Wildlife

Exploding Toads May Have Been Pecked by Birds for Their Livers, Veterinarian Says
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Surman, Associated Press

What's making toads puff up and explode in northern Europe? More than 1,000 toad corpses have been found at a pond in an upscale neighborhood in Hamburg and over the border in Denmark after bloating and bursting.

Gorilla Gossip Scotched by Ugandan Reappearance
April 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Daniel Wallis, Reuters

A family of "missing" gorillas reappeared in Uganda, scotching speculation in the national media that they had been lured to neighbouring Rwanda. Ugandan wildlife officials have consistently scoffed at the flurry of conspiracy theories in the Ugandan national press, which accused Rwanda of spiriting the apes away to beef up its tourist trade.

Zoo Reverses Vasectomy on Bush Dog
April 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Cheryl Wittenauer, Associated Press

Three yapping, cuddly South American bush dog pups at the Saint Louis Zoo are making fertility history among wild canids, with implications for the rest of the animal world.

Kangaroo Leather Sales Bill Advances in California
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

California lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would lift the state's blanket ban on the sale of products made from kangaroo leather.

35 More Wild Horses Killed in the West
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Thirty-five more wild horses rounded up in the West were slaughtered Monday, but the Interior Department acted quickly to save the lives of 52 other mustangs by enlisting last-minute financial help from Mustang sports car maker Ford Motor Co.

Australian Officials Announce Wild Camel Cull
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Meraiah Foley, Associated Press

Thousands of wild camels in Australia's Outback will be shot and killed from helicopters as part of an attempt to control the animals' burgeoning numbers, a state official and local media said Tuesday.

Switzerland and the Wolf
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Schulman, WWF International

Looking for wolves in Switzerland is a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. Perhaps even harder as there are only a handful of them roaming throughout the country’s vast mountain ranges and alpine meadows made famous by the 19th century children’s classic, and later the popular television series, Heidi. But, for many living in the Swiss Alps, this is a handful too many.

Colorado Wildlife Agency Says Feds Underestimated Effects of Drilling on Prized Plateau
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

A draft federal report on gas drilling on a prized 3,000-foot high plateau underestimates the potential impact on wildlife, ignores science and lacks enough details to make predictions, state wildlife managers say.

Walk Your Dog Three Times a Day or Be Fined, Says Turin
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Dog owners in Turin will be fined up to 500 euros ($650) if they don't walk their pets at least three times a day, under a new law from the city's council.

Hunter Kills Well-Known Alaska Alpha Wolf
April 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The alpha wolf that led a famous Denali National Park pack in Alaska was shot and killed by a hunter last weekend, causing dismay among activists who say wolf hunting should be made illegal in the state.

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