Wildlife

Britain Trying to Save the Red Squirrel
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

British conservationists on Wednesday launched a campaign to save the country's native red squirrels against their disease-carrying, food-stealing and bigger grey cousins from North America.

Consultant Withdraws Petition To List Eastern Oysters as Endangered
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Janet McConnaughey, Reuters

The federal government is no longer considering whether it should declare Eastern oysters endangered, which would have affected people who make their living off the shellfish, but it still plans to finish a study on the species' health.

Genetic Change Makes Mice Thinner
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

In a discovery with implications for fighting obesity in humans, Canadian scientists have discovered a molecular switch in specially bred laboratory mice that makes the animals skinnier than their normal brethren.

Audubon Society Chapters Sue over Spotted Owl Protection
November 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Gene Johnson, Associated Press

The northern spotted owl was listed as an endangered species in 1990 because of logging in the Northwest, but federal officials have yet to come up with a plan to protect it, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

More Monarch Butterflies May Go to Mexico
November 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Will Weissert, Associated Press

As many as 200 million Monarch butterflies may migrate to Mexico this year -- a nearly tenfold increase over 2004, when unfavorable weather, pollution and deforestation caused a drastic decline in the population, environmental officials said Tuesday.

Seals, Sea Lions Can Be Condor Food
November 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Seals, Sea Lions Can Be Condor Food

The growing populations of harbor seals and sea lions along the West Coast may be good news for California condors. While condors are now best known for eating dead deer, cattle and other animals, new research shows that carcasses of marine animals once formed a large part of their diet.

Japan To Double Usual Whale Kill in New Antarctic Hunt, Expanded To Include Fin Whales
November 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Hans Greimel, Associated Press

A fleet of Japanese whaling ships left for the seas of Antarctica amid protests Tuesday, aiming to kill 850 minke whales -- almost double last year's catch -- and expand the hunt to fin whales for the first time.

Groups Say Government Is Dragging Its Feet Protecting 283 Species
November 9, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The government has allowed 283 species identified as possibly facing extinction to languish without protection under the Endangered Species Act, a coalition of environmental groups contends in a lawsuit against the Interior Department.

Chicken Excrement for Fish Stirs Concern in Vietnam
November 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The practice of using chicken excrement to feed fish in southern Vietnam is threatening millions of people with bird flu in Ho Chi Minh City and should be stopped, state media said on Monday.

Longline Fishing Rules Limit Bird Deaths
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

New rules for longline fishing in the islands are saving the lives of sea birds who attempt to steal bait from hooks meant for swordfish, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council said Thursday.

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