Latest Species conservation and preservation News

New law allows bass to be farm-raised, sold in markets

Oct. 16, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Coming soon to your neighborhood seafood market: farm-raised Florida largemouth bass. Thanks to a law passed this spring, bass will expand its popularity from a favorite fishing target to the seafood sales list in the Sunshine State. At face...

California OKs new protections for leatherback sea turtles

Oct. 15, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has added the Pacific leatherback sea turtle to its endangered species list, guaranteeing more protections for a rapidly dwindling population. The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to add the turtles under the...

Elephant kills South African man in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools

Oct. 14, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A 71-year old South African tourist was trampled to death by an elephant “in full view” of his son at Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, the country’s parks agency said Thursday, days after another fatal encounter with an elephant occurred in a separate...

Maine senators join new push to preserve U.S. wildlife

Oct. 14, 2021 01:32 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators have signed on to a push to try to improve protections for America's wildlife. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King said they're co-sponsoring the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. The proposal...

2 birds oiled in California pipeline spill treated, released

Oct. 13, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Two birds oiled after an undersea pipeline ruptured off the Southern California coast have been treated and released. Workers brought the ruddy duck and eared grebe Wednesday to a shorefront park in a harbor area of Huntington Beach. The...

Angler catches first alligator gar recorded in Kansas

Oct. 12, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

PRATT, Kan. (AP) — Kansas fisheries officials are working to determine how a 39.5 pound alligator gar ended up in a state river. The fisheries division of the Kansas Wildlife & Parks announced Tuesday that an angler pulled the gar last week from the Neosho River...

Zoo appealing accreditation loss, says visitors unaffected

Oct. 10, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says it is appealing the loss of its most important accreditation last week but will retain that accreditation during the 30-day appeals process. The decision announced Wednesday by the Association of Zoos and...

1st mountain lion in California released back to wild dies

Oct. 09, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — The first mountain lion to be rehabilitated and returned to the wild in California has been found dead, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday. The female cougar nicknamed Monrovia had been treated and released back into the wild...

Fate of the northwest Colorado wolf pack remains a mystery

Oct. 09, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — On a hazy July afternoon, wolf expert Karin Vardaman returned to a spring-fed pond in Colorado’s northwestern-most corner. Enough rain had fallen to wet the ground around the watering hole. She tiptoed across the soft earth — careful not to disturb any impressions left by...

Vermont bald eagle restoration follows years of trying

Oct. 07, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

Thirteen years after Vermont lost the ignominious distinction of being the only state in the continental United States without any breeding pairs of bald eagles, the state is moving to remove the iconic national symbol from its list of threatened and endangered species. ...