Wildlife

International Albatross Plan Proposes New Colonies
October 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

With almost all of the world's remaining short-tailed albatrosses breeding on a steep slope of a Japanese volcanic island that is subject to eruptions, mudslides and erosion, an international team of scientists has a proposal to help the endangered birds -- lure them to a safer island.

Animal Rights Group Baits Anglers with Ethics Pledge
October 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug O'Harra, Anchorage Daily News

The animal rights group PETA wants fishermen to promise they will follow a federal "Code of Angling Ethics" before they can legally hook salmon, trout and halibut in Alaska.

Six Beavers Released in England in Effort To Restore Long-Extinct Species
October 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Six beavers from Bavaria were released in western England on Thursday in a second attempt to restore a species that has been extinct in the country since the 12th century.

Disorientation Seen in Mass Australia Whale Deaths
October 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The death of about 110 stranded whales in the southern Australian state of Tasmania was probably caused by the animals becoming disoriented in confusing coastal waters, officials said on Thursday.

Mexico Baby Turtles Thriving as Poachers Kept Out
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

About 13 million endangered Olive Ridley turtles have hatched on Mexico's Pacific beaches and scuttled safely into the sea so far this year, protected from poachers by armed guards deployed by the government, environmentalists said Tuesday.

Nearly 60 Whales Dead after Stranding on Remote Beach in Southern Australia
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Nearly 60 whales died in a mass stranding on a remote beach in southern Australia, a wildlife official said Tuesday. Rescuers struggled to save about 10 survivors.

Rare Asian Black-Tailed Gull Found in Vt.
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Rathke, Associated Press

When Julie Hart went down to the Charlotte beach last Tuesday she was in search of a strong cell phone signal, not birds. But while scanning the water for loons, geese and other migrating water birds, Hart noticed a darker gull among the typical ring-billed gulls on Lake Champlain.

EU Plans Temporary Import Ban of Pet Birds
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Smith, Reuters

EU veterinary experts will soon discuss plans to ban imports of live captive and pet birds, another measure to prevent the spread of bird flu within the European Union, the EU's health chief said on Monday.

Study Says Commercial Fishing Threatens Species in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

Commercial fishing has sharply depleted numbers of several species in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and threatens the health of the pristine island chain's ecosystem, according to a private study released Monday.

Conservation Groups Applaud European Decision to Ban Import of Wild Birds
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

In a move welcomed by conservation and animal welfare groups, the European Commission today temporarily banned the import of all live wild birds into Europe.

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