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Photos Show Sheer Scale Of Shark Fin Trade

Some 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins. Despite increased public awareness, large-scale operations are still open for business in many countries, new images show.
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142 Square Miles Swept For Every Living Thing

In a single 24-hour period, the National Park Service and National Geographic led a "treasure hunt" to catalog all the species in Arizona's Saguaro National Park. NPR's Ted Robbins takes us to the "BioBlitz."
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Exotic Pets No Strangers To Ohio

Scores of exotic animals, including lions, tigers, bears and monkeys, were released by their owner just before he killed himself in Zanesville, Ohio, this past week. Host Scott Simon talks with retired Ohio Police Officer Tim Harrison about how Ohio has become a magnet for people keeping exotic pets.
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Zanesville Animal Tragedy Echoes 'Ridge' Plot

The events in Ohio involving the release of dozens of exotic animals eerily parallel parts of Michael Koryta's latest book: The Ridge. Koryta talks to Ari Shapiro about the challenges of regulating exotic animal ownership.
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What Slew An Ancient Mastodon? DNA Tells Tale

CT scans and new DNA technology indicate that a bone sharpened into a spear was used to kill a mastodon in the northwestern U.S. 13,800 years ago. The research revisits an old debate about the evidence for an early hunt in North America.
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Some Question Ohio Animal Abuse Laws

Ohio authorities spent much of Wednesday tracking down a pack of wild animals, including lions, tigers, bears and wolves. They'd been let go by their owner, who then committed suicide. Many questions are surfacing about why Ohio has such lax laws that allow a convicted criminal to have dozens of exotic animals.

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