Wildlife

Judge Bans Snowmobiles to Protect Endangered Caribou in Northern Idaho
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A judge has declared nearly 470 square miles of national forest land in northern Idaho off-limits to snowmobiles in an effort to save the last mountain caribou herd in the contiguous 48 states.

Rwanda Plans to Import Rhinos to Boost Tourism
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Arthur Asiimwe, Reuters

Rwanda, home to a third of the world's mountain gorillas, plans to import up to 20 rhinos over the next 15 years to draw more tourists to the tiny central African country, a tourism official said on Tuesday.

Tiger Play at Private Zoo in Vietnam
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Grant McCool, Reuters

At the private zoo of a self-described Vietnamese conservationist, adult tigers prowl around an enclosure of grass and rocks, playfully paw at each other or snatch with their sharp teeth at live chickens being thrown to them for lunch.

Intact Northern Forests Worth $250 Billion a Year, According to Study
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Forests in northern nations such as Russia and Canada are worth $250 billion a year because of services they provide by purifying water or soaking up greenhouse gases, a researcher said on Tuesday.

Dolphin May Get a Prosthetic Tail
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Phil Davis, Associated Press

The news from Indian River Lagoon was too familiar: another dolphin gravely injured because of human action. But marine scientist Steve McCulloch immediately saw this rescue was unique. The baby bottlenose dolphin lost her tail, but perhaps her life could be saved.

Island Mammal Dwarfism Not Just a Matter of Size
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Dwarf animals that lived on islands thousands of years ago evolved to their tiny size due to a lack of predators and competitors, not just because they were too big for their habitats, researchers said on Monday.

California Herons Move Into Urban Settings
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press

Workers at the Schooner or Later restaurant are trained to seat customers under umbrellas -- not necessarily to shade them from the hot California sun but to protect them from falling fish heads, rat bits and half-eaten squirrels.

China to Release Rare Tigers to Shrinking Forests
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China will train 620 endangered Siberian tigers to survive in the wild as part of a controversial effort to return them to the country's shrinking northeast forests, state media reported on Monday.

Scientists Issue Strongest Coral Warning
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Scientists have issued their strongest warning so far this year that unusually warm Caribbean Sea temperatures threaten coral reefs that suffered widespread damage last year in record-setting heat.

Timber Company Appeals Ruling Restoring Forest Protections
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

An Oregon timber company has appealed the reinstatement of protections on 58.5 million acres of roadless areas in national forests, saying it should be able to continue logging trees burned in a 2002 wildfire in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

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