Wildlife

Indonesia to Welcome Endangered Rhino
February 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Chris Brummitt, Associated Press

The first Sumatran rhino born in captivity in more than 100 years is headed to Indonesia on Tuesday with a single task -- to breed and help save the endangered species from extinction.

Court Says Permit Violates Owl Protection
February 19, 2007 12:00 AM - William McCall, Associated Press

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act when it approved a 22,000-acre logging project that affects northern spotted owl habitat in southern Oregon.

Japan Turns Down Greenpeace Help on Whaling Ship
February 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Japan has turned down an offer from Greenpeace to tow a whaling ship that caught fire off the Antarctic coast, recalling that activists of the conservation group had boarded the same vessel almost a decade ago.

Overfishing Imperils Fish in Deep Waters
February 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

With declining catches close to shore, commercial fishing is turning to deeper waters, threatening species that live in the cold and gloom of the deep oceans, according to researchers.

Genetics Reveal 15 New North American Bird Species
February 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Genetic tests of North American birds show what may be 15 new species including ravens and owls -- look alikes that do not interbreed and have wrongly had the same name for centuries, scientists said on Sunday.

Tire Reef Off Florida Proves a Disaster
February 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Brian Skoloff, Associated Press

A mile offshore from this city's high-rise condos and spring-break bars lie as many as 2 million old tires, strewn across the ocean floor -- a white-walled, steel-belted monument to good intentions gone awry.

U.S. Wild-Bird Survey Finds No Evidence of H5N1
February 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Tests on nearly 75,000 wild ducks, gulls and other birds have turned up no sign of dangerous H5N1 avian influenza in the United States, a federal agency said Thursday.

Alaska Bears, Walruses Harmed by Oil Work, Lawsuit Claims
February 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

A lawsuit filed by a pair of environmental groups claims the federal government has failed to properly protect polar bears and walruses from oil development as it expands on Alaska's North Slope.

Amphibian Ark Planned to Save Frogs
February 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Dorie Turner, Associated Press

Ponds and swamps are becoming eerily silent. The familiar melody of ribbits, croaks and chirps is disappearing as a mysterious killer fungus wipes out frog populations around the globe, a phenomenon likened to the extinction of dinosaurs.

Costa Rica Probes Deaths of 500 Pelicans
February 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Authorities in Costa Rica said Tuesday they are investigating the mysterious deaths of about 500 brown pelicans along the country's Pacific coast over the last five days but do not suspect bird flu was the cause.

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