U.S. May Remove Bald Eagles from Endangered List
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters
Citing a dramatic increase in the number of bald eagles, the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a plan that could remove the national symbol from protections under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Early California Was Native American Killing Field
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
Ancient Native Americans hunted some species of birds and fish almost to extinction in parts of California, according to research that challenges the Utopian myth that native people always lived in harmony with the land.
India Searches for Ways to Head off Extinction of its Endangered Tigers
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Gavin Rabinowitz, Associated Press
As many as 100,000 tigers are thought to have roamed India 100 years ago. Based on a 2001 census, officials estimate there are just 3,500 tigers left, but conservation activists believe there are far fewer.
Scientists Discover New Assassin Spiders
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press
Researchers scouring the remote forests of the African island nation of Madagascar have found that tiny assassin spiders, grotesque-looking bugs that prey on other spiders, are more diverse than previously thought.
Starving Cattle Put Kenya Wildlife at Risk
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Fredrik Dahl, Reuters
Desperate Maasai herdsmen are driving cattle into one of Kenya's largest national parks in search of scarce water and pasture, threatening its famous wild animals and the habitat that brings the state much-needed tourist revenue.
Shark Attacks Fall in 2005 as Humans Fight Back
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Jane Sutton, Reuters
Shark attacks dropped in 2005 because people are fighting back more often when threatened and the ranks of ocean predators are thinning, a University of Florida report said Monday.
Yellowstone Reopens Facility for Bison
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press
Authorities at Yellowstone National Park reopened a capture facility near the park's northern border Friday, two weeks after shutting it down, to hold more bison that had ventured too far into Montana.
Expert Studies Moths at Carlsbad Caverns
February 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Moths, an important food for Carlsbad Caverns' famed bats, will be studied to find out what kinds of moths exist and how many there are at the park.
Feds Move to Protect Polar Bears
February 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press
Amid concerns that global warming is melting away the icy habitats where polar bears live, the federal government is reviewing whether they should be considered a threatened species.
Judge May Halt Project to Protect Bird
February 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A federal judge heard arguments Monday over whether a vast irrigation project intended to help farmers in eastern Arkansas will harm the rare ivory-billed woodpecker.