Wildlife

Destructive Insects on Rise in Alaska
September 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Destructive insects in unprecedented numbers are finding Alaska forests to be a congenial home, said University of Alaska forestry professor Glenn Juday, and climate change could be the welcome mat.

Iceland Resumes Whale Exports after 15-Year Gap
September 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Iceland is resuming whale meat exports after a gap of more than 15 years with sales to the Faroe Islands despite objections from environmentalists that the shipments undermine a global trade ban.

Sturgeon Slowly Re-Emerge in Great Lakes
September 11, 2006 12:00 AM - John Seewer, Associated Press

Sturgeon -- prized for its caviar and smoked meat -- are slowly starting to make a comeback in areas where water quality has improved. The fish, which are protected in just about every state where they're found, were overfished and nearly disappeared in the early 1900s.

Global Warming Taking Earth Back to Dinosaur Era
September 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Global warming over the coming century could mean a return of temperatures last seen in the age of the dinosaur and lead to the extinction of up to half of all species, a scientist said on Thursday.

Swans Fitted with Transmitters in Bird Flu Fight
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Outfitting swans with super-light Teflon backpacks containing solar-powered GPS satellite transmitters is the latest way scientists and researchers are trying to fight the spread of avian influenza.

Survey Revives Debate on Nevada Butterfly
September 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A survey showing higher-than-expected numbers of a unique Nevada butterfly has revived a debate over whether it needs protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Wolves Return to Eastern Germany as People Leave
September 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters

A century after they were wiped out by hunters and a burgeoning population, wolves have returned to parts of eastern Germany as factories close down, businesses fail and people move out.

Expert Calls for Animal Surveillance in Indonesia
September 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Tan Ee Lyn, Reuters

A leading bird flu expert urged Indonesia on Thursday to do more animal surveillance to curb the H5N1 virus, which has killed 46 people so far in the country, the highest death toll anywhere in the world.

Alaska Wolf Control Program Faces Battle
August 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Alaska's wolf-killing program to boost moose and caribou numbers is facing a new legal challenge. Two conservation groups filed a lawsuit in Superior Court alleging that the program, in which more than 550 wolves have been killed, is based on faulty science and violates state law.

South Africa Arrests Two for White Rhino Poaching
August 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Two men posing as tourists booked into a South African lodge, drove off to view the wildlife -- and proceeded to shoot two endangered white rhino bulls and hack off their horns, officials said.

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