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In North Carolina and across the nation, water supplies are in fast decline due to contaminated supplies, inefficient irrigation practices, and polluted groundwater. Plants and animals are even more vulnerable than humans to pollution and water deficits. Thus, wildlife can no longer be left to fend for itself where water is concerned.
The conventional yawn occurs when breathing slows down because of fatigue, inactivity or lack of sleep. Some animals yawn for convention, but for others, yawns are mere weapons in territorial battles. Lizards and fish open their mouths to threaten unwelcome invaders.
The Interior Department did not appeal when a district judge gave cattle priority on a Montana wildlife refuge to allow livestock grazing. The National Wildlife Federation and the Montana affiliate are appealing the decision because they believe grazing will be detrimental to wildlife in the refuge.