Wildlife

Beech Bark Disease on Eco-Invader List
February 5, 2007 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Beech bark disease has taken hold in Michigan's Seney National Wildlife Refuge, a dagger aimed at the heart of a stalwart native hardwood. The American beech has relatively little economic value for people but plays a starring role in the natural drama acted out daily in Michigan's northern forests.

Britain Culls Turkeys to Quell Bird Flu Outbreak
February 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Britain gassed tens of thousands of turkeys and extended restrictions on the movement of poultry on Sunday to try to prevent the spread of deadly bird flu from a farm in eastern England.

Northern Fur Seal Pup Estimates Decline
February 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

America's northern fur seal pup population continues a marked decline this decade, federal biologists reported Friday. The number of pups born between 2004 and 2006 in Alaska's Pribilof Islands, home of the world's largest rookeries, fell by 9 percent from the previous two year estimate.

U.S. Proposes More Bison, Elk Hunting in Wyoming
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

More than half of the bison in one of the largest wild herds in the United States of the iconic animals would be killed by hunters under a plan unveiled Thursday by federal wildlife officials.

Russians, Chinese Look for Amur Leopards
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Russian and Chinese conservationists began searching Thursday for signs of the last remaining Amur leopards in Russia's Far East and adjacent Chinese border regions, as part of a triennial census of the nearly extinct cats.

Anti-Whaling Ships Say They Have Been Made Pirates
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

An anti-whaling group searching Antarctic waters for a Japanese whaling fleet with the aim of disrupting its operations said both its vessels will soon be "pirate ships" following a decision by Britain to deregister one its vessels.

Kentucky Researchers Count Endangered Bats
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Indiana bat has been on the federal endangered species list for decades, with less than 500,000 individuals and declining. Many thousands hibernate in Bat Cave here, listed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife authorities as one of two "critical habitats" in Kentucky.

Polar Bears Put Alaska Oil Development on Thin Ice
February 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Until now, the Alaskan oil industry and polar bears have coexisted peacefully, but proposals by the U.S. government to list polar bears as endangered by global warming have cast a shadow on oil development on Alaska's North Slope.

Bird Ranges Move, but Is It Climate Change?
January 31, 2007 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

The northern cardinal is one of several birds whose range has changed significantly enough in a short period of time to be caught in updated editions of field guides, which use maps to show the distribution of species.

U.S. Gets a C- on Protecting Oceans
January 31, 2007 12:00 AM - Andrew Miga, Associated Press

The United States made modest progress on protecting its oceans last year, but still needs to boost funding for desperately needed reforms, a commission on ocean policy said Tuesday.

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