Wildlife

Groups Want Snowmobiling Halted through Caribou Land
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - James Hagengruber, Spokesman-Review

Environmental groups have asked a federal judge to halt grooming on trails through endangered caribou habitat. The emergency request is meant to protect the animals until bigger questions are decided on the appropriateness of motorized recreation in the Selkirk Mountain backcountry.

Scientist Finds Salamander Eats Bat Droppings
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

After two years of study in an isolated northeast Oklahoma cave, Jim Stout has discovered that a rare species of grotto salamander has a diet much different from what was expected.

Foot-Thumping Roo Tape Could Be Aussie Farmers Hit
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australian farmers could protect crops and property from mobs of wild kangaroos by scaring them off with the thumping sound of the animals' own large feet on the ground, a new study said.

Low Funding Slows Va. Oyster Restoration
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Limited federal funds and a dearth of baby oysters will slow efforts at restoring native oysters in Virginia's waters. While Congress recently approved just more than $1 million for the Army Corps of Engineers to pursue oyster restoration work in 2006, it is the smallest allocation since 2003.

Endangered Siberian Tiger, Other Rare Species, at Risk from Chinese Chemical Spill
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Burt Herman, Associated Press

It's time for Volya the tiger to open wide and say "ahhh" so experts can see how the 1 1-2-year-old cub is recovering from an operation that saved her life after she was shot in the head by poachers who killed her mother.

Wasps Could Replace Bomb, Drug Dogs
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Elliott Minor, Associated Press

rained wasps could someday replace dogs for sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies. No kidding. Scientists say a species of non-stinging wasps can be trained in only five minutes and are just as sensitive to odors as man's best friend, which can require up to six months of training at a cost of about $15,000 per dog.

Cranes Resume Migration After Windy Delay
December 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

After being grounded for five days by winds and rain at the Hiwassee State Wildlife Refuge, a flock of endangered whooping cranes resumed its migration from Wisconsin to Florida on Wednesday morning.

Group Says Lake Erie Gets Sewage Overflows
December 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Carrie Spencer Ghose, Associated Press

At least 8.9 billion gallons of untreated sewage flows yearly into Lake Erie and the rivers that feed it during storms that overwhelm sewer systems -- the same as if 2.5 billion toilets flushed simultaneously into the lake, an environmental group reported Wednesday.

Southeast Asian Countries Launch Law Enforcement Network To Fight Wildlife Smuggling
December 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Southeast Asian countries on Thursday launched what they said is the world's largest wildlife law enforcement network, aiming to fight cross-border trade in endangered species.

Panda Cub Takes Washington by Storm
December 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Mona Megalli and Sarah Edmonds, Reuters

So little in Washington is black and white that all it takes is a tiny panda cub to captivate the entire U.S. capital. Tai Shan, the 21-pound baby panda born in July at the U.S. National Zoo, took his first bow before the media Tuesday, reducing one of the hardest-bitten press corps in the world to cooing and incoherent babble.

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