Monthly Archives: May 2014

Teacher in Prince George’s County charged with sexual abuse of student.

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Andre Brown.

PALMER PARK, Md. –

The Prince George’s County Police Department arrested a Suitland man in connection with the sexual abuse of a then 17-year-old girl at a high school in Beltsville. The suspect is identified as 32-year-old Andre Brown of the 3500 block of Silver Park Drive.

Brown is a teacher and former coach at High Point High School in Beltsville. The then 17-year-old student says that during the 2013 – 2014 school year, Brown sexually abused her one time on school grounds. The victim came forward on her own and reported the incident to police.

Detectives arrested Brown on May 22, 2014. He admitted his involvement in the incident. He is charged with sex abuse of a minor. Brown remains in custody at the Department of Corrections.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Children and Vulnerable Adult Unit at 301-772-4930. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.pgpolice.org and submit a tip online.

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.

Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/25594990/teacher-in-prince-georges-county-charged-with-sexual-abuse-of-student#ixzz32W0D7Lh

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The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta).

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Found only in the southern part of Madagascar in the dry forest and bush, the ring-tailed lemur is a large, vocal primate with brownish-gray fur and a distinctive tail with alternating black and white rings.

Male and female ring-tailed lemurs are similar physically. They are roughly the same size, measuring about 42.5 cm (1.4 ft.) from head to rump and weighing roughly 2.25 kg (5 lb.).

Highly social creatures, ring-tailed lemurs live in groups averaging 17 members. Their society is female-dominant, and a group will often contain multiple breeding females. Females reproduce starting at 3 years of age, generally giving birth to one baby a year.

When born, a ring-tailed lemur baby weighs less than 100 g (3 oz.). The newborn is carried on its mother’s chest for 1-2 weeks and then is carried on her back. At 2 weeks, the baby starts eating solid food and begins venturing out on its own. But the juvenile is not fully weaned until 5 months of age.

Although they are capable climbers, ring-tailed lemurs spend a third of their time on the ground foraging for food. They range far to find leaves, flowers, bark, sap, and small invertebrates to eat. When the lemurs travel over ground, they keep their tails in the air to ensure everyone in the group is in sight and stays together.

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Aside from using visual cues, ring-tailed lemurs also communicate via scent and vocalizations. They mark their territory by scent. A male lemur will also engage in stink fights during mating seasons, wiping his tail with the scent glands on his wrists and waving it at another male while staring menacingly. Eventually one male will back down and run away.

Vocally, ring-tailed lemurs have several different alarms calls that alert members to danger. They have several predators, including fossas (mammals related to the mongoose), Madagascar Harrier-hawks, Madagascar buzzards, Madagascar ground boas, civets, and domestic cats and dogs.

Conservation Status
Ring-tailed lemurs are a near-threatened species. The main threat to their population is habitat destruction. Much of their habitat is being converted to farmland or burned for the production of charcoal. However, the ring-tailed lemur is popular in zoos, and they do comparatively well in captivity and reproduce regularly. In captivity, ring-tailed lemurs can live for nearly 30 years, compared to up to 20 in the wild.

What You Can Do to Help
You can help ring-tailed lemurs by contributing to the Lemur Conservation Foundation through volunteer work or donations. The WWF also provides the opportunity to adopt a lemur. The money donated goes to help establish and manage parks and protected areas in Madagascar.

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The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) distribution map world wide.

60 years after Brown v. Board of Ed, pockets of segregation remain in Md. schools.

One-tenth of schools, mostly in city and Prince George’s, are highly segregated; suburbs mostly have diverse schools

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At 16, Dorant Wells has experienced the complexities of what Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark school desegregation ruling, has wrought: He attended a middle school full of students of different colors and nationalities, but one where he sometimes felt there were lower expectations for black students.

Now at his nearly all African-American high school, Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore County, he sees value in the special character of the school, while acknowledging he may be less prepared to enter a diverse world. “It keeps us united. We may not agree on everything, but we have each other,” said Dorant.

Sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in 21 states was unconstitutional, diversity is not guaranteed in Maryland’s schools. Ten percent of the schools in Maryland have a high percentage of black students, nearly all of them in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, according to a Baltimore Sun analysis. And no political or education leaders are recommending a consolidation of suburban and urban districts that experts say would be needed to truly address an imbalance driven largely byneighborhood demographics.

Instead, the struggle for racial integration and educational equality is taking place in the suburbs, where students are learning in increasingly diverse schools.

Students in these more integrated middle and high schools say they relish the multicultural environments. And while they say there are still daily struggles over issues of race and diversity, such conflicts have made them stronger, more resilient and more socially adept.

“I take diversity very seriously,” said Destiny Battle, an African-American eighth-grader at Lansdowne Middle, one of the most diverse schools in Baltimore County. “I like the different races in the classes.”

Students learn, the 14-year-old said, that no race is better than another. In her classes she hears viewpoints that are far different from her own and that sometimes make her reconsider the norms in her own culture.

Maryland has the fifth-largest percentage of black enrollment in the nation, according to the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. On top of that, a stream of Asians, Hispanics and immigrants from across the world has entered Maryland’s public schools in the past decade, and now the majority of students in the state’s schools are a member of a minority race. Whites account for 42 percent of enrollment; blacks are at 35 percent.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/sun-investigates/bs-md-ci-brown-v-board-20140511,0,1291092.story#ixzz32ABGrXmy

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Congratulations Class of 2014 Graduates.

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To Graduates of Class of 2014,

Congratulations to our proud graduates! Our warmest greetings to our school administrators, teachers, staff, and parents who have helped and guided our graduates attain this significant milestone in their lives.

Through the many challenging moments you have endured, many of you were tempted to give up; but an American heart refuses to be broken by calamities. We see the ray of hope in the faith and joy we share with you even in the most trying of circumstances. You may be battered but definitely never defeated. As you go to the next chapter of life. Remember that, we are very proud of you. You have overcome obstacles and begun to make your dreams a reality. Continue to be life long learners and remember, on your way to the “top” don’t forget to look back and help someone else to make the journey.

We wish you the very best of success in all your future endeavors. Thank you for your persistence, your perseverance and your determination. As you go out there, try to make the world a better place. Help fight corruption and discrimination wherever you are, wherever you go. Refuse to give up!

 

Reform Sasscer Movement secretariat for Prince George’s County.

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Holder: Subtle racism worse than bigotry outbursts

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Attorney General Eric Holder. AP

During separate commencement addresses, Attorney General Eric Holder and first lady Michelle Obama delivered a similar message: On this 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which desegregated schools,we should acknowledge that progress has been made, but in many ways systematic racism still exists, albeit in a more subtle way that is just as sinister.

The Kansas City Star reports that Obama spoke at the graduating ceremony for five Topeka high schools Friday night. According to the paper, Obama said schools, for example, are still segregated and “too often, those schools aren’t equal, especially ones attended by students of color, which too often lag behind with crumbling classrooms and less experienced teachers.”

The paper adds:

  ‘Too many folks are still stopped on the street because of the color of their skin, or they’re made to feel unwelcome because of where they’re from, or they’re bullied because of who they love.’
“The Brown decision, she said, isn’t about the past. It’s about the future.

“She called on students to battle deep-seated prejudices that persist years after the civil rights  movement swept  across the country.

” ‘Graduates, it’s up to all of you to lead the way and drag my generation and your grandparents’ generation along with you,’ she said.

Holder spoke at Morgan State University. Referring to the Donald Sterling fiasco, Holder said that the past few weeks have given us a perfect example of clear, “outbursts of bigotry.”

But the real trouble, the greatest threat 60 years after Brown v. Board is what he called “subtle racism.”

“There are policies that too easily escape such scrutiny because they have the appearance of being race-neutral,” Holder said. “Their impacts, however, are anything but. This is the concern we must contend with today: policies that impede equal opportunity in fact, if not in form.”

Holder cited zero-tolerance policies in schools that overwhelmingly affect minorities and he pointed out attempts by many states to pass laws that make it more difficult to vote in an attempt to curb voter fraud.

Holder said racist policies exist in how our criminal justice system hands down tougher sentences to convicts of color.

Finally, Holder took at a shot at Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, who voted to uphold Michigan’s ban on affirmative action, on what Holder said was the assumption that “the path to ending racial discrimination is to give less consideration to the issue of race altogether.”

“This presupposes that racial discrimination is at a sufficiently low ebb that it doesn’t need to be actively confronted,” Holder said. “In its most obvious forms, it might be. But discrimination does not always come in the form of a hateful epithet or a Jim Crow like statute. And so we must continue to take account of racial inequality, especially in its less obvious forms, and actively discuss ways to combat it. As Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote recently in an insightful dissent in the Michigan college admissions case — we must not ‘wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society. … The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race.’ ” Read more >>> Arizona Daily Sun

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How can we end corruption in leadership?

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The Survey on the Global Agenda 2014 tells us that people all over thé world are particularly worried about leadership values.

It boils down to the question of why people seek positions of power in the first place. If people want to win elections so they can serve the nation and improve lives, then they are more likely to take decisions along those lines. But there are also those who seek power in order to make money, exert influence and spread wealth to their friends and cronies.

In reality it’s more complex than that. Most people are neither one thing nor the other, so it becomes a question of degrees: to what extent do our leaders want to serve for the common good, and how much can that become tainted by the desire to do well for themselves and their families?

The more short-sighted leaders fail to recognize that the common good is actually the only real way to prosper in the long term. Because no matter how well you do, you can’t feel secure in a country in which the majority of people are struggling. In a country like that, nobody is secure.

Young people tend to have the strongest feelings on this issue. In the Survey, respondents under the age of 40 said that they were not at all satisfied with the attention governments give to a lack of values in leadership. And they have every reason to be critical. They look around themselves, see where the nation is heading and don’t want to go there. And yet they find they have no way of changing that direction, because they’re considered too young and inexperienced to be important.

Education is key to changing that, because while we can’t always change things immediately, we should at least be able to understand what is happening and complain if we don’t like it. And when enough people do that, a critical mass builds and a group of people will emerge with an agenda for genuine change.

This is an extract from the Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014, published this year.

Read a blog on the top 10 trends facing the world in 2014.

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In this logo, all people are connected each other by creating trust. A person cannot build trust alone. You can see a rising energy which can be transformed into synergy. If we trust each other, we can create better world in the future.

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Values

Effective leaders value integrity, fairness, respect, trust, honesty, frankness and helping others. These characteristics are all intertwined and synonymous with each other. People would put their trust in you when you treat them fairly and with respect. You should treat others fairly and with respect by honoring their opinions even if you may not be in agreement with them. When you treat others fairly and continue to maintain your integrity, they tend to put their trust in you; this also results in more amicable relationships. With trustworthiness comes confidentiality and reliance. By leading by your values, others develop confidence in you, knowing that they can truly rely on you.

By practicing those values in the workplace and leading by example, others would admire those characteristics and want to mimic them because they are of such high standards. Many effective leaders allude to the fact that we should practice what we say. Leading by example would have a positive influence on persons.  This type of leadership style will showcase your integrity, honesty, frankness, and show your constituents that you truly have their best interest at heart and would like to help them.  They would know that you respect them, and in turn, they would reciprocate.  You should practice frankness by being truthful and upfront, letting others know the facts and not telling them what they want to hear. Displaying high values for others to follow could also have a domino effect, as those who follow your lead will be able to pass the same or similar standards on to others, commanding the same level of respect and appreciation.

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How Power Corrupts Leaders.

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Most people have heard the line “Power corrupts.” (Or the longer version, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”. The question often asked is “why and how does power corrupt leaders?”

The answer is complex, but fairly clear. Leadership, at its core, is all about power and influence. Leaders use their power to get things done. A simple distinction is between two forms of power. Socialized power is power used to benefit others. We hope that our elected officials have this sort of power in mind and are primarily concerned with the best interests of their constituents.

The other form of power is called personalized power, and it is using power for personal gain. Importantly, these two forms of power are not mutually exclusive. A leader can use his or her power to benefit others, but can also gain personally (there are no poor former U.S. Presidents!). The obvious problem is when personalized power dominates and the leader gains, often at the followers’ expense.

Yet, leaders can delude themselves that they are working for the greater good (using socialized power), but engage in behavior that is morally wrong. A sense of power can cause a leader to engage in what leadership ethicist, Terry Price, calls “exception making” – believing that the rules that govern what is right and what is wrong does not apply to the powerful leader “for other people, this would be wrong, but because have the best interests of our followers at heart, it’s ok for us to….” During Watergate, the argument was made that President Nixon could not have acted illegally because “the President is above the law.”

Leaders can also become “intoxicated” by power – engaging in wrong behavior simply because they can and they can get away with it (and followers are willing to collude and make such exceptions “It’s ok because he/she is the leader”). Some have suggested that President Clinton’s engaged in a sexual dalliance with intern Monica Lewinsky simply because “he could.”

Power has advantages and disadvantages for leaders.

On the positive side, power makes leaders more assertive and confident and certain of their decisions. This enables them to move forward on chosen courses of action. Leaders must use power to “get the job done.”

On the negative side, the more people possess power, the more they focus on their own egocentric desires and the less able they are to see others’ perspectives.

And then there are individual differences. Some people are simply power hungry and prone to use their power to subjugate others – they are “leaders from hell”…but that is another post.

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The Blame-Game Virus Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.”

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Much of our society today is being infected by a virus. No, we do not mean a computer or biological virus, but a moral virus that could, if not arrested, spread like a plague and eventually infect, or at least seriously affect, our entire society. It’s the irresponsible “blame-game” virus that can end up over time (even though ever so slowly) seriously weaken what was once a healthy, virile people. When a nation becomes morally weakened from within, it becomes vulnerable to opposing forces from without. Today, believe that humanity is in far greater danger of being horrifically attacked than any other time even was during World Wars I and II and in the days of the Cold War with Communism.

Too many business leaders irresponsibly “cook” their company books out of selfish interest and reap havoc in thousands of other people’s lives. Too many employees refuse to accept responsibility for doing the best job they can possibly do. Failing people often blame racial prejudice for their lack of advancement. Irresponsible parents blame teachers when they fail their children for cheating on exams. In a survey of some 36,000 high school students a high percentage of students admit to cheating and lying and at the same time claim to be highly ethical. These kids who already know how to play the blame-game will be the business and political leaders of tomorrow. Politicians blame the opposition party, divorced people blame their former spouse—and so on ad infinitum—all without accepting personal responsibility for their own failures.

Whether it is at a national or an individual level, when we fail to accept personal responsibility for our actions, we inevitably fall into the blame-game trap, racism, tribalism etc. As long as we do this, we will never resolve our personal, county or national problems.

Individually, we need to accept personal responsibility for every aspect of our life. At the local and national level, we need to vote for leaders whom we know will act responsibly and put the genuine needs of their constituents first instead of bowing to personal interest groups in order to further their own political careers.

Today we live in perhaps the most developed, highly educated, and technically advanced society ever. But what kind of defense are super powered high speed jet fighters against evil suicide bombers and dirty bombs? Our brilliant technology will not save us. We must work together for good of the society and eliminate those aspects of life which make our society weaker. When we say something, let us mean what we say and protect each other.  Anybody can serve others given the proper support. We all have a unique abilities in life. Remember that in his day Hitler was the leader of one of the most educated, intelligent, and enlightened societies up to that point in history. The reality is that if we abandon our moral moorings and lose our moral compass, we will be (and perhaps are already) on a course heading towards national and international disasters.

May we never forget that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.

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Prince George’s Co. Mulls Extending Terms.

…at the beckoning of Rushern Baker.

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A board of citizens has recommended Prince George’s County extend its term limits from two to three four-year terms.

From the new MGM Casino to a challenging bid for the new FBI headquarters, the county of nearly 1 million is in the midst of a growth spurt.

The term limit extension would have to be voted on by the county council by August, then voted on by the public during a general election.

“I’ve seen first-hand how term limits have been harmful to the country,” Prince George’s County Council Chair Mel Franklin said.

Franklin said expanding the term limits would create a more knowledgeable local government.

“By the time you’ve actually gotten a grasp of it, you are probably in your second term, and you’re on your way out,” Franklin said.

County Executive Rushern Baker led an effort to end limits in 2000 when Wayne Curry served as executive. The initiative made it to the ballot where it failed 65-35 percent. Baker’s spokesperson tells News4 the county executive supports the latest attempt to extend limits.

“Historically, he’s always believed the people should decide when a leader is ineffective,” Barry Hudson said.

Montgomery County is one of several Maryland counties that already functions without term limits.

See the video here >>>http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Prince-Georges-Co-Mulls-Extending-Term-Limits-259139441.html

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Tell Prince George’s County leaders and the county Executive  no to unfair Extended three four year terms and to end corruption ASAP.

 We are counting on you to stand up for your hard-earned benefits of two four year term benefits and say no to any three four year terms extensions at the beckoning of Rushern Baker administration.

Please consider the impact this harmful policy would have on generations to come. We deserve an open, thoughtful public discussion about how to stop an unfair deal that cuts our benefits to a long term growth.

In general, the County Executive provides strategic leadership to achieve set objectives and goals while overseeing the performance of major departments or divisions within the county and reporting directly to the Citizenry.  Prince George’s County citizens must hold the County Executive Mr. Rushern Baker accountable for generating and achieving revenue and earnings through jobs, employment opportunities, education, apprenticeships and training facilitation.  These opportunities are advanced with the assistance of private and public partnerships; through fostering organizations and community relationships including foundations and philanthropies for long term growth. The County Executive’s performance is measured in terms of adherence to fulfilling the mission, implementation of initiatives, sustaining a viable and progressive working population and achieving goals set and agreed upon by the citizenry.

Mr. Rushern Baker’s failure as a leader and visionary has come full circle as he continues to bluff his way through a dormant administration surrounded by corruption and false promises facilitated by major fraud in the school system.  Prince Georgians cannot stomach four more years of fluff and hot air guided by deception.  Prince George’s County budget deficit of $111 million dollars, the loss of over 10,000 jobs which continues to grow and average SAT scores 300 points below the national average is unacceptable.  Rushern Baker’s  $3.4 billion dollar 2015 spending proposal is short sighted and ignores the future of our children!  Please ask yourself, is your child better off today than in 2010?  We are going backwards and the slide must stop with Mr. Baker out in the cold!  The citizens are asking for a change in leadership NOW and an end to unfair Extended three four year terms being advanced by Rushern Baker administration in order to continue deliberate milking of the county system. We must say no to this calamity. Read more >>>> Concerning major fraud being hidden in plain sight.

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Mr. Rushern Baker –The all powerful current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter. He makes promises he cannot keep and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell. (Read more Major scandal Developing in Upper Marlboro). On this note, Mr. Baker needs to take responsibility and resign!

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The argali (Ovis ammon).

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The argali, or the mountain sheep (species Ovis ammon) is a wild sheep that roams the highlands of Central Asia (Himalaya, Tibet, Altay).

It is the largest species of wild sheep. The North American bighorn sheep may approach comparable weights but is normally considerably outsized by the argali. Argali stand 85 to 135 cm (3 to 4 ft) high at the shoulder and measure 136 to 200 cm (4 to 7 ft) long from the head to the base of the tail. The female or ewe is the smaller sex by a considerable margin, sometimes weighing less than half as much as the male, or ram. The ewes can weigh from 43.2 to 100 kg (95 to 220 lb) and the rams typically from 97 to 182 kg (214 to 401 lb), with a maximum reported mass of 216 kg (476 lb). The Pamir argali (also called Marco Polo sheep, for they were first described by that traveler), O. a. polii, is the largest race on average, regularly measuring more than 180 cm (5.9 ft) long without the tail, and is less sexually dimorphic in body mass than most other subspecies. The argali has relatively the shortest tail of any wild goat-antelope or sheep, with reported tail lengths of 9.5–17 cm (3.7–6.7 in).

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General coloration

The general coloration varies between each animal, from a light yellow to a reddish-brown to a dark grey-brown. Argali or nyan from the Himalayas are usually relatively dark, whereas those from Russian ranges are often relatively pale. In summertime, the coat is often lightly spotted with a salt-and-pepper pattern. The back is darker than the sides, which gradually lighten in color. The face, tail and the buttocks are yellowish-white. The male has a whitish neck ruff and a dorsal crest and is usually slightly darker in color than the female. Males have two large corkscrew horns, some measuring 190 cm (6.2 ft) in total length and weighing up to 23 kg (51 lb). Males use their horns for competing with one another. Females also carry horns, but they are much smaller, usually measuring less than 50 cm (20 in) in total length.

Range and habitat

Argali range from central Kazakhstan in the west to the Shansi Province in China in the east and from the Altai Mountains in the north to the Himalayas to the south. They are a species of mountainous areas, living from elevations of 300 to 5,800 m (980 to 19,030 ft). In protected areas, the species generally prefers gently sloping areas with soft broken terrain, although ewes with lambs often take up residence in more precipitous areas, characterized by canyons and jagged rocks. In areas where they are extensively hunted (such as Kazakhstan), they are more likely to be found in forested areas. In parts of China and Russia where they compete for resources with numerous domestic stock, argali more regularly take up residence in precipitous, jagged areas. Argali may search for regions in the mountains where snow cover is not heavy during the winter, following winds that blow snow off the earth. Rams are generally found at higher elevations more regularly than females and stay at higher elevations longer during the winter.

Conservation Status

Argali are considered an endangered or threatened species throughout their entire range, due largely to habitat loss from overgrazing of domestic sheep and hunting. As the world’s largest sheep, the lure to gather a trophy specimen is strong among sports-hunters. They are hunted for both their meat and their horns, used in traditional Chinese medicine, and poaching continues to be a major (and difficultly managed) problem. Argali have been extirpated from northeastern China, southern Siberia, and parts of Mongolia. Populations of predators such as gray wolves and snow leopards have appeared to have been negatively affected by the scarcity of argali.

Argali conservation

It is possible that the sustainable management of hunting could offer some hope to the conservation of certain populations of argali. Although controversial, this practice increases the value of the species to local people, protects habitat and with careful monitoring the revenue obtained can be ploughed back into conservation. Two of the most at-risk subspecies, O. a. hodgsonii and O. a. nigrimontana, are listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

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The argali (Ovis ammon) distribution map world wide.