Group Finds Six Lynx Kittens Born in Colorado
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

The year ended happily for state biologists with news that six more lynx kittens have been born to transplanted lynx in Colorado, bringing the total of newborns to 36 this year and 52 since a reintroduction program began in 1999.

Endangered Ferrets Make Comeback in Arizona
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Endangered black-footed ferrets are reproducing more and surviving longer in the wild in Arizona than they have since recovery efforts began nearly a decade ago, wildlife biologists say.

Thai Fishery Industry Fears Tsunami Threat to Coral Reefs, Biodiversity
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Phusadee Arunmas and Woranuj Maneerungsee, Bangkok Post

Damage to coral reefs and changes in sand layers as a result of the tidal waves on Sunday has raised concern about marine biodiversity among local fishermen, as Thai waters might no longer be a rich natural resource for certain species.

Forest Service Plans Deletes Environmental Protections, Critics Say
December 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Knight Ridder

The Forest Service Wednesday changed the way it plans management of national forests, shortening the process by years but also eliminating the primary tool used by environmentalists to challenge logging and mining in protected forests.

Bad Weather Hampers Efforts to Rescue Stranded Sperm Whales in Australia
December 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A pod of 19 sperm whales were stranded on the coast of Australia's Tasmania state and most of them are dead, authorities said Monday.

American Eel May Get Federal Protection
December 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Adam Gorlick, Associated Press

It is one of the creepier creatures on Earth -- a squirming, snakelike fish bound for no real glory beyond its role in sushi or as bait dangling from a fisherman's hook. But it is largely for that reason -- not despite it -- that Tim Watts is taking a stand to protect the American eel, a species he says is in dangerous decline.

Warming May Be Taking Toll on Pikas, Study Reveals
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Populations of the American pika -- a hamster-like rodent unable to survive in warm climates -- continue to decline in the West, apparently due in part to global warming, a new study says.

Bush Administration Finalizes Rules for National Forest Management
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Managers of the nation's 155 national forests will have more discretion to approve logging and other commercial projects without lengthy environmental reviews under a new Bush administration initiative.

EU Divided on Plans to Curb Illegal Timber Trade
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

EU members are divided over a European Commission plan to crack down on the lucrative illegal timber trade by making exporters prove their wood is not from endangered rainforests, officials said on Tuesday.

Guatemala Clamps down on Christmas Fir Poachers
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters

olice have seized thousands of branches of an endangered Guatemalan scented fir species used for Christmas trees in a clampdown to protect it against extinction, police said Tuesday.

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