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Cruises ships to no longer depart from Charleston after 2024

May. 28, 2022 11:02 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Cruise ships will no longer start their journeys from Charleston by the end of 2024, the South Carolina Ports Authority said. The authority decided to not renew a deal with Carnival Cruise Line that allowed cruises to begin and end from the Union Pier...

Judge orders US to decide if wolverines need protection

May. 27, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has given U.S. wildlife officials 18 months to decide if wolverines should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, following years of dispute over how much risk climate change and other threats pose to the rare and elusive predators. ...

Sumatran elephant dies in Indonesia of suspected poisoning

May. 27, 2022 02:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A pregnant Sumatran elephant was found dead of suspected poisoning near a palm plantation in Indonesia’s Riau province on the island of Sumatra, officials said Friday. Sumatran elephants are a critically endangered species and fewer than 700 remain on...

Judge: Trump administration illegally withdrew bird listing

May. 18, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the Trump administration acted illegally in 2020 when it withdrew an earlier proposal to list as threatened a hen-sized bird found only in the high desert along the California-Nevada line. It’s the latest development in the on-again,...

A new Oregon mining boom could be a bust for sage grouse

May. 14, 2022 09:15 AM EDT

McDermitt, Ore. (AP) — Katie Fite crouched behind some waist-high sagebrush, and her dog Bell nestled in the plant’s cozy cavity to shield from howling winds. It was the first Saturday in April, peak mating season for sage grouse on a remote stretch of the Oregon-Nevada border....

Proposed revision of Mexican wolf management plan draws fire

May. 13, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers want to see at least 320 Mexican gray wolves roaming the Southwest within the next several years as they try to recover an endangered species that for decades has been the focus of political strife and litigation. While a population...

Carter asks court to defend Alaska's 'unrivaled wilderness'

May. 09, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday took the unusual step of weighing in on a court case involving his landmark conservation act and a remote refuge in Alaska. Carter filed an amicus brief in the longstanding legal dispute over efforts to build a road...

SC wildlife officials find first sea turtle nest of season

May. 03, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — State wildlife officials in South Carolina are reporting the discovery of the season’s first sea turtle nest. Monday's discovery comes one day after the official start of the 2022 turtle nesting season. The South Carolina Department of...

Conservation Congress respondents support 350-wolf limit

Apr. 28, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Most of the respondents to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress' spring survey say they support limiting the state's wolf population to 350 animals. The congress, an influential group of sportspeople who advise the state Department of Natural Resources on...

Protections sought for Western bird linked to piñon forests

Apr. 26, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Collecting piñon nuts has been tradition for Native American and Hispanic families in the Southwestern U.S. for generations. But environmentalists are concerned that without the pinyon jay — a very social bird that essentially plants the next generation...