Scientists Believe Insect Would Kill Coca Crops
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Molinski, Associated Press
A group of Colombian scientists believe they've found a way to wipe out cocaine production: unleash an army of hungry moth caterpillars. But critics of the proposal say the chance for "ecological mischief" is high.
Scientists Nudge Fish Closer to Extinction
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Scientists trying to study the endangered Devils Hole pupfish near Death Valley inadvertently nudged the endangered fish closer to extinction.
Group Sues to Protect Alaska Sea Otters
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Environmentalists have sued the U.S. Interior Department for taking too long to put Alaska sea otters on the threatened species list.
Lynx Making a Comeback in Minnesota
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Lynx No. 13 growled a warning at the researchers who came to weigh and tag her four kittens. The mother lynx watched from 20 feet away, never coming closer but never leaving, as the scientists poked and prodded the 3-week-old kittens, who received ear tags as part of a study that could determine the fate of her species in Minnesota.
Groups Seek More Protection for Shorebird
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
Environmentalists on Tuesday will urge the governors of New Jersey and Delaware to enforce strong new protections for a migratory shorebird threatened with extinction.
Dolphins Protect Their Snouts With Sponges
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
A group of dolphins living off the coast of Australia apparently teach their offspring to protect their snouts with sponges while foraging for food in the sea floor. Researchers say it appears to be a cultural behavior passed on from mother to daughter, a first for animals of this type, although such learning has been seen in other species.
Rattlesnakes Thrive in Iowa Prairie
June 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Chuck Schoffner, Associated Press
While some treat snakes with revulsion, the Nature Conservancy has nothing but respect for the prairie rattlesnakes that slither through the tall grasses just south of town.
Study Looks at Yellowstone Roads, Bison
June 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press
Roads groomed for snowmobiles and snowcoaches in Yellowstone National Park are not the key factor influencing bison distribution and numbers in the park, a researcher said.
U.S. Urges Japan to Stop Killing Whales, Says Any Expansion in Kills Unacceptable
June 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
The United States again is urging Japan to end its program of killing whales, which the Japanese say is for scientific research, and told Japan any expansion of the program would be unacceptable, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
Western Drought Further Jeopardizing Endangered Wildlife
June 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press
Green and black spotted frogs loiter beneath the surface of a concrete pond's glassy water, their bumpy heads occasionally breaking through into the desert air. A rancher transported the threatened Chiricahua leopard frogs to the artificial pond here because they were dying in a nearby reservoir that was being reduced to dried, cracked mud by years of drought.