Endangered species thrive on U.S. military ranges

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Melissa Booker, a civilian wildlife biologist working for the Navy on San Clemente Island, holds two San Clemente Island lizards saved from extinction through environmental efforts on San Clemente Island, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. In the decade since the Navy left the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, bombardments and live-fire trainings have grown exponentially on this windswept California island , which has special federal status because of its biological diversity. Since then, endangered species like the island fox, night lizard and loggerhead shrike have grown in number too, thriving alongside the blasts after nearing extinction. It's a phenomenon happening at military installations across the nation where endangered species are flourishing despite the drills. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)