Wildlife

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.

Experts Say India, China Must Coordinate to Save Tigers
September 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

India and China must share intelligence and strengthen their enforcement agencies to crack down on organised criminal gangs that illegally trade tiger skins and parts, wildlife experts said on Wednesday.

Researchers See Rare Woodpecker in Florida
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Melissa Nelson, Associated Press

After spending months in remote northwest Florida swamps searching for the ivory-billed woodpecker, researchers say they have seen and heard the rare bird once believed to be extinct.

Judge Bans Snowmobiles to Protect Endangered Caribou in Northern Idaho
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A judge has declared nearly 470 square miles of national forest land in northern Idaho off-limits to snowmobiles in an effort to save the last mountain caribou herd in the contiguous 48 states.

Rwanda Plans to Import Rhinos to Boost Tourism
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Arthur Asiimwe, Reuters

Rwanda, home to a third of the world's mountain gorillas, plans to import up to 20 rhinos over the next 15 years to draw more tourists to the tiny central African country, a tourism official said on Tuesday.

Tiger Play at Private Zoo in Vietnam
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Grant McCool, Reuters

At the private zoo of a self-described Vietnamese conservationist, adult tigers prowl around an enclosure of grass and rocks, playfully paw at each other or snatch with their sharp teeth at live chickens being thrown to them for lunch.

Intact Northern Forests Worth $250 Billion a Year, According to Study
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Forests in northern nations such as Russia and Canada are worth $250 billion a year because of services they provide by purifying water or soaking up greenhouse gases, a researcher said on Tuesday.

Dolphin May Get a Prosthetic Tail
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Phil Davis, Associated Press

The news from Indian River Lagoon was too familiar: another dolphin gravely injured because of human action. But marine scientist Steve McCulloch immediately saw this rescue was unique. The baby bottlenose dolphin lost her tail, but perhaps her life could be saved.

Island Mammal Dwarfism Not Just a Matter of Size
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Dwarf animals that lived on islands thousands of years ago evolved to their tiny size due to a lack of predators and competitors, not just because they were too big for their habitats, researchers said on Monday.

California Herons Move Into Urban Settings
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press

Workers at the Schooner or Later restaurant are trained to seat customers under umbrellas -- not necessarily to shade them from the hot California sun but to protect them from falling fish heads, rat bits and half-eaten squirrels.

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