Rocky Mountain Elk Plan May Cost $18 Million
May 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A 20-year plan to thin the burgeoning elk herd in Rocky Mountain National Park could cost $18 million to kill some animals and disperse others, park officials said.

Japanese Whaling Fleet Departing on Four-Month Expedition
May 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A fleet of four ships was set Tuesday to depart on a four-month expedition to hunt whales for Japan's controversial research whaling program.

China Rare-Tiger Center Expects 100 Births
May 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

More than 100 Siberian tigers, one of the rarest animals, are expected to be born this year at a breeding center in China's northeast, an official said Monday.

Expert Sees Bird Flu Not Reaching U.S. Soon
May 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Nao Nakanishi, Reuters

Sick poultry and infected people, rather than migratory birds, are more likely to bring the H5N1 bird flu virus into the United States, although that was unlikely to happen soon, a leading virologist said.

EU Issues Plan to Fight Plant, Animal Extinctions
May 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Mason, Reuters

The European Union laid out a plan on Monday to halt losses of plant and animal species by 2010 as part of a global drive to slow what could be the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs were wiped out.

Tribe Seeks Greater Freedom to Kill Eagles
May 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Northern Arapaho Tribe and a man accused of shooting a bald eagle on the Wind River Indian Reservation say the federal government should make it easier for American Indians to apply to kill bald eagles for use in religious ceremonies.

Virginia Center to Have Bioterror Surveillance
May 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is developing a national surveillance network that will look for evidence of bioterrorism in wild animals.

Penguins, Otters Returning to New Orleans
May 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Nineteen African blackfooted penguins and two sea otters that were rescued from a New Orleans aquarium after Hurricane Katrina returned home Monday on a cargo flight donated by FedEx Corp.

Glacier Bay Popular for Humpback Whales
May 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Researchers with the National Park Service's humpback whale monitoring program -- put in place in 1985 in an effort to help prevent sometimes fatal encounters between whales and boats -- found the combined number of whales last summer in Glacier Bay and nearby Icy Strait set a record for the third year in a row.

Scientists Claim New Monkey Species Found
May 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Brazilian scientists say they have discovered a new monkey species overlooked in the receding rain forest of the country's northeast coast, although other experts believe the primate may have been documented before.

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