Latest Species conservation and preservation News

Mexico City restaurant busted over protected tarantula tacos

Aug. 14, 2018 7:03 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fancy a tarantula taco for a cool $27? Not so fast, Mexican authorities say. A Mexico City market restaurant recently put the arachnids on its menu and posted a video on Facebook showing a chef torching one until blackened. The only problem: The Mexican red rump tarantula is a protected...

Live salmon released for ailing orca but she doesn't eat

Aug. 13, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers carrying out unprecedented efforts to save an ailing young killer whale in the U.S. Northwest released live salmon into waters in front of the free-swimming orca but didn't see her take any of the fish. The operation that dropped eight salmon from a boat Sunday is part of an...

Find an eagle feather? US law says don't take it. Cuomo did

Aug. 12, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — At an event in the Adirondacks last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recounted a treasured memory of the time his family retrieved an eagle feather from Saranac Lake and kept it after one of the beautiful birds swooped near his canoe. In telling the story , the New York Democrat was unknowingly...

Bear cub burned in California wildfire gets 'fish-skin'

Aug. 10, 2018 6:59 AM EDT

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (AP) — A bear cub is recovering after receiving fish skin bandages to its paws that were burned in the California wildfires. A contractor found the yearling female lying in ash and unable to walk on Aug. 2. The bear was taken to the California Fish and Wildlife's lab in Rancho...

US wildlife boss departs after stirring fears on species law

Aug. 9, 2018 9:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is stepping down after a 14-month tenure in which the agency proposed broad changes to rules governing protections for thousands of species and pushed for more hunting and fishing on federal lands, officials said Thursday. Greg Sheehan...

Montana to keep 1,000 bears amid push to lift protections

Aug. 9, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials endorsed a plan Thursday to keep northwestern Montana's grizzly population at roughly 1,000 bears as the state seeks to bolster its case that lifting federal protections will not lead to the bruins' demise. The proposal adopted on a preliminary vote by Fish,...

2 new exotic species identified in the Great Lakes

Aug. 9, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Two new exotic zooplankton species have crept into the Great Lakes, according to researchers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Cornell University researchers confirmed the species are in Lake Erie. The findings are part of the EPA's biology monitoring program in the...

Beach volleyball kills unhatched birds on Alabama island

Aug. 6, 2018 11:05 PM EDT

SAND ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Beach volleyball players on a small island off Alabama probably killed hundreds of unhatched birds, moving eggs to make room for their playing court and scaring adult birds from nests, according to Birmingham Audubon. The day after the damage was found, the conservation group put...

Conservation groups sue Oregon to help protect tiny seabird

Aug. 2, 2018 5:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Conservation groups sued the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday for failing to strengthen protections for the marbled murrelet, tiny seabirds that venture inland to raise their young and depend on old-growth forests for nesting. The groups petitioned the...

17 people, 2 pawn shops sentenced in eagle trafficking case

Aug. 2, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Nineteen defendants were sentenced following an undercover investigation into the illegal trafficking of body parts from eagles and other protected birds, federal authorities in South Dakota said Thursday. U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons' office said in a statement that 17 people from...