Biologists Hunt Invasive Pythons in Florida
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Todd Lewan, Associated Press

Critters that pythons find most delectable -- raccoons, possums, muskrats and native cotton rats -- are already under attack, as are birds such as the house wren, pied-billed grebe, white ibis and limpkin.

Pacific Fisheries Group Maintains Tuna Quotas
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

An international group managing tuna stocks in the western and central Pacific Ocean has ruled that quotas for bigeye tuna catches in 2007 and 2008 should be maintained, Japanese media reported on Sunday.

Off-Roaders, Environmentalists Vie for Surprising Canyon Near Death Valley
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

The fight over Surprise Canyon boils down to whether the rights of private property owners trump the protection of a fragile oasis on public land. The off-roaders have dusted off a Civil War-era mining law that places the public access rights of local governments and private individuals above the rights of the federal government.

Groups Urge Fish Consumption Advisory
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

The nation's largest gold-producing state is being asked to investigate whether mercury emissions from its mines are contaminating area fisheries.

Group Challenges Wolf Recovery Program
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Sue Major Holmes, Associated Press

An environmental group went to court Thursday in an effort to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand a program to reintroduce the endangered Mexican gray wolf in New Mexico and Arizona.

Two-Thirds of Congo Basin Forests Could Disappear
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Tansa Musa, Reuters

Two-thirds of the forests in the Congo River Basin could disappear within 50 years if logging and mineral exploitation continues at current rates, environmental group WWF said in a report.

South Africa Moves to Restrict Canned Hunting
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

South Africa has unveiled draft laws that crack down on hunting predators bred in captivity but activists on Thursday criticised the moves against "canned hunting" as inadequate.

Government Broke Law in Grizzly Dispute
December 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The federal government broke the law by not addressing flaws in a study it relied on in allowing maintenance of roads in grizzly bear habitat in parts of Montana, Idaho and Washington, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Quota Cuts Could Slice Into Japan Tuna Feasts
December 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Elaine Lies, Reuters

It's not yet five in the morning but the auction floor at Tokyo's fish market hums with activity as traders pace between rows of frozen tuna, examining them with flashlights and touching them with practised fingers.

EU Says Malaysia Must Focus More on Preserving Tribal People in Rainforests
December 14, 2006 12:00 AM - En-Lai Yeoh, Associated Press

Malaysia must focus more on preserving the tribal communities living in its rainforests than on sustainable logging, the EU's envoy to Malaysia has said.

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