Wildlife

Environmentalists Sue to Save Woodpecker
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Annie Bergman, Associated Press

Environmentalists who fear a plan to divert water to eastern Arkansas farms will harm the habitat of the recently rediscovered ivory-billed woodpecker filed a federal lawsuit Thursday.

Tainted Loons, U.S. Senators Tackle EPA on Mercury
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters

The scruffy loon chick let out an unpracticed version of the water bird's famed call as researchers tested it for mercury from its native northern New England, home to one of America's highest known concentrations of the dangerous toxin.

Doctor: Animal Survivors of Katrina Dying of Thirst and Starvation
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Stephen W. Stigers, M.D., D.M.D., an anesthesiologist at Doctors Park Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, returned September 5 after a weekend spent helping the massive aid effort in New Orleans.

Gulf Coast Fishermen Hope Katrina Spared Sea Life
September 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Crispian Balmer, Reuters

Fisherman Greg Verges believes the shrimp knew a bad storm was coming their way even before the locals did. The week before Hurricane Katrina's catastrophic arrival, Verges' boat landed 400 pounds of prime quality shrimp in the Biloxi channel. Then, day after day, the catches fell off. "On the day before Katrina, I brought home just 40 shrimps."

Chilis Cool Conflict Between Man and Elephants
September 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

It has spiced up many a meal but now the fiery chili pepper is being used to cool an ancient feud between farmers and wild elephants in Africa. In the Zambezi valley in southern Zambia, small-scale farmers are growing chili peppers as a deterrent against elephants that raid their crops -- and marketing the end result as an eco-friendly product.

Estimates Put Wolf Numbers Up in Rockies
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

The number of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies has increased to more than 900 since last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated Tuesday. According to the agency's mid-year estimate, 912 wolves now roam the three-state region, compared to 835 in December, said Ed Bangs, Fish and Wildlife's wolf recovery coordinator in Helena, Mont.

Indonesian Orangutans Under Siege, Green Groups Say
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Hundreds of orangutans are killed or captured every year on the Indonesian part of Borneo island as part of an illegal trade that is driving the primates towards extinction, green groups said on Tuesday.

India Offers Reward To Track Down Tiger Poachers
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Krittivas Mukherjee, Reuters

India is offering money to poor forest villagers to help catch poachers in a bid to save its endangered tiger population. Poachers and smugglers are known to pay villagers to use their skill in tracking and killing tigers and elephants.

Spawning Turtles Return to Mexico Despite Threat
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

More than 100,000 protected Olive Ridley sea turtles have lumbered onto a Mexican beach in recent days to lay some 10 million eggs, just weeks after poachers massacred spawning turtles on the same stretch of sand.

Protecting China’s National Treasure
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Claire Doole, WWF International

It is hard to take your eyes off China’s national icon as it happily munches on a bamboo shoot, apparently oblivious to the shrieks of delight from a party of schoolchildren. Unfortunately, this is not that rare moment of spotting an endangered species in the wild, but one shared with the 600 or so visitors who come each day to the panda breeding centre in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

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