Wildlife

Brazil Creates Largest Tropical Rainforest Preserve
December 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazil created the world's largest tropical rainforest preserve Monday in a section of the Amazon scarred by illegal logging and decades of violence between loggers, ranchers, conservationists and land rights activists.

Nepal Court Orders Protection for Threatened Rhino
December 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Nepal's Supreme Court has ordered the government to increase security in the country's biggest rhino reserve after local media reported that at least 10 of the animals have been killed since July, an official said.

Moose Expansion Expected in Adirondacks
December 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Virtanen, Associated Press

State conservation officials say the Adirondacks are on the verge of a moose boom, just like New Hampshire and Vermont, evidenced in part by a recent spate of collisions with cars. That doesn't mean you can just tromp to a likely spot to see Bullwinkle yet, though you may find a calling card underfoot.

Far from Tropics, Idaho Scientists Experiment with Ornamental Fish Farming
December 4, 2006 12:00 AM - John Miller, Associated Press

As pollution controls become more stringent and cold-water spring flows decline, aquaculturists in Idaho, the U.S. leader in rainbow trout production at 44 million pounds annually, have seen the value of their trout fall 5 percent to $35.3 million since 1999, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

South Korea in Huge Poultry Cull to Halt Bird Flu
December 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

South Korea will cull more than half a million fowl in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, having already killed 150,000 chickens near farms where the virus was found, officials said on Thursday.

Piranha Among 13 New Species of Venezuelan Fish
December 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Scientists have found a new type of piranha and a ray among 13 new species of freshwater fish in an area of Venezuela where pollution from gold mines is emerging as a threat, a conservationist said on Thursday.

Lake Sturgeon Risks Extinction, Canada Researchers Say
December 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Jonathan Spicer, Reuters

A fish whose ancestors date back 400 million years could be just 150 years from extinction, a group of Canadian researchers said this week.

Bug Species Hurts Barbados Crops, Plants
November 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Roseann Pile, Associated Press

A foreign bug species is sucking the life out of crops and native plants across Barbados, which has already been overrun by an infestation of ravenous snails that are rapidly destroying cultivated fields.

Feds Propose Plan for Puget Sound Orcas
November 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Elizabeth M. Gillespie, Associated Press

The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed a recovery plan Tuesday for Puget Sound's endangered population of killer whales, including new research, better coordination with other government agencies and cleanup and closer monitoring of polluted sites.

Some Bears May Not Sleep Through Winter
November 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Some southern Arizona black bears may not sleep through the hibernation season because they may not have gotten enough to eat beforehand, a wildlife official says.

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