Wildlife

Study Shows Manatees Have Brittle Bones
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Despite their huge size, the bones of manatees are as brittle as fine porcelain, making them extremely vulnerable to being broken when struck by a boat, a University of Florida researchers said Thursday.

Mich. Moose Population Slump Continues
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Mercilessly hounded by blood-sucking ticks, the Isle Royale moose herd is on a downward spiral -- and the wolf packs that roam the national park in Lake Superior are taking advantage.

Experimental Flock Loses Whooping Crane
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An experimental flock of whooping cranes has lost one of its youngest members to a Florida bobcat but could be on the verge of producing chicks in the wild for the first time.

Poacher Turns Protector to Save Elephants in Africa
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Gray, Reuters

Desire Dontego is no longer an elephant poacher but he can still boast like one. "I was known as the killing machine," he declared after darkness fell in the Cameroon rainforest, the constant chirping of insects the only sound apart from his voice.

Study Says Ravens Thriving in Alaska Oil Fields
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

At least one animal appears to be benefiting from oil development in Alaska's North Slope -- the common raven -- according to one new study.

Damaging Alien Snail Found in Georgia
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A voracious, fast-breeding South American snail that is a problem in four states and Indonesia has been discovered for the first time in Georgia, officials say.

China Zoo Practices Criticized
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Safari parks in China have agreed to stop feeding their lions and tigers large live animals such as horses -- at least in public.

Senate Votes to Open Oil Drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush.

New Fairy Shrimp Species Found in Idaho
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Boone, Associated Press

Biologists with the Idaho National Guard have discovered a new species of fairy shrimp living in the oft-dry lake beds of Idaho's desert.

Greens Clash over S. African Elephant Cull Question
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A simmering battle over culling elephants has brought to light sharp divisions in the green movement over how to restrain a burgeoning population from outgrowing the confined wilderness of South Africa's parks.

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