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Wild college mascots in danger

By JUSTINE MCDANIEL
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON — As March Madness approaches, college mascots are busy getting ready for excited fans, tailgating students and historic games.

But their wildlife counterparts aren’t so lucky, according to the National Wildlife Federation.

Climate change is putting some of the nation’s most beloved college mascots in danger, including the terrapin, buffalo, wolverine and alligator, the conservation organization said in a report released Tuesday.

That could leave the universities of Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, Florida and others with endangered or even extinct animals as mascots.

“The game may soon be over… for many of our wildlife mascots unless we reduce our carbon pollution and we develop instead



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