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Save The Escargot! Snail-Devouring Predator Rears Its Head In France

The New Guinea flatworm is a vicious little thing with an appetite for snails. Its discovery in Normandy has raised concerns about the fate of Europe's snails — and France's famed mollusk appetizer.
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A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition

The proposal to eradicate the birds in New York by 2025 has pitted environmentalists against animal rights activists. Some call the swans invasive and destructive; opponents say the science is faulty.
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Trapping And Tracking The Mysterious Snowy Owl

This winter's unexpected arctic bird invasion has given owl researchers a rare opportunity. They're fitting a few of the errant owls with GPS backpacks to track their return to the Arctic.
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Lawmaker Wants To Ban Orcas At San Diego's SeaWorld

The California Democrat, who was inspired by a controversial documentary, says the killer whales are too large and too intelligent to be confined.
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States Fight California's Cage-Free Egg Law. But It's Really About Bacon

Missouri farmers will file a lawsuit against California over its law barring the sale of eggs from producers whose chickens are raised in small cages. The plaintiffs say the law is unconstitutional.
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How Yosemite Keeps Its Bears' Paws Off Campers' Hamburgers

The park's bears have developed a taste for humans' food, and that's gotten them in big trouble. But efforts to teach campers to lock up food are helping solve the problem, a bear hair analysis shows.
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Moo-d Music: Do Cows Really Prefer Slow Jams?

Some farmers have long sworn by mellow tunes to boost Bessie's milk production. The science is hardly conclusive. But a study hints at what might top the barnyard playlist. (Psst: They liked R.E.M.)
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The Secret Lives Of Cows: Jumping For Joy

Yes, they're big, lumbering, earthbound creatures. But sometimes, Bessie and friends just have to get airborne.
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Creation Museum: Bill Nye Debate Sparked Funding 'Miracle'

Ken Ham, the museum's founder, says a $73-million Noah's Ark theme park was saved from bankruptcy thanks in part to the media attention generated by the face off.
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In The Arizona Wilds, Burro Murders Baffle Investigators

Despite federal protections, slow-moving wild donkeys are being targeted, and the shooters are getting away with it. Originally gold miners' pack animals, burros are symbolic of the American West.

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