Wildlife

Hungry Critters Attack NYC Ships, Piers
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Samanth Gross, Associated Press

New York's waterfront is getting cleaner, and bothersome river critters not seen in hundreds of years are once again attacking wooden ships and piers.

War Disturbs Turtles in Unlikely Lebanese Refuge
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Alistair Lyon, Reuters

Ghost crabs scuttle along an empty beach in south Lebanon, but other predators have already eaten the last green turtle hatchlings of the season -- foxes driven from the hills by Israeli-Hezbollah fighting.

U.S. Pet Lovers Send Dentistry to the Dogs
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexandria Sage, Reuters

Welcome to the office of Anson Tsugawa, one of the 100-plus certified veterinary dentists around the world whose daily routine ranges from cleaning to capping canine teeth, root canals to reconstructing jaws.

Illegal Ivory Trade Prospers in Angola
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Cafe del Mar looks like any other expensive restaurant on Ilha de Cabo, the fashionable beach playground for foreigners and rich Angolans in Luanda. But it has a special attraction: a small but well stocked curio kiosk with neat rows of ivory carvings.

Mad Deer Disease May Spread With Saliva
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press

Deer probably spread a brain-destroying illness called chronic wasting disease through their saliva, concludes a study that finally pins down a long-suspected culprit. The key was that Colorado researchers tested some special deer.

Greater Diversity of Life in Tropics
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

As explorers investigated the world in centuries past they began pondering a puzzle called the "latitudinal diversity gradient." That's science talk for: The farther you go from the tropics, the fewer different kinds of plants and animals there are.

Cougars Not Extinguished in Eastern Canada
October 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Cougars, believed to have vanished from Eastern Canada, could just be hiding. The big wild cats, also known as pumas or mountain lions, have not been spotted in the eastern part of the country for years.

Stop Crocodile Hunts, Say Malaysian Wildlife Groups
October 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Malaysian conservation groups on Wednesday called for a halt to crocodile hunts in the wild jungles of Borneo mounted by Malaysians searching for the remains of a boy feared to have been eaten by one of the reptiles.

Brown Widow Makes Its Home on Gulf Coast
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

As if the West Nile-toting mosquito isn't enough to worry Mississippians, add the poisonous Latrodectus geometricus to the state's list of creepy-crawly creatures.

Sewage, Coastal Destruction Threaten Marine Life
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Anna Mudeva, Reuters

Sewage is a growing threat to oceans and seas, putting at risk marine life and habitats as the pollution problem escalates, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a report on Wednesday.

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