Latest Zoology News

Study finds healthy group of polar bears in sea near Alaska

Nov. 15, 2018 8:44 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first formal count of polar bears in waters between the United States and Russia indicates they're doing better than some of their cousins elsewhere. Polar bears are listed as a threatened species because of diminished sea ice due to climate change. But university and federal...

Researchers: 80 percent drop in butterflies in North Florida

Nov. 8, 2018 5:52 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — New research shows the number of butterflies and caterpillars in North Florida has been declining substantially over the last decade or so. The University of Florida study released this week says the number has declined by 80 percent since 2005. The Tampa Bay Times says researchers...

Mountain birds on 'escalator to extinction' as planet warms

Oct. 29, 2018 4:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A meticulous re-creation of a 3-decade-old study of birds on a mountainside in Peru has given scientists a rare chance to prove how the changing climate is pushing species out of the places they are best adapted to. Surveys of more than 400 species of birds in 1985 and then in 2017 have...

Near record-low returns of spring chinook to South Umpqua

Oct. 22, 2018 3:33 PM EDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Historically, spring chinook have returned to the South Umpqua River by the thousands, spending time in deep, cool pools in the summer before spawning in the fall. Greg Huchko with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said his department has been doing snorkel counts of the...

Forest Service keeps tabs on bugs that threaten fir forests

Oct. 22, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — State and federal entomologists are tracking the spread of a tiny invasive insect that feeds on fir forests. The Lewiston Tribune reports the Idaho Department of Lands says the balsam woolly adelgid has the ability to rearrange the species composition of Northwestern forests, and...

Snake names honor Darwin, fire god, Louisiana professor

Oct. 20, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana professor is in heady company, honored by having one of three newly identified species of snakes from the Galapagos Islands named after him. "They named one after Charles Darwin — that's a no-brainer — and one after the Greek god of fire, and one after me, of...

Experts urge gulf refuge for endangered vaquita porpoise

Oct. 17, 2018 6:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts called on Mexico's government Wednesday to use floating barriers to enclose a small area of the Gulf of California where a half dozen critically endangered vaquita porpoises were spotted in September. The sightings were an unexpected mix of good and bad news for the world's...

Nevada bear biologist gets protective order against activist

Oct. 15, 2018 3:30 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A judge has issued a temporary protective order to keep a Lake Tahoe activist away from a state bear biologist who says the woman stalked her during a long-running dispute over the capture of nuisance bears. Court documents describe a tense encounter on a highway between animal rights...

The search is on for every bee species in Oregon

Oct. 13, 2018 3:05 AM EDT

DUNDEE, Ore. (AP) — No one knows just what bee species live in Oregon, which means we can't even begin to track if they're declining. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports a statewide project wants to change that. The European honey bee might suck up all the attention, but a true bee connoisseur will point...

Bogota implores tourists to stop feeding pigeons

Oct. 10, 2018 12:11 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — On a bright Sunday afternoon, a group of government workers walked around Bogota's most famous square dressed as pigeons, with cardboard beaks covering their noses, as thousands of real birds swarmed overhead and left their droppings on stately monuments. Flapping their plastic...