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This handout photo provided by Stuart Pimm shows a lion in Kenya. The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle. When a Minnesota dentist killed famed Cecil the lion, the Internet exploded with outrage. But scientists who have studied lions have seen it before. They’ve watched the African lion population shrink by more than half since 1980 and dwindle even faster in East Africa where lions used to be most abundant. They’ve seen trophy hunting, like the dentist’s, promise to spur lion conservation with influxes of lots of cash, then not work as planned. And even more importantly, they’ve seen lion habitat shrink and lions be killed by local residents because of conflict with livestock and agriculture.(Stuart Pimm via AP)

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