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Murder Hornets Invade the U.S.

Despite their nickname, the

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Despite their nickname, the “Murder Hornets,” pose no threat to humans, but the hornets do pose a threat to honeybees.

Recently, news has come out that a certain insect has entered the country, more specifically Washington State; it is called an Asian giant hornet, but is being titled the “Murder Hornet,” in the United States. 

Here in America, the media has decided to give this insect the name “Murder Hornet,” while in Japan they call the Japanese giant hornet the great sparrow bird due to the size of the insect. The Asian Giant Hornet is the world’s largest hornet with a body around 1.8 inches long and a wingspan of about 3 inches.

An Asian giant hornet is a danger to honeybees because they do not have a defense mechanism for this predator. Coyote Peterson is known for his YouTube channel: Brave Wilderness, where he goes out to learn and explore the wildlife around him.

When talking about the threat that the Asian giant hornet brings to the honeybees, Nathaniel “Coyote” Peterson explains, “What the hornets will do is come in and decimate an entire colony by stinging and decapitating all the worker bees, they work their way in, eventually kill the queen, and then they eat all of the larva.”

One of Peterson’s more popular segments seen on his YouTube channel is seeing Peterson go out to find creatures with defense mechanisms such as stingers and venoms, and he tests the insects bite or sting on himself. Peterson posted a video of him being stung by the Asian giant hornet on November 23, 2018 titled, “STUNG by a GIANT HORNET,” and it currently has over 25 million views on YouTube. In the video, Coyote Peterson states, “ I am completely honest when I say that the Japanese giant hornet is an overall more intimidating and ultimately more painful sting than the bullet ant.”

To compare the two separate insects on that scale is really saying something because the bullet ant has been said to be one of the most painful stings in the world. Peterson later said in a separate video, “ [It is the] second most painful insect sting in the world.”

With all of this build up about the “Murder Hornet” creating so much buzz in the media, Coyote Peterson decided to ease the tension and worry surrounding the Asian giant hornet. Peterson recently posted a video called, “MURDER HORNET MADNESS! – 10 Things You NEED to know!,” on May 5, 2020; and the video was filled with facts and knowledge to calm down the fear of this daunting insect.

In this video that has over 6 million views, Peterson answered many questions roaming around on the Internet, and provided facts to clear up the misconceptions of the so called “Murder Hornet.” One thing that Peterson cleared up was, who needs to be afraid? Peterson stated, “Honestly, nobody. Nobody that’s human, that is. Now beekeepers definitely need to be aware because it’s the bees that do need to fear the hornets.”

Coyote Peterson gives out a lot of information about the “Murder Hornet” that has cleared up the air about the insect. To see this video, check out the Brave Wilderness channel on YouTube.

Only one of these hornets has been accounted for in Washington so this means that there is not a swarm of them in the United States. Of course people should be aware of the hornet and what it can do, but the public should not be extremely afraid of it. 

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Mattie Powers, Staff Writer

Mattie Powers is a senior at Durant High School and a Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. Not only is Mattie Powers involved in the PawPrint, but...

Climate Change Threatens the Monarch Butterflies’ Survival

Humans have to realisee that maltreatment on the environment affects every species on the planet. Endangering one, endangers them all.

Humans have to realisee that maltreatment on the environment affects every species on the planet. Endangering one, endangers them all.

Monarch butterflies are the first thing people imagine when picturing a butterfly. The number of monarch butterflies is dwindling rapidly. According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, “a decline of approximately 80 [percent]has been seen in central Mexico and a decline of approximately 99 [percent] has been seen in coastal California.”

The population of butterflies went from hundreds of millions to a few thousand in the last 20 years. This threatens to destroy the balance in the ecosystem as these butterflies pollinate numerous flowers around the world and act as food to several small animals.

The cause of the demise of the monarch butterflies is climate change, urbanization and their effects on the environment monarch butterflies depend on for survival. 

Urbanization has destroyed the majority of the milkweed plants that monarch butterflies lay their eggs on. Urbanization has taken over areas where this plant typically grows, posing a threat to the butterflies as it limits their reproductive capabilities. 

Urbanization has also limited the butterflies’ migration routes. This is especially true in Mexico, an increase in deforestation and development has limited available migration locations for the butterflies during the winter.

Climate change is also affecting the habitats of these animals. According to National Geographic, in addition to urbanization reducing the availability of milkweeds, the increased levels of carbon dioxide are making the plants too toxic for monarch consumption.

Additionally the rising temperatures caused as a result are also affecting the migration patterns of monarch butterflies. As the temperatures increase, the monarchs have to fly farther North during the summer months  otherwise they would molt and inevitably die.

Thus far, the conservation of National Parks has been a saving grace for these butterflies. These parks ensure the butterflies will have a habitat. Conservationists have tagged the monarchs spotted in these parks to allow further studies of the migration patterns. Monarchs have been tagged from a variety of national parks in a variety of parks to collect as much information as possible.

A primary agent in the monarch butterfly conservation movement has been Wildlife Without Borders, a grant program from Mexico which works to protect and replenish the habitats of the monarch butterflies. This program has existed since the mid-1990s, when the numbers of the monarch butterflies began to decline.

This was not Mexico’s first attempt to preserve the existence of monarch butterflies. In 1986, Mexicocreated the Mariposa Monarca, or in English the Monarch Butterfly, Biosphere Reserve. This protects forest land within four distinct butterfly sanctuaries.There are several agencies in Mexico and the U.S that contribute to the conservation effort, despite the public’s lack of knowledge on the subject.

Despite the drastic decrease in the monarch population, the butterflies are not officially listed on the endangered species list. Currently they do have the protection of the Endangered Species Act. This is the temporary status given to the butterflies, a permanent decision will be made by the end of the year.

The programs and agencies cannot save the butterflies on their own, the public needs to be aware that the environmental decisions of humanity, affect the the other animals in the ecosystem. Human perseverance should not be at the expense of the defenseless.

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Angelique Robinson, Web Editor

Angelique Robinson is a senior at Durant and is Web Editor for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves writing creative pieces, as well as more serious articles...

Climate Change: It’s Warmer Than You Think



The graphic demonstrates how climate change has affected hurricanes and the potential dangers.

Over the past few decades, the issue of climate change has become a pretty heated topic that has only grown more popular as the globe’s temperature increases.

Despite any opinions one may have, here are the facts: the planet is heating up, and at a fast pace. From, it has been found that “the average temperature of the Earth has risen between 0.4 and 0.8 °Cover the past 100 years.” And that’s just the start.

The effects of global warming can be seen all over the world, from the increase in severity of extreme weather events, to the bleaching of coral reefs in Australia, to the significant rise in sea levels.

Severe Hurricanes Are Becoming the Norm

Greenhouse gas emissions have significantly contributed to the increase in higher temperatures; one prime example of the effect these emissions have on the environment is the increase of severe hurricanes. Category 4 and 5 hurricanes have become the norm for millions living on the east coast of the United States and in the Caribbean.  Hurricanes grow in strength with warmer waters, and due to the increase in temperatures, the Atlantic has become susceptible to more severe hurricanes.

LiveScience states that, “The global number of intense Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has nearly doubled in number, jumping from 50 per five years during the 1970’s to 90 per five years in the last decade.”

The graphic demonstrates how climate change has affected hurricanes and the potential dangers.

Coral Bleaching in Australia

Aquatic ecosystems are also suffering from the staggering increase of climate-change temperatures. The endangerment of the ocean’s coral reefs has become a severe problem due to these higher temperatures. Majority of the heat emitted from the greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, is absorbed by the world’s oceans, which ultimately causes temperatures in the water to increase. This is detrimental to coral reefs, as these are the rainforests of the ocean, and are vital to aquatic ecosystems. “Temperature spikes of only 1.8 to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (1-2 degrees Celsius) can trigger mass bleaching events,” says Warmer waters cause corals the loose their algae that covers them, leaving them vulnerable. Once the corals die, the entire ecosystem practically fails.

Rises in Sea Level

Sea levels have also dramatically increased, due to the melting of the historic ice sheets from both ends of the world. This poses various threats, including habitat loss for hundreds of different species, an imbalance of populations among species, and, of course, the steady rise in sea levels. This is bad news for states next to oceans, such as Florida. With the rise of levels comes the threat of catastrophic flooding, which is concerning considering the number of people living on the coasts of Florida and other sea-side states. According to National Geographic, “In southern Louisiana coasts are literally sinking by about three feet (a meter) a century, a process called subsidence.” In combination with rising sea levels, this creates a huge concern for those living near the water, and raises questions how people can be protected from this inevitable flooding.

This visual better demonstrates the extent to which the changes impacts the rising sea levels.

Law Implemented

Countries around the globe have been working to come up with solutions to limit the amount of greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere. There has been a significant increase in climate-change related laws since the 1990s, and from, “In 1997, the database shows, there were just 60 laws in place, with the figure having risen 20-fold to reach 1,260 today.”

While there has been an increase in the amount of climate change related laws, they don’t seem to have a significant impact in the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Why? If there has been an increase on laws and specific protocols that companies must follow, then why are climbing temperatures continuing to be a topic in today’s new?

Stay tuned for part two next week.

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Meghan Dulay, Editor-in-Chief of Design

Meghan Dulay is a senior at Durant High School and she is Editor-in-Chief of Design for the PawPrint newspaper. Meghan is part of many other clubs at Durant,...

Food waste in America

America is one of the world’s most economically thriving countries. Even so, many Americans are still food insecure.

According to, in America, one in eight people are food insecure. This equals almost 40 million adults and over 12 million children. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food to live a healthy happy life.

Recent data from the USDA indicates that about 264 million pounds of excess, edible, and nutritious food are thrown away in all sectors of the food industry every day. That is enough to provide nearly 1.5 tons of food during the year to every man, woman, and child who is hungry in the United States.

Charites such as Waste Not Want Not’s volunteer their time to not only educate the public on the food waste problem but working to fix it. Every day, 363 days a year, the volunteers drive their own cars to these businesses, pick up the donated food, and bring it to a Waste Not Want Not facility. Last year, Waste provided almost two million pounds of food to over 130 charities serving those in need in ten counties. The conservative cost avoidance (the amount they saved by not having to purchase that amount of food) enjoyed by these charities was close to $4,000,000. They rescue unmarketable, but still wholesome, food from supermarkets, restaurants, and other businesses daily. To learn more and see how you can help, visit their website at

Although these businesses play a large part in America’s food waste, we as citizens, are not scotch free. On average each American wastes one pound of food every day. If that doesn’t

make you think, remember that there are 325 million people in America. Now picture the amount of waste produced in a single week, let alone a month.

But even though you may not think so, you personally could make a world of difference. For example, only buy what you need at the store or after dinner at your favorite restaurant, take the left overs home instead of wasting your food and your money.

A small change may seem insignificant now, but just think about a world free of hunger, all because we thought before we threw our food away. You can help solve the problem of food insecurity and excessive food waste by contacting your local government to change waste policies or volunteering with the organizations that work to reduce the food waste and food insecurity.

Hurricane Florence Strikes Hard in the Carolinas


Hurricane Florence left severe damage in the Carolinas. Photo from “The Source.”

Tampa Bay, Fla.–This year’s largest hurricane thus far is Hurricane Florence, which has mainly impacted North and South Carolina. The majority of both states were asked to evacuate in order for them to escape the brutality of the storm.

The hurricane has caused mass flooding in the Carolinas. According to the New York Times, there are several rivers that are already in “major flood,” and are continuing to rise even after the storm has passed. This is creating problems for many people in the Carolinas–as the floods continue, more roads are closed off, isolating some communities. According to the Washington Post, there is no way into Wilmington, N.C. due to the amount of flooding in the coastal area. The Post even referred to Wilmington as a new island.

The situation is becoming increasingly dangerous for residents in North and South Carolina. The death toll is up to 25, with 19 confirmed dead in North Carolina and six confirmed in South Carolina (BBC News).

While causing damage to people, property is also taking a massive hit due to this hurricane. Most people would assume that for homeowners in coral areas that flood insurance would be a necessity, but this is not the case. According to CNBC News, the property damage is estimated between $17-$22 billion dollars, if the flooding does not get much worse. Luckily for taxpayers and employees, the economy will not take a massive hit due to this.

Many officials fear possible future environmental dangers near the Carolina mountains, such as landslides, or flooding from full rivers.

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Angelique Robinson, Web Editor

Angelique Robinson is a senior at Durant and is Web Editor for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves writing creative pieces, as well as more serious articles...

Red tide impacting tourism in Tampa Bay area


Sept. 9, 2018

Plant City, Fla.–The infamous “Red Tide” has quietly been killing untold numbers of manatees, turtles, millions of fish and other marine animals, while making human eyes itch, coughing and breathe in an unbearable stench. August has been a rough month for tourism in Florida, with red tide turning blue waters to a rusted brown and many dead fish washing up onto the shores.

Mcshane, who traveled from Ellicott City, Md. with her parents for a week long vacation in Tampa Bay, was excited to have fun except for when she got to the beach she came to an empty beach and she wondered if it was even safe for her to be there.

Red tide has caused tourism to the state’s beach to fall tremendously, which has led to business downfall as well.

Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., had big decisions to make when it comes to the animals dying and businesses struggling. Scott is also facing pressure from citizens who want answers and immediate action. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has given $3 million in a grant to help local communities affected by red tide. Florida’s tourism agency will receive $500,000 to create an emergency grant program to help promote travel in red tide areas, and Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, Fla. will receive $100,000 to help with animal rescues.

Counties affected by the dangerous red tide in Florida are Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota. These counties will be provided money and resources by the state grant to fix the problems red tide has caused.

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Marina Hawkins, Social Media Coordinator, Photo Editor

Marina Hawkins is a junior at Durant and is the Photo Editor and the Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint newspaper. She is also part of the Varsity...

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