Latest Zoology News

Hunting, fewer pups, disease reduce Wyoming wolf population

Apr. 21, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Biologists estimate the overall Wyoming wolf population at 286 this year, which is down 61 animals from a year ago. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that's the fewest wolves counted in the state since the Wyoming Game and Fish Department took over management and initiated wolf...

Monitoring elk a challenge for West Virginia biologists

Apr. 21, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Monitoring West Virginia's elk can be a challenge. Ideally, each of the 95-plus elk in the Mountain State herd would be equipped with a Global Positioning System transmitter that allows biologists to know at a glance where the animal is. From time to time, however, the transmitters...

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

Apr. 21, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination. The toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including those at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, state Department of Wildlife...

Michigan experts warn residents about spotted lanternflies

Apr. 21, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The bugs don't look so menacing when they're pinned to the bottom of a cardboard box. By some standards they are pretty, with speckled outer wings, long legs curved delicately inward, a bold splotch of red that flashes when they fly. In Michigan, they only appear this way: Dead,...

Bobcat survives deadly California wildfire, has 4 kittens

Apr. 19, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A young bobcat that survived a massive and deadly wildfire in Southern California last year has given birth to four kittens, wildlife officials said Friday. Biologists recently found the bobcat's den in dense vegetation in a large residential backyard in Westlake Village just...

Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline

Apr. 18, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire wanted to understand if the documented declines hitting honeybees and...

Celeb or stranger? Study weighs Americans' interest in birds

Apr. 15, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Whooping cranes, common ravens and peregrine falcons are among the celebrities of the sky in the eyes of Americans, even those who've never laid eyes them. The ruffed grouse or purple martin? They're like friends you might chat with. The wrentit and the Abert's towhee are like the neighbors...

Researchers studying Cape Cod's sharks turn attention to bay

Apr. 13, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

ORLEANS, Mass. (AP) — Great white shark researchers are turning their attention to Cape Cod Bay. The Cape Cod Times reports Greg Skomal, a state marine biologist, and his team will once again track and tag the sharks off the famous tourist destination this summer. But rather than just monitoring the...

Find allows for third sperm whale necropsy ever in Alaska

Apr. 13, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As soon as she walked up to the whale, Kate Savage could tell how it died. There were three deep, long parallel slices just in front of the sperm whale's dorsal fin. Savage, a veterinarian for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, knew that meant a propeller had sliced...

Missouri Southern students work to make campus bee-friendly

Apr. 12, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Katie Kilmer gently removed a frame from beehive No. 3, pulling it out to reveal a swarm of bees and a solid collection of both eggs and pollen in its cells. "Good job, guys," murmured one of the biology students with her who was visiting the hives for the first time, a note of affection...