Wildlife

Fourteen Whooping Cranes Spotted in Chicago Park
April 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

More than a dozen whooping cranes took temporary refuge at a DuPage County forest preserve, sparking hope among local officials that one of North America's most endangered birds will make the park a regular stop on an annual migratory flight between Wisconsin and Florida.

Global Warming Threatens Extinctions
April 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Global warming will become a top cause of extinction from the tropical Andes to South Africa with thousands of species of plants and animals likely to be wiped out in coming decades, a study said on Tuesday.

Guide to Help Protect Endangered Whales Soon Available in Russian
April 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

There once were more than 10,000 right whales in the North Pacific but the whales were hunted nearly to extinction in the 1800s because they were easy to harpoon and floated when dead.

China to Establish Reserve for Rare White Dolphin
April 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China plans to set up its first reserve for the endangered white dolphin off the coast of the southern city of Zhuhai in the southern Guangdong province, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

Sooty Mangabeys at Heart of Research Fight
April 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

Sooty mangabeys are at the center of a precedent-setting debate over whether researchers should be allowed to experiment on an endangered species.

Researchers Link Chinook, Orca Populations
April 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press

The killer whales that chase salmon in this region's inland waters feed almost exclusively on chinook, to the extent that the orca population ebbs and flows right along with that of the West Coast's largest and longest-lived salmon, researchers said Tuesday.

Cats Seen at Risk in Bird Flu Zones
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

People living in areas where bird flu has been found in poultry or wild birds should keep their cats indoors, say scientists who believe the potential role of felines in spreading the virus is being overlooked.

Greenpeace Sounds Alert over Indian Turtle Deaths
April 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

More than 2,000 endangered Olive Ridley turtles have washed ashore dead in eastern India over the past three months, environmental pressure group Greenpeace said on Tuesday, blaming illegal fishing.

Feds to Do Their Own Spotted Owl Recovery Plan
April 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided it can't afford to pay an outside contractor to develop a recovery plan for the northern spotted owl, so it will develop the blueprint for saving the threatened species from extinction on its own.

Crafty Sea Lion Befuddles Engineers
April 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

A particularly crafty sea lion is befuddling the Army Corps of Engineers, who have come to believe the 1,000-pound mammal is either from hell -- or from Harvard.

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