Wildlife

European Union Wants to Speed up Protection of Threatened Bluefin Tuna
February 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Raf Casert, Associated Press

European Union nations are poised to greatly increase protection for the overfished bluefin tuna, an increasingly rare delicacy in sushi shops around the world, officials said Tuesday.

South African Official Proposes Culling, Contraception to Curb Elephant Population
February 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Clare Nullis, Associated Press

South Africa's environment minister on Wednesday proposed contraception and some culling -- but no mass slaughter -- as part of a package of measures to slow rampant elephant population growth.

DNA From Ivory May Lead to Poachers
February 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The complex science of DNA analysis is now helping protect elephants by showing police and conservationists the source of black-market ivory. The price of ivory has nearly quadrupled in recent years, prompting poachers to kill more elephants to sell their tusks illegally.

Slow Down and Watch Out for Whales, Spain Tells Ships in Strait of Gibraltar
February 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Daniel Woolls, Associated Press

Spain wants ships to slow down and watch out for whales while passing through the Strait of Gibraltar, one of the world's busiest maritime routes. The recommendation drew praise Saturday from environmentalists who sought the measure for years to prevent collisions with whales.

Exotic Animals Seen Where Antarctic Ice Used to Be
February 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Spindly orange sea stars, fan-finned ice fish and herds of roving sea cucumbers are among the exotic creatures spied off the Antarctic coast in an area formerly covered by ice, scientists reported Sunday.

Chimps Using Spears to Hunt Bushbabies
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Nafeesa Syeed, Associated Press

Researchers have witnessed a chimpanzee skewering a lemur-like creature for supper, but it's unclear whether the spectacle was a bit of luck or an indication that chimps have a more advanced ability to hunt than was thought.

Number One Milk Company Says No to Clones
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

The nation's biggest milk company, Dean Foods, said Thursday it will refuse milk from cloned cows. The Food and Drug Administration gave preliminary approval to meat and milk from cloned animals and could grant final approval by the end of the year.

New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

A fishing crew has caught a colossal squid that could weigh a half-ton and prove to be the biggest specimen ever landed, a fisheries official said Thursday.

Sea Turtles Returned to Gulf of Mexico
February 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

Nearly 90 sea turtles rescued after a cold snap left them comatose have been returned to the Gulf of Mexico. Jeff George, curator at Sea Turtle Inc., a nonprofit turtle rescue group on South Padre Island, said 42 of the endangered juvenile green turtles were released Tuesday and 46 on Wednesday.

Milk Thirst Threatens Rare Desert Oasis in Mexico
February 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Robin Emmott, Reuters

Mexican dairy farming is endangering an ancient oasis in the Great Chihuahuan Desert that scientists say can help them understand earth's beginnings, global warming and the chances of life on Mars.

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