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San Francisco Mulls Ban of Beloved Zoo Elephants
November 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Adam Tanner, Reuters
San Francisco officials pondered Thursday whether to stop keeping elephants in the city's zoo as activists pushed for a ban amid concerns about their conditions in captivity.
North Dakota Experimental Forest a Surprise Success
November 22, 2004 12:00 AM - James McPherson, Associated Press
A small forest that took root as an experiment some 70 years ago remains a largely overlooked oddity in a state known as the least-forested in the nation. But it has helped grow jobs and sprout millions of seedlings far beyond North Dakota.
Less than 30 Chinese Tigers Left in Wild, According to Xinhua News Agency
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters
South China tigers, among the rarest of the five remaining tiger subspecies, are on the verge of extinction in the wild with less than 30 remaining, Xinhua news agency said on Friday, citing a recent survey.
Sierra National Forest Plan Approved with Minor Changes
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press
The U.S. Forest Service approved a sweeping plan Thursday to manage 11.5 million acres of national forest land across the Sierra Nevada, renewing debate on how best to prevent wildfires like those that devastated Southern California a year ago.
Scientists in 17 Nations to Study Fish
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Miranda Leitsinger, Associated Press
Scientists in 17 countries will scout waterways to locate and study the world's largest freshwater fish species, many of which are declining in numbers, hoping to learn how to better protect them, researchers announced Thursday.
Northern Spotted Owl to Stay on Threatened Species List, but Isn't Endangered, Government Says
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
The northern spotted owl, the bird at the center of the Pacific Northwest logging wars, will stay on the threatened species list, the government said Thursday.
Indonesia's Birds of Paradise Dying Out, Scientist Says
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Karishm Vyas, Reuters
Rampant illegal logging in Indonesia and the demands of a rapidly expanding population and economy in Indonesia are killing many of Asia's most exotic and rare birds, conservationists said on Thursday.
Brazil Trains Environmental Police to Guard Amazon
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Hay, Reuters
The latest recruits to Brazil's losing battle to slow Amazon destruction began training Wednesday at a new environmental police academy deep in the world's largest jungle.
Texas Officials Wary of Plan to Hunt by Internet
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Franks, Reuters
Hunters soon may be able to sit at their computers and blast away at animals on a Texas ranch via the Internet, a prospect that has state wildlife officials up in arms.
PETA Campaign Pitches Fish as Smart and Sensitive
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - David Crary, Associated Press
Touting tofu chowder and vegetarian sushi as alternatives, animal-rights activists have launched a novel campaign arguing that fish -- contrary to stereotype -- are intelligent, sensitive animals no more deserving of being eaten than a pet dog or cat.