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Today’s news: a Loch Ness monster in Alaska, tiger poachers caught, and more

July 20, 2011

Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals ) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. Loch Ness monster-like animal filmed in Alaska? A video from a couple years ago taken in Alaska looks similar to the infamous Loch Ness monster of Scotland. Some think the creature might be a “Cadborosaurus” a giant reptile or lizard. People who have scene it describe it as having a long neck, horse-like head, large eyes, and back bumps that stick out of the water. (Discovery News)

2. Tiger poachers caught on camera. Two men suspected of killing tigers in Thailand have been caught, and the key evidence came from photos found on the men’s cell phones. In addition to the photos, they found animal body parts and insecticides sometimes used to poison tigers. The men are thought to have killed up to 10 tigers in the area. (MSNBC)

3. Population of snow leopards discovered in Afghanistan. Researchers say they have discovered a population of snow leopards in the mountains of Afghanistan. This is great news for the animals, whose numbers have plummeted recently. Some say populations have dropped as much as 20 percent in the last 16 years. (Yale 360)

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4. Top predators preserve ecosystems. Animals at the top of the food chain do an awesome job of keeping ecosystems balanced and healthy. They help control human diseases, wildfires, and carbon emissions, as well as benefit agriculture, water resources, and more. (Discovery News)

5. Wolf populations on the rise in France. Last year, there were an estimated 180 wolves in France – a number that suggested their numbers were on the rise. It looks like the trend is continuing, despite talks of culling the population.  Wolves were eradicated from the country before the 1940s but they have been moving into France and repopulating since the 90s. (Treehugger)

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  1. July 23, 2011 1:01 am

    I love the great predator stories. I wish people would learn that eliminating predators does more harm than good. Stop hunting and let nature take its course.

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