Wildlife

Contraceptives Lower Oregon Geese Hatchings
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Bait laced with a contraceptive resulted in the hatching of fewer pesky Canada geese last spring, according to a study by the National Wildlife Research Center. The bait, tested around Oregon in 2004, could help in long-range plans to manage the geese, which cause crop damage.

Cheery Chickadee Chirps Carry Complex Information, Study Reveals
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Those cheery-sounding chirps coming from the tree in the back yard are carrying more than a joyful message -- they are conveying surprisingly complex information about lurking predators, biologists reported Thursday.

Group Rejects Japanese Plans for Coastal Whale Hunt
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

Japan suffered yet another setback on Thursday in its bid for more whaling when an international commission rejected a plea to allow Japanese coastal communities to hunt whales.

California Turns to Goats to Stop Wildfires
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Leonard Anderson, Reuters

Move over Smokey the Bear. In California, thousands of goats are helping prevent wildfires. From hilly San Francisco to more rural settings, California landowners, business and officials have hired the voracious animals to devour the grass and brush that fuels wildfires.

Big Fish Important in the Gene Pool
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Anglers chasing big fish and leaving the small fry might be doing far more harm than good according to marine scientists in the United States.

Extinction of Frogs is Catastrophic, Scientists Say
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Carlos Andrade, Reuters

Before the arrival of Spanish colonizers some 500 years ago, Indians in what is now Ecuador dipped their arrowheads in venom extracted from the phantasmal poison frog to doom their victims to convulsive death, scientists believe.

Warm Water Temps May Be Harming Sockeye
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

As many as 200,000 sockeye salmon disappeared last year between the Ballard Locks and spawning grounds above Lake Washington. Scientists suspect rising water temperatures could be the culprit.

IWC Urges Japan Not to Kill More Whales for Research
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Kelly Olsen, Associated Press

The International Whaling Commission urged Japan on Wednesday to drop plans to more than double the number of whales it hunts yearly for scientific research, saying the Japanese do not need to kill whales to study them.

Government Proposes Changes in Fishing Rules
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

New guidelines aimed at preventing overfishing were proposed Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Japan Loses Commericial Whaling Vote
June 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

Japan lashed out at anti-whaling nations on Tuesday after its proposal to resume limited commercial hunting was voted down by an international commission and its "scientific" harvesting heavily criticised.

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