'Rewilded' bears pose a dilemma in Europe

Nov 17, 2014

'Rewilded' bears pose a dilemma in Europe

If Europeans go down to the woods today they might be in for a big surprise: bears. And in countries no longer used to big predators, it’s no picnic. Reintroduced in parts of Western Europe in “rewilding” programs — in the east they never ...

Nov 15, 2014

France's 'tiger' may turn out to be a lynx

Police and military forces involved in a two-day search for a wild animal roaming through the countryside east of Paris have come to one conclusion: it is not a tiger. One theory is that it could be a lynx, an extinct cat that was ...

Insights on hummingbird travel, life span revealed

Nov 14, 2014

Insights on hummingbird travel, life span revealed

Hummingbirds are giving up some of their secrets. The perfecting of placing tiny numbered bands on their legs in the last decade has led researchers to discover hummingbirds can live longer than 10 years as opposed to the two or three once thought likely. ...

Nov 14, 2014

Ban the cowbell? Swiss farmers say 'udder nonsense'

Holy cow! A Swiss university has sparked ire by suggesting that cowbells — as emblematic of the Alpine country as chocolates, watches and Heidi — should be banned. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich said the traditionally heavy bells have ...

Chimpanzee study reveals the value of being an ape bully

Nov 14, 2014

Chimpanzee study reveals the value of being an ape bully

For male chimpanzees, there may be a benefit to being a bully. Scientists said Thursday a study of chimpanzees in Tanzania spanning 17 years found that males that subjected females to long-term aggressive behavior, often including physical attacks, greatly improved their chances of fathering ...