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Thousands of confused water fowl crash-land in Utah
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The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources office in Cedar City had thousands of dead, injured and confused Eared Grebes on its hands after the migrating birds crash-landed in a south-central Utah community. DWR spokeswoman Amy Canning confirmed that a large flock of the water fowl plunged from the skies, apparently mistaking icy parking lots for a lake. More



Fish & Wildlife Service and NOAA's Fisheries Service propose policy to improve implementation of Endangered Species Act
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A new federal policy proposal will help clarify which species or populations of species are eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act and will provide for earlier and more effective opportunities to conserve declining species. The public is invited to comment on the policy, proposed by the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, the two federal agencies responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act. Comments will be accepted for the next 60 days. More

Conservation groups: 'Real' reindeer need help
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A new campaign will help protect the "real" reindeer, also known as woodland caribou, in Canada's boreal forest. Reindeer populations have declined drastically in the past few decades. To stop the losses, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Earth Rangers — a Canadian conservation group that works with children and families — have launched a campaign called "Bring Back the Wild – Save the Real Reindeer." More

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Badlands National Park eyed for Yellowstone bison
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The Badlands National Park could become the home of a controversial herd of Yellowstone National Park bison. Officials with the park and with the Oglala Sioux Tribe are interested in locating about 50 Yellowstone bison in the park's South Unit, which sits on tribal land and is co-managed with the tribe. The Yellowstone bison are viewed as among the most genetically pure in the world, with little or no cattle genes. Surplus animals from the herd could be used to provide income or meat for tribal members, while the herd would be available for public viewing for tourists willing to go off the beaten path. More

States, feds join forces to protect sage grouse
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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and officials from western states have discussed a strategy to save sage grouse and keep them off the federal endangered species list. If grouse numbers dwindle and the federal government is forced to protect the bird through the Endangered Species Act, ways of life in western states — including oil and gas development, renewable energy efforts, hunting and fishing — will be at risk, Salazar said. More

Bighorn sheep relocation working in West Texas
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The silhouettes of desert bighorn sheep can once again be seen on West Texas mountain ridges, thanks to a 50-year-old reintroduction program that is now bearing fruit. Big Bend Ranch State Park now has about 30 sheep; it will take about 100 before the population can support itself, officials said. More

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Complex sex life of goats could have implications for wildlife management
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A new study of the mating habits of mountain goats reveals the vastly different strategies of males in different populations. A Durham University-led research team has found that male chamois adopt different strategies in different populations in order to succeed in the rut. Some put a lot of energy in at a young age, while others wait until they are much older. The study is the first to show clearly that this strategy of 'terminal investment,' a pattern of higher reproductive effort in older age, is pursued by males in an animal population. More

1,000 hidden species revealed in Australian Outback
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The Australian Outback is hot, dry and desolate. But just under the surface it is teeming with life. A team of researchers in Australia has been looking for invertebrates in small underground cavities beneath the desert. So far the team has found more than 1,000 new species; they estimate there are another 3,500 beneath the arid topsoil. More

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Official: Zimbabwe lion population expected to grow
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Zimbabwe has between 2,500 and 3,000 lions in its protected areas and the population expected to grow at 4.2 percent per annum, according to an official. Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Director General Vitalis Chadenga told news agency New Ziana that the lion population was healthy and was not under threat of extinction as was the case in other countries in the region. More

Madagascar's lemurs, sacred no more
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New research shows that, along with an influx of immigrants and foreign influences, Madagascar's traditional values are beginning to break down, and lemurs are suffering for it as increased hunting — and not just of lemurs — springs up to feed a demand for meat. More

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Tourism threatens tiny Philippine primate
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The Philippine tarsier, one of the smallest primates in the world, is a remarkable animal; just four inches tall, weighing four ounces, with a rat-like tail, bat-like ears, and giant eyeballs. Its strange appearance is obvious, but what tourists may not realize is that their very presence is putting the animal at risk. The tarsier is nocturnal, lives in the forest, and is highly sensitive to daylight, noise and human contact. According to conservationists, if it becomes stressed it will kill itself by bashing its head against a tree or the bars of its cage. More

New large horned viper discovered, but biologists keep location quiet
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In a remote forest fragment in Tanzania, scientists have made a remarkable discovery: A uniquely-colored horned viper extending over two feet long that evolved from its closest relative over two million years ago. Unfortunately, however, the new species survives in a small degraded habitat and is believed to be critically endangered. Given its scarcity, its discoverers are working to preempt an insidious threat to the new species. More

 
 
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