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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...

Oregon tribe opposes water release for farmers

Apr. 19, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Native American tribe in Oregon said Tuesday it is assessing its legal options after learning the U.S. government plans to release water from a federally operated reservoir to downstream farmers along the Oregon-California border amid a historic drought. ...

Group: Feds hid plans to weaken whooping crane protection

Apr. 13, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

The Biden administration made secret plans to weaken protection for whooping cranes, and documents obtained through an open records request show officials “seem to have been deliberately misleading the public,” an environmental group says. The documents show that U.S. Fish and...

Nevada toad declared endangered at site of geothermal plant

Apr. 04, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — In a rare emergency move, the U.S government temporarily declared a northern Nevada toad endangered Monday, saying a geothermal power plant in the works could result in its extinction. The Fish and Wildlife Service announced it is formally proposing a rule to list...