Famed NYC Hawk Sees Bald Eagle Soar By
December 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Richard Pyle, Associated Press

Pale Male, the famed red-tailed hawk of Central Park, was perched on the 22nd floor of the swank Beresford apartment building on Wednesday when the national emblem of the United States soared past, carrying a large fish in its talons.

FDA Set to OK Food From Cloned Animals
December 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

The government has decided that food from cloned animals is safe to eat and does not require special labeling. The Food and Drug Administration planned to brief industry groups in advance of an announcement Thursday morning.

Defiant British Foxhunters Turn Out for Boxing Day
December 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Astrid Zweynert, Reuters

British hunters took to fields and forests on the year's biggest hunting day on Tuesday in a show of determination to maintain the tradition despite the ban on the age-old custom of killing foxes with packs of dogs.

Polar Bears May Be Listed As Threatened
December 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Bush administration, under legal pressure from three environmental groups, will propose listing polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, The Washington Post reported.

Lawsuit Seeks to Shield Alaska Sea Otter
December 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

A conservation group, alarmed at a decrease in the number of sea otters in southwest Alaska, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday to try to compel the government to designate critical habitat to help the endangered species recover.

Armadillos Marching North to Illinois
December 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Suhr, Associated Press

For years, Lloyd Nelson laughed off as myth reports that armadillos -- those armored, football-sized critters with the big claws and bigger nose -- had waddled their way into southern Illinois, the same place folks say they've seen cougars.

Southeast Asia Hunts Wildlife Poachers
December 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Long outgunned and outmaneuvered by smuggling gangs, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed last year to form the Wildlife Enforcement Network to combat a black-market trade in plants and animals that generates $10 billion in revenue each year.

Settlers Eyed in Australia Extinctions
December 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Australia's giant prehistoric animals, including 10-foot-tall kangaroos and wombat-like creatures as big as a rhinoceros, were likely wiped out by aboriginal settlers, not climate change, a researcher said Tuesday.

Japan Researchers Film Live Giant Squid
December 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Eric Talmadge, Associated Press

A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live -- possibly for the first time -- and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday.

Spanish Minister Proposes Live Exit for Bulls
December 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Joe Ortiz, Reuters

Spain's environment minister has opened a campaign to stop matadors giving the traditional gory death blow to bulls in the ring. Instead, the badly wounded animals would be taken away and swiftly killed more humanely.

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