Wildlife

Thriving Bald Eagles May Lose Protection
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Scolforo, Associated Press

The population of bald eagles has rebounded so dramatically in Pennsylvania that the species may soon be moved off the state's endangered list and accorded the less serious status of a threatened species.

Calif. Scientists Plan to Kill Barred Owls
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Federal scientists are planning to shoot a small number of barred owls they say are crowding out the threatened spotted owl in northern California -- an experiment that could lead to killing thousands of the larger owls on the West Coast.

Court Orders Protection for Pacific Right Whales
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. government to draw up plans to protect North Pacific right whales, thought to have been extinct until they were rediscovered in the Bering Sea three years ago.

ATV Riders Take to Missouri Streams
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Uhlenbrock, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Floaters on some of Missouri's finest streams found unwanted company this spring -- drivers of ATVs, Jeeps, even pickups, playing in the rivers. More than a decade after a statewide crackdown on recreational motor vehicles in the water, the practice is present, and growing.

Mexican, U.S. Researchers Identify New Species and Family of Catfish in Mexico River
June 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Mexican and U.S. researchers said they believe an ancient-looking, rarely seen fish in a Mexican river represents a new species of catfish and an entire new taxonomic family.

Four Rare Giant Catfish Released into Cambodian River after Years in Captivity
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

World Wildlife Fund conservationists on Wednesday released into the Mekong River four endangered giant catfish that had been kept in captivity for seven years.

Feds to Vote on Ocean Trawling Plan
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Federal regulators are preparing to vote on a plan to protect deep water corals and other sensitive fish habitat that will likely include a permanent ban on bottom trawling in large tracts of the Pacific Ocean.

Tsunami Pushes Leatherback Turtles Towards Brink
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Simon Denyer, Reuters

They survived the dinosaurs, but leatherback turtles may have moved one step closer to extinction when last December's tsunami washed away some of their most important nesting beaches in India's Nicobar islands.

Snakes Have Interesting Habits, Researchers Say
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

It may not matter to people who hate snakes, but researchers at Washington University have discovered that rattlers are adaptable and have some interesting habits.

Arizona Officials May Import Endangered Owls
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Wildlife officials are considering importing endangered owls from Mexico to boost the dwindling population in Arizona. To protect endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, development already has been slowed or altered on thousands of acres of old-growth, ironwood-saguaro forest.

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