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Could saving Tasmanian devils endanger other species?


We have previously reported how a terrible, contagious mouth-cancer is destroying the Tasmanian devil population at an alarming rate. Many scientists feel the cancer is so rampant and so dangerous that it could kill of the entire species in just a few years. In some areas, more than 90% of the population has already succumbed to the cancer.

In an effort to protect the devils, a small population of cancer-free critters will be moved from native Tasmania to a small island off the coast of Australia. But the move comes with its own controversy.

The Associated Press sums up the two sides pretty well: "Some scientists fear the move could endanger rare birds and other animals on the island, but other experts say it is a last resort and should pose no problem since the devils are scavengers, not predators."

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