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In this July 23, 2002, file photo, a common tern flies over roosting laughing gulls on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel island in Suffolk, Va. Virginia officials announced plans Friday, Feb. 1, 2020. to create new habitat for about 25,000 seabirds after their nesting grounds were paved for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion project, a case that highlighted weakened protections for birds under President Donald Trump.   (John H. Sheally II/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)

After federal rollback, Virginia offers new bird protections

Feb. 14, 2020 1:28 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials announced plans Friday to create new habitat for about 25,000 seabirds after their nesting grounds were paved for a state tunnel expansion project — a case that highlighted weakened protections for birds across the U.S. under President Donald Trump. Democratic...

This image from video provided by the Humane Society of the United States shows a four-lion taxidermy at the Safari Club International's 2020 annual convention, that was held Feb. 5-8, 2020, in Reno, Nevada. An undercover video recorded by animal welfare activists shows vendors at a recent trophy-hunting convention promoting trips to shoot captive-bred lions in Africa, despite past public assurances by the event's organizers that so-called canned hunts wouldn't be sold.  (Humane Society of the United States via AP)

Penned lions still on offer at US trophy hunting convention

Feb. 12, 2020 3:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An undercover video recorded by animal welfare activists shows vendors at a recent trophy-hunting convention promoting trips to shoot captive-bred lions in Africa, despite past public assurances by the event's organizers that so-called canned hunts wouldn't be sold. Investigators for the...

FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, the baleen is visible as a North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. Federal regulators say a Maine plan to reduce risk to endangered whales doesn't goes far enough, and that means fishermen in the state could face more restrictions. Maine officials submitted a plan to the federal government designed to meet a requirement to better protect rare North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in lobster fishing gear. The whales number only about 400 and can die if ensnared in the gear. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Maine whale protection plan doesn't go far enough, feds say

Feb. 12, 2020 1:11 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators don't believe a Maine plan to reduce risk to endangered whales goes far enough, and that means fishermen in the state could face more restrictions. Maine officials submitted a plan to the federal government designed to meet a requirement to better protect rare...

FILE - In this May 17, 2015, file photo, a Louisiana black bear, sub-species of the black bear that was protected under the Endangered Species Act, is seen in a water oak tree in Marksville, La. A federal judge in Washington has thrown out a lawsuit on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, seeking to return federal protection to the real bears that inspired teddy bears. The people and environmental groups who sued in 2018 didn’t provide any evidence to back up their claims that they would be hurt by the decision to remove Louisiana black bears from the “threatened” list, wrote District Judge John Bate. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Lawsuit to protect real-life ‘teddy bears’ tossed by judge

Feb. 11, 2020 5:54 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to return federal protection to the real bears that inspired teddy bears has been thrown out by a federal judge. The people and environmental groups who sued in 2018 didn’t provide any evidence to back up their claims that they would be hurt by the decision to...

2 dead dolphins found with bullet wounds in Florida

Feb. 11, 2020 4:48 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two dolphins have been found with gruesome and life-ending injuries along Florida's Gulf coast in recent weeks, and federal authorities are offering a reward of up to $20,000 to help solve the case. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the...

FILE - In this March 16, 2018, file photo, a new U.S. advisory board is shown meeting for the first time to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos at the Interior Department in Washington. The Trump administration has disbanded its advisory board created to help boost trophy hunting and relax federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos. (AP Photo/Michael Biesecker, File)

Interior Dept. drops trophy hunting council amid court fight

Feb. 10, 2020 8:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing significant legal challenges, the Trump administration has disbanded its advisory board created to help boost trophy hunting and relax federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos. In a filing to a federal court in New York, an official...

In this June 17, 2011, photo provided by NOAA Fisheries are freshwater seals at Iliamna Lake, in Alaska. An environmental group is petitioning the federal government to list a population of freshwater Alaska seals under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, petitioned to provide protections to harbor seals that live at Iliamna Lake in southwest Alaska. (Dave Withrow/NOAA Fisheries via AP)

Group seeks endangered species listing for Alaska lake seals

Feb. 6, 2020 7:42 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The only known freshwater harbor seals in the U.S. should be listed as threatened or endangered, an environmental group said Thursday in its second petition for the animals. The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned for additional protections for the 400 harbor seals that...

Gray whale license plate funds $300K in research, protection

Feb. 5, 2020 2:45 PM EST

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Sales of Oregon's new gray whale license plate have raised about $300,000 for Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, which uses the funds to study the massive mammals that migrate from Mexico to feed off the U.S. West coast each summer. The license plate shows the image of...

Mariners urged to beware as endangered whales gather off US

Feb. 5, 2020 11:20 AM EST

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is asking Atlantic Ocean vessels to slow down in an area off Massachusetts because about one-eighth of the worldwide population of an endangered whale has been spotted nearby. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 50 North Atlantic right...

1,400 pounds of shark fins seized at Miami port

Feb. 3, 2020 1:36 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Wildlife inspectors seized 1,400 pounds (635 kilograms) of shark fins at a Miami port, officials said on Monday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the shipment of dried fins arrived in 18 boxes and was believed to have originated in South America, and likely bound for Asia. Officials...