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DNR enrolling property owners in hunting access program

Jun. 12, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources is enrolling private property owners in some parts of the state in a program that pays them to allow controlled public hunting access on their land. Interested landowners should have at least 40 acres...

Illinois reopening Monroe County cave system

Jun. 12, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A cave system in southern Illinois closed more than a decade ago will reopen to the public this month. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced this week that Illinois Caverns in Monroe County will reopen on Wednesday. ...

China's wandering elephants on the move again

Jun. 12, 2021 03:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s famed wandering elephants are on the move again, heading southwest while a male who broke from the herd is still keeping his distance. The group left a wildlife reserve in the southwest of Yunnan province more than a year ago and has trekked...

Researchers: Kauai's invasive parakeet population declines

Jun. 11, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

KEKAHA, Hawaii (AP) — Researchers have documented a decrease in Kauai's population of rose-ringed parakeets, a invasive species plaguing local farms. The island had a minimum of 7,300 of the parakeets this year, down from 10,500 last year, said Jane Anderson, assistant...

Flash floods, hail pound northwestern North Dakota

Jun. 11, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Utility crews are working to restore power to hundreds of people in northwestern North Dakota and eastern Montana after a round of storms smacked the region with heavy rains, high winds and hail. The Bismarck Tribune reported...

Couple on hook for $1,400 for illegally selling crab

Jun. 11, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — An eastern Oregon couple has been sentenced to pay $1,200 in restitution after illegally selling recreationally caught crab on the commercial market in Hermiston, according to the Oregon State Police. Shawna and Gerald Wilson of Hermiston also...

For love of birds: Backyard sleuths boost scientists' work

Jun. 11, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown University ecologist Emily Williams first became fascinated with birds not because of their beauty, or their sweet songs. She was riveted by their extraordinary travels. “Realizing that this tiny animal that can fit in the palm of your...

Tennessee approves comprehensive litter study

Jun. 11, 2021 04:39 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations voted Wednesday to begin a comprehensive study of litter pollution in the state. The Tennessee Wildlife Federation, which advocated for the study, said in a news release that $15...

Alaska troopers don't plan to cite man who helped baby moose

Jun. 10, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Wildlife Troopers do not intend to issue a citation to a man who was seen lifting a baby moose over a guardrail in south-central Alaska over the weekend, though it is illegal to “handle any wild animal in a similar fashion,” an Alaska State Troopers...

Judge blocks drilling plans in 2 states, citing bird habitat

Jun. 10, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has halted plans for oil and gas drilling on vast areas of Wyoming and Montana, citing concerns about a sagebrush-dwelling bird. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management didn't adequately consider how the drilling would affect the greater sage...