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The Asiatic black bear is now an endangered species, after being captured in the wild and farmed for its bile. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Bears That Inspired 'Adorable' Korean Paralympic Mascot Live In Caged Captivity

The 2018 Paralympic mascot is the Asiatic black bear, a symbol of Korean folklore. But behind the caricature, South Korea has a troubled relationship with the bears, farming them for their bile.

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Bears That Inspired 'Adorable' Korean Paralympic Mascot Live In Caged Captivity

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Former Georgia Rep. Mike Dudgeon casts the ceremonial first vote of the new session of the Georgia House of Representatives on Jan. 10, 2011, in Atlanta. Dudgeon retired from the Legislature in 2016 because of work-life balance issues. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Low Pay In State Legislatures Means Some Can't Afford The Job

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