Wildlife

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.

Tsunami Pushes Leatherback Turtles Towards Brink
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Simon Denyer, Reuters

They survived the dinosaurs, but leatherback turtles may have moved one step closer to extinction when last December's tsunami washed away some of their most important nesting beaches in India's Nicobar islands.

Snakes Have Interesting Habits, Researchers Say
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

It may not matter to people who hate snakes, but researchers at Washington University have discovered that rattlers are adaptable and have some interesting habits.

Arizona Officials May Import Endangered Owls
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Wildlife officials are considering importing endangered owls from Mexico to boost the dwindling population in Arizona. To protect endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, development already has been slowed or altered on thousands of acres of old-growth, ironwood-saguaro forest.

WWF Says Japan Scientific Whaling a Sham
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Japan should stop harpooning whales for scientific research, the WWF environmental group said on Monday in a report denouncing the slaughter as a cover-up for commercial sales of the mammals' meat.

Rare Cave Crawfish Spurs Environment Study
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The rare cave crawfish, which lives in an area near Elm Springs, Arkansas, has spurred a study of the nearby environment in the hope of preventing development-related changes to the ecosystem that enables the blind crustacean to survive.

A Grizzly Situation for Wyoming Farmers, Residents: Ecosystem is Close By
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Cara Eastwood, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

Rancher Tom Bales' voice grew thick with emotion as he remembered the day his young daughter walked outside to feed her sheep and started screaming. As Bales rushed out of the house to see what was wrong, he saw what had frightened her: The three market lambs she had raised on bottles were spread around the farmyard in pieces.

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