Wildlife

China Zoo Practices Criticized
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Safari parks in China have agreed to stop feeding their lions and tigers large live animals such as horses -- at least in public.

Senate Votes to Open Oil Drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush.

New Fairy Shrimp Species Found in Idaho
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Boone, Associated Press

Biologists with the Idaho National Guard have discovered a new species of fairy shrimp living in the oft-dry lake beds of Idaho's desert.

Greens Clash over S. African Elephant Cull Question
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A simmering battle over culling elephants has brought to light sharp divisions in the green movement over how to restrain a burgeoning population from outgrowing the confined wilderness of South Africa's parks.

Female Owl Goes on 150-Mile Trek for Mate
March 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A female ferruginous pygmy owl took a 150-mile crisscross trek across the Sonoran Desert to search for a mate, a journey about seven times longer than any previously recorded by state researchers monitoring the endangered birds.

Whaling Moratorium Likely to Be Dumped, New Zealand Official Warns
March 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling is likely to be rescinded in the next few years, New Zealand's commissioner to the International Whaling Commission has warned.

Flight Attendant Caught Trying to Smuggle Endangered Fish into Australia in His Baggage
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Customs officers thought there was something fishy about the baggage of a flight attendant arriving in Australia from Vietnam. They were right.

Fishermen, Lawmakers Prepare for Possible Introduction of Modified Salmon
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Volz, Associated Press

A Massachusetts company expects to get the federal government's OK to sell genetically enhanced salmon within a year, a prospect that scares some Alaskan fishermen.

High Levels of Mercury Found in Vt. Birds
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists have found high levels of mercury in songbirds on Vermont mountaintops. Researchers at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science announced this week that mercury was found in the blood and feathers of the rarely seen Bicknell's thrush on Mount Mansfield and Stratton Mountain.

Open Season on Cats in Wisconsin?
March 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Conlon, Reuters

A proposal that would allow hunters in Wisconsin to shoot and kill feral cats is causing, well, a hissy fit. "It's entirely cruel behavior to have an open season on cats. Just because a cat doesn't have a collar doesn't mean a cat has no owners," said Jessica Frohman, community outreach and policy coordinator for Alley Cat Allies, a group which espouses no-kill methods of controlling wild felines.

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