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Official: Solving wild horse problem will take $5B, 15 years

Oct. 23, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — It will take $5 billion and 15 years to get an overpopulation of wild horses under control on federal lands across the West, the acting head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday, adding that several developments have made him more optimistic about his agency's ability to...

Lions sign Paul Perkins after putting Kerryon Johnson on IR

Oct. 23, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed running back Paul Perkins, adding much-needed depth at the position. Detroit made the move Wednesday, a day after putting running back Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve with a knee injury. The Lions released Perkins last week after being awarded...

SeaWorld releases rescued manatee back into Florida waters

Oct. 22, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

OAK HILL, Fla. (AP) — A manatee named Bingley has been released back into Florida waters after treatment of an injury. The manatee was found injured in May by the Florida Wildlife Commission and treated at SeaWorld's Marine Animal Rescue facility. SeaWorld officials who released the 440-pound...

Competing for space on the increasingly crowded ocean

Oct. 22, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Oceans cover nearly three-quarters of the Earth, and it's getting crowded out on the water. Energy, shipping, fishing and conservation groups all need space to operate on the world's oceans, and are bumping up against each other more frequently. All agree the competition is...

US gives endangered status to Tennessee freshwater fish

Oct. 21, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has granted endangered species status to a Tennessee freshwater fish. The Center for Biological Diversity says the nearly extinct Barrens topminnow was proposed for endangered species protection four decades ago. The fish is found only in central...

Tension thaws over whale plan between lobstermen, feds

Oct. 20, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group representing Maine's lobstermen says it's now willing to work with the federal government on a plan to protect right whales after withdrawing its support for the plan this summer. The Maine Lobstermen's Association is one of the key stakeholders in an effort to better protect...

Big baby: Female Masai giraffe born at Los Angeles Zoo

Oct. 18, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A big baby has made its debut at Los Angeles Zoo. The zoo announced this week that a female Masai giraffe was born on Oct. 5, the fifth baby for the mother, Hasina, and the sixth for the father, Phillip. The new addition has joined the giraffe herd at the zoo. The calf stands about 6...

Berlin zoo's panda cubs take 1st glimpse of the world

Oct. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin zoo says two panda cubs born in August have opened their eyes to the world for the first time this week. Zoo Berlin on Friday released pictures of the two cubs cautiously peering at the camera, six weeks after their birth. Zoo director Andreas Knieriem said the twins — the...

Groups: Saving Mexican gray wolves requires new approach

Oct. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of environmental groups and scientists have asked U.S. wildlife managers to rethink how they plan to ensure the survival of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. Following a loss in federal court last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is crafting a new rule to guide...

Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees

Oct. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday to the state's Fish and Game Commission. The petition comes amid rising...