Wildlife

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.

United Nations to Consider Deep Sea Trawling Ban
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Michelle Nichols, Reuters

The United Nations needs to stop the destruction of deep sea ecosystems by banning fishermen from trawling nets on the ocean floor, Australia, New Zealand and Palau, joined by actress Sigourney Weaver, said Tuesday.

Great Lakes Dunes Face Threats
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Known as Pigeon Hill, the Lake Michigan dune towered 30 stories high on the south side of Muskegon. Formed over thousands of years, it disappeared in three decades as its sand was mined for industrial use in the mid-20th century.

Potomac Sees Increase in Snakehead Fish
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists say the northern snakehead fish seems to be expanding in the Potomac River, which runs along West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.

Agency Takes Species Off Endangered List
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pulled two species be pulled from the endangered list on Monday and recommended that four be downlisted from endangered to threatened on Monday, saying there's been much progress toward wildlife recovery in California.

U.S. Swaps Guatemalan Debt for Forest Protection
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The United States will forgive about 20 percent of the $122 million debt owed by Guatemala so the money can be used to protect threatened plants and wildlife, the government said Monday.

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