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Cheryl Gray

Bingo! Cave Lion DNA - Paleogenetics confirm that the cave lion was a species all its own

August 22, 2016

From western Europe to the Yukon, the grasslands of the Northern Hemisphere used to belong to the cave lion. The bones of this massive and maneless cat, larger than today's lion, can be found from the caves of Eurasia to Arctic permafrost. But what were these burly pantherines? Were they something truly distinct, or a variation of the regal felids that roam Africa and India today? Read full report.

A Natural Cure for Lyme Disease

August 20, 2016

Every year, at least 30,000 people — and possibly 10 times that — are infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, most in the Northeast and upper Midwest. Symptoms can include fatigue, joint pain, memory problems and even temporary paralysis. In a small minority of cases, the malaise can persist for many months. Read full report.

Can a new park save China's big cats?

August 17, 2016

Feng Limin follows the lives of China's scarcest wild cats like a soap opera fan. He has never encountered one, but thanks to a network of motion-sensing cameras in the forests along China's borders with Russia and North Korea, the biologist has glimpsed a total of 27 Siberian tigers and 42 Amur leopards as they breed and prey on deer and wild boar. Read full report.

Living with lions as they find their way into the Ozarks

August 19, 2016

Mountain lions have been moving through Missouri for a couple of decades. Lions are an interesting addition to the state and historically, not a newcomer. As a large predator, we need to know more about these animals and the Missouri Department of Conservation is on the hunt . . . in the meantime, "we know what we saw." Read full report.

Watch Wild Manul Kittens Playing in Mongolia; Be Changed

August 16, 2016

Cute cat videos are widely known to be the foundational bedrock and unofficial currency of the internet. It takes an incredibly high rating on the adorability index for one to distinguish itself as a true classic, worthy of enshrinement in the annals of online feline fame. Read full report.

Feds Release Plan to Save Ocelot in Arizona, Texas

August 17, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a recovery plan to restore and protect the endangered ocelot population, in both the U.S. and Mexico. Officials said they have only identified a handful of the rare cats remaining in limited areas of Arizona and Texas in recent years, and that it is critical to begin taking steps to restore the species. Read full report.

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