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  1. To Save the Owls, US Government Plans to Kill Over 3,000 Owls

    You'd be surprised how many problems can be solved by killing owls.

    As the old saying goes, you can't make an owl-mlette without breaking a few thousand eggs. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking this to heart, moving forward with a controversial plan to save the threatened spotted owl. Their solution? Get rid of 3,603 barred owls, a rival species that inhabits the same area of the Pacific Northwest.

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  2. Etsy Finally Changed Their Policies to Ban Products Using Endangered Species

    Because this used to be a thing that was okay? That doesn't seem right...

    While you can still purchase some fairly odd things on Etsy, the Internet's premier site for strange, handcrafted items of all ilk, there are some things you can't get even there. As of this week, shoppers will no longer be able to buy or sell the lynx-and-chinchilla fur jackets of their dreams. That's because Etsy executives have made the very responsible, right-thinking call to ban the sale of items that use or contain parts of endangered animals.

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  3. Eastern Cougar Declared Extinct

    The existence of living eastern cougars has been in contention for decades , but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded yesterday that the eastern cougar has gone extinct, removing the species from the endangered species list. Science Daily:

    "We recognize that many people have seen cougars in the wild within the historical range of the eastern cougar," said the Service's Northeast Region Chief of Endangered Species Martin Miller. "However, we believe those cougars are not the eastern cougar subspecies. We found no information to support the existence of the eastern cougar." ... No States expressed a belief in the existence of an eastern cougar population. According to Dr. Mark McCollough, the Service's lead scientist for the eastern cougar, the subspecies of eastern cougar has likely been extinct since the 1930s.
    According to USA Today, the eastern cougar's historical range extended "from Maine south to Georgia, west into eastern Missouri and eastern Illinois, and north to Michigan and Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick, Canada." Yet another reminder that extinction is still a very real phenomenon to this day. (Science Daily via Reddit)

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