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$$Reward$$ for Red Wolf Killer, Frackers vs. Endangered Species, Unicorn Sighting in Vietnam?
Our top picks: today's environmental news and best #greenreads.

Bounty (on) hunters: Animal rights organizations are offering a $21,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of whoever shot two endangered red wolves in North Carolina last month. The wolves were part of a reintroduction program in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Since they don’t pose much threat to livestock or humans, officials aren’t sure why someone would shoot the animals. (And if the shooter went around boasting about his kills? Well, he's probably wondering just how much he means to his buddies right now.) In any event, it’s nice to see state agencies and private organizations rallying behind the red wolf, which is more than we can say for its gray cousin out west. Washington Post

Get it while it's cold: The savage heat wave that crushed American crops in 2012 might have provided a look into the future when it comes to how climate change will affect our food supply. It was once thought that the benefits of increased CO2 for plants would boost yields and counterbalance the drawbacks of a hotter planet, but many scientists worry this this logic is flawed. They argue we’ll need to adapt by planting more resilient crops and employing heartier agricultural production systems if the global food supply is to remain stable. New York Times

Dolphin disaster: From New York to Florida, a morbillivirus outbreak is laying waste to bottlenose dolphins. Though morbillivirus-related dolphin deaths are nothing new, the death toll this year is already 10 times the normal rate. Mysteriously, even though biologists rarely see the virus in whales, beached humpbacks and sperm whales have also tested positive for morbillivirus (whether or not it contributed to the whale deaths is unknown). The virus is related to human measles and canine distemper, but unfortunately, no real vaccine for it exists. As the dolphins migrate south, scientists in Florida are getting ready to quickly study the animals as they wash ashore. Says one researcher, “We don’t know if we’ll get one a week or 10 a day.” Wired

The little town that could: Winona, Minnesota, isn’t just fun to say, it has the first local government in America to put the fracking industry on notice for air pollution. This small college town houses giant piles of silica sand. The sand, which has been linked to lung disease, is a crucial ingredient for fracking operations being conducted across the border in North Dakota and as far away as Texas and Pennsylvania. Because about a 100 trucks carrying thousands of tons of sand cruise through town every day, Winona has decided to closely monitor its air quality to make sure it meets state and federal standards. Inside Climate News

Bad news bears: Meanwhile in Pennsylvania ... a new bill would make it easier for the natural gas industry to sidestep environmental regulations by shifting control of the state’s endangered species list from biologists to lawmakers and regulators. Environmentalists and outdoors peeps alike are in staunch opposition to the proposed legislation, saying it’ll “decimate the state’s endangered species list, lead to environmental degradation, and threaten millions in federal funding for habitat restoration.” But hey, why not do away with 40 years of science-based decision making so that it’s easier for companies to frack? Philadelphia Inquirer

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Unicorn sighting:
Conservationists in Vietnam are partying like it’s 1999 after spotting a saola—a critically endangered, antelope-y like animal—for the first time since, well … 1999. Discovered by science as recently as 1992, the saola is so rare that it's been nicknamed the Asian unicorn. World Wildlife Fund

OTHER HEADLINES

What a Deadly Typhoon in the Philippines Can Tell Us About Climate Adaptation Washington Post

Almost 1,000 Smuggled Turtles Found in Luggage at Thai Airport Treehugger

World Bank to Review Delay of Pollution Controls at South African Coal Plant Huffington Post

After Fukushima, Japan Finds Beauty in Solar Power Slate

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It's wonderful to see OnEarth giving space to red wolves -- however, it's out of date by about two and a half decades to imply that red wolves are *only* in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. While that is where they were originally reintroduced 26 years ago, the recovery area now encompasses 1.7 million acres of the entire Albemarle Peninsula. And those two red wolves that were killed recently -- that didn't happen in Alligator River, they were found clear across the peninsula in Washington County, more than 60 miles away.