Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

Biologists use huge nets in Mississippi River to remove carp

Apr. 13, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources in both Wisconsin and Minnesota are working with federal officials to try a new method to capture and remove invasive carp from the Mississippi River. Biologists are using huge nets to section off parts of the...

Woman gets probation for unlawful sale of pangolin scales

Apr. 13, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who illegally imported pangolin scales and sold them to an undercover officer from her Southeast Portland store was sentenced Monday to three years of federal probation. Agnes Yu, 53, who has owned Wing Ming Herbs with her husband for about...

Old documents fuel latest bid to halt Nevada lithium mine

Apr. 09, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Few people had ever heard of Tiehm’s buckwheat when conservationists filed a petition two years ago to list the desert wildflower as an endangered species. But federal documents reviewed by The Associated Press show the rare plant at the center of a...

Wildlife group pushes to end bird killing at fish hatchery

Apr. 04, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Billings bird conservationists have started an online petition seeking to pressure Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to stop killing ospreys and other birds that are eating or harassing largemouth bass at the agency’s Miles City Fish Hatchery ponds. ...

Judge rejects agency's pullback of effort to protect minnow

Apr. 02, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider anew whether a type of minnow that lives in the lower Colorado River's watershed should receive federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The ruling Wednesday by...

Alaska to acquire habitat along Kasilof River via US grant

Apr. 01, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Alaska will acquire about a half square mile (1.3 square kilometers) of habitat along the Kasilof River through a federal grant. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved a grant of about $340,000 for the project through its National Coastal...

Agencies looking for killer of bald eagle in West Tennessee

Apr. 01, 2021 04:34 AM EDT

TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wildlife officials are offering a $10,000 reward in their investigation into the killing of a bald eagle in West Tennessee. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are seeking the public's help as they...

Judge: US agency illegally paid for Colorado predator hunt

Mar. 31, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service illegally helped pay for a Colorado program to kill dozens of mountain lions and black bears in an experiment to determine if the predators were partly responsible for declining mule deer populations, a federal judge has ruled. ...

Correction: Claim Tossed-Rancher Kills Wolf story

Mar. 31, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In a story March 27, 2021, about a rancher claiming rights to federal land access out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revoked Craig Thiessen’s permit to graze cattle on public land. The U.S....

Minnesota, Wisconsin DNR tackle invasive carp on Mississippi

Mar. 28, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Fisheries crews from Wisconsin and Minnesota plan to gather near La Crosse next month and attempt a new technique to remove invasive carp from the Mississippi River. The so-called modified unified method combines netting and herding techniques to...