Wildlife

Scientists Studying Decline of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

In the 1970s, there used to be about 1,300 beluga whales in Cook Inlet, delighting locals and tourists alike. Last year, the number was estimated at just 278.

Bird-Loving Indonesians Worried about Mass Culling
February 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Tomi Soetjipto, Reuters

Perched inside a lavishly decorated cage, a palm-sized Indonesian songbird looks unsuspectingly at its owner, who is worried he may have to kill his six-month-old zebra dove.

Scores of Fish Beach Themselves in N.C.
February 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

State and local wildlife experts are trying to figure out what led more than a thousand flounder, spot and pin fish to beach themselves at the Marine Corps' New River air base -- and then swim away.

Scientists Study Sound, Marine Creatures
February 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other plaintiffs alleged in a federal lawsuit last fall that the Navy's mid-frequency sonar used for detecting enemy submarines disturbs and sometimes kills whales and dolphins.

EU Ready for More Bird Flu from Africa Migration
February 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Smith, Reuters

Europe is preparing for more cases of the lethal strain of bird flu as the spring migration season approaches and new species, possibly already infected, arrive from Africa, the EU's health chief said on Thursday.

Greenland Starts Quota to Save Polar Bears
February 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press

Greenland's government on Wednesday introduced the ice-capped island's first hunting quota for polar bears, which scientists believe are threatened by the effects of global warming.

West Virginia Woman Told to Stop Rescuing Opossums
February 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Division of Natural Resources has told a Parkersburg woman to stop rescuing orphaned baby opossums because possessing wildlife is illegal in West Virginia.

Forest Service Eager to Study Wolverine
February 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The U.S. Forest Service has trapped the first wolverine ever captured and fitted with a radio collar in the Pacific Northwest.

Anti-Whaling Ship Hits Diplomatic Squall
February 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Gordon Bell, Reuters

The 657-ton Farley Mowat -- flying the skull-and-crossbones like a modern pirate ship -- stalked Japanese ships hunting minke whales through the huge waves of the Southern Ocean.

Cat Parasite a Danger to Otters
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

A parasite carried in cat droppings may be killing otters off the California coast, possibly explaining why populations of the frisky animals have not recovered from the 19th-century fur trade, researchers said.

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