Wildlife

Biologists Try to Solve Duck Die-Off
March 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

State and federal biologists have ruled out several causes in the deaths of 850 ducks this winter and were still trying to figure out how they died. Avian flu, bacterial infections and exposure to heavy metals and toxins have been ruled out as culprits in the only mass duck die-off its kind nationally.

Wolves, Moose in Decline on Michigan Island
March 9, 2007 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Chased into the Lake Superior shallows, mauled and left for dead by fellow wolves, the young female struggled to shore and collapsed. A lone male came to the rescue, licking her wounds and staying on as she recovered.

Robot Salamander May Give Evolution Clues
March 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The first animal to crawl onto land from the ocean probably looked a bit like today's salamander, and researchers have wondered how it was able to switch from swimming to walking. Now, European scientists have built a robot with a primitive electric nervous system that they say mimics that change in motion.

Mexican Professional Wrestler Joins Campaign to Fight Enemies of the Sea
March 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Istra Pacheco, Associated Press

Professional wrestler Hijo del Santo announced he has broadened his battle arena from Mexico's Lucha Libre to encompass the Pacific Ocean's eastern coastline, where overfishing, turtle egg hunting, and pollution are threatening marine resources.

Chillies, Geophones Could Tame Congo Elephants
March 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Christian Tsoumou, Reuters

Conservationists hope chillies and hi-tech geophones will help protect fields from elephants in Congo Republic, where villagers are fed up with pachyderms eating their crops.

Professor Says Missouri Should Protect Caves
March 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Betsy Taylor, Associated Press

Save the caves? A Washington University professor in St. Louis warned Wednesday that Missouri, often called the Cave State, is losing too many of its caves to development.

Wetland Bird Rediscovered in Thailand
March 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A wetland bird that eluded scientists for nearly 130 years has been rediscovered at a wastewater treatment plant in Thailand, Birdlife International announced Wednesday.

Puppy, Buried Alive, Highlights Pet Abuse in Chile
March 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Carolina Aliaga, Reuters

One recent summer's day, Ruth Moreno and her family were out walking in northern Chile when they came across an animal's snout sticking out of the ground, desperately sniffing for air.

Government Hears Concerns over Listing Polar Bears as Threatened Species
March 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Ann Sanner, Associated Press

Environmental activists, hunters and oil industry representatives spoke at a public hearing Monday night on whether the U.S. government should list polar bears as a threatened species. Some speakers said scientific evidence supports the listing and urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to adopt protections so polar bears would be present for future generations.

Mexico Turns Blind Eye to Endangered Species Sales
March 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Gunther Hamm, Reuters

Fancy a pet jaguar cub? How about a rare parrot? The trade in wild animals in Mexico threatens some of the world's most exotic endangered species. At the Sonora Market, a bustling bazaar, traders illegally sell animals alongside exotic herbs and folk cures in the heart of Mexico City's often lawless center.

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