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Most of the world's largest animals could be extinct by 2100

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A majority of the world's largest animals could be extinct by 2100. 

Researchers say roughly 60 percent of large carnivores and herbivores are currently at risk. 

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The situation is especially alarming in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Overhunting and poaching are huge problems, but the growth in the human population and its increased land use are contributors, as well. 

When people eliminate large animals, they also eliminate their positive effects on the ecosystem. 

A team of conservation biologists says the threat can still be reversed. 

But they wrote last week that doing so will take significant social, political and financial commitments around the world. 

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Photo: Fisherman catches 105-pound blue catfish

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A fisherman in Murfreesboro, North Carolina caught a record-breaking blue catfish on Monday.

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Zakk Royce caught the 105-pound fish at Lake Gaston, where he had caught another record breaking blue catfish the day before. His first catch weighed 91 pounds.

Royce told the Associated Press he was fishing alone Sunday and had to call a friend to help him lift the 91-pound catfish into the boat. Monday, his father helped him lift the second catfish from the water. It didn't fit in his nets.

Royce released both fish back into the lake.

Nun posts pic with dead 10-point deer, Facebook erupts

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A Pennsylvania nun’s photo of a 10-point buck she shot last week is drawing criticism on social media.

Sister John Paul Bauer went hunting on the first day of deer season, and waited in her tree stand for about three hours for a deer to come near her.

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She told WSEE that while she waited, she prayed the Rosary.

A short time later, several deer arrived, including two bucks. She bagged the larger one.

"I've always prayed the Rosary on the tree stand. That's a tradition.  You get up in the morning, you pray the Rosary in the tree stand.  So, I just think the Blessed Mother did smile upon me."

The nun learned to shoot while serving in the Navy. She said there’s something spiritual about hunting.

"When you're up on a tree stand, you're still, you're quiet.  You listen. You watch as the frosty ground just becomes alive.  It's like creation all over."

She has read comments on the Diocese of Erie Facebook page criticizing her for killing a beautiful animal, but she says it’s more about conservation than the thrill of the hunt because without the deer harvest, the animals would starve.

The Diocese of Erie appears to have removed the post.

10-year-old girl shoots, kills 800-pound alligator

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A 13-foot-long reptile is no match for 10-year-old Ella Hawk.

While out hunting with her father, Tony Hawk, Ella shot and killed an 800-pound alligator on the Guadalupe River in Texas.

“I wasn’t scared, but I was nervous,” Ella told “Fox and Friends.”

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The young girl used a crossbow to fire a shot that struck the animal between its eyes.

“We knew it was a big alligator, but we had no idea ‘til we got down to it to bring it out of the river how big it really was,” her father said.

According to Victoria Advocate, the kill ranks No. 1 in the Trophy Game Records of the World’s database, and it puts Ella in a position to win the Trophy Game Records of the World's Huntress of the Year Award, which she also won last year.

Daily Mail posted numerous photos of Ella with the dead gator as well as other photos of Ella and her other kills, including deer and fish. 

Ella’s parents are also seasoned hunters

Ella with an AMAZING shot on a 13' gator! Facebook.com/longersoutdoorsPosted by Longer's Outdoors on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Celebrities shocked, outraged over death of #CecilTheLion

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Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Poehler, Mia Farrow, Ricky Martin and other celebrities are expressing sadness and outrage over the death of Cecil, the lion that allegedly was slain by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer and his hunting partners earlier this month in Zimbabwe.

“I’m honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that,” Kimmel said in an emotional monologue Tuesday night. “How is that fun?"

>> RELATED: Dentist admits to killing beloved lion Cecil, writes letter to patients thanking them for support

"Goodbye, #CecilTheLion," Poehler wrote on Twitter. "Your roar will be remembered worldwide."

"Animals are not trophies. Ever. #CecilTheLion," Farrow added.

African wildlife officials on Tuesday accused Palmer, 55, of shooting the iconic lion with a crossbow after he and his hunting partners lured 13-year-old Cecil from a protected area. The hunters reportedly tracked Cecil for 40 hours before shooting the lion with a gun, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports. The lion was beheaded and skinned, and its tracking collar was removed, according to CNN.

>> RELATED: Office of dentist accused of killing Cecil the Lion becomes makeshift memorial

Palmer said he believed the hunt was legal. 

In a letter posted to KMSP’s website, Palmer said, "I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt."

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Palmer reportedly is wanted on poaching charges, officials in Zimbabwe said. Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said Theo Bronkhorst and Honest Ndlovu, a hunter and private game park owner respectively, also face poaching charges. Rodrigues said Palmer paid Bronkhorst and Ndlovu more than $50,000 to hunt the lion.

Meanwhile, animal lovers across the country are striking out against Palmer and his dental practice, posting reviews on River Bluff Dental’s Yelp page. An online petition also has been started that calls for justice for Cecil and for the country to stop issuing permits to kill endangered animals.

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Click here or scroll down to see what some famous faces had to say about the lion's death.

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Office of dentist accused of killing Cecil the Lion becomes makeshift memorial

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Animal lovers flocked to the Bloomington, Minnesota, office of dentist Walter Palmer on Tuesday to pay tribute to Cecil the Lion, who allegedly was slain by Palmer and his hunting partners earlier this month in Zimbabwe.

"You are a coward and a killer," reads a sign draped over the practice's door. Mourners left stuffed animals and flowers on the ground below.

African wildlife officials on Tuesday accused Palmer, 55, of shooting the iconic lion with a crossbow after he and his hunting partners lured 13-year-old Cecil from a protected area. The hunters reportedly tracked Cecil for 40 hours before shooting the lion with a gun, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports. The lion was beheaded and skinned, and its tracking collar was removed, according to CNN.

Palmer said he believed the hunt was legal.

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"I hired several professional guides, and they secured all proper permits," Palmer said in a statement. "To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted."

He also said he didn't know the lion was famous.

"I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt," Palmer said. "I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt."

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Palmer reportedly is wanted on poaching charges, but he said has not been contacted by Zimbabwean or American authorities. Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said Theo Bronkhorst and Honest Ndlovu, a hunter and private game park owner respectively, also face poaching charges. Rodrigues said Palmer paid Bronkhorst and Ndlovu more than $50,000 to hunt the lion.

Click here or scroll down to see photos of the growing memorial outside Palmer's office.

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Must-see: Fisherman catches record 65-pound striped bass in Missouri

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An angler reeled in a huge 65-pound striped bass in Missouri last week, setting a state record.

According to WGHP, Lawrence Dillman of Rockaway Beach, New York, hooked the fish Thursday on Bull Shoals Lake.

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"I fought the giant for over 45 minutes until I got him to shallow water," he said. "I then bear-hugged the fish and got it out of the water on to the bank."

The 49 3/4-inch-long bass reportedly weighed in at 65 pounds, 2 ounces, with a 36-inch girth. That broke the previous record of 60 pounds, 9 ounces.

Dillman said he is getting the fish mounted.

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Must-see: Teen catches 1,058-pound fish in Hawaii

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Now that's a big fish.

A New York teen caught a 1,058-pound blue marlin off the coast of Kona, Hawaii, last week, Hawaii News Now reports.

Kai Rizzuto, 16, said it took 30 minutes to reel in the fish, which was 11 feet long.

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"I'll tell you, it was the hardest 30 minutes I've ever fought a fish," said Kai, who is believed to be the youngest person to catch a "grander" in the area. "When I saw that fish at the end of line, I was just thinking, 'Don't break off. Do not break off.'"

The fish, which died as it was brought to shore, reportedly was shared with people in the area.

"My estimate is today, there are over 100 people that are enjoying that fish," said Jim Rizzuto, Kai's grandfather.

For more information, visit Ihu Nui Sportfishing's website or Facebook page.

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Must-see: Florida man reportedly kills 719-pound gator

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A Lakeland, Florida, man reportedly nabbed a 719-pound alligator by shooting it with a crossbow and wrestling it down.

The man, identified as Clark Woodsby in the Lakeland Ledger, said he called the alligator with an electric call, then shot the 12-foot gator with a crossbow.

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That man was hunting Nov. 23 south of Bartow with Glen Grizzaffe, a licensed trapper. According to the landowner of that property, the gator was a nuisance and needed to be removed.

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