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Rarest bumblebee in US rediscovered
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An elusive bumblebee, which was last seen in 1956, was recently found living in the White Mountains of south-central New Mexico, scientists announced. Known as "Cockerell's bumblebee," it has the most limited range of any bumblebee species in the world, having been spotted only in an area of less than 300 square miles, according to the researchers. By comparison, the rare "Franklin's bumblebee" species, which was last seen in 2003 and is on the verge of extinction, is known from a distribution covering about 13,000 square miles. More



Iconic, endangered Hawaiian bird making comeback, challenges remain
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The endangered Nene, also known as Hawaiian Goose, whose wild population 60 years ago had shrunk to a meager 20-30 birds, has been making a remarkable comeback thanks to decades of captive breeding programs, predator control and habitat management. The current population is estimated to be around 2,000. More

Millions available to restore Texas Gulf Coast area
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In an effort to rebuild the region's deteriorating coastline, a federal agency has pledged $50 million to a program that will invest in environmental restoration for one part of the Texas Gulf Coast. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service identified seven river basins along the coast to take part in at least the first year of the Gulf of Mexico Initiative. The program is designed to help landowners identify and pay for ecosystem restoration along the coast. More

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Montana governor will not block bison relocation plan
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Montana's governor will not block the relocation of 68 bison to two American Indian reservations, saying concerns over whether the animals could harbor the disease brucellosis have been resolved. Gov. Brian Schweitzer declared that no Yellowstone National Park bison could be moved within Montana, citing mixed messages from the federal government on whether some quarantined bison had the disease, which can cause pregnancy problems for livestock. But Schweitzer said the relocations can move forward after an Interior Department researcher said he believes the animals are brucellosis-free. More

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Rocky Mountain wolverines live up to tough reputation
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A recent study published in the Journal of Wildlife Management found that wolverines regularly patrol a vast mountain territory. Eight years of radio-tracking 30 individual wolverines in the Rocky Mountains has provided an abundance of new data about the world's largest member of the weasel family, including that the feisty mammals survive year-round in harsh, snowy conditions 9,000 feet above see level. Although immeasurably tough, the animal is nearly extinct in the lower 48 states of the U.S. More

Ex-Indiana prison farm to become state's largest game bird habitat
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A former northwestern Indiana prison farm will be converted into the state's largest public game bird habitat. The land, valued at more than $5 million, was scheduled for auction in January but Gov. Mitch Daniels ordered it set aside for conservation because of its size and unique qualities. The site will serve one of Indiana's largest population centers and fill a void in public land opportunities in Northwest Indiana for hunting and fishing. More

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Arizona creates website to track wildlife
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Arizona Game and Fish officials, along with representatives from the Nature Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, have launched HabiMap Arizona, a Web-based information system to help the state in protection and conservation efforts. It is part of the department's ongoing State Wildlife Action Plan to work with developers and other conservationists in keeping watch on the more than 800 species of wildlife in the state. More

Officials debate way forward on grizzly bear management in Rocky Mountains
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As the Rocky Mountain grizzly bear population grows, its managers have encountered something of a vision problem: They're not sure what success looks like. The federal government has considered the grizzly a threatened species since 1975. For the past 26 years, the IGBC has yoked together virtually every state, federal and local grizzly bear advocate to reduce that threat. Now it faces an intersection of science and politics where the road map doesn't point a clear path. More

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Yellowstone wolves show how animals change with nature
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Environmental changes have a profound effect not only on animal populations but on traits of the animals themselves, in ways that are difficult to understand and predict, new research suggests. By studying the wolves of Yellowstone National Park, a group of researchers has developed a new model for understanding how both ecological and evolutionary traits of an animal population change as the environment does. More

Rare leopard photographed in remote Afghan mountains
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Camera traps positioned in the rocky terrain of Afghanistan's central highlands by conservationists recently snapped a surprising photograph of a Persian leopard, a top predator that was long thought to have disappeared from the region. More

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Report: Poachers killed 23 rhinos in Zimbabwe this year
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The number of rhinoceros killed in Zimbabwe parks decreased to 23 this year from 30 in 2010 as parks authorities stepped up high-tech efforts to track poachers, state media reported. Zimbabwe and its southern neighbor South Africa have been hard hit by rhinoceros poachers motivated by the lucrative market for the horn in Asia where it is used for medicinal purposes. More

Wildlife camera traps are revolutionizing conservation
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The humble camera trap — an automated digital device that takes a flash photo whenever an animal triggers an infrared sensor — has been coming into its own, playing an increasingly important role in wildlife conservation. More

 
 
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