to illegal rosewood trafficking in northeastern Madagascar. Charged with unauthorized rebellion and burning state files and property during a protest he maintains he did not participate in, he has been imprisoned without trial since September 2016.

Oregon's Democratic senators step up to defend Cascade-Siskiyou NMon proclamation process

Salem, Ore. – Following the Trump administration’s announcement that a national monument covering approximately 100,000 acres of federal land in southern Oregon and northern California is up for review, Democrat Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are pushing back.

South Africa: Rangers searching for 5 lions that escaped Kruger NP

Armed South African wildlife rangers and police scoured farmland around a small town near the Mozambican border on Tuesday for five lions that escaped from the country's main national park.

The animals broke free from the Kruger park on Monday morning close to Komatipoort, a community of about 5,000 people.

Feature: A few giraffes hang on in DR Congo's war-torn, poacher-beset Garamba NP

Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo – Scientist Mathias D’haen said he couldn’t believe his eyes. We had been walking in the bush for a couple of days in a fruitless search for giraffes when all of a sudden one of the park rangers spotted some of the graceful ruminants.

“You’re incredibly lucky,” he said. “I never thought we would see giraffes here.”

South Africa: New hominin species discovered at Rising Star Cave, part of Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa WH site

Probing deeper into the South African cave system known as Rising Star, a subterranian maze that last year yielded the largest cache of hominin fossils known to science, an international team of researchers has discovered another chamber with more remains of a newfound human relative, Homo naledi.

Editorial: In New Orleans, the racism driving opposition to Confederate monument removal is deep—and sometimes subtle

In the late 1980s, when I was visiting New Orleans, the city I now call home, I stopped in a neighborhood drugstore and met a charming and talkative pharmacist. As he rang up my purchase, he placed a thin newspaper in my bag. “You might like to read this,” he said.

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