Wildlife

Feds Move to Protect Polar Bears
February 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Amid concerns that global warming is melting away the icy habitats where polar bears live, the federal government is reviewing whether they should be considered a threatened species.

Judge May Halt Project to Protect Bird
February 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A federal judge heard arguments Monday over whether a vast irrigation project intended to help farmers in eastern Arkansas will harm the rare ivory-billed woodpecker.

Deadly Fungus Threatens Beloved Panamanian Frog
February 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Mike Power, Reuters

A deadly fungus is creeping through Panama, killing hundreds of thousands of amphibians and putting the country's national symbol, the golden frog, at risk of extinction, scientists say.

Birds Put on Show for New York Harbor Cruise
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Richard Pyle, Associated Press

When a boatload of bird-watchers set forth on an "eco-cruise" of New York harbor, it was almost as if the birds knew they were coming.

Deaths Push Rare Asia Dolphins Nearer Extinction
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Ten dead Irrawaddy dolphins have been found in Cambodia's Mekong river, eight of them calves, pushing one of the rarest cetaceans nearer extinction, the environmental group WWF International said on Friday.

Controversy Over Padre Island Beach Access
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

A 9 1/2-mile-wide bay separates rural Willacy County from what surely must be paradise: Padre Island's isolated beaches, a nature retreat for bird watchers and what's considered some of the best sport-fishing in the country.

MIT Scientists Tracking Fish With Sonar
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A group of Boston-area scientists has come up with what they say is a better way of tracking and estimating fish populations, which in turn could change the way fishery regulators manage the resource.

Report Suggests Cancer in Tasmanian Devils
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

A mysterious illness that has killed tens of thousands of Tasmanian devils is caused by cancerous tumors that are spread by ferocious squabbling among the carnivorous marsupials.

Road Salt May Be Sickening Alaska Pigeons
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Something is sickening pigeons in Juneau, making the birds lethargic and susceptible to attacks by ravens. A biologist and some birders suspect salt on Juneau's roads and sidewalks may be affecting pigeons.

Study Urges Action on Threatened Africa Predators
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A new study of Africa's most endangered carnivores has called for urgent action to save beasts such as the lion, cheetah and Ethiopian wolf from major threats to survival such as hunting and conflict with humans.

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