Wildlife

Florida Manatee Deaths Set Record in January
February 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Manatee deaths jumped by a third in January compared with the same month last year, but exactly what killed half the animals remains unknown, state wildlife officials said.

Alaska Ordinance to Prevent Eagle Feeding
February 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hundreds of bald eagles that gather at the Homer spit each winter for handouts won't be so lucky now that the city council has passed an ordinance barring the feeding of eagles.

Scientists May Have Found New Fish Species
February 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Miranda Leitsinger, Associated Press

Scientists have discovered what they believe is a new fish species and at least 20 types of previously unknown seaweeds during a recent expedition to one of the Caribbean's most diverse marine areas.

Whale Meat Returns to Japan School Menus, Report Says
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Whale meat is back on the menu in a growing number of Japanese elementary and junior high schools, Kyodo news service reported on Tuesday.

U.S. May Remove Bald Eagles from Endangered List
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

Citing a dramatic increase in the number of bald eagles, the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a plan that could remove the national symbol from protections under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Early California Was Native American Killing Field
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Ancient Native Americans hunted some species of birds and fish almost to extinction in parts of California, according to research that challenges the Utopian myth that native people always lived in harmony with the land.

India Searches for Ways to Head off Extinction of its Endangered Tigers
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Gavin Rabinowitz, Associated Press

As many as 100,000 tigers are thought to have roamed India 100 years ago. Based on a 2001 census, officials estimate there are just 3,500 tigers left, but conservation activists believe there are far fewer.

Scientists Discover New Assassin Spiders
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Researchers scouring the remote forests of the African island nation of Madagascar have found that tiny assassin spiders, grotesque-looking bugs that prey on other spiders, are more diverse than previously thought.

Starving Cattle Put Kenya Wildlife at Risk
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Fredrik Dahl, Reuters

Desperate Maasai herdsmen are driving cattle into one of Kenya's largest national parks in search of scarce water and pasture, threatening its famous wild animals and the habitat that brings the state much-needed tourist revenue.

Shark Attacks Fall in 2005 as Humans Fight Back
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Jane Sutton, Reuters

Shark attacks dropped in 2005 because people are fighting back more often when threatened and the ranks of ocean predators are thinning, a University of Florida report said Monday.

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