Wildlife

South Carolina Officials Investigate Bird Deaths
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

South Carolina wildlife officials are warning residents and visitors to stay away from sick sea birds they may see on the shore. The birds, many of which usually stay well offshore, are showing up by the dozens on South Carolina beaches and they are dead or dying.

Africanized Bees Spotted in SW Arkansas
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Some unwanted arrivals from Texas have been spotted in this southwest Arkansas town. State Plant Board officials say the presence of Africanized honey bees has been confirmed in Brightstar, in southern Miller County.

Conservation and Culture to Clash at Whaling Forum
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

Culture and conservation will clash during this week's meeting of the International Whaling Commission, with some nations pushing for more whales to be caught, while others remain firmly opposed.

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.

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