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Florida scientists find rare bee species in new locations.

Jun. 05, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Museum of Natural History scientists have found the first nest of Florida’s extraordinarily rare blue calamintha bee and added a new location to its known range: the Ocala National Forest. They also confirmed the insect feeds on a second, but highly...

Biden aims to restore species protections weakened by Trump

Jun. 05, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it is canceling or reviewing a host of actions by the Trump administration to roll back protections for endangered or threatened species, with a goal of strengthening a landmark law while addressing climate change. The...

Court: Agency shift on walruses needs more explanation

Jun. 04, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to adequately explain why it changed its position on Endangered Species Act protections for the Pacific walrus, an appeals court panel ruled. In 2011, the federal agency found listing the walrus as a...

Biden aims to restore species protections weakened by Trump

Jun. 04, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it is canceling or reviewing a host of actions by the Trump administration to roll back protections for endangered or threatened species, with a goal of strengthening a landmark law while addressing climate change. ...

Federal agency: Nevada flower near mine should be protected

Jun. 03, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An extremely rare wildflower that grows only in Nevada’s high desert where an Australian mining company wants to dig for lithium should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday. The agency...

Woman arrested at US border with sloth, crocodile parts

May. 28, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

HIGHGATE SPRINGS, Vt. (AP) — A Montreal woman has been arrested on charges of trying to cross the U.S. border into Canada with “numerous undeclared wildlife items," including a three-toed sloth, 18 crocodile skulls and heads and seven crocodile feet, according to documents filed in...

Most stringent whip rule in thoroughbred racing starts in NJ

May. 27, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

The most stringent rule regarding the use of a whip in thoroughbred horse racing will be the controversial focal point when Monmouth Park opens its meet Friday. The rule adopted by the New Jersey Racing Commission allows a horse to be struck with a riding crop only for...

New wolf killing laws trigger push to revive US protections

May. 26, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates pressed the Biden administration on Wednesday to revive federal protections for gray wolves across the Northern Rockies after Republican lawmakers in Idaho and Montana made it much easier to kill the predators. The Center for...

Water crisis ‘couldn’t be worse’ on Oregon-California border

May. 24, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The water crisis along the California-Oregon border went from dire to catastrophic this week as federal regulators shut off irrigation water to farmers from a critical reservoir and said they would not send extra water to dying salmon downstream or to a half-dozen...

Activists blockade McDonald's distribution centers in UK

May. 22, 2021 08:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Animal rights protesters are blockading four McDonald's distribution centers in the U.K. in an attempt to get the burger chain to commit to becoming fully plant-based by 2025. Animal Rebellion said Saturday that trucks and bamboo structures are being used...