Wildlife

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.

White Pelicans Return to N.D. Refuge
April 7, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

Biologists are buoyed by the first wave of white pelicans returning to the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in central North Dakota.

Alaska Starts Kill of Grizzly Bears to Boost Moose
April 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

For the first time since Alaska became a U.S. state, hunters will be allowed to use bait to lure and kill grizzly bears under a program intended to boost moose populations in parts of interior Alaska.

Feds Agree to Study Status of Steelhead
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Elizabeth M. Gillespie, Associated Press

The National Marine Fisheries Service has agreed to study whether Puget Sound steelhead deserve protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Study Suggests Salmon Thrived Above Klamath Dams
April 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Based on a review of historical and archaeological evidence, a group of federal biologists has concluded that salmon definitely spawned in waters far above a series of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River that have blocked fish since 1917.

Scientists Artificially Inseminate Whale
April 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

After bringing in a parade of males and watching for years as nature never took its course, scientists at Mystic Aquarium have performed what is believed to be the first artificial insemination of a beluga whale.

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