Wildlife

Scientists Launch Project to Save Caspian Beluga
June 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Bagila Bukharbayeva, Associated Press

Three men struggle to lift a squirming, nearly 2-meter (6.5 foot) gray fish with a pointy nose and distinctive jagged spine and spill it into the green waters of the Caspian Sea.

Study Says Polar Bears May Turn to Cannibalism
June 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea may be turning to cannibalism because longer seasons without ice keep them from getting to their natural food, a new study by American and Canadian scientists has found.

New Video Shows Harpooned Whales Take Too Long to Die, Animal Rights Groups Say
June 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A whale hit with an explosive-tipped harpoon takes two and a half minutes to die -- a timeframe unacceptable for even farmyard livestock, animal rights activists said Tuesday, citing gruesome new video evidence.

Eagles from Maryland Helping to Establish Population in Vermont
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

A circling bald eagle overhead is the only sign there are babies in the nest 65 feet up a loblolly pine tree. Biologist Craig Koppie isn't sure what he'll find in the nest until he climbs, peers inside and shouts down the good news -- "Triplets!"

Wyoming Antelope Heading to Mexico
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Some Wyoming antelope are bound for sunny Mexico. Wildlife biologists have captured dozens of pronghorns at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne for transport to Mexico, where some herds are near extinction.

Feds Propose Habitat for Puget Sound Orcas
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Gene Johnson, Associated Press

Federal officials have proposed designating nearly all of northwest Washington's inland waters -- about 2,500 square miles -- as critical habitat for killer whales, the first major development since the creatures were listed as endangered last year.

California Bill Would Require Evacuation Plans for Pets, Livestock
June 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Samantha Young, Associated Press

A bill being considered by the California Legislature would direct the state Office of Emergency Services to incorporate animal evacuations into its operational plans.

High Nest, Low Blows Rivet Web Audience
June 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Jenna Russell, The Boston Globe

In a nation obsessed with "The Sopranos," it's hard to imagine how a single camera trained on a birds' nest in Maine could become a hit show on the Internet.

Pollution Can Change Sex Ratio among Fish, Study Says
June 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Tan Ee Lyn, Reuters

A lack of oxygen in highly polluted waters can sharply alter the sex ratio among fish, resulting in far more males than females, a study has found, which could result in the extinction of a species.

Japan Plans New Pro-Whalers Group to End Hunting Ban
June 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Elaine Lies, Reuters

Japan plans a new group for nations that support commercial whaling in a bid to end a 20-year ban on the activity, officials said, reiterating threats to leave the International Whaling Commission if it didn't lift the ban.

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