Wildlife

Canada Worried by Plunging Caribou Population
January 29, 2007 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

The caribou population in Canada's vast Northwest Territories is falling rapidly and the increasingly warm climate could slow the animals' chances of recovery, a wildlife specialist said Friday.

Fish-Killing Virus Found in Lake Huron
January 26, 2007 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

A fast-spreading aquatic virus threatening stormy waters for the Great Lakes fishing industry has been detected in Lake Huron for the first time, officials said Thursday.

Hunters Seek New Frontiers in Russia, Mongolia
January 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Kathryn Reed, Reuters

Africa, long the king of the jungle for big-game hunters, is losing ground to new exotic frontiers, including in the former communist world, experts said at an annual convention this week.

Congo Guerillas Agree to Stop Killing Gorillas
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - John Bavier, Reuters

Congolese rebels accused of killing and eating at least two of the world's 700 remaining mountain gorillas in recent weeks have agreed to stop killing the rare primates, a conservation group said on Wednesday.

Greenpeace Set to Confront Japanese Whalers
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

International environmental group Greenpeace will set sail from New Zealand on Friday to again confront Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean, kicking off its 2007 anti-whaling campaign.

Australian PM Plans to Restore Parched Rivers
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters

Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced plans on Thursday to spend more than A$10 billion ($7 billion) to restore the nation's ailing rivers, making dwindling water supplies his priority in an election year.

Five Komodo Dragons Born at British Zoo
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Rob Harris, Associated Press

A British zoo announced Wednesday the virgin birth of five Komodo dragons, giving scientists new hope for the captive breeding of the endangered species.

Advocacy Groups Seek Ban on Wildlife Poisons
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

Advocacy groups are asking the government to ban two poisons widely used for killing wildlife. The poisons are primarily used to kill coyotes that threaten livestock and game. Sodium cyanide capsules are placed in baited ejectors, and sodium fluoroacetate is used in sheep and goat collars.

Live-Fish Market Grows, Stripping Reefs
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

The appetite for live reef fish -- a status symbol for many newly rich Chinese -- has caused the populations of these predators to plummet around Asia as fishermen increasingly resort to cyanide and dynamite to bring in the valuable catch. Entire reef ecosystems, already endangered by pollution and global warming, are at risk.

More Polar Bears Giving Birth on Land
January 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Pregnant polar bears in Alaska, which spend most of their lives on sea ice, are increasingly giving birth on land, according to researchers who say global warming is probably to blame.

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