Wildlife

Salmon Farm Escapees Threaten Wild Cousins, WWF Says
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A quarter of salmon in seas off Norway are escapees from fish farms, threatening the survival of their wild cousins in a cautionary tale for fish farmers worldwide, the WWF conservation group said on Thursday.

New Species of Rodent Found in Laos
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Is it a squirrel, a rat, a guinea pig? Maybe a chinchilla? The long-whiskered rodent with stubby legs and a tail covered with dense hair resembles them all but has turned out be a previously unknown species that actually represents an entire new family of wildlife, the Wildlife Conservation Society said.

EarthNews Radio: Cheetahs in Danger
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Cheetahs are a unique and beautiful creature, one which we are in real danger of losing to extinction.

Fishing Industry Suffering as Salmon Runs Drastically Drop
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Rukmini Callimachi, Associated Press

Fertilizer salesman Rex Harke had planned to take 12 of his most loyal clients on a salmon fishing expedition down the Columbia River this week. Normally at this time, the spring chinook salmon are charging up the river in the tens of thousands, heading from the Pacific Ocean to their spawning beds.

Poachers Poison Five Rhinos in S. Africa Reserve
May 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Poachers have fatally poisoned five rhinos and several other animals in a South African nature reserve, a new tactic conservationists said was deeply worrying.

Hatcheries May Be Releasing Pollutants along with Fish
May 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Warren Cornwall, The Seattle Times

When environmental regulators last winter tried to solve the mystery of how a toxic chemical wound up in the mountain-fed waters of Icicle Creek, they stumbled on a surprising potential culprit: a federal fish hatchery.

Maryland Researchers Predict Bad Year for Fish-Threatening Algae
May 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Gretchen Parker, Associated Press

State researchers predicted Monday that this summer could rank among the five worst in 20 years for algae blooms that threaten fish and other marine life in Chesapeake Bay.

Crocodiles Put Australia Rangers on High Alert
May 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A record number of crocodiles in Australia's famous Kakadu National Park, and larger more aggressive saltwater crocodiles, have put rangers on high alert as the giant animals attack boats and bite outboard motors.

Puerto Rico Draws up Proposal to Eradicate and Control Non-Native Monkeys
May 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Environmental authorities have drawn up a proposal to control and eradicate non-native species of monkeys who are harming agriculture and endangering native species, officials said Friday.

Dairy Cows Pass Gas, but How Much?
May 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Moran, The Modesto Bee

Dairy cows either: a) pollute the air a lot less than previously thought, b) a lot more than previously thought, or c) about the same as was thought. The answer is all of the above, according to a committee charged with figuring out what the San Joaquin Valley's dairy cows contribute to smog.

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