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363 lecture 18-2008 - PVA2 - First wolf found in Mass. in...

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First wolf found in Mass. in 160 years http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2008/03/first_wolf_foun.html More than 160 years since hunters drove wolves out of Massachusetts, federal officials have confirmed finding a wild gray wolf in the state. US Fish and Wildlife Service officials said today that genetic tests performed on an animal killed on a Shelburne farm in October, after it mauled more than a dozen sheep, showed that it was an eastern gray wolf. "We have no indication that this wolf was ever held in captivity," said Thomas J. Healy, special agent in charge of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Northeast Region. "But what we don't know about this wolf's origins far outweighs what we do know." The confirmation is giving wildlife enthusiasts hope that the animal may one day reestablish itself in the forests of the Northeast. Wolves were aggressively hunted by farmers in the early 1800s until virtually none were left. The nearest established populations to New England are in Ontario and Quebec. The last time a purebred wolf that did not live in captivity was found in New England was around 1992 in Maine.
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The Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling Expedition: Northwest Atlantic through Eastern Tropical Pacific http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0050077
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/13/AR2007031301738.html
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Countering a long-held assumption that ocean waters are not rich with microbial life, the new report, released yesterday, reveals an otherworldly world of organismal ferment, including thousands of novel life forms that could help speed the development of new antibiotics and alternative energy sources and clarify the ocean's role in climate change. The census, in a single stroke has doubled the number of known genes in Earth's biological kingdom The project focused not on the microbes themselves -- most of which are too finicky to be kept alive in culture dishes -- but on their DNA, easily obtained from cells and later decoded on shore.
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Spring rise on Missouri River expected in March, but not May 3/8/08 By SAM HANANEL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to conduct a scaled down version of its annual spring rise on the Missouri River this year, despite warnings from Missouri officials that boosting water levels could cause flooding downstream. Since 2005, agency plans have called for two pulses of water -- one in March and one in May -- to encourage spawning by the pallid sturgeon, a fish on the endangered species list. But Johnston said the lingering effects of a multiyear drought make it unlikely there will be enough water for a second pulse in May. The spring rise was canceled entirely last year because water levels in the reservoirs
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363 lecture 18-2008 - PVA2 - First wolf found in Mass. in...

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