Judge Rules U.S. Government Wrong to Downgrade Wolf from Endangered to Threatened
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that President George W. Bush administration violated the Endangered Species Act when it relaxed protections on many of the United States' gray wolves.
Special Mouse that Blocked Projects Special No More, Government Says
January 31, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
The Preble's meadow jumping mouse, once seen as a costly impediment to development, is now viewed by the government as a critter that never really existed -- and is no longer in need of federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Bear Hunting Debate Shifts to Outlawing Traps
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News
It seems that legislators aren't ready to let go of last fall's failed referendum proposing a ban on bear hunting with bait, dogs and traps, as more than a dozen bills proposing changes to Maine's bear hunt are on tap for the 122nd Legislature.
Endangered Condors Return to Andes Skies
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Vanessa Nichols, Associated Press
Timidly taking its first steps in the wild, the young condor perches on a rocky plateau as a hot breeze swirls upward from the barren Patagonian landscape.
Environmentalists Sue To Stop Logging of Sequoias, Other Trees at California National Monument
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Leff, Associated Press
Environmentalists sued the federal government Thursday over plans to log in central California's Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees.
N.C. Program Aims to Boost Bee Population
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Hartsoe, Associated Press
North Carolina is trying to boost the buzz surrounding the state's crops. As farmers leave tobacco and move into new crops like cucumbers, melons, and berries, the state is confronting a crisis: it simply doesn't have enough honeybees to pollinate all those flowering plants.
Judge Won't Suspend Alaska Wolf Control
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press
An animal rights group failed to persuade a judge Thursday to immediately suspend Alaska's aerial wolf control program, which it likened to a slaughter.
China Pandas Laugh All the Way to the Blood Bank
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
China's endangered pandas, who grab world attention each time they give birth, are now going to have their own blood bank to help to keep their numbers up, state media said on Friday.
House Members File Bill To Restore Horse, Burro Protection Law
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Rosen Lum, Contra Costa Times
Reps. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., and Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., introduced legislation this week to restore the Wild and Free Ranging Horse and Burro Protection Act of 1971, gutted last month by a "stealth" rider inserted into a massive appropriations bill.
Scientists Say Valdez Spill Impacts Slow To Fade
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Crude oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill still lingers in Alaska's Prince William Sound and nearby areas, with parts of the environment still far from recovery, several scientists said at a three-day conference.