Wildlife

Japanese Whaling Ships Leave for Controversial Research Hunt off Northern Coast
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Six ships left a port in northern Japan on Monday for a whale hunt in an offshore research program that critics have denounced as a cover for commercial whaling.

Sheep and Insects to Help Kill Exotic Weeds in Arizona Forests
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Three of Arizona's national forests will soon be providing a smorgasbord for weevils, flies, moths, beetles and sheep. The critters are expected to be sent in as early as this summer to munch on dangerous and invasive weeds that are harming endangered and threatened native plants and wildlife.

Engineers Redesign Roads to Save Moose
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Trudy Tynan, Associated Press

At night on a dark country road, all that the headlights catch are the shadowy legs the size of tree trunks rising out of the pavement. Standing six feet at the shoulder, weighing up to 1,000 pounds, with massive antlers more than five feet across, moose tower over automobiles and have no fear of them.

Federal Lawmaker Advises People in Northern Australia to Bludgeon Toxic Toads to Death
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A government lawmaker advised people in northern Australia to bludgeon to death toxic toads that are advancing toward the region's main city, Darwin.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Persist in Chicken
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Alex Dominguez, Associated Press

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria continued to be found in chickens bought at area supermarkets a year after two large poultry producers stopped using an antibiotic blamed for creating the resistant strains, Johns Hopkins researchers report.

Reef Fish Tune in to Noise when House Hunting
April 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Silence is not golden for young fish who prefer to call home a reef situated in a noisy locale. Between shrimp clacking their claws, the grinding of teeth and other fishy sounds, reefs can be noisy places, and juvenile fish returning from the open ocean gravitate to the din, according to a study published in Friday's issue of the journal Science.

Smithsonian Names New Threat to U.S. Rice
April 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A type of maggot that devastated some late-planted rice fields in Louisiana and Texas last year is a bug new to the United States, the Smithsonian Institution has confirmed.

On the U.S. Chesapeake, Asian Oyster Stirs Debate
April 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Andy Sullivan, Reuters

The oysters piled high in Rich Harding's boat are the best he's seen in years -- plump and healthy, with no signs of the diseases that have ravaged shellfish beds on the Chesapeake Bay.

Primate Species Face Extinction, Report Says
April 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Clare Nullis, Associated Press

Human activities such as hunting and logging have driven nearly one quarter of the world's primate species -- man's closest living relatives -- to the brink of extinction, according to a new report.

Suspects Eyed in Canadian Bald Eagle Killings
April 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Allan Dowd, Reuters

Investigators believe they know who is responsible for the slaughter of dozens of bald eagles near Vancouver in a poaching operation that sold talons, feathers and other parts across North America, officials said Wednesday.

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