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  • Research finds harmful algae toxins in Alaska marine mammals
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A review of more than 900 marine mammals hunted, stranded or captured for research along Alaska's coast has found toxins from harmful algae in 13 species, creating concern that the natural poisonous substances could increase as water temperatures warm and sea ice diminishes.

  • Feds: Remove 3 California foxes from endangered species list

    FILE - This June 9, 2006 file photo shows an endangered island fox in a National Park Service captive-breeding facility on Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Southern California. Native foxes on islands off the California coast were once on the brink of extinction. But after decades of effort to save them, the island fox is now thriving, officials say. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to make a major announcement about fox Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal wildlife officials recommended Friday that three fox subspecies native to California's Channel Islands be removed from the endangered species, saying their populations have made an historic recovery.

  • Tanzanians jailed for British wildlife pilot murder

    Roger Gower was killed close to the Serengeti National ParkFour Tanzanians facing trial for the murder of a British conservationist whose helicopter was shot down have been jailed for 20 years for possessing firearms, lawyers said Friday. Roger Gower, 37, died when suspected poachers gunned down his helicopter during a patrol of the Maswa Game Reserve in northern Tanzania, close to the world famous Serengeti National Park, on January 29. Photographs of the crashed helicopter show twisted metal, apparent bullet holes in the fuselage and smears of blood on the pilot's seat.

  • Standoff at wildlife refuge in Oregon officially over: FBI

    Anti-militia protestors picket outside the Harney County Courthouse in Burns, Oregon(Reuters) - The standoff at a wildlife refuge in Oregon that began in early January has officially come to an end, the FBI said on Thursday.

  • Last occupier at Oregon wildlife refuge says on webstream he has surrendered
    (Reuters) - David Fry, the remaining occupier at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, said on a live webstream on Thursday that he has surrendered, after a 41-day armed standoff with law enforcement. Fry's phone connection to the live webstream appeared to become disconnected after his statement. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Chris Reese)

  • Three of last four occupiers surrender at Oregon wildlife refuge
    PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Three of the last four armed protesters occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday, but the final holdout vowed to remain holed up until "my grievances are heard."

  • Elephants 'Sneeze' to Get Hard-to-Reach Treats

    Elephants 'Sneeze' to Get Hard-to-Reach TreatsThe animals are widely known as some of the most intelligent mammals on Earth, and the new findings strengthen a hypothesis proposed by Charles Darwin: that elephants are "tool users" because they can use their trunks to manipulate their breath and help grasp hard-to-reach food. The researchers saw that when pieces of food were too far away for the elephants to grab with their trunks, the animals would blast air to bring the treats closer. To test their theory, researchers at Kyoto University and The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), both in Japan, mapped out a digital grid of the elephants' enclosure and placed pieces of food — such as apples, hay, leaves, potatoes and bamboo — in different locations.

  • Feline Friends: Leopard Cats Likely Domesticated in Ancient China

    Feline Friends: Leopard Cats Likely Domesticated in Ancient ChinaWild leopard cats may have been domesticated by farmers in China more than 5,000 years ago, according to a new study of feline fossils. Today's pet cats (Felis catus) descend from the wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) native to the Middle East and Southwest Asia. But recent discoveries of cat fossils in China have muddled that narrative.

  • 'The Secret Life of Pets' Trailer Drops During Super Bowl 50
    The Illumination animation will hit theaters July 8.

  • Nearly 30 sperm whales wash up and die on North Sea beaches

    Rob Deaville from London Zoo looks at the carcass of a Sperm whale on the beach in HunstantonBy Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - A sixth sperm whale has died on a British beach, the latest of nearly 30 to have become stranded in shallow waters on the coastline of Europe's North Sea over the past month. As marine pathologists cut samples from the whale's carcass on the windswept expanse of sand at low tide, scientists said it was too early to know exactly why so many whales had taken a wrong turn into the North Sea. Since mid-January, 29 sperm whales have died on beaches in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Britain.

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