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Birth Control for Bambi

Undark

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The overpopulation of white-tailed deer is a conservation realization and an environmental disaster for the communities that harbor them. Hastings-on-Hudson, a progressive community, has opted for a humane birth control method PZP that is injected by darts into does. The method is successful for ...

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How Smart Animal Shelters Aim for ‘Zero Kill'

The New York Times

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Each year, close to three million dogs and cats are killed in shelters - in some cities more than 70 percent of the animals in shelters are euthanized. Target Zero is a program that works with fellow cities to spay and neuter animals and return them to the streets. Public complaints about animals...

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Mosquito Hunter

Frontline

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Racing to contain the Zika outbreak, Brazil has deployed an army of health workers to eradicate mosquitoes. But in a country where standing water abounds, giving mosquitoes endless opportunities to breed, the task is daunting.

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How Syrian Zoo Animals Escaped a War-Ravaged City

National Geographic

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The war in Syria has created thousands of traumatized victims, but not all of them are human. In an incredible feat of international diplomacy, collaboration, determination, and courage, a small group of compassionate individuals working with a group called Four Paws leveraged every tool at their...

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Training For A Better Life

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Overwhelmingly, individuals who have been incarcerated will spend the rest of their lives dragging in-and-out of prison, with few resources to help break the cycle and get them back on their feet. But one program called "New Leash on Life" stands out for helping dramatically slash recidivism rate...

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Is there a way through the West's bitter wild horse wars?

High Country News

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After controversy over the removal wild horse populations, the Bureau of Land Management was tasked with the order of protecting wild horse populations. After years of protection, however, the wild horse population has grown to an unsustainable amount. To mitigate the damage to the rural landscap...

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Will Cities Ever Outsmart Rats?

CityLab

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It is currently estimated that there are 2 million rats in New York City. With numbers that high, cities including Washington, D.C. and Chicago along with New York City have teams employed solely to control the rat population. Efforts have previously been futile, however, as little is known about...

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Where the Teacher's Pet Sleeps in a Dog Bed

The New York Times

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A handful of schools in New York City are piloting a comfort dog program with the goal of offering emotional support and teaching students about empathy. Recruiting animals from a rescue and adoption agency, teachers and counselors use a curriculum, called Mutt-i-grees, which was written by a Yal...

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Staging Bird Murders to Save a Species

The Atlantic

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To reintroduce captive birds into their native lands, wildlife biologists are implementing rather unconventional methods of behavioral conditioning to train species how to behave when approached by a predator.

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We're Getting Better at Saving Seabirds After Oil Spills

Pacific Standard

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There used to be a time when oil spills devastated entire populations of animals. Although still an environmental disaster, scientists and wildlife veterinarians have become profoundly more successful at treating oiled birds. Crediting much of the success to better understanding the importance of...

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