Wildlife

Phoenix Officials Urge Residents To Boil Water Because of Treatment Plant Problems
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth DeFalco, Associated Press

The 1.5 million residents of Phoenix were warned Tuesday to boil their drinking water or use bottled water as a precaution because of problems at treatment plants, and to take conservation measures.

State Logging Plan Draws Objections from Conservation Groups
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News

A Maine Department of Conservation plan to raise money by logging state park properties came under fire during a legislative hearing Monday morning.

Report Warns of Toxins in Baltic Fish
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union should push through restrictions on the industrial use of chemicals to cut pollution affecting fish in the Baltic Sea, a leading environmental group says in a report released Tuesday.

California Officials Doubt Natural Seepage Caused Oil Spill Killing Hundreds of Birds
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A mysterious oil spill that killed hundreds of birds on the Southern California coast was probably not caused by natural seepage from the ocean floor, investigators said.

Government to Allow Oil Exploration in Ecologically Sensitive Alaska Area
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Citing a need for domestic energy, the government plans to open for exploratory drilling thousands of acres on Alaska's North Slope that have been protected for decades because of migratory birds and caribou.

Arizona Park Wants to Kill Exotic Plants
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Saguaro National Park managers are trying to eliminate exotic plants that are threatening to crowd out native vegetation in the Sonoran Desert.

Researchers Find Quahogs Can Neutralize Toxin
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The war on terror could have an unlikely ally in the modest mollusk known as the quahog. Federally funded researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth who injected quahogs with the botulism toxin reached a startling conclusion -- that the shellfish somehow neutralized the poisonous enzyme, which is considered a potential bioterror agent.

Rare Giant Pandas Boost Numbers by Almost Half
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Endangered giant pandas have boosted their numbers in the wild by almost half in just a few years thanks to enlarged habitat and improved ecosystems, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

Ohio Wildlife Officials Consider Allowing Otter Trapping after Success of Reintroduction Programs
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Carrie Spencer, Associated Press

The wily and playful river otter was once on the verge of extinction in Ohio. Now they're thriving -- and causing so much damage that wildlife officials are considering allowing hunters to trap them.

Puget Sound Environmental Report Yields Mixed Results
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Craig Welch, The Seattle Times

Many of Puget Sound's declining herring populations have rebounded, the acres covered by the invasive grass spartina are half what they were a few years ago and sites once contaminated with heavy metals are slowly being cleaned up, according to a biennial report by the state on Puget Sound's health.

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