Wildlife

Report Warns Great Barrier Reef Could Die in 20 Years
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

It could take less that 20 years for rising sea temperatures caused by global warming to kill Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest chain of living coral, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Madagascan Troops Accused of Smuggling Tortoises
February 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Cocks, Reuters

Three Madagascan army officers have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling nearly 200 endangered tortoises out of the country on a French military plane.

Biologist Says Deer Threaten Ginseng
February 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Vicki Smith, Associated Press

American ginseng, sister of the Asian wonder herb and a seasonal cash crop in Appalachia, has two obstacles to long-term survival in the United States: Man and deer.

Wyoming to Study Declining Moose Population
February 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Moose populations in western Wyoming have fallen so low that the Game and Fish Department is considering closing the hunting season in parts of the region.

Scientists Find New Coral Species
February 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists have discovered a new species of brushy coral that flames like a white and pink Christmas tree hundreds of feet below the Channel Islands.

Wildlife Could Lure Tourists to Maine
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News

A plan to expand the economic power of Maine's fish and wildlife resources was highlighted by Gov. John Baldacci during the annual Fur, Fin and Feather Day at the State House.

Going Once, Going Twice -- A Chance to Name a Monkey
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Sue Pleming, Reuters

Britain's Queen Victoria had a pigeon named after her and President Theodore Roosevelt's dedication to conservation earned him an elk bearing his name. Now ordinary people can bid online to officially name an orange and brown monkey documented last year in Bolivia's Madidi National Park, seen by scientists as one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.

Experts Baffled by Finch Die-Off in Alaska
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An increasing number of redpolls are dying off in the Fairbanks area this winter, baffling wildlife biologists. Experts had suspected the red-capped finches were dying of salmonellosis, but preliminary cultures did not confirm the presence of the bacteria.

Scientists, Fishermen Worry About Herring
February 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Each winter, schools of silvery herring pass beneath the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to drop their eggs in the lushly vegetated corners of San Francisco Bay.

Israelis and Palestinians Clean up Rivers to Save Endangered Turtles, Improve Drinking Water
February 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Laurie Copans, Associated Press

In an area of olive and avocado groves northeast of Tel Aviv, a river of sewage snakes from the Palestinian city of Tulkarem, under Israel's separation barrier and into a river where an endangered species of soft-shelled turtle once thrived.

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