Wildlife

Brown Bear Released in French Pyrenees Dies in Fall
August 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A Slovenian brown bear, one of five released in the French Pyrenees earlier this year, has been found dead at the foot of a cliff after an apparent accident, authorities said on Sunday.

Rhinos Take First Steps on African Soil
August 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Kate Pownall, Associated Press

Two white rhinos took their first steps on African soil Thursday, officials said, after being flown into the country from the U.S. to boost stocks.

U.S. Government Tracks Manatee Odyssey to Northeast
August 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A manatee surpassed the previous confirmed northern boundary for the species when it reached Cape Cod, Massachusetts this week, the U.S. Geological Survey, which has been tracking the animals for decades, said Wednesday.

Scientists Hope for Kangaroo Contraceptive
August 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Scientists are hoping to develop an oral contraceptive for female kangaroos that will keep pouches empty as they hop around the national capital's grassy fringes.

France Winds Up Bear Repopulation Effort
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

French wildlife officials released a fifth bear in the Pyrenees, the final step in a program to repopulate the region in southwestern France, the Environment Ministry said Tuesday.

Scientists Issue Second Coral Warning Due to High Caribbean Sea Temperatures
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Scientists issued a warning Tuesday that temperatures in the Caribbean Sea were abnormally high and approaching levels that could be disastrous for coral reefs -- many of which suffered unprecedented die-offs last year due to hot waters.

Endangered Manatee Spotted Off R.I.
August 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An endangered manatee made a rare appearance in Rhode Island waters during the weekend, a state marine biologist said. It was not known whether the manatee is the same one seen earlier this month near Manhattan Island in New York.

Norway Whalers Land Only Half of Quota
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Norwegian whalers harpooned only half their quota of 1,052 minke whales in 2006, prompting hunt opponents to say that Norwegian demand for eating the meat had sunk.

Scientist Says Dolphins are Dim-Wits
August 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Dolphins may have big brains but a South African-based scientist says lab rats and even goldfish can outwit them. One scientists says the super-sized brains of dolphins, whales and porpoises are a function of being warm-blooded in a cold water environment and not a sign of intelligence.

Whales Strike Out in Collisions with Ships
August 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

Collisions between whales and ships have become a fact of life in areas around Japan's main southwest island of Kyushu as well as the sea that separates South Korea and Kyushu, with about a dozen incidents reported in the past two and a half years.

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