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2012: Year in review

A juvenile male great horned owl was examined at Tufts Wildlife Clinic a few hours before it was released back into the wild.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

A juvenile male great horned owl was examined at Tufts Wildlife Clinic a few hours before it was released back into the wild.

Needham cheered on an Olympic gold medalist, Brookline banned plastic bags, and communities everywhere confronted an onslaught of furry and feathered residents -- from hungry coyotes to emboldened wild turkeys. We take a look back at some of your favorite local stories from 2012.

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