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A Bear That Mauled A Hiker Left Behind Clues In His DNA

When a bear mauls a camper, park rangers round up the usual suspects. DNA tests can now reveal whether a bear is innocent, saving it from being killed.<p>After his 17-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail, Bradley Veeder thought the flat mountaintop meadow was the perfect place to pitch a tent for the …

Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland’s golden shores and steep cliffs set the scene for a beautiful weekend, an epic road trip, and unforgettable moments along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Rich People’s Pet Cheetahs Put Wild Cheetahs at Risk

Wildlife Watch<p>As more cheetahs are smuggled out of Africa into the Persian Gulf states, a global wildlife summit tackles the exotic pet trade.<p>Cheetahs: The world’s fastest land animal and the Middle East’s hottest pet. On Instagram you’ll find hundreds of photos of rich, young Arabs posing with …

Our Part of the Milky Way Is Four Times Bigger Than We Thought

Radio astronomers announce a major new finding that changes how scientists view the structure of our home galaxy.<p>The section of the Milky Way galaxy that contains our solar system is four times larger than astronomers previously thought.<p>Published in the journal <i>Science Advances</i> this week, a new …

What Happens to Smuggled Animals After They’re Seized?

Johannesburg, South Africa<p>The world’s wildlife trade policy body wants better treatment and tracking of illegally traded animals confiscated by authorities.<p>We’ve heard a lot recently about illegal trading of elephant ivory and rhino horn, but it’s not only animal parts that smugglers attempt to …

Finding Scotland on a Drive Along the North Coast 500

Drive this highway loop and discover northern Scotland's stunning landscapes, vibrant communities, and ancient history.<p>Davie Nicolson is a small, wiry man of 54 with a white horseshoe mustache and his Harley-Davidson cap worn tight and low, lest it be blown out to sea. A fading tattoo on his left …

Famous Frog Toughie Dies, Sending Species to Extinction

The tree frog's loss warns of other extinctions, says the photographer who featured the animal in his Photo Ark project.<p>And then there were none.<p>Toughie, the world's last Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog and a symbol of the extinction crisis, has died at his home in the Atlanta Botanical Garden.<p>The …

A Meteor Shower and 8 More Can’t-Miss Sky Events in October

Get ready to see the Green Giant, meteor showers, and more this month.<p>The coming month brings shooting stars, pretty planets, and plenty more reasons to look up at the night sky. You’ll even have the chance to catch the eerie pyramid-shaped zodiacal light.<p>So dust off those binoculars and mark your …