Wildlife

Rare Plant Nearly Wiped Out by Work Crew
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

One of California's rarest plants was nearly wiped out of existence when Marin County workers used a backhoe to clear a plugged roadside drain in the species' sole habitat.

Climate Warming Spells Species Wipeout, Experts Say
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Whole species of animals from frogs to leopards, living in vulnerable areas and with nowhere else to go, face extinction due to global warming, scientists said on Wednesday.

Tiny Pest Decimating Honeybee Colonies
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A tiny pest is decimating honeybee colonies across the country, worrying beekeepers and farmers who depend on the insects to pollinate their crops.

Crane Restoration Partners Pledge to Continue Efforts
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Tunstall, Tampa Tribune

Bird lovers trying to establish a migrating colony of whooping cranes east of the Mississippi River say they will dedicate at least three to five more years to the project.

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.

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