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Friday Roundup: This Week’s Wildlife Links (July 19th, 2013)

Are cranes beginning to return to the UK after 400 years? Not to be outdone, lynx may not be far behind.

Byproducts of coal burning are providing refuges for rare insects. Worth it?

Honorable mentions of the 2012 National Wildlife Photo Contest. If these only get honorable mentions, I look forward to seeing the award winners.

Hope for trout and river restoration in Pennsylvania. And, there’s some for dwarf foxes in California too.

Over the last 130 years, we have built one large dam every day, on average. That means there are currently 48,000 large dams altering river flows across the planet.

Check out these pics of sharks feasting on sardines. And, a seal hunting the sharks.

Logging in Australia threatens the last refuge of a rare possum.

Andrew Durso provides a great introduction to snake taxonomy.

620 pound black bear captured and relocated in Ocala National Forest in Florida. If a bear can’t roam freely in a national forest, where is it supposed to go?

A great article on snake biology and conservation.

24,000 baby eels illegally harvested from New Jersey. And it’s no wonder, this Asian delicacy goes for $1,600-$2,600 a pound.

The Sunderbans is a great mangrove forest in India that is supposed to be a stronghold for wild tigers. Conservationists are celebrating because they just generated a high estimate of how many of the big cats were there…drumroll…77. Less than the number of seniors that graduate from most high schools every year.

Is the secret to saving big river fish a matter of focusing on smaller streams?

Did you catch Mermaids on Animal Planet a couple weeks ago? I hope not. I will let these three folks explain why. Crap, I was too late.