Wildlife

Indonesia Says Haze-Causing Fires Mostly Out -- But Underground Blazes Threaten Tigers
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Nearly all of the Indonesian brush fires that blanketed neighboring Malaysia with acrid, choking smoke have been put out, but underground fires are still burning in peat soil, Indonesia said. The peat fires threaten a nearby 60,000-hectare (148,260-acre) conservation zone for Sumatran tigers, as well as a protected forest.

Fugitive L.A. Alligator Becomes Local Folk Hero
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

More than a week after a man-sized alligator stunned authorities by surfacing in a murky Los Angeles lake, the fugitive reptile has already become a folk hero in the gritty neighborhood where he continues to outwit wranglers and elude capture.

Scientists Try to Save Rare and Randy Warbler
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Europe's rarest songbird is facing extinction, despite being the most promiscuous and energetic lover in the avian world, and concerned scientists are looking urgently for ways to save it.

Group Questions Whether Wild Birds Carry Much Flu
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

An outbreak of avian flu in Mongolia seems to have died out quickly on its own, wildlife experts said Thursday, raising questions about how easily migrating birds will spread the virus.

Dinosaur-Era Tree Set for First Auction Sale
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Saplings of a giant tree that was a snack for dinosaurs and was believed to also be extinct until a chance discovery in Australia will be offered for sale to the public next month for the first time.

Commission Votes to Cap Annual Catch of Menhaden Fish in Chesapeake
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Barakat, Associated Press

Concerned about potential overharvesting, a regional commission has voted to limit the catch of a small but ecologically important fish in the Chesapeake Bay. Wednesday's vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission would curtail the annual menhaden catch in the bay to 106,000 metric tons for five years beginning in 2006.

Experts Say Pocket Gopher Near Extinction
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Can the pocket gopher be saved? The rodent, a secretive animal that usually goes unnoticed underground, is near extinction in south Georgia, biologists say. They're starting a new push to save the creature ecologists say does important work providing habitat for other animals and aerating the soil.

Group Wants to Transplant African Animals
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press

Lions stalking deer in the stubble of a Nebraska corn field. Elephants trumpeting across Colorado's high plains. Prominent ecologists are floating an audacious plan that sounds like a "Jumanji" sequel -- transplant African wildlife to the Great Plains of North America.

Northern Colorado Horse Dealer Uses Profits to Rescue Abused Horses, Donkeys
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Cara Eastwood, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

Terry Jester is in the business of both saving -- and selling -- horses. At her stables, called Rocky Mountain Rawhide, the trainer deals in plenty of healthy, talented horses, but much of the profits from these sales are earmarked for a specific purpose. "We buy horses that are in good shape and that helps fund the rescue horses," she said.

Red Tide Bloom Strikes Off Florida Coast
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An unusually fierce red tide bloom this summer has choked off oxygen and killed undersea life in a region of the Gulf of Mexico bottom about 10 miles off the coast of Florida, scientists said.

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