Wildlife

New York Authorities Battle Intruding Snakehead Fish
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The snakehead fish, a voracious predator from Asia, has taken up residence in a lake in New York, and experts are mulling options, including salt and poison, to evict it. Snakeheads, which can grow to about three feet long , have the capacity to ravage the local fish population.

South Korean Scientists Clone First Dog
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press

South Korea's pioneering stem cell scientist has cloned a dog, smashing another biological barrier and reigniting a fierce ethical debate -- while producing a perky, lovable puppy.

Official Says Pelican Exodus Not Alarming
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

A top federal wildlife official says the pelican mystery at the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge may be a natural correction. Nearly 30,000 white pelicans abandoned the refuge last year, leaving eggs and chicks behind.

Flood Traps Hundreds of Migratory Birds in Indian Sanctuary
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - S. Srinivasan, Associated Press

Hundreds of migratory birds have been trapped with their fledgling offspring in southern India after monsoon floodwaters inundated their sanctuary, an official said Tuesday. On Monday, heavy monsoon rains drove the water level in the nearby Cauvery river to 15 feet (4.5 meters) above normal, partially submerging a dam and flooding the sanctuary.

Rare Beetle Found in Massachusetts Forest
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

A species of beetle never before seen in North America has been discovered in a Massachusetts forest, but the Asian insect does not appear to pose an ecological threat, experts said Monday.

Federal Agency Proposes Pulling Pygmy Owl from Endangered List
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Davenport, Associated Press

A federal agency announced that it will propose the removal of the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl in Arizona from the list of threatened and endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's action on Monday follows years of legal battles, including an appellate court decision which the agency cited as the basis for its new proposal.

Researcher Finds Bird Emits Mosquito Repellent
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A bird species found in some parts of Western Alaska is believed to emit a natural mosquito repellent with properties similar to DEET, the key ingredient in many commercial repellents.

Researchers Say Arctic Teeming With Life
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Beneath its ice, the Arctic Ocean is teeming with life, says a team of international scientists that just completed a 30-day expedition to the northern ocean. With the aid of a remote-operated underwater vehicle, a photo platform lowered from the vessel, diving suits and 24-hour sunlight, the team collected samples from places never before seen by the human eye.

Israeli Zoo in Gaza Poised to Evacuate Animals
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Saul, Reuters

A zoo in a Jewish settlement in Gaza has answered the call to evacuate ahead of Israel's planned pullout from the occupied territory. Hundreds of snakes, birds and other animals from the 10-acre Katifari zoo in Gush Katif, Gaza's largest settlement bloc, will join the evacuation.

Scientists are Seeing More Dead Birds, Fewer Fish on the Pacific Coast
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Marine biologists are seeing mysterious and disturbing things along the Pacific Coast this year: higher water temperatures, plummeting catches of fish, lots of dead birds on the beaches, and perhaps most worrisome, very little plankton -- the tiny organisms that are a vital link in the ocean food chain.

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