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Wolf? Coyote? Coywolf? Understanding Wolf Hybrids Just Got a Bit Easier

Gray wolf, red wolf, coywolf, coydog. Wild canine taxonomy can be confusing — and often comes with a heavy helping of folklore. But what does the science really say?

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This Fur Seal is 4,000 Miles From Home. Here’s Why.

A Subantarctic fur seal sets a new distance record. How did this critter get so far from home?

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Teaching Computers to Save the Whales

Scientists who study humpbacks have a whale of a task – going through oceans of data to identify individual whales. Help them identify Whales as Individuals.

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Bontebok Can’t Jump: The Most Dramatic Conservation Success You’ve Never Heard About

It’s a story largely forgotten: Bontebok, an antelope endemic to the South African Cape, were once reduced to 17 animals. What saved them? The answer will surprise you.

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The Best Places to See 10 Iconic American Animals

What better way to celebrate the July 4 holiday than with some iconic American animals. Here’s our list of the best places to see some of the coolest critters in the US.

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Is Mammal Watching the Next Birding?

Aside from some highly recognizable species, most mammals are elusive, nocturnal and difficult to spot. And so keeping life lists of mammals has never caught on. But could a new book change that?

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Bananas to Bats: The Science Behind the First Bats Successfully Treated for White-Nose Syndrome

Last week, the first bats successfully treated for white-nose syndrome were released back into the wild. A look at the surprising science behind this good news story.

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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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