Wildlife

Feds Agree to Review Rare Nevada Butterfly
August 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Federal officials agreed Tuesday to conduct a yearlong review of whether a rare Nevada butterfly at one of the largest sand dunes in the West should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Penguins Corralled on Texas Highway after Accident
August 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Twenty-one penguins were rescued on a hot east Texas highway Tuesday after a truck carrying the wildlife to a temporary home south of Houston overturned, said a state trooper.

Washington Abuzz with Arrival of Snow Leopard Cub
August 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Sandra Maler, Reuters

Washington diplomatic circles were abuzz Tuesday with the imminent arrival of a new foreign dignitary -- an orphaned snow leopard from Pakistan.

China to Let Tourists Hunt Endangered Species
August 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China is to auction licences to foreigners to hunt wild animals, including endangered species, a newspaper said on Wednesday. Hunting of animals is popular with Chinese who like to eat exotic meats or use animal parts in medicines for their perceived aphrodisiac or medicinal properties.

Gray Birds Cover 40,000 Miles Annually
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sooty shearwaters may not look like much, but when it comes to travel they put marathoners, cyclists and pretty much everyone else to shame.

Giant Panda Gives Birth to Giant Cub
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A giant panda has broken two records in China by giving birth to the heaviest cub born in captivity after the longest period in labour, an exhausting 34 hours, Xinhua news agency said.

Florida Manatee Takes Rare New York Tour
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Marine preservationists said a manatee had swam up the Hudson River past Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and then 100 miles upstate. It was the first confirmed sighting of the mammal in New York in 10 years.

New Shrimp Nets Help Save Troubled Fish Stocks
August 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Fishing nets with "exit holes" being introduced under a project to salvage depleted world fisheries are helping shrimp trawlers reduce unwanted extra catches by up to 70 percent, a U.N. study showed on Sunday.

Sea Urchins Dying Off California Coast
August 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hundreds of dead or dying purple sea urchins have washed up into tide pools at a Southern California marine refuge center in recent days, but no one is certain what is killing them.

Experts Think DNA Technique May Save Whales
August 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Australian researchers said Thursday that analyzing the skin flakes of some whales could help determine their age, a development that could invalidate one argument for killing them.

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