Wildlife

Sockeye Yield May Signal Recovery
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Wesley Loy, Anchorage Daily News

Fishermen in Bristol Bay are catching scads of sockeye, notching the second consecutive strong season for the state's most important commercial salmon fishery.

Hawaii Fights Spread of Small, Noisy Frogs
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

It's hard to imagine a tiny, 2-inch frog could cause so much harm. Beloved in its native Puerto Rico, the coqui frog has become a menace in Hawaii, where it suddenly appeared in the 1990s.

Chemical Contamination in Arctic Linked to Bird Droppings
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A major source of chemical contamination in the Arctic turns out to be bird droppings. A study by a group of Canadian researchers found that the chemical pollution in areas frequented by seabirds can be many times higher than in nearby regions.

California Officials Worry About Asian Beetle
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press

State and federal agriculture officials on Wednesday warned that destructive Asian beetles have been found near a Sacramento warehouse and dispatched federal firefighters to climb nearby trees to search for traces of the insects.

Animal Rights Group Sues Over Sea Lions
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

An animal rights group filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the federal government of violating several environmental protection acts by allowing the use of certain research techniques on threatened and endangered Steller sea lions.

Researchers, Trackers Study Deer Populations
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Quinn Eastman, North County Times

For a decade, governments throughout San Diego County have bought into the idea that wildlife and development could coexist, if enough open space was preserved with corridors built between them to allow animals to roam.

Wyoming Commission Approves Grizzly Boundaries in Effort to Remove Federal Protections
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Bob Moen, Associated Press

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission set boundaries Tuesday for where grizzly bears can roam in the state in hopes of ending special federal protections and giving Wyoming, Montana and Idaho more control over the bears.

Salamander Species Has Deformities
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The hellbender salamander's numbers continue to decline, and wildlife officials say more are showing up with unexplained deformities.

Panda Cub Survives Critical First Day
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Douglass K. Daniel, Associated Press

Giant panda Mei Xiang appeared to be nursing her day-old cub on Sunday, a positive sign of survival for a tiny bear susceptible to malnutrition, bacterial infection and even the lumbering of its 250-pound mother.

Eastern Timber Rattler Finds Defenders in the Northern Range
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Virtanen, Associated Press

The warm, southeast-facing rock cliffs overlooking Lake Champlain mark the northern limit of the eastern timber rattlesnake's habitat. Jaime Ethier, in boots and jeans, was bushwhacking from Champlain Palisades down to the pebbled shores of the lake -- through terrain where he wouldn't see a coiled dark snake unless he nearly stepped on it.

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