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Boy missing after being swept from northern Michigan pier

Sep. 21, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — A child was missing in northern Michigan waters and two others were safe Monday after a wave swept them off a pier, a sheriff said. The children were walking on the pier with their grandmother when a wave washed them off just before 1 p.m., Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel told...

Northern Michigan's budding hops industry on the rise again

Sep. 19, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

WILLIAMSBURG, Mich. (AP) — Northern Michigan's budding hops industry appears to be doing better after a rocky start at the beginning of the year. During the early months of the global pandemic, Michigan hops sales dipped 30% to 50% as operations across the craft beer industry shut down and brewers had to...

These images taken in late September 2019 from a remote camera and provided by the National Park Service and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, show two wolf pups on Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. Gray wolves that were taken to Isle Royale to rebuild its nearly extinct population are forming social groups, staking out territory and apparently mating, scientists said Monday Sept. 14, 2020. (National Park Service and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry via AP)

Relocated Isle Royale wolves form groups, reduce moose herd

Sep. 14, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gray wolves that were taken to Michigan's Isle Royale National Park to rebuild its nearly extinct population are forming social groups, staking out territory and apparently mating — promising signs despite heavy losses from natural causes and deadly fights, scientists...

Michigan deer herd in good shape for fall hunting season

Sep. 13, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A mild winter and plentiful food have put Michigan's deer herd in good shape, making for what wildlife officials expect will be a promising fall hunting season. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in its annual forecast that conditions across the state are as good...

FILE - This June 2020, file photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Enbridge said Wednesday, Sept. 9, it will fully resume operation of the Michigan Great Lakes oil pipeline after a partial shutdown this summer because of damage to a support structure. (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP, File)

Judge OKs oil flow through second Great Lakes pipeline

Sep. 9, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge said Wednesday it will fully resume operation of a Michigan Great Lakes oil pipeline after a partial shutdown this summer because of damage to a support structure. Circuit Judge James Jamo signed an order allowing the Canadian company to restore the flow through one of...

Michigan lake known for turquoise water sees algae outbreak

Sep. 6, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

CENTRAL LAKE, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan lake that’s famous for its turquoise waters is facing an outbreak of brown algae that’s left its sandy bottom covered with mushy, squishy mats. Rick Welsh, a part-time lakeshore resident, said the brown algae was first noticed about a decade...

Man faces charges after elk poached in Michigan forest

Sep. 3, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

WOLVERINE, Mich. (AP) — A man has been arrested in connection with the poaching of a cow elk in a northern Michigan state forest. Jakob Gagnon, 21, was arraigned Aug. 28 in Cheboygan County District Court on misdemeanor taking an elk without a license and possessing stolen property charges, according to...

FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and two of the three pups born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of 2020, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

US wildlife officials aim to remove wolf protections in 2020

Aug. 31, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of the year, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday. “We’re working hard to have this done by the end of the year and...

FILE - This 2016 file photo provided by The Xerces Society shows a rusty patched bumblebee in Minnesota, which was officially designated an endangered species March 21, 2017. Federal regulators said Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, they won't designate critical habitat for the rusty patched bumblebee, the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be listed as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the species can get along without having specially protected habitat, even though its population has dropped 90% in the past two decades. (Sarah Foltz Jordan/The Xerces Society via AP, File)

Agency denies critical habitat for endangered bumblebee

Aug. 31, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators said Monday they would not designate critical habitat for the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be listed as endangered, a move that environmentalists said would worsen its chances for recovery. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it had...

Spectators watch as Air Force Two with Vice President Mike Pence aboard taxis to an AvFlight Hangar, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Traverse City, Mich. Pence, flanked by construction equipment and

Pence rallies supporters during rain-soaked Michigan stop

Aug. 28, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence, flanked by construction equipment and “Make America Great Again” banners, touted President Donald Trump’s policy accomplishments Friday while urging Michigan voters to support his reelection. Several hundred people, many wearing...