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Capturing Big Animals is Big Business in South Africa
April 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Almost unique in the world, South Africa's privately owned wildlife and game breeding has been a growth industry, although there are signs it has peaked with prices declining partly because of the large supply of animals.

South American Rodents Found in Seattle
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A water-loving rodent native to South America that has destroyed thousands of acres of wetlands in the southeast has been spotted near Lake Washington.

Tiny Owl May Be Taken Off Endangered List
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A tiny desert owl is set to be taken off the federal government's endangered species list, drawing praise from developers but protests from environmentalists.

Study Finds Melting Sea Ice a Danger to Walruses
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - JoAnne Allen, Reuters

Arctic researchers who discovered a surprising number of abandoned baby walruses say melting sea ice may be the culprit, according to a study in the April issue of Aquatic Mammals.

Some Worms Like It Really, Really Hot, Study Finds
April 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

A species of worm that thrives on undersea hot-water vents prefers the hottest water possible, choosing to live at temperatures that kill other animals, researchers reported Thursday.

Habitat for the Red-Legged Frog Reduced
April 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Thursday that it reduced its protected habitat designation for the California red-legged frog to about 450,000 acres -- down 40 percent from its previous proposal.

Greenpeace Arctic Mission to Spotlight Polar Bears
April 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two U.S. explorers plan to start a four-month summer expedition to the North Pole next month to gather information on the habitat of an animal they believe could be the first victim of global warming -- the polar bear.

Oregon Commision OKs Plan to Control Cougars
April 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Brad Cain, Associated Press

With worries about Oregon's growing cougar population on the rise, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved a plan to reduce the cats' numbers in places where they conflict with people and livestock.

Florida Island Town Overrun with Iguanas
April 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Brian Skoloff, Associated Press

Death and taxes may be life's only certainties, but for folks in one upscale island town, add iguanas. And another tax.

New Species of Stingray Discovered in Thai river
April 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A new species of freshwater stingray has been discovered in a river in western Thailand, but its chances for long-term survival are slim, a report said Wednesday.

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