Interpol, the worldwide police network, has begun working with 13 countries in Asia to slow the illegal trade in tiger parts that has put the species on the brink of extinction. The agency will help coordinate anti-poaching initiatives in an effort to reach a 2010 goal of doubling the population of tigers in the wild by 2022. That number stands at 3,500, down from 100,000 in the early 20th century. The announcement was made by World Bank president Robert Zoellick at a tiger conference today in... Read More
Kelly Slater, already the dominant surfer of his or perhaps any generation, clinched the 11th ASP world title of his career on Thursday at the Rip Curl Pro Surf in San Francisco. Slater, 39, won his first title at age 20 in 1992, and holds the distinction of being both the youngest and the oldest surfer ever to win ASP titles. His victory came exactly one year after the death of rival Andy Irons.
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A sharp increase in bear attacks across the western United States this summer has officials from the National Park Service concerned that bear-safety education is not reaching park visitors in bear country. Two men were killed by grizzly bears in Yellowstone this summer, an that typically sees an average of only one injury per year and few fatalities. A 2010 study of bear awareness among visitors to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, where a hunter was injured by a black bear earlier this w... Read More
A former Smithsonian scientist was found guilty of attempted animal cruelty on Monday for trying to poison feral cats near her home in Washington, D.C. Security camera footage caught Nico Dauphine, a one-time migratory bird researcher at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, sprinkling rat poison on food for alley cats placed outside an apartment building. According to prosecutors, Dauphine, who resigned from her post the day of her conviction, tried to kill the animals because she believed they wer... Read More