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Maryland’s smallest bat's survival threatened

Oct. 02, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — What tricolor bats lack in size, they make up for in their important role in insect control and pollination. But their survival is being threatened by biological and environmental factors. The tricolor bats’ range includes Maryland and the Eastern Shore....

Suction-dredge gold miner working Idaho river fined $150K

Sep. 29, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A suction-dredge gold miner from California who operated in an Idaho river containing federally protected salmon and steelhead without permits required by the Clean Water Act must pay $150,000, a federal judge has ruled. Shannon Poe received the fine Wednesday...

Steamed about lobster: House candidates snippy over donation

Sep. 27, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Congressional candidates in a hotly contested Maine race snipped at each other on Tuesday about a contribution from the leader of a conservation group that has discouraged consumers from buying lobster. Democratic Rep. Jared Golden is defending his seat in...

California fish conservation law could protect bees

Sep. 21, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the state to consider protecting threatened bumblebees under a conservation law listing for fish. The state's high court refused to grant a review sought by farming groups of a May appellate court ruling that...

Dump of menhaden in Gulf brings latest calls for regulation

Sep. 18, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana conservation groups are renewing calls for tougher regulations on the state's least-regulated fishery after a fishing boat let loose huge numbers of dead fish off the state's southwest coast. The Advocate reports that the dump of menhaden — also...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 16, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. September 15, 2022. Editorial: CT should welcome fight on gun laws When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New York state gun law earlier this year, Connecticut officials were quick to assure state residents of its limited scope. It’s...

Desert farms in Utah flourish with water from Colorado River

Sep. 16, 2022 10:01 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — The second driest state in the country, Utah, doesn’t contribute much water to the Colorado River as it flows from Rocky Mountain headwaters through Canyonlands National Park to Lake Powell. Utah has a unique position in the middle of the river basin,...

Endangered status sought for snail near Nevada lithium mine

Sep. 12, 2022 21:57 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are seeking Endangered Species Act protection for a tiny snail half the size of a pea that is known to exist only in high-desert springs near a huge lithium mine planned in Nevada along the Oregon state line. The Western Watersheds Project filed...

State agrees to upgrade fish hatchery over pollution fears

Sep. 08, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has agreed to make upgrades at its largest fish hatchery as part of a proposed settlement following allegations that the facility was polluting nearby waterways, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. The state will take action to...

Judge won't block Idaho wolf trapping, snaring regulations

Aug. 26, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Trappers can continue pursuing wolves under Idaho’s current regulations after a federal judge rejected a request by conservation groups to temporarily block the state’s expanded wolf trapping and snaring rules. The decision earlier this week by a U.S....