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  • Chronic wasting disease impacts captive white-tailed deer in Texas

    The state of Texas has a multi-billion dollar deer hunting and breeding industry. When we first heard about the discovery of a disease that could impact thousands of people's livelihoods and all the deer herds in Texas, we wanted to tell our viewers the scope of the problem. We also wanted to know what could and should be done to contain or eradicate the disease and how it could change the industry.
  • Most trafficked mammal

    The pangolin -- a little-known, scale-covered mammal -- is thought by scientists to be the most trafficked mammal in the world. Conservationists fear it could go extinct before most people realize it exists. To try to ensure that doesn’t happen, CNN’s John Sutter traveled, at times undercover, to Vietnam and Indonesia to introduce readers and viewers to this loveably introverted creature, and to expose the massive, illegal trade in its meat and scales. Traveling alone, and at times using hidden cameras and recording devices, Sutter met with wildlife traffickers and pangolin in Sumatra, Indonesia. He followed undercover wildlife cops in Hanoi, Vietnam, to a number of restaurants and markets that deal in pangolin products. This work exposed the ease with which pangolin traders are able to operate in these countries, in part because the pangolin has maintained a lower profile than rhinos and elephants. It also helped explain the rise in demand for pangolin scales and meat in Southeast Asia. Sutter’s work also humanized and popularized the pangolin, a creature he described as “elusive, nocturnal, rarely appreciated and barely understood.”
  • Buck Fever: Trophy deer, national risk

    An 18-month investigation into the little known captive-deer industry. The investigation revealed that the $1 billion industry contributes to the spread of wildlife diseases, undermines the government’s multibillion-dollar efforts to protect the food supply, costs taxpayers millions and potentially compromises public health.
  • Oversight of Indiana Tiger Exhibit Big on Growl, Light on Teeth

    KyCIR’s radio/online/print investigation found that a Louisville-area nonprofit that houses wild animals has a troubled record; that state and federal officials have done little to address complaints; and the handling of lions and other exotic animals is potentially putting the public's safety at risk. The facility, Wildlife in Need, has a history of repeat violations of the Animal Welfare Act and for two years, federal inspectors cited the owner for not having cages tall enough to prevent tigers and lions from escaping. They found that despite these citations federal inspectors did not remove the animals, fine the owner or force him into compliance. Because of an obscure provision in Indiana law, state officials have no power to investigate or inspect the facility -- even after a neighbor shot and killed a 48-pound leopard that many believe was housed at the facility.
  • Coyotes Under Fire

    A two-article series on the war against coyotes waged by the Wildlife Services agency and hunters and trappers in rural areas, and by police and hired contractors in suburbs and cities. Killing coyotes doesn't work. It's inhumane and a waste of taxpayer money. If done indiscriminately, it can kill unintended species and pets, harm people, and damage ecosystems and the environment. These stories describe what does work: Non-lethal methods of managing coyote populations that protect livestock, pets, people, and the environment.
  • Bad for America. Good for East Africa

    The story traces a toxic chemical from its origin in the U.S. to the end users, mostly farmers in East Africa. It examines the chemical's side effects on the environment and wildlife in East Africa.
  • "Barnegat Bay Under Stress"

    This series of stories investigates the gradual demise of Barnegat Bay, the "largest coastal estuary" in New Jersey. Reporters found that thousands of pounds of fertilizer and other "land-borne pollution" is flowing into the bay. The investigative series resulted in Gov. Chris Christie shutting down a nearby nuclear power plant and earmarking millions of dollars for "special environmental control funding."
  • Poisoned

    “Africa’s lions are in trouble” and the reason why was because they are being poisoned. The lions are found outside protected game reserves, where they mingle with cattle. The lions kill the cattle and eat them; the cattle are a large percent of revenue for the population and puts food on the table. As a solution, cattle herders have begun using pesticides to kill the lions and protect their cattle.
  • Bird strike rates at U.S. Airports

    Airplanes landing and taking off at airports in Sacramento, Kansas City, and Denver have been the most liekly in the nation to hit birds , according to an NPR analysis of new data from the Federal Aviation Administration. Wildlife researchers believe they can alert birds to oncoming planes if they can come up with an appropriate visual signal, such as pulsating LED lights currently being tested.
  • The Lizard King

    "The Lizard King is the story of wildlife smuggling from the perspective of both the smuggler and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents assigned to stop it."