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Pup fostering gives genetic boost to wild Mexican wolves

Jun. 18, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's a carefully planned mission that involves coordination across state lines — from Mexican gray wolf dens hidden deep in the woods of New Mexico and Arizona to breeding facilities at zoos and special conservation centers around the U.S. It's also about timing as wolves in...

Correction: Steel Plant-Pollution story

Jun. 18, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

In a story June 17 about a fire at U.S. Steel's Pennsylvania coke plant, The Associated Press reported erroneously the impact of the mishap on the neighborhood's air quality. The company said air monitoring equipment indicated that sulfur dioxide levels did not exceed emissions limits around the plant through...

Endangered birds could stop the music at Chicago beach fest

Jun. 14, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Some endangered birds could ground a Chicago beachfront music festival proposed for late August. Promoters of Mamby on the Beach are seeking a permit from the Chicago Park District to move the show to Montrose Beach on the city's north side. But two piping plovers lately have been making the...

Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia

Jun. 14, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists have found the furry head of an Ice Age wolf perfectly preserved in the Siberian permafrost. The head of a wolf, which died 40,000 years ago, was discovered in the Russian Arctic region of Yakutia. Valery Plotnikov, a top researcher at the local branch of the Russian...

Environmental group sues over ice seal habitat decision

Jun. 13, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An environmental group sued the Trump administration Thursday for failing to designate critical habitat for two species of seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Department of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries...

Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia

Jun. 13, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists have found the furry head of an Ice Age wolf perfectly preserved in the Siberian permafrost. The head of a wolf, which died 40,000 years ago, was discovered in the Russian Arctic region of Yakutia. Valery Plotnikov, a top researcher at the local branch of the Russian...

Thai tycoon gets additional year in prison in poaching case

Jun. 11, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai construction tycoon on Tuesday was sentenced to an additional one year in prison for bribing a park ranger in relation to a high-profile case of poaching endangered animals in a wildlife sanctuary last year. A Bangkok court said in a statement that it sentenced Premchai Karnasuta, the...

Oregon wildlife commissioners adopt wolf management plan

Jun. 7, 2019 9:56 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife commissioners have approved the state's long-overdue Wolf Management Plan after years of revisions, contentious meetings, an outside mediator and half the stakeholders abandoning talks. The 155-page plan to govern how wolves are handled in areas of the state where they...

Dozens of members of Congress support delisting of wolves

May. 28, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Numerous U.S. House members from the Pacific Northwest have signed a letter in support of the delisting of gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act in the Lower 48 states. Tuesday's letter was signed by 34 bipartisan House members and will be submitted as a public comment in the...

Endangered Mexican wolves blamed for more livestock deaths

May. 27, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's shaping up to be a deadly year for livestock in the American Southwest as the number of cows and calves killed by Mexican gray wolves has skyrocketed, aggravating an already tenuous relationship between U.S. wildlife managers, environmentalists and rural residents. Federal...