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Reward offered for information on endangered red wolf death

May. 14, 2022 16:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the shooting death of an endangered red wolf in North Carolina. The wolf was found in a muddy field in Tyrrell County on April 15, according to the U.S....

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...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

May. 10, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the 12th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 12 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The...

Bird flu takes unheard-of toll on bald eagles, other birds

May. 05, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bird flu is killing an alarming number of bald eagles and other wild birds, with many sick birds arriving at rehabilitation centers unsteady on their talons and unable to fly. “It’s quite a sight to see an eagle with a six-foot wingspan having uncontrollable...

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...

Biden order to boost mining may not have quick payoff

Apr. 30, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is turning to a Cold War-era law to boost production of lithium and other minerals used to power electric vehicles, but experts say the move by itself is unlikely to ensure the robust domestic mining Biden seeks as he promotes cleaner energy sources. ...

Canada lynx protections deal sealed by US, environmentalists

Apr. 27, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to craft a new habitat plan for the snow-loving Canada lynx that could include more land in Colorado and other western states where the rare animals would be protected, according to a legal agreement made public Tuesday. ...

One-fifth of reptiles worldwide face risk of extinction

Apr. 27, 2022 12:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even the king cobra is “vulnerable.” More than 1 in 5 species of reptiles worldwide are threatened with extinction, according to a comprehensive new assessment of thousands of species published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Of 10,196 reptile species...

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...