Road Salt May Be Sickening Alaska Pigeons
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Something is sickening pigeons in Juneau, making the birds lethargic and susceptible to attacks by ravens. A biologist and some birders suspect salt on Juneau's roads and sidewalks may be affecting pigeons.

Study Urges Action on Threatened Africa Predators
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A new study of Africa's most endangered carnivores has called for urgent action to save beasts such as the lion, cheetah and Ethiopian wolf from major threats to survival such as hunting and conflict with humans.

Elephant Sanctuary Rescues Abused Pachyderms
February 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two elephants explored their new sanctuary free of chains Tuesday, the first of four pairs to arrive as part of the most ambitious relocation effort ever mounted for abused pachyderms, organizers said.

Pigeons Get Backpacks for Air Pollution Monitoring
February 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A flock of pigeons fitted with mobile phone backpacks is to be used to monitor air pollution, New Scientist magazine reported on Wednesday.

Washington Weather May Be Killing Seabirds
February 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The mass starvation deaths of murres on Tatoosh Island off the Olympic Peninsula may be due in part to unusual weather patterns along the West Coast, scientists say.

Experts Say Black-Footed Ferrets Reproducing
February 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

In an encouraging sign for the black-footed ferret, wildlife officials say the animal is apparently reproducing across the West after nearing extinction less than three decades ago.

Stray Dog Kills Japanese Man in Romanian Capital
January 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

As many as 100,000 stray dogs are thought to live on the streets of Bucharest, a feral reminder of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's orders to bulldoze hundreds of houses in the capital during the 1980s.

Team Finds Rare Sandpipers in Bangladesh
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Parveen Ahmed, Associated Press

At least 11 rare spoon-billed sandpipers have been discovered along the coast of Bangladesh, scientists said Friday, raising hopes for the survival of the birds.

Lawmaker Calls for Official Status for Humuhumunukunukuapuaa
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

Everyone thought the humuhumunukunukuapuaa was Hawaii's state fish. As it turns out, the brightly colored fish with the excessively long name has been dethroned.

Alaska Revives Aerial Wolf Control Program
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

Alaska reinstated a population control program Thursday that allows shooting wolves from the air -- more than a week after a judge ruled it was illegal.

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