Wildlife

Killer Elephant Loses Tusks in Nepal
November 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Authorities in Nepal tranquillised an elephant and trimmed its tusks after it was blamed for a dozen deaths in the country's east over the past six weeks, wildlife officials said on Sunday.

California to Impose Sweeping Conservation Limits on Ocean Fishing
November 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Flying over California's rugged Central Coast, Mike Sutton pointed to kelp forests and rocky reefs just below the water's surface that will soon be off-limits to fishing under one of the nation's most ambitious plans to protect marine life.

India Urged to Blow Whistle on Elephant Polo
November 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Nita Bhalla, Reuters

Animal rights activists in India have called on the eve of a controversial tournament for the elite, centuries-old sport of elephant polo to be banned due to what they say is the pain and suffering it causes the animals.

Polar Bear Survival Rate Falls as Climate Warms
November 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Polar bear cubs in Alaska's Beaufort Sea are much less likely to survive compared to about 20 years ago, probably due to melting sea ice caused by global warming, a study released Wednesday said.

California Ecosystem Recovering From Blaze
November 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Three years after the largest wildfire in California history wiped out whole forests and disrupted native animals, there are signs the ecosystem is slowly recovering, scientists reported Tuesday.

Lawsuit in Washington State Aims to Halt Logging to Save Declining Spotted Owl Population
November 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An environmental group has sued to block logging on 50,000 acres of private timberland, arguing the state's population of northern spotted owls has been reduced by half since the 1990s.

Florida Expands Marine Reserve to Largest in North America
November 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Bill Kaczor, Associated Press

Gov. Jeb Bush and his Cabinet voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve a management plan banning fishing in a 61-square-mile section of Dry Tortugas National Park in the Gulf of Mexico and Florida Straits about 75 miles west of Key West.

Deep-Sea Trawling Destroying Underwater Mountains
November 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Deep-sea trawling is destroying underwater mountains teeming with marine life and causing irreparable damage to ecosystems, scientists warned on Wednesday.

Norwegian Hunters Kill 546 Minke Whales in 2006, Just over Half of Quota
November 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Norwegian hunters killed 546 minke whales this year, falling far short of their commercial whaling quota because bad weather spoiled much of the season, government and industry officials said Monday.

Global Warming Could Wipe Out Most Birds, WWF Says
November 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Daniel Wallis, Reuters

Unchecked climate change could drive up to 72 per cent of the world's bird species into extinction but the world still has a chance to limit the losses, conservation group WWF said in a report on Tuesday.

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