Wildlife

Dairy Cows Pass Gas, but How Much?
May 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Moran, The Modesto Bee

Dairy cows either: a) pollute the air a lot less than previously thought, b) a lot more than previously thought, or c) about the same as was thought. The answer is all of the above, according to a committee charged with figuring out what the San Joaquin Valley's dairy cows contribute to smog.

Tsunami Brings Better Treatment for Thai Stray Dogs
May 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Nopporn Wong-Anan, Reuters

"Black, fat, female," a veterinary worker shouts to an assistant taking notes as she gives a rabies shot to another nameless dog left homeless by the Dec. 26 tsunami on the Thai resort island of Phuket.

Three Snails Thought Extinct Discovered
May 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Three snails listed as extinct have been rediscovered in the Coosa and Cahaba rivers, the Nature Conservancy announced. Jeff Garner, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' mollusk biologist, rediscovered the cobble elimia and the nodulose Coosa River snail on a dive in the Coosa River.

Environmental Groups Say Removing Burned Trees from Montana Forest Could Harm Grizzly Bears
May 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Gallagher, Associated Press

Removing trees burned during fires in a national forest could harm grizzly bears in one of the few states where they live outside Alaska, two environmental groups claim in a lawsuit.

Myanmar Issues Regulations to Save Decimated Marine Turtle Population
May 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Eating the meat and eggs of turtles will no longer be allowed under a package of regulations issued by the Myanmar government to save the country's decimated population of marine turtles, a state-run newspaper said Wednesday.

Beached Dolphins Released into Waters off Florida
May 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Myers, Reuters

Seven stranded rough-toothed dolphins swam to freedom 14 miles offshore in the Florida Straits Tuesday as rescue volunteers released them back into deep waters after two months of rehabilitation.

U.S. Zoo Considers Using Animal Waste as Energy Source
May 4, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is looking to become the first zoo in the nation to be powered by its own animal waste -- particularly the prodigious piles produced by its pachyderms.

Wild Pigs Killed to Save Santa Cruz Fox
May 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

Norm Macdonald rises each morning with the sun, grabs his .223-caliber rifle and slips into the passenger seat of a tiny, doorless helicopter for another day of shooting pigs.

Albatross Migration Attracts Celebrities, Punters
May 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

With electronic jockeys on board and carrying the hopes of celebrity owners and punters from around the world, 17 unlikely athletes have taken off in an endurance race deemed by some as the toughest in the world.

United Nations Meet to Seek Safer Ways to Kill Insect Pests
May 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A U.N. meeting this week will seek new ways to kill mosquitoes and termites as part of a plan to bolster a 2004 ban on use of a "dirty dozen" toxic chemicals. Some pesticides on the blacklist of 12 industrial toxins are still in use to keep humanity's worst insect foes at bay even though they have been blamed for deaths, cancers or birth defects in humans and animals.

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