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Today’s news: wolverines are badasses, ocelots are crossing the border, and Halliburton gets more evil

December 7, 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. Chinese fisherman charged with killing endangered turtles in the Philippines. Six fishermen were intercepted off the coast of the Philippines and charged with poaching. Police found 12 endangered turtles aboard, 9 were already dead. The fishermen could go to jail for up to 24 years if convicted. (Treehugger)

2. Halliburton destroyed evidence after Gulf oil spill. BP is leveling some pretty heavy accusations against Halliburton in relation to the worst oil spill in U.S. history. BP claims that Halliburton (the company that owns the oil rig that exploded) deliberately destroyed evidence in relation to the blast.  Supposedly, Halliburton violated court orders by not bringing forth “inexplicably missing” evidence. (CNN)

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3. Jaguars and ocelots spotted in southern Arizona. More big sick cats are roaming around in Arizona. Jaguars, much like Mexican immigrants, have been spotted crossing the border and sneaking into southern Arizona. Three ocelots have been spotted in the area. (Global Animal)

4. Life of wolverines documented in Yellowstone Park. Living in the Rocky Mountains is tough, especially for wolverines. And now we know exactly what their lives are like. Females give birth in snow caves at 9,000 feet, males ranger over a territory of more than 500 square miles, and sometimes even battle grizzly bears. Who knew the little guys were so ferocious? (Yale 360)

5. Threatened species need farmland. For once, humans doing something to the land is the only way to save several species in the developing world. Without farmland, some species don’t have a shot at survival. This study focused specifically on birds, and how they’ll need the space provided by farms to survive. (BBC)

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