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Isle Royale’s Wolf Population Dwindles to Three

Only 3 wolves remain on Isle Royale National Park. What should conservationists do? An overview of the complex issues plaguing one of the world’s most iconic predator populations.

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Island Mongoose: Conservation Villain or Scapegoat? Or Both?

When the mongoose was introduced to islands, it ate everything. That’s how the invasive species story goes, right? But is it possible it’s more complicated than that?

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You Won’t Believe What Porcupines Eat (And No, Not Bigfoot Bones)

Sure, much of the time, the porcupine dines on trees. But it also has a need for salt, and it’s coming for your cars, your homes, your guns. And your face.

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Mapping a Future for Imperiled Woodland Caribou

Woodland caribou are in a pinch. Threats are closing in from all sides. Can satellite images help map a more hopeful — and resilient — future?

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Top 10 Night Safaris: When the (Wildlife) Freaks Come Out

Join us for a naturalist’s guide to the best night life on the planet. Grab a flashlight and join the party, with a guest list that includes aardvarks, rare wild cats, tree kangaroos and more.

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Antler Tips: Finding “Sheds” in a Forest Near You

Want to find antlers without bothering wildlife? Here’s our guide to finding “sheds” in a forest or field near you. Learn a bit about deer, and it’s easier than you think.

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Celebrate Groundhog Day: Embark on a Marmot-Thon

Punxsutawney Phil may hog the limelight today. But groundhogs are just one of six species of North American marmot. Do you have what it takes to see them all?

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Rudolph Versus Bambi: A Conservation Dilemma

For your holiday reading: Rudolph versus Bambi? It’s a real struggle between endangered woodland caribou and too-abundant white-tailed deer along the U.S./Canada border. “Bambi” is winning. Can conservationists do anything about it?

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Urban Wild: Flying Squirrels of the Beltway

To see the southern flying squirrel, you don’t make a trek into the wilderness or visit a national park. You need to visit a small nature preserve a short distance away from the bustling urbanity of the U.S. capitol.

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Of “Pizzlies” and Goose Dinners: The Latest Research on Polar Bears

Some call the polar bear a “climate change cliche.” And yet our interest in this Arctic animal only grows. What’s the latest? Enjoy our digest of recent polar bear research, media commentary and debate.

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Video: Wyoming’s Great Migration

Across the Intermountain West, mule deer, pronghorns and other ungulates are on the move. The latest research offers a new glimpse into these old migrations. A video from the Wyoming Migration Initiative offers a good intro to this perilous journey.

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Quagga: Can an Extinct Animal be Bred Back into Existence?

In South Africa, there’s an ambitious effort underway to restore the quagga. The one complicating factor? Quaggas have been extinct since the 1800s. Is this innovative conservation at its finest, or an expensive gimmick?

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Review: Alan Rabinowitz’s An Indomitable Beast

Why has the jaguar fared better than tigers and lions? How can we conserve these big cats in the face of development and other pressures? A remarkable scientific journey leads to a new look at this elusive creature in Alan Rabinowitz’s An Indomitable Beast.

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Big Gulp: How Often Do Trout and Grayling Eat Mammals?

Many anglers know that trout eat the occasional mouse or shrew. But how often does this actually occur? New research from Bristol Bay on the dietary habits of rainbow trout and grayling suggests this answer: More often than you think.

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10 Great State Parks for Wildlife

Sure, national parks get all the press. But across the United States, state parks offer incredible opportunities for birders, wildlife photographers and other naturalists. Here are ten of the best.

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