California Turns to Goats to Stop Wildfires
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Leonard Anderson, Reuters
Move over Smokey the Bear. In California, thousands of goats are helping prevent wildfires. From hilly San Francisco to more rural settings, California landowners, business and officials have hired the voracious animals to devour the grass and brush that fuels wildfires.
Big Fish Important in the Gene Pool
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Anglers chasing big fish and leaving the small fry might be doing far more harm than good according to marine scientists in the United States.
Extinction of Frogs is Catastrophic, Scientists Say
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Carlos Andrade, Reuters
Before the arrival of Spanish colonizers some 500 years ago, Indians in what is now Ecuador dipped their arrowheads in venom extracted from the phantasmal poison frog to doom their victims to convulsive death, scientists believe.
Warm Water Temps May Be Harming Sockeye
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
As many as 200,000 sockeye salmon disappeared last year between the Ballard Locks and spawning grounds above Lake Washington. Scientists suspect rising water temperatures could be the culprit.
IWC Urges Japan Not to Kill More Whales for Research
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Kelly Olsen, Associated Press
The International Whaling Commission urged Japan on Wednesday to drop plans to more than double the number of whales it hunts yearly for scientific research, saying the Japanese do not need to kill whales to study them.
Government Proposes Changes in Fishing Rules
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
New guidelines aimed at preventing overfishing were proposed Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Japan Loses Commericial Whaling Vote
June 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters
Japan lashed out at anti-whaling nations on Tuesday after its proposal to resume limited commercial hunting was voted down by an international commission and its "scientific" harvesting heavily criticised.
Mexican Nabbed Smuggling Tiger Cubs from U.S.
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
U.S. customs agents seized two rare white tiger cubs and nabbed a Mexican man as he smuggled them south over the border from Texas in his truck, authorities said Monday.
Wildlife Crowds Around Arctic Telescope
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
To examine data on the universe's earliest stars and galaxies from a balloon-launched telescope, scientists had to fend off earthly creatures in the Canadian Arctic.
Pro-Whaling Countries Gear Up for Vote on Limited Commercial Hunts
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Kelly Olsen, Associated Press
Countries that oppose the two-decade moratorium on commercial whale hunts fought for the upper hand at an annual whaling meeting Tuesday after early setbacks, pushing a proposal to back limited, for-profit hunts.