Wildlife

Dolphins Protect Their Snouts With Sponges
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A group of dolphins living off the coast of Australia apparently teach their offspring to protect their snouts with sponges while foraging for food in the sea floor. Researchers say it appears to be a cultural behavior passed on from mother to daughter, a first for animals of this type, although such learning has been seen in other species.

Rattlesnakes Thrive in Iowa Prairie
June 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Chuck Schoffner, Associated Press

While some treat snakes with revulsion, the Nature Conservancy has nothing but respect for the prairie rattlesnakes that slither through the tall grasses just south of town.

Study Looks at Yellowstone Roads, Bison
June 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

Roads groomed for snowmobiles and snowcoaches in Yellowstone National Park are not the key factor influencing bison distribution and numbers in the park, a researcher said.

U.S. Urges Japan to Stop Killing Whales, Says Any Expansion in Kills Unacceptable
June 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The United States again is urging Japan to end its program of killing whales, which the Japanese say is for scientific research, and told Japan any expansion of the program would be unacceptable, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

Western Drought Further Jeopardizing Endangered Wildlife
June 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Green and black spotted frogs loiter beneath the surface of a concrete pond's glassy water, their bumpy heads occasionally breaking through into the desert air. A rancher transported the threatened Chiricahua leopard frogs to the artificial pond here because they were dying in a nearby reservoir that was being reduced to dried, cracked mud by years of drought.

Australian Animal Rights Group to Appeal Decision in Japanese Whaling Case
June 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Animal advocates hoping to halt a Japanese whale hunt announced plans Tuesday to appeal a legal decision that bars the group from filing a lawsuit against the whaling company Kyodo Senpaku.

University to Research Sound Effects on Dolphins
June 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A bill passed by the U.S. House last week would provide $2.2 million to the University of Hawaii to research the effects of sound on whales and dolphins.

Ecuador Lifts Galapagos Sea Cucumber Fishing Ban
June 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Ecuador Tuesday lifted a ban on the fishing of lucrative sea cucumbers from the Galapagos islands in a move that environmental groups have said could threaten conservation efforts.

Mountain Lion Research Continues in South Dakota
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Wayne Ortman, Associated Press

Wildlife managers want to know more about the reproductive rate and survival rate of kittens and where young lions go when they set out on their own, said John Kanta, a big-game biologist for the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Wildlife Officials to Kill 4,000 Cormorants
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Gregg Aamot, Associated Press

Chris Anderson is only half-joking when he offers a solution for the hungry cormorants that are eating the fish in Leech Lake -- and taking money out of his pocket. "Kill them all," he says of the voracious, predatory birds.

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