Wildlife

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.

Apes May Be Key to Human Nature, Expert Says
April 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Amy Lorentzen, Associated Press

Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh sounds like a proud mother when she speaks about her brood of bonobos, eight ultra-intelligent apes that will take part in unique language research meant to shed light on their nature and maybe our own.

Rural Britons Take Hunt Ban Anger to the Ballot Box
April 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Rural Britons are in revolt and mounting a determined but almost certainly doomed bid to stop Tony Blair's Labour party winning an unprecedented third term in elections next month.

Chilean Report Links Copec Pulp Plant to Dead Swans
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Valdivia wood pulp plant, owned by the forestry arm of Chile's biggest industrial group Copec, seriously polluted a wetlands sanctuary, causing the deaths of black-necked swans, said an official report published Monday.

Old Growth Up, Spotted Owl Numbers Down
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Ten years after the Northwest Forest Plan sharply reduced logging on national forests in the region, the amount of old growth forest is up but northern spotted owl populations are down and with no clear reason why, scientists reported Tuesday.

Michigan Works to Restore Moose Population
April 18, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Known only as Moose No. 173, she wandered for years in the swamplands and forests of Michigan's far north before dropping dead at the foot of a black spruce tree and disappearing over the next week beneath a blanket of snow.

Eggs Hatching for Aurora the Octopus
April 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Aurora -- with all eight of her arms -- held tight to her dream of motherhood. The aging Giant Pacific octopus, a resident of the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, embraced her maternal instinct and was rewarded this week as her eggs finally began hatching.

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