Latest Nature reserves News

Rescued manatee flown from Texas to Florida on cargo plane

Jul. 28, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (AP) — An ailing manatee that was found and rehabilitated in Texas late last year was flown to Florida on a cargo plane and released into a bay near a wildlife refuge along the Gulf Coast this week. The manatee named TexasTeeMiguel was released Wednesday into...

Photographer tells story at Red River wildlife refuge

Jul. 24, 2022 01:04 AM EDT

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — As people walk into the Red River National Wildlife Refuge they are welcomed with large colorful displays filled with photos of what animals can be seen at the refuge. On the side of the photos, in very small print, is the name of the photographer. The majority of them...

NC judge signs off on agreement over Colonial gasoline spill

Jul. 08, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge has signed off on a previously announced agreement between state environmental regulators and Colonial Pipeline for a 2020 gasoline spill in a nature reserve that turned out to be larger than the company initially described. On...

Judge won't dismiss parent lawsuit in Gabby Petito slaying

Jul. 01, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit in which the parents of Gabby Petito claim that Brian Laundrie told his parents he had killed her before he returned home alone from their western trip. The decision Thursday by Sarasota County Circuit Judge...

NC, Colonial Pipeline reach agreement on handling fuel spill

Jun. 30, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Colonial Pipeline has agreed to a consent order which says it should be held accountable for a gasoline spill in a North Carolina nature preserve that was found to be far worse than what the company initially said, a state agency said Thursday. The N.C....

Agency ruling delivers big setback to Okefenokee mining plan

Jun. 05, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal agency has delivered a big setback to a company's controversial plan to mine near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp and its vast wildlife refuge. A government memo said Friday that the Army Corps of Engineers is reasserting jurisdiction over Twin Pines...

Bidder in Alaska refuge oil and gas lease sale cancels lease

Jun. 02, 2022 12:57 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of the bidders in an oil and gas lease sale for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge last year has canceled the lease it bought, the U.S. Interior Department said. Regenerate Alaska, a subsidiary of Australia-based 88 Energy Ltd., was one of three...

War forces zoo to scrap sending wild horses to Russia

Jun. 02, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Zoo has scrapped plans to send a group of Asian wild horses back to their native Russia in light of the war in Ukraine. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday that eight of the endangered horses, known as takhis or Przewalksi’s horses,...

Federal government sues Alaska over fishing on refuge river

May. 27, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration is suing Alaska over fishing rights on a river that runs through a national wildlife refuge, saying the state is undermining federal efforts to limit harvests when fish numbers are low to local residents in the area of predominantly Indigenous...

Infrastructure plan: $33M to clean up hundreds of oil wells

May. 25, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About $33 million of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan recently signed into law by President Joe Biden will go toward cleanning up 277 of an estimated 15,000 abandoned oil and gas wells on federal land, the nation's interior secretary said Wednesday. ...