Wildlife

Indonesia's Birds of Paradise Dying Out, Scientist Says
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Karishm Vyas, Reuters

Rampant illegal logging in Indonesia and the demands of a rapidly expanding population and economy in Indonesia are killing many of Asia's most exotic and rare birds, conservationists said on Thursday.

Brazil Trains Environmental Police to Guard Amazon
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Hay, Reuters

The latest recruits to Brazil's losing battle to slow Amazon destruction began training Wednesday at a new environmental police academy deep in the world's largest jungle.

Texas Officials Wary of Plan to Hunt by Internet
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Franks, Reuters

Hunters soon may be able to sit at their computers and blast away at animals on a Texas ranch via the Internet, a prospect that has state wildlife officials up in arms.

PETA Campaign Pitches Fish as Smart and Sensitive
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - David Crary, Associated Press

Touting tofu chowder and vegetarian sushi as alternatives, animal-rights activists have launched a novel campaign arguing that fish -- contrary to stereotype -- are intelligent, sensitive animals no more deserving of being eaten than a pet dog or cat.

Biologist Seeks Wolves' Return to Rockies
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist says returning wolves to the Rocky Mountains is "a chance to undo a great wrong" done when wolves were exterminated from about 98 percent of their range by the mid-1900s.

Scientists Say More Than 15,000 Species Facing Extinction
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Cropley, Reuters

More than 15,000 species, from sharks to frogs to fir trees, are facing extinction and the total is rising faster than ever before, conservationists and scientists said on Wednesday. Despite efforts to slow or reverse the slide into oblivion of many species, one in three amphibians and almost half of all freshwater turtles are threatened, the IUCN World Conservation Union said at the unveiling of its 2004 species "Red List."

Timber Industry Expects No Change in Northern Spotted Owl Status on Endangered List
November 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The timber industry group that sued to have the threatened species status of the northern spotted owl reviewed does not expect the bird to be dropped from federal protection, but hopes new information will allow more logging in national forests.

Democrats, Greens Aim to Overturn Bush Forest Plan
November 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Christopher Doering, Reuters

Democrats and environmental groups Monday expressed hope that changes in the Bush administration Cabinet could moderate a White House plan to open some 60 million acres of federal forests to logging.

Nature Conservation Body to Launch International Talks in Thailand
November 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Daniel Lovering, Associated Press

An environmental group will release a new list of endangered species this week at the largest-ever nature conservation meeting in Asia, organizers said Tuesday.

Conservative Legal Group Challenges Endangered Species Protection
November 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Brian Melley, Associated Press

A conservative legal group is threatening to sue the federal government over its plans to protect four dozen endangered species ranging from Peninsular bighorn sheep to the tiny robust spineflower.

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