Wildlife

Montana Revives Bison Hunt after 15-Year Ban
November 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeffrey Hull, Reuters

Bison hunting, once commonplace in the American West until the species was nearly wiped out, resumed amid controversy in Montana Tuesday after a 15-year ban.

Feds to Take Bears Off Endangered List
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

Grizzly bears in areas surrounding Yellowstone National Park would be removed from the endangered species list under a proposal to be announced next week, officials said last week.

Conservationists Creating Bison Preserve
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

When conservationists Curt Freese and Sean Gerrity look out on the rolling prairie of north-central Montana, they see grasslands largely unchanged by time or man -- the perfect place, they believe, for bison to roam again.

Eskimos Try New Explosive in Whale Kill
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Roseanne Pagano, Associated Press

A new explosive has begun to replace 19th century black powder as Alaska Natives seek more humane weaponry in the traditional hunt for bowhead whales.

Pandas Wed in the Heat, Rain of Thai Zoo
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Vorasit Satienlerk, Reuters

Two pandas were married by proxy in Thailand on Wednesday to mark the 28th birthday of their zoo and what officials hope is the start of their mating season.

Britain Trying to Save the Red Squirrel
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

British conservationists on Wednesday launched a campaign to save the country's native red squirrels against their disease-carrying, food-stealing and bigger grey cousins from North America.

Consultant Withdraws Petition To List Eastern Oysters as Endangered
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Janet McConnaughey, Reuters

The federal government is no longer considering whether it should declare Eastern oysters endangered, which would have affected people who make their living off the shellfish, but it still plans to finish a study on the species' health.

Genetic Change Makes Mice Thinner
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

In a discovery with implications for fighting obesity in humans, Canadian scientists have discovered a molecular switch in specially bred laboratory mice that makes the animals skinnier than their normal brethren.

Audubon Society Chapters Sue over Spotted Owl Protection
November 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Gene Johnson, Associated Press

The northern spotted owl was listed as an endangered species in 1990 because of logging in the Northwest, but federal officials have yet to come up with a plan to protect it, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

More Monarch Butterflies May Go to Mexico
November 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Will Weissert, Associated Press

As many as 200 million Monarch butterflies may migrate to Mexico this year -- a nearly tenfold increase over 2004, when unfavorable weather, pollution and deforestation caused a drastic decline in the population, environmental officials said Tuesday.

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