Wildlife

Mass Stranding of Whales, Dolphins on Cape Cod Investigated
December 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Animal protection workers were investigating Monday the mass stranding and death of 24 pilot whales and 15 dolphins during a winter storm on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Study Pinpoints Species Facing Extinction Threat
December 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Conducted by scientists working with the 52-member Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE), a new study identifies 794 species on the brink of oblivion.

U.S. SeaWorld Claims Dolphin Breeding Breakthrough
December 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

SeaWorld San Diego said Friday it succeeded in selecting the gender of a baby dolphin.

Endangered Rabbits Returned to Wild
December 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Seven one-pound riparian brush rabbits were released Friday as part of a five year, $2.6 million effort to restore one of California's most endangered mammals.

Killer Whales Most toxic Mammal in Arctic, WWF Says
December 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Killer whales are the most toxic mammals in the Arctic, riddled with household chemicals from around the world, the environmental pressure group WWF said on Monday.

Role of Wild Birds in Avian Flu Spread Questioned
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A conservation group said on Thursday there was little evidence to back the view that migrating wildfowl were spreading bird flu and said that eastern Europe's outbreak probably stemmed from poultry imports.

Beware of Bear: Return of the Brown Bear to Switzerland
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Schulman, WWF International

After a 100-year hiatus, it seems that bears may be coming back to Switzerland. Well, at least one. This past summer, the first brown bear was sighted in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, the eastern most part of the country just shy of the border with Italy and Austria.

Canada Environmentalists Demand Protection for Owls
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A coalition of environmental groups filed a suit Tuesday demanding Canada protect northern spotted owls from being driven to extinction by logging on the Pacific Coast. The suit estimates only 23 of the wild birds survive in British Columbia, and accuses federal officials of failing to prevent the province from allowing loggers to cut down the old growth forests they need as habitat.

Red, Catlike Animal May Be a New Species
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A catlike creature photographed by camera traps on Borneo Island is likely to be a new species of carnivore, the World Wildlife Fund said Tuesday. If confirmed, the animal -- which has dark red fur and a long, bushy tail -- would be first new carnivore species discovered on the island since 1895, when the Borneo ferret-badger was found, the fund said.

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.

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