John L. Smith is a former Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist who left the newspaper in April. He was also sued into bankruptcy by Sheldon Adelson. Contact him at jlnevadasmith@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @jlnevadasmith.

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Not only has the animal survived genocidal attempts at its destruction, it’s thrived and expanded from the arid southwest to the concrete canyons of New York.