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This Sept. 9, 2020 photo provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game shows Idaho Department of Fish and Game fisheries biologist Eli Felts looking down at Loon Creek to count chinook salmon spawning beds in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho. (Conor McLure/Idaho Department of Fish and Game via AP)

Unique Idaho salmon numbers rise, but extinction looms

Nov. 25, 2020 3:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A unique population of salmon that for thousands of years has been reproducing in one of Idaho’s wildest places experienced a small increase in adults returning to spawn this year. But the number of chinook salmon returning to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and its...

New Jersey expands artificial reefs with concrete forms

Nov. 23, 2020 11:11 AM EST

MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has expanded its offshore artificial reef program by dumping concrete forms into the ocean off Manasquan. The material came from a shipping terminal in northern New Jersey and was no longer needed. The state has numerous man-made reefs off its coast consisting of...

Lobster biz hopes for stability after tumultuous Trump era

Nov. 22, 2020 1:12 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Donald Trump positioned himself as a friend of New England's lobstermen, but members of the industry said they are looking forward to something that has been lacking in the crustacean business: stability. Trump's trade war with China led to a rocky few years for the...

Search on for man who fell overboard in Florida river

Nov. 22, 2020 12:11 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard and other agencies searched Sunday for a Florida man who fell overboard in St. John's River near Jacksonville. Authorities say the man fell into the water about 3 a.m. Sunday while moving between the Tugboat Pop and a barge. The 42-year-old man's name was not...

Ecologist leads projects to protect, preserve the Eel River

Nov. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

DENVER, Ind. (AP) — Over the last eight years, the Eel River in northern Miami County has undergone a stunning transformation. Four low-head dams have been removed, making the river safer than ever before for paddlers. Fish and other aquatic animals are thriving that haven’t lived in the stream in...

Manatee poke lands Tampa boat captain in federal court

Nov. 21, 2020 11:02 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It is a federal crime to harass a manatee. As a charter boat captain, David Beede knows this. He knows there are special laws to protect endangered species like the heavyset fauna which lounge in the warm waters off Florida’s coastlines. He would never want to hurt one. So as he...

Kansas guide sentenced for federal hunting violations

Nov. 20, 2020 1:03 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas hunting guide is losing his hunting privileges for three years for violating federal migratory bird protections, federal prosecutors said. Zachary White, 35, of Ellinwood, pleaded guilty Thursday in Wichita’s federal courthouse to violating the Migratory Bird...

In this photo provided by the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, Ravensbeard Wildlife Center Director and founder Ellen Kalish holds a Saw-whet owl at their facility in Saugerties, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. A worker helping to get the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City found the tiny owl among the tree's massive branches on Monday, Nov. 16. Now named Rockefeller, the owl was brought to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center for care. (Lindsay Possumato/Ravensbeard Wildlife Center via AP)

Owl found in Rockefeller Center tree could take flight soon

Nov. 20, 2020 9:24 AM EST

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) — A tiny owl that was found dehydrated and hungry in the branches of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is eating its way back to good health and is set to be released back into the wild Saturday. The adult male Saw-whet owl was dubbed Rockefeller after it was discovered Monday by...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Nov. 20, 2020 4:09 AM EST

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the 16th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 19 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 9-month-old male panther were...

FILE - In this July 16, 2017, file photo, ice is broken up by the passing of the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica as it sails through the Beaufort Sea off the coast of Alaska. Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Trump pushes new environmental rollbacks on way out the door

Nov. 19, 2020 12:32 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. The pending changes, which...