Wildlife

Commission Votes to Cap Annual Catch of Menhaden Fish in Chesapeake
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Barakat, Associated Press

Concerned about potential overharvesting, a regional commission has voted to limit the catch of a small but ecologically important fish in the Chesapeake Bay. Wednesday's vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission would curtail the annual menhaden catch in the bay to 106,000 metric tons for five years beginning in 2006.

Experts Say Pocket Gopher Near Extinction
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Can the pocket gopher be saved? The rodent, a secretive animal that usually goes unnoticed underground, is near extinction in south Georgia, biologists say. They're starting a new push to save the creature ecologists say does important work providing habitat for other animals and aerating the soil.

Group Wants to Transplant African Animals
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press

Lions stalking deer in the stubble of a Nebraska corn field. Elephants trumpeting across Colorado's high plains. Prominent ecologists are floating an audacious plan that sounds like a "Jumanji" sequel -- transplant African wildlife to the Great Plains of North America.

Northern Colorado Horse Dealer Uses Profits to Rescue Abused Horses, Donkeys
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Cara Eastwood, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

Terry Jester is in the business of both saving -- and selling -- horses. At her stables, called Rocky Mountain Rawhide, the trainer deals in plenty of healthy, talented horses, but much of the profits from these sales are earmarked for a specific purpose. "We buy horses that are in good shape and that helps fund the rescue horses," she said.

Red Tide Bloom Strikes Off Florida Coast
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An unusually fierce red tide bloom this summer has choked off oxygen and killed undersea life in a region of the Gulf of Mexico bottom about 10 miles off the coast of Florida, scientists said.

Crocodile Blood May Yield Powerful New Antibiotics
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antibiotic for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune system kills the HIV virus.

University of Wisconsin Records Show High Monkey Deaths
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press

A study at the University of Wisconsin led to an unusual number of deaths and illnesses of rhesus monkeys in 2001 and 2002, internal school records show. The UW memos were released Monday by the Primate Freedom Project, a group critical of animal research, which obtained them through an open records request.

Web Shoppers Destroying Endangered Wildlife, Report Says
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Internet shoppers in search of the exotic have sparked a booming trade that is threatening the existence of many endangered species, a report on Tuesday said. A snapshot survey of the World Wide Web by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) found hundreds of live primates and thousands of rare animal products being offered for sale.

Mysterious Reptile Evades Capture in L.A. Park
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A mysterious, alligator-like creature that surfaced in a Los Angeles suburb has eluded capture for nearly a week, shrewdly passing up raw chicken bait and dodging reptile wranglers in pontoon boats.

Study Reveals Most Wild Chimps Are Southpaws
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

When it comes to fishing tasty termites out of their mounds, wild chimpanzees don't have the right stuff. Most, in fact, are southpaws. A three-year study of 17 wild chimps in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, found that 12 of them used their left hands when using sticks to probe for termites.

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