Wildlife

Female Owl Goes on 150-Mile Trek for Mate
March 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A female ferruginous pygmy owl took a 150-mile crisscross trek across the Sonoran Desert to search for a mate, a journey about seven times longer than any previously recorded by state researchers monitoring the endangered birds.

Whaling Moratorium Likely to Be Dumped, New Zealand Official Warns
March 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling is likely to be rescinded in the next few years, New Zealand's commissioner to the International Whaling Commission has warned.

Flight Attendant Caught Trying to Smuggle Endangered Fish into Australia in His Baggage
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Customs officers thought there was something fishy about the baggage of a flight attendant arriving in Australia from Vietnam. They were right.

Fishermen, Lawmakers Prepare for Possible Introduction of Modified Salmon
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Volz, Associated Press

A Massachusetts company expects to get the federal government's OK to sell genetically enhanced salmon within a year, a prospect that scares some Alaskan fishermen.

High Levels of Mercury Found in Vt. Birds
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists have found high levels of mercury in songbirds on Vermont mountaintops. Researchers at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science announced this week that mercury was found in the blood and feathers of the rarely seen Bicknell's thrush on Mount Mansfield and Stratton Mountain.

Open Season on Cats in Wisconsin?
March 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Conlon, Reuters

A proposal that would allow hunters in Wisconsin to shoot and kill feral cats is causing, well, a hissy fit. "It's entirely cruel behavior to have an open season on cats. Just because a cat doesn't have a collar doesn't mean a cat has no owners," said Jessica Frohman, community outreach and policy coordinator for Alley Cat Allies, a group which espouses no-kill methods of controlling wild felines.

Claws out over Animal Rights in West Hollywood
March 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The claws are out in Southern California over the rights of cats to keep their nails and dogs to keep their tails and ears intact.

Fish Numbers Drop After Grand Canyon Flood
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Arthur H. Rotstein, Associated Press

The number of juvenile endangered fish recovered in the Colorado River declined dramatically after officials flooded the Grand Canyon in an effort to aid them and their fragile ecosystem. But scientists aren't sure what the fish decline means or why it happened.

Few Clues on Dolphin Deaths in Florida Keys
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Myers, Reuters

Biologists are investigating whether sonar used in U.S. Navy submarine exercises or red tide bacteria contributed to the deaths of more than 30 rough-toothed dolphins in a mass stranding in the Florida Keys last week.

South Dakota Bill Targets Prairie Dogs
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Kafka, Associated Press

Gov. Mike Rounds has signed a bill giving South Dakota ranchers some extra ammunition in dealing with prairie dogs that invade from neighboring private property.

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