Wildlife

United Nations to Consider Deep Sea Trawling Ban
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Michelle Nichols, Reuters

The United Nations needs to stop the destruction of deep sea ecosystems by banning fishermen from trawling nets on the ocean floor, Australia, New Zealand and Palau, joined by actress Sigourney Weaver, said Tuesday.

Great Lakes Dunes Face Threats
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Known as Pigeon Hill, the Lake Michigan dune towered 30 stories high on the south side of Muskegon. Formed over thousands of years, it disappeared in three decades as its sand was mined for industrial use in the mid-20th century.

Potomac Sees Increase in Snakehead Fish
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists say the northern snakehead fish seems to be expanding in the Potomac River, which runs along West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.

Agency Takes Species Off Endangered List
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pulled two species be pulled from the endangered list on Monday and recommended that four be downlisted from endangered to threatened on Monday, saying there's been much progress toward wildlife recovery in California.

U.S. Swaps Guatemalan Debt for Forest Protection
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The United States will forgive about 20 percent of the $122 million debt owed by Guatemala so the money can be used to protect threatened plants and wildlife, the government said Monday.

Proposed Border Fence Could Face Environmental Obstacles in Texas
October 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

Plans to build a fence along about 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) of the U.S. border with Mexico could mean the destruction of costly environmental restoration projects and could cut into lucrative tourism and cross-border spending in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere in South Texas.

U.S.-Mexico Border Fence May Harm Animal Migration
September 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Tim Gaynor, Reuters

A plan to fence off a third of the U.S. border to stop illegal immigration from Mexico may harm migration routes used by animals including rare birds and jaguars, environmentalists and U.S. authorities warn.

Fishermen Say Seal Numbers Out of Control
September 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

In the waters and beaches off this Cape Cod town, the shiny scalps and whiskered snouts of the gray seal are everywhere. They bask in the sun, mug for boaters and, fisherman say, eat way too many fish.

Mexican Garter Snake in Danger
September 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An environmental group claims the Mexican garter snake is in danger of extinction after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to designate it as an endangered species.

Trash on Mont Blanc Prompts Calls to Limit Hikers
September 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura MacInnis, Reuters

Europe's tallest mountain is dirty and overcrowded, according to a French mayor who has ignited controversy with a proposal to limit the number of climbers on Mont Blanc.

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