Latest Zoology News

Endangered whale population sinks close to 20-year low

Oct. 25, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A type of whale that is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world lost nearly 10% of its population last year, a group of scientists and ocean life advocates said on Monday. The North Atlantic right whale numbered only 366 in 2019, and its...

Vermont's youth novice hunting weekend Saturday and Sunday

Oct. 23, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's annual youth and novice deer hunting weekend is underway. Both young and novice hunters on Saturday and Sunday must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over 18 years old who has Vermont hunting license. Resident or...

After long absence "dancing birds" return to western Montana

Oct. 23, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Sometime in the next few years, some lucky people might witness an annual ritual that disappeared decades ago in western Montana. It will happen as the dawn breaks over grasslands south of Missoula or near Drummond or in the Blackfoot Valley. ...

Professor: Dragonflies thrive at mine drainage cleanup sites

Oct. 23, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

LILLY, Pa. (AP) — With a swoosh of a net, a flick of the wrist and a little bit of luck, St. Francis University biology professor Lane Loya snagged another dragonfly from a reed during a recent trip into the field for his research. For the past decade, he’s been...

Why no tusks? Poaching tips scales of elephant evolution

Oct. 21, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hefty set of tusks is usually an advantage for elephants, allowing them to dig for water, strip bark for food and joust with other elephants. But during episodes of intense ivory poaching, those big incisors become a liability. Now researchers have...

Youth hunters asked to bring deer to reporting stations

Oct. 17, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is encouraging hunters who take part in the state's annual youth and novice deer hunt next weekend to bring any deer they take to one of the state's 19 biological reporting stations. That helps state...

Nothing funny about bad year for Maine's clownish puffins

Oct. 15, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's beloved puffins suffered one of their worst years for reproduction in decades this summer due to a lack of the small fish they eat. Puffins are seabirds with colorful beaks that nest on four small islands off the coast of Maine. There are...

Wildlife biologists studying migration of the American shad

Oct. 10, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state wildlife biologists are participating in an ongoing study of the American shad — a fish that spends more of its life in the ocean, but returns to fresh water to spawn. During these migrations, shad must travel long distances, and can...

Fate of the northwest Colorado wolf pack remains a mystery

Oct. 09, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — On a hazy July afternoon, wolf expert Karin Vardaman returned to a spring-fed pond in Colorado’s northwestern-most corner. Enough rain had fallen to wet the ground around the watering hole. She tiptoed across the soft earth — careful not to disturb any impressions left by...

Vermont bald eagle restoration follows years of trying

Oct. 07, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

Thirteen years after Vermont lost the ignominious distinction of being the only state in the continental United States without any breeding pairs of bald eagles, the state is moving to remove the iconic national symbol from its list of threatened and endangered species. ...