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Five best places to watch the Perseid meteor showers 4.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The Perseids are coming, the Perseids are coming! The fireballs and shooting stars known as the Perseid meteor showers that peak in mid-August may be the best ever this year. For one thing, there will be little or no moon to ruin the light show. For another, they're best seen in the Northern Hemisphere....
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At least 50 crocodile heads dumped in Northern Territory's Humpty Doo 4.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

A group of children made the grisly find of at least 50 rotting croc heads, and possibly as many as 70, in town 40km from Darwin

At least 50 rotting crocodile heads have been found in an old freezer dumped behind shops in a small Northern Territory town.

A group of children made the grisly find on Sunday, in Humpty Doo, 40km from Darwin. Police say at least 50 croc heads, and possibly as many as 70, had been stuffed inside the freezer.

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America's National Parks are for sale 3.8.2015 Boing Boing

A point of American pride, our national park system, is sadly underfunded and lost. The Seattle Times shares one piece of the story, corporate sponsorship.

Why This Pro-Smog TV Ad Is Wrong About Air Pollution In National Parks 3.8.2015 Think Progres

The ad features images of pristine national parks that are, in fact, experiencing dangerous levels of air pollution caused by the organization's own members.

The post Why This Pro-Smog TV Ad Is Wrong About Air Pollution In National Parks appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Second American doctor accused of illegally killing a lion in Zimbabwe 3.8.2015 Washington Post
So you thought there was only one American health-care worker paying big bucks to slaughter majestic African wildlife and running afoul of authorities in Africa in the process?Turns out there’s another.Read full article ...
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Inside the complicated world of online wildlife trafficking 3.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

You’ve heard of Cecil’s dentist killer, but for many other lions, elephants, rhinos and tens of thousands of other exotic animals, internet marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist are the biggest threat

If you live in the continental US, have $4,850 and an internet connection, this large, full-body, mounted African lion, with a shaggy red mane, can be yours.

“This is a fantastic buy for someone who wants a good Lion,” the eBay ad reads. “This mount will make an awesome decoration in any home, office, hunting lodge, lake house, lodge homes, cabin, bar, etc.”

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Second American is accused of illegally killing lion in Zimbabwe 3.8.2015 L.A. Times - World News
Now there are two: Zimbabwe accused a Pennsylvania doctor on Sunday of illegally killing a lion in April, adding to the outcry over a Minnesota dentist the African nation's government wants to extradite for killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July.
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Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American illegally killed lion 2.8.2015 AP Top News
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Another American illegally killed a lion with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, authorities said Sunday amid an international outcry over the U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July....
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Another lion was illegally killed by an American in April, Zimbabwe says 2.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Though Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho remains alive – despite reports to the contrary – parks officials say American illegally bow-hunted another animal

Amid an international outcry over a US hunter who is accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities in Zimbabwe allege that a second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow several months ago.

Related: Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho alive and well despite rumors, say researchers

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Zimbabwe confirms lion named Jericho, companion of Cecil, has not been shot 2.8.2015 L.A. Times - World News
Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe on Sunday dismissed a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a well-known lion killed by an American hunter in early July.
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Robert Redford to narrate film promoting national parks 1.8.2015 LA Times: Business
The public-private partnership that is promoting tourism to the U.S. is tapping another entertainment icon to help lure international visitors.
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Zimbabwe to seek extradition of dentist who killed Cecil the lion 31.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already begun, a Cabinet minister said ...
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Essential California: Did you care what your neighbor thought about your lawn? 29.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Good morning. It is Wednesday, July 29. Dodger Stadium now has a kosher food stand, which will offer three kinds of kosher hot dogs. The stand will close on Friday nights and Saturdays as Jews celebrate Shabbat. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP...
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American dentist says he regrets killing Cecil the lion, but believed hunt was legal 29.7.2015 Washington Post
A Minnesota dentist accused of hunting and killing Cecil, a famous lion in Zimbabwe, said Tuesday that he “had no idea the lion I took was a known, local favorite” and that he may have been misled by hunting guides.Read full article ...
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The Great Sand Dunes among 36 National Parks with unhealthy levels of air pollution 29.7.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Air pollution in national parks, including four in Colorado, has reached unhealthy levels obscuring the most stunning landscapes, according to an analysis unveiled Tuesday by a conservation ...
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Cecil The Lion's Killer Revealed As American Dentist 29.7.2015 Crooks Liars
via UK Telegraph Cecil the lion – the most famous creature in one of Zimbabwe's national parks – was killed by an American hunter who has boasted about shooting a menagerie of animals with his bow and arrow, The Telegraph can reveal. Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, is believed to have paid £35,000 [ed. $55,000] to shoot and kill the much-loved lion with a bow and arrow. The animal was shot on July 1 in Hwange National Park. Two independent sources have confirmed the hunter's identity to the paper, which has also seen a copy of the relevant hunting permit. Conservation groups in Zimbabwe reacted angrily to the news that the 13-year-old animal had been killed: partly because the lion was known to visitors and seemingly enjoyed human contact, and partly because of the way in which he was killed. He was lured out of the national park and ...
US dentist accused of killing Cecil the lion 'upset' as hunter becomes hunted 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

As Zimbabwe police say he faces poaching charges, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer faces furious criticism on social media

Who shot Cecil? First it was thought that a mystery Spaniard had the blood of one of Africa’s most famous lions on his hands. Then came a fresh twist. The Cecil slayer, Zimbabwean conservations said on Tuesday, was in fact a dentist from Minnesota.

American Walter Palmer was said to be “quite upset” as the hunter became hunted. Zimbabwean police warned that he faced poaching charges, while there was a furious backlash on social media, with Facebook users variously calling for him to be publicly shamed, have his teeth pulled out without anaesthetic or be hunted and killed.

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Zimbabwe: American being sought for lion poaching 28.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and ...
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An 'F' in air quality: California national parks top the list for worst pollution 28.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Millions of vacationers escape to national parks each summer to take in the fresh air and scenic vistas.
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Dinosaur National Monument celebrates 100 years 25.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Come October, Dinosaur National Monument will celebrate its 100th birthday, and park staff as well as surrounding communities are coming together to highlight all of the features and attractions that make the monument an international tourist hotspot. President Woodrow Wilson declared the area a national park on Oct. 4, 1915 after paleontologist Earl Douglass discovered a large amount of fossils in a quarry in northeastern Utah. Douglass was exploring the area for fossils to send back to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. After thousands of fossils were excavated and sent to the museum for study, Wilson set aside 80 acres to be considered National Park land. In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt expanded the park to 210,000 acres in order to protect stretches of the Green River and the Yampa River. The monument spans across Colorado and Utah in the southeast portion of the Uinta Mountains, a subrange of the Rocky Mountains. The fossils date to the Jurassic period — the period most highly ...
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