Wildlife

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.

Elephant Sanctuary Rescues Abused Pachyderms
February 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two elephants explored their new sanctuary free of chains Tuesday, the first of four pairs to arrive as part of the most ambitious relocation effort ever mounted for abused pachyderms, organizers said.

Pigeons Get Backpacks for Air Pollution Monitoring
February 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A flock of pigeons fitted with mobile phone backpacks is to be used to monitor air pollution, New Scientist magazine reported on Wednesday.

Washington Weather May Be Killing Seabirds
February 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The mass starvation deaths of murres on Tatoosh Island off the Olympic Peninsula may be due in part to unusual weather patterns along the West Coast, scientists say.

Experts Say Black-Footed Ferrets Reproducing
February 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

In an encouraging sign for the black-footed ferret, wildlife officials say the animal is apparently reproducing across the West after nearing extinction less than three decades ago.

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