Wildlife

Bison Once Again Roam Eastern Colorado
March 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sixteen buffalo from the National Bison Range in northwestern Montana were released in an enclosed 1,400-acre section of a wildlife refuge that formerly was the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, where nerve gas and other chemical weapons were manufactured.

Biologists Enter Dens to Manage Bears
March 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press

Black bear encounters are rising in Pennsylvania and in many other Eastern states because the species is increasing in number at a time when more of their habitat is being lost to development.

Study Challenges Theories on Species
March 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

More species develop in warm, tropical climates or cooler, temperate areas? It turns out the longtime answer -- the tropics -- may be wrong. True, more different types of animals exist there than in places farther from the equator. New research suggests that is because tropical species do not die out as readily.

Odd Little Critter Sheds Light on Mammal Evolution
March 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Will Dunham, Reuters

Scientists have unearthed a fossil of a mammal the size of a chipmunk that skittered around with the dinosaurs, with a key feature in the evolution of mammals -- the middle ear bones -- fabulously preserved.

New Leopard Species Found in Borneo
March 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Vijay Joshi, Associated Press

he clouded leopard of Borneo -- discovered to be an entirely new species -- is the latest in a growing list of animals and plants unique to the Southeast Asian country's rainforest and underscores the need to preserve the area, conservationists said Thursday.

Battle To Save Tasmanian Devil from Extinction
March 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Byrnes, Reuters

The Tasmanian Devil, a rare carnivorous marsupial found only on Australia's southern island state of Tasmania, faces extinction in 10 to 20 years without a cure for the facial cancer now decimating the population.

Kentucky, Land of the Thoroughbred, Is Swamped with Unwanted Horses
March 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeffrey McMurray, Associated Press

Kentucky, the horse capital of the world, is being overrun with thousands of horses no one wants -- some of them perfectly healthy, but many of them starving, broken-down nags. Other parts of the United States are overwhelmed, too.

Thirsty Wild Camels Rampage in Aboriginal Community
March 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Wild camels in drought-stricken Australia are in plague proportions, damaging the environment and property as they compete with native animals for food and water.

Wildlife Groups Urge China to Keep Tiger Trade Ban
March 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Any easing of China's ban on selling tiger hides and bones could be catastrophic to efforts to save the endangered wild cat, leading conservation groups said on Tuesday.

Anglers Prepare for End of Bottomfishing in Remote Waters of Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
March 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

In a marine area nearly the size of California, stretching northwest from the main Hawaiian islands, a handful of anglers still ply the waters, hooking seabass and snappers during trips that last days or weeks.

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