GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say the prairie dog population at a Montana wildlife refuge has been decimated by a bacterial disease, causing the number of black-footed ferrets at...
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Tiger and lion pelts seized from wildlife traffickers have been donated to zoos in Topeka and Wichita.
U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Friday that his office...
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — An Ohio-based multinational power company has completed an agreement to pay for potential pollution by reforesting wetlands for a national wildlife refuge in...
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say genetic material from Asian carp has been detected near Lake Michigan, but a follow-up search turned up none of the invasive fish.
EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — Scientists are preparing to end a seven-year program that has reintroduced the first federally endangered species to Missouri because the beetles have shown...
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines.
State official supports delisting wolves in all Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Wolves should be removed from the federal endangered species list throughout Washington state, Washington Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind wrote in a letter to the...
MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has dedicated the addition of 118 acres to a nature preserve to help protect more than 700,000 plants of the endangered Lakeside daisy...
CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) — A federal judge has lifted an injunction on southwest Colorado uranium mining after a review found it did not have harmful effects on certain fish.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence is partnering with federal officials to conserve birds and their habitats in the city.
Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza will join U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and...
MOIESE, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing a new management plan to guide the National Bison Range for the next 15 years.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A great horned owl and at least seven bald eagles have been found dead along Maryland's Eastern Shore this year, reminding officials of the eagles found fatally poisoned in...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to take the American burying beetle off the endangered species list (all times local):
State buying 118 acres to expand state nature preserve
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Department of Natural Resources says land that it's purchasing to expand a nature preserve near Lake Erie will help protect more than 700,000 plants of the endangered...
Grizzly bear shot by landowner in Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the shooting of a grizzly bear in Montana.
The Independent Record reports that Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife &...
Giraffes a tentative step closer toward federal protections
WASHINGTON (AP) — Years after international watchdogs began warning that giraffes are sliding toward a silent extinction, the Trump administration is taking the first tentative steps toward...
Jaguar recovery plan envisions sprawling habitat areas
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A plan by wildlife officials to bolster the endangered jaguar population in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico by establishing two sprawling habitat areas drew criticism Wednesday...
‘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...
Survey: More Mexican gray wolves roaming southwestern US
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...
Government-funded study says red wolves are distinct species
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...
Partnership wants to give candy darter a fighting chance
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.
US plans end to wolf protections; critics say it’s premature
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.
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.