Wildlife

Bush Administration Proposes Cuts in Federally Designated Areas to Save Salmon from Extinction
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The Bush administration has proposed large cuts in federally designated areas in the Northwest and California meant to aid the recovery of threatened or endangered salmon. Protection would focus instead on rivers where the fish now thrive.

At Least 55 Whales Die in New Zealand Mass Stranding, Officials Say
November 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rescuers were working feverishly Tuesday to float two whales stranded for two days on a North Island beach, where 55 pilot whales carcasses litter the sand, conservation officials said.

Anglers Want to Remove Black Bass from List of Threats to Japan's Ecosystems
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun

Industry groups and lawmakers have begun lobbying to remove black bass from a list contained in a new law that targets nonindigenous species believed to be damaging the country's native species and ecosystem.

Sperm Whale Found Dead in Contaminated Waters off Puerto Rico
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A sperm whale beached itself on a coral reef and died in contaminated waters in Puerto Rico on Sunday, officials said.

Skin Trade Threatens World's Few Surviving Tigers
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

The world's tiger population has plummeted by 95 percent from the start of the 20th century to as few as 5,000 now and is further threatened by the lucrative trade in their skins, officials told a forum on Friday.

Dead Cicadas Help the Soil, Study Reveals
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Eileen Putman, Associated Press

Even in death, the 17-year cicadas made their mark. Their decaying carcasses gave a super-size boost in nutrients to forest soil and stimulated seed and nitrogen production in a plant important to the forest ecosystem, researchers reported in Friday's issue of the journal Science.

Aborigines Hope Camel Exports Will End Poverty
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Kylie Stott, Reuters

A group of Aborigines shelter from the blazing outback sun beneath a large desert oak, sipping strong bush tea and hungrily eyeing the camel meat burgers sizzling on the camp grill.

World Conservation Union Says Bangkok Talks Boost Nature Protection Efforts
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Daniel Lovering, Associated Press

Scientists and officials strengthened efforts to forestall the extinction of thousands of species and protect the world's habitats in talks in Bangkok, but governments need to work harder to promote conservation, an international environment agency said Thursday.

Species-Threatening Snails Found in Colorado
November 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Tough and tiny snails that threaten to crowd out native species by hogging all the food have shown up in a Colorado creek for the first time, state wildlife biologists said Tuesday.

Catalina Foxes Back After Near Extinction
November 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A unique subspecies of fox that is about the size of a house cat is back from the brink of extinction on Santa Catalina Island and can survive on its own thanks to a captive breeding program, the head of a nonprofit group that manages most of the island said Tuesday.

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