Wildlife

Feds to Start Removing Wolf Protections
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - John Miller, Associated Press

The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday his agency will start removing federal protections from gray wolves in Montana and Idaho by January, regardless of whether Wyoming has submitted an acceptable plan to manage its own wolves by then.

Brazil Probes Dead Fish Washing Ashore
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Brazilian environmental authorities were investigating Monday what caused some 15 tons of dead fish to wash up in a major southern river.

Octopus Study Shows Way to Save Fish Stocks
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Protecting marine areas for even relatively brief periods can significantly restore depleted fish stocks, scientists said on Monday, citing a study of octopus catches in Madagascar.

Feds Want More Information about BP Pipeline Replacement Plan at Prudhoe Bay
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Federal regulators have ordered oil giant BP PLC to submit more details about its plans for replacing corroded pipelines at Prudhoe Bay, the nation's largest oil field.

Biologists Hunt Invasive Pythons in Florida
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Todd Lewan, Associated Press

Critters that pythons find most delectable -- raccoons, possums, muskrats and native cotton rats -- are already under attack, as are birds such as the house wren, pied-billed grebe, white ibis and limpkin.

Pacific Fisheries Group Maintains Tuna Quotas
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

An international group managing tuna stocks in the western and central Pacific Ocean has ruled that quotas for bigeye tuna catches in 2007 and 2008 should be maintained, Japanese media reported on Sunday.

Off-Roaders, Environmentalists Vie for Surprising Canyon Near Death Valley
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

The fight over Surprise Canyon boils down to whether the rights of private property owners trump the protection of a fragile oasis on public land. The off-roaders have dusted off a Civil War-era mining law that places the public access rights of local governments and private individuals above the rights of the federal government.

Groups Urge Fish Consumption Advisory
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

The nation's largest gold-producing state is being asked to investigate whether mercury emissions from its mines are contaminating area fisheries.

Group Challenges Wolf Recovery Program
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Sue Major Holmes, Associated Press

An environmental group went to court Thursday in an effort to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand a program to reintroduce the endangered Mexican gray wolf in New Mexico and Arizona.

Two-Thirds of Congo Basin Forests Could Disappear
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Tansa Musa, Reuters

Two-thirds of the forests in the Congo River Basin could disappear within 50 years if logging and mineral exploitation continues at current rates, environmental group WWF said in a report.

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