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Montana judge to decide on wolf hunting limits

Nov. 28, 2022 21:02 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge said he would decide Tuesday whether to continue temporary limits he placed on wolf hunting or to restore quotas and hunting methods pending a trial over changes in the way the state estimates the size of the wolf population, which informs hunting quotas. ...

Whole Foods decision to pull lobster divides enviros, pols

Nov. 26, 2022 16:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups are once again at odds with politicians and fishermen in New England in the wake of a decision by high-end retail giant Whole Foods to stop selling Maine lobster. Whole Foods recently said that it will stop selling lobster from the Gulf...

Wildlife conference boosts protection for sharks, turtles

Nov. 25, 2022 22:45 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — An international wildlife conference moved to enact some of the most significant protection for shark species targeted in the fin trade and scores of turtles, lizards and frogs whose numbers are being decimated by the pet trade. The Convention on International...

Lawsuit looms over tiny rare fish in drought-stricken West

Nov. 23, 2022 22:27 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists have notified U.S. wildlife officials that they will sue over delinquent decisions related to protections for two rare fish species that are threatened by groundwater pumping in the drought-stricken West. The Center for Biological Diversity sent a...

Endangered status sought for manatees as hundreds starve

Nov. 21, 2022 16:58 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Manatees that are dying by the hundreds mainly from pollution-caused starvation in Florida should once again be listed as an endangered species, environmental groups said Monday in a petition seeking the change. The petition filed with the U.S. Fish and...

How cooking food and gathering for feasts made us human

Nov. 21, 2022 10:03 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — If you’re cooking a meal for Thanksgiving or just showing up to feast, you’re part of a long human history — one that's older than our own species. Some scientists estimate our early human cousins may have been using fire to cook their food almost 2 million...

Lobster rules to protect whale will wait 2 years, judge says

Nov. 18, 2022 11:28 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that new lobster fishing restrictions designed to conserve rare whales will be delayed until 2024 to give the government time to design them. The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg came on the heels of his July...

US gives protections to rare Midwest bird as prairie suffers

Nov. 17, 2022 21:20 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government announced protections Thursday for two populations of a rare prairie bird that's found in parts of the Midwest, including one of the country’s most prolific oil and gas fields. The lesser prairie chicken's range covers a portion of the...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Nov. 16, 2022 20:21 PM EST

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the 23rd panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 25 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains...

Cambodia wildlife official jailed in NY for monkey smuggling

Nov. 16, 2022 17:43 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged eight people with smuggling endangered monkeys, including a Cambodian wildlife official who was arrested in the U.S. while traveling to a conference on protecting endangered species. The official plus a colleague in that country’s...