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Americans’ love of hiking has driven elk to the brink, scientists say

Trail use near Vail, Colorado, has more than doubled since 2009. Its had a devastating impact on a herd of elk Biologists used to count over 1,000 head of elk from the air near Vail, Colorado. The majestic brown animals, a symbol of the American west, dotted hundreds of square miles of slopes and valleys. But when researchers flew the same area in February for an annual elk count, they saw only 53. Very few elk, not even many tracks, their notes read. Lots of backcountry skiing tracks. The surprising…

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‘Amazing but also concerning’: weird wildlife ventures to northern Alaska

Arctic Dispatches , portion 2: As the Arctic heats up, residents of Utqiavik are experiencing first linked with unusual species that are making their behavior polewards Last July, Nagruk Harcharek was savouring a bucolic visit to a cabin that sits on the lip of the Chipp river, deep in the Alaskan Arctic, when something caught his eye. Shimmering on a rack where he hangs his caught whitefish to dry was, astonishingly, a dragonfly. ” I’d been going to camp there for 30 years and I’d never seen one, I couldn’t…

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World’s deepest lake crippled by putrid algae, poaching and pollution

Lake Baikal in Siberia comprises one fifth of the worlds unfrozen fresh water, but its precious fish stocks are disappearing Lake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the seize of a signature fish that has lived in the world’s deepest lagoon for centuries but is now under threat. Holding one-fifth of the world’s unfrozen fresh water, Baikal in Russia’s Siberia is a natural wonder of” exceptional value to evolutionary science” meriting its index as a world heritage site by Unesco. Baikal’s…

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Man arrested at airport with snakes, frogs and lizards in backpack

Russian en route from Brazil detained in Amsterdam after reptiles and cockroaches found in containers in luggage Customs officials have arrested a Russian humanity at Amsterdams international airfield after dozens of poisonous snakes and frogs were found hidden in his luggage. The man, who was en route to Russia, was imprisoned on a stopover at Schiphol airport after a trip to Brazil, the, the Dutch nutrient and animal guardian said on Wednesday. There were dozens of live snakes, frogs, cockroaches and lizards hidden in his luggage. A large groups of…

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