Wildlife

Gulf States Talk about Reducing the Shrimp Fleet to Aid Struggling Shrimpers
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Despite winning tariffs on imports of farm-raised shrimp from six Asian and South American nations this year, Southern shrimpers are still struggling and are now considering whether to limit the number of boats trawling for shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico.

Calif. Elks Will Be Sent to Roam Free
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Dozens of tule elk will be sent to areas where they can roam freely, from the northern Coast Ranges to the southern Sierra Nevada, in an attempt to restore a native California species that has rebounded from the brink of extinction.

Defecating Pandas Expand Their Horizons
February 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A study of giant panda poo in China has proved the endangered animals are expanding their horizons, Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.

Mexico Reports 75-Percent Drop in the Number of Monarch Butterflies
February 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

The Mexican government said on Tuesday that 75 percent fewer Monarch butterflies have appeared at wintering grounds here, largely blaming conditions in the United States and Canada for the decline.

Rampant Lobster Disease Mystifies Scientists
February 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter B. Lord, The Providence Journal

Scientists and fishermen tried to tackle the problem of Southern New England's dying lobsters yesterday afternoon, but after hours of talk it looked like they were stuck in the first 15 minutes of a crime-scene mystery.

Kenya Seizes Smuggled Baby Chimps Crammed into Cage
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Wangui Kanina, Reuters

Kenya made its biggest seizure of primates in the battle to stop trade in endangered wildlife with the discovery of six baby chimpanzees crammed into a crate at an airport, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Tuesday.

Ranchers Blame Government for Prairie Dog Damage
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Chet Brokaw, Associated Press

Jerry Heinrichs says that because of the long-running drought across the West, his cattle had to compete with prairie dogs for the grass. And the prairie dogs won.

Group Seeks Protection for Eastern Fish
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A group of Western county commissioners who have problems with the Endangered Species Act has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the northern snakehead, an Asian fish that's invaded the East, protected under the act.

Smokies Park Gets Bugs, Species Funds
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will receive an additional $1 million in its current budget, most of it for fighting a pest responsible for killing hemlock trees and for a program to catalog organisms found in the Smokies.

Little Fire Ants Invade the Big Island
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

It doesn't make as much noise as the coqui frog, but the little fire ant has invaded the Big Island, stinging fruit pickers and homeowners alike.

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