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Wolves Delisted in US

Wolves

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press Writer Thu Feb 21, 9:02 PM ET

BILLINGS, Mont. - Gray wolves in the Northern Rockies will be removed from the endangered species list, following a 13-year restoration effort that helped the animal's population soar, federal officials said Thursday.

An estimated 1,500 wolves now roam Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. That represents a dramatic turnaround for a predator that was largely exterminated in the U.S. outside of Alaska in the early 20th century.

To read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080222/ap_on_sc/wolf_delisting

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Bat Radar, A chicken or the Egg Story

Wildlife NewsWhich came first, flying or radar?
The fossil record has finally answered this mystery. A bat fossil found in Wyoming reveals that bats began flying before they developed their amazing radar system. Read more here:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080214/ap_on_sc/bat_fossil;_ylt=Ak0RVsPovsAMpN5PV_tPkUcPLBIF
14 February 2008, Yahoo News
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Rare Spoon-billed Sandpipers

Spoon-billed Sandpipers
They are rare and endangered, but new hope was generated when 84 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were discovered along a coastal stretch of Myanmar.
!4 February 2008, Yahoo Science
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080214/ap_on_sc/myanmar_sandpiper_discovery;_ylt=AgNk9j2QnIU4DpE7rg9zMN8PLBIF
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Farmed Salmon Decimating Wild Salmon Worldwide

Wildlife News

James Owen
for National Geographic News

February 12, 2008

The growing global appetite for cheap farmed salmon is imperiling wild fish populations across the planet, scientists warn.

The first worldwide assessment of the impact of cultivated salmon on wild stocks found that where native populations encounter salmon farms, the numbers of wild fish crash, on average, by more than 50 percent.

The farmed fish spread diseases and parasites to wild salmon. Some cultivated escapees also interbreed with the native fish, reducing the ability of their offspring to survive, researchers say.

"The overall trend, over and over again around the world, is that salmon farming seems to have a negative impact on wild salmon," said lead researcher Jennifer Ford of Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

To read more, please use the folowing link

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/02/080212-salmon-lice.html

 

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Eagle eye restored by operation

Conservation & Preservation

BBC News

February 11, 2008

A golden eagle who was blinded after flying into an electricity pylon has had her vision partially restored by a ground-breaking operation.

For complete story, click on the following link:

Reference Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk:80/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7239793.stm

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