‘Mr. Key West’ quietly donated his private island
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The southernmost private island in the United States, owned since the 1970s by the late Key West philanthropist and visionary David Wolkowsky, will be preserved as part of...
US agency reconsidering status of bistate sage grouse
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is revising its plans to protect a type of imperiled game bird found only along the California-Nevada line after a federal judge struck down...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More Mexican gray wolves are roaming the American Southwest now than at any time since federal biologists began reintroducing the predators more than two decades ago, the...
ASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials have decided not to list the eastern hellbender salamander as an endangered species. Conservation groups disagree with the decision.
Reintroduced California condors could reach Oregon
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A plan to reintroduce the California condor to the Redwood National Forest could mean the giant raptors will eventually repopulate Oregon's Rogue Valley as well, a newspaper...
Endangered frog case sent back to US district judge
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has returned a lawsuit over an endangered frog to the judge who ruled that Louisiana timberland can be critical habitat for frogs now found only in...
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A panel of top scientists concluded Thursday that the endangered red wolf of the southeastern U.S. is a species unto itself, giving the beleaguered canine a scientific and...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Almost 8,000 repurposed Christmas trees will be used to help restore an eroding wildlife refuge.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's annual "Christmas Tree Drop" into...
Cattle kills prompt removal of Mexican gray wolves
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two endangered Mexican wolves have been removed from the wild and are undergoing testing to determine if they're behind a string of livestock deaths in southwestern New...
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are rallying around a pair of legislative resolutions opposing the U.S. Air Force's proposed expansion of a bombing training range they say would threaten...
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Described as one of the most colorful fish in the state, West Virginia's native candy darter is in danger of extinction.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that's running into conflicts with...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lifting protections for gray wolves across most of the country would force Wisconsin wildlife officials to re-start wolf hunts.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Two endangered clouded leopards have been born at a zoo in Naples, Florida.
The Naples Daily News reports the Naples Zoo announced the Feb. 22 births of the female...
Snow goose hunt in Vermont runs March 11-April 26
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says the state's spring snow goose hunt will take place from March 11 through April 26.
Officials say each year since 2009 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued an order allowing the reduction of the population of migrating greater and lesser snow geese and Ross' geese that have grown so much that the geese are destroying habitat for themselves and other species.
The daily bag limit for hunters in Vermont is 15 snow geese.
Ambitious new plan to save Atlantic salmon has big price tag
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government outlined an ambitious, potentially costly new plan to restore Atlantic salmon in the United States, where rivers teemed with the fish before dams, pollution and overfishing decimated their populations.
Groups to sue US agency over loss of caribou herd
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Environmental groups said Wednesday they plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to prevent the recent loss of the last herd of mountain caribou in the Lower 48 states.
The handful of remaining animals were relocated into Canada last November, ending decades of efforts to save the southern Selkirk Mountains herd, which were located in a remote part of northern Idaho and Washington state.
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Enviro groups to sue feds over loss of caribou herd
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Environmental groups plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to prevent the recent extinction of the last herd of mountain caribou in the Lower 48 states.
The handful of remaining animals in the southern Selkirk Mountains herd were relocated into Canada last November, ending decades of efforts to save the herd in a remote part of northern Idaho and Washington state.
World’s oldest known wild bird hatches chick on Midway Atoll
HONOLULU (AP) — The oldest known wild bird in the world has become a mother again at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. wildlife officials said.
The Laysan albatross named Wisdom hatched a chick earlier this month at the remote atoll northwest of Hawaii, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.
Feds release statement on transmission line set in Sandhills
WOOD RIVER, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its final environmental impact statement on what a 345,000-volt transmission line through the Nebraska Sandhills could mean to habitat for the endangered American burying beetle.
Jackson refuge resumes feeding elk amid deep snow
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has resumed feeding elk on the National Elk Refuge after deciding against supplemental feed last winter.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the feeding began Wednesday, the first time since March 2017.
Environmentalists want Arizona squirrels’ habitat expanded
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona environmentalists say they have filed a notice of intent to sue and compel the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand critical habitat for Arizona's highly endangered Mount Graham red squirrel.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon said in a Tuesday news release that only 75 of the squirrels are still alive.
The federal wildlife agency did not immediately respond Tuesday evening to a request for comment.
Young male wolf found dead in Oregon near Mount Hood
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A wolf that might have been injured when it was captured and fitted with a radio collar was found dead near Mount Hood in northern Oregon, wildlife officials said.
Officials seek information on fatal shootings of eagles
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Federal and South Dakota officials are looking for information about the recent killing of a 2-year-old golden eagle found in South Dakota.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering up to $2,500 for information that leads to the conviction of those involved in shooting eagles in South Dakota.
Experts: Birds equipped to survive Minnesota’s bitter cold
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife experts reassured Minnesota residents that wild birds are well equipped to handle the state's extreme cold weather, a particular concern when temperatures dipped to double digits below zero last week.
Fish in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama on ‘threatened’ list
Federal officials have given "threatened" status to a fish that's smaller than your little finger but swims upstream to spawn like salmon.
The trispot darter is found in parts of the Coosa River Basin in southeastern Tennessee, northern Georgia, and northern Alabama.
Government shutdown delays, disrupts environmental studies
The rainwater collection system is broken at the environmental research station on a remote, rocky Pacific island off the California coast. So is a crane used to hoist small boats in and out of the water. A two-year supply of diesel fuel for the power generators is almost gone.
Ailing federal worker says she’ll get back lapsed insurance
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon who was running out of a treatment to keep her alive and could not reach her employer during the government shutdown said Friday that she will get back her federally paid insurance coverage that lapsed months ago.
The Latest: US worker gets insurance relief amid shutdown
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the ill federal worker in Oregon (all times local):
An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon who was running out of a treatment to keep her alive and couldn't reach her employer during the government shutdown says she's been told her lapsed insurance will be reinstated.
Jasmine Tool says she only has enough of the formula that she gets through a feeding tube to last through Friday.
US orders refuges to staff for hunters despite shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges to return staffers to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.
Federal agent faces child sexual exploitation charges
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 48-year-old federal fish and game agent in Montana has pleaded not guilty to charges involving sexual crimes against a child.
Shawn T. Conrad entered the plea Tuesday to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography charges in U.S. District Court in Billings.
Endangered bats cause delay in Oklahoma road project
OKAY, Okla. (AP) — A project to rebuild 16 miles of Oklahoma Highway 16 between Okay and Wagoner is being delayed because of its possible effect on a population of endangered bats.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service halted the project to study whether sediment from the job site is affecting water quality near a population of gray bats and reducing the number of insects that serve as the bats' food supply, particularly in wetlands near the project.
Indiana seeks to solve hunting decline with women, youth
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials are looking for ways to encourage more women and youth to become game hunters as the state continues to issue a declining number of hunting licenses.
Furloughed federal contractor worries about income
Kansas celebrates 30 years of documented bald eagle nesting
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — About three decades ago, a remarkable ecological comeback started in Lawrence, local eagle biologist Mike Watkins said.
For decades, Kansas had not documented a nesting location for bald eagles within its borders. But in 1989, a fisherman reported seeing America's national bird in the Lawrence area at Clinton Lake.
Snail once found in Arkansas, Missouri presumed extinct
COTTER, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a small snail native to Arkansas and Missouri is now presumed extinct.
The Ozark pyrg was originally found more than 100 years ago in the White River near Cotter, Arkansas, and in the North Fork White River near Norfork, Arkansas, extending into Missouri. But officials say the snail hasn't been confirmed in surveys since 1915.
Fish found in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee called endangered
ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Federal officials are putting a fish whose habitat is threatened by development in southern states on the endangered species list.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is adding the trispot darter fish to the list.
Biologists seek cause of Lake Champlain salmon decline
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Biologists are trying to determine whether a warm, dry fall is responsible for a drop in the number of landlocked Atlantic salmon that swam up a Lake Champlain tributary in Vermont to spawn this fall or if there could be other reasons behind a five-year decline.
Government shutdown closes S. Indiana Forest Service offices
BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) — The partial federal government shutdown has closed U.S. Forest Service offices in southern Indiana and limited access to some federal properties.
The Forest Service closed its Bedford and Tell City offices when the shutdown began Dec. 22. Those offices are part of the Hoosier National Forest, which spans 204,000 acres (82,556 hectares) from the Bloomington area to the Ohio River.
Tiny salamanders could complicate Shasta Dam project
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A trio of salamander species in Northern California could complicate a controversial $1.4 billion public works project to heighten the Shasta Dam, the state's largest reservoir.
Third lawsuit over killing barred owls dismissed
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a third lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's experiment with killing barred owls to protect threatened spotted owls.
Lawsuit urges feds to protect snakes in Arizona, New Mexico
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A conservation group is suing the Trump administration over the protection of critical habitat for garter snakes in Arizona and New Mexico.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Tucson, accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of endangering the Northern Mexican garter snake and the narrow-headed garter snake.
In the filing, the organization says the populations of both snakes are at lower densities in both states.
Idaho appeals ruling that restored grizzly protections
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Idaho are appealing a judge's decision that blocked grizzly bear hunts and restored federal protections for the animals in and around Yellowstone National Park.
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Montana ruled in September that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should not have removed threatened species protections for the Yellowstone bears in 2017.
The ruling blocked the first grizzly hunts in decades in Wyoming and Idaho.
Hawaiian crow released last year found dead on Big Island
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An endangered Hawaiian crow was found dead on the Big Island after it had been released from captivity last year.
The male alala was found with severe wounds on its body on Dec. 6, possibly a victim of predation, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Wednesday.
SD conservation agency amasses over 1.8 million archives
SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — People who have lived in Spearfish all their lives are often surprised to find out that the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery also includes the National Fish and Aquatic Conservation Archives — meaning that there are items from every state and several foreign countries in its collection of more than 14,000 objects and 1.8 million archival records such as documents, photos, blueprints, etc.
Seattle zoo takes in 250 tarantulas, Gila monsters
SEATTLE (AP) — Officials at the zoo in Seattle have taken in 250 tarantula spiderlings that were confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from an importer.
Woodland Park Zoo officials on Friday invited media to photograph the spiders as well as exotic reptiles including Gila monsters that were taken in recently after a woman in southern Washington died.
Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers have confirmed a record number of Mexican gray wolves have been reported dead this year, fueling concerns about the decades-long effort to return the endangered predator to the southwestern U.S.
Oldest wild seabird lays another egg on Midway Atoll
HONOLULU (AP) — The world's oldest known wild seabird has laid another egg.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Laysan albatross named Wisdom appeared at her nest site at Midway Atoll National Wildlife refuge last month.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports biologists confirm she laid the egg.