Latest Wildlife management News

The Latest: Alaska Native leader responds to whale kill

Aug. 20, 2018 7:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska Native hunters who illegally killed a whale (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The head of an Alaska Native organization who received a federal warning about the illegal killing of a protected gray whale last year says her group respects laws and treaties protecting...

APNewsBreak: Alaska Natives believed whale hunt was legal

Aug. 20, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Indigenous hunters in Alaska initially believed they were legally hunting a beluga whale when they unlawfully killed a protected gray whale with harpoons and guns after the massive animal strayed into a river last year, a federal investigative report said. After the shooting began,...

Governor closes state lands to bear hunting

Aug. 20, 2018 6:16 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday ordered the closure of state lands to black bear hunting this year. The first-year Democratic governor announced the decision with an executive order, but stopped short of unilaterally ending the hunt altogether saying he doesn't have the...

Fires prompt sage grouse hunting ban in large part of Nevada

Aug. 20, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Destruction of sage grouse habitat by a series of large wildfires has prompted a ban on hunting for the game bird this fall across a stretch of Nevada that is nearly twice as big as the state of Delaware. The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners approved the emergency closure Friday of...

Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish

Aug. 17, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when they decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species....

Group sues to expand protected orca habitat along West Coast

Aug. 16, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An environmental group sued President Donald Trump's administration Thursday to make officials move more quickly to protect the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas. The recent grieving of one whale for her dead calf and scientists' extraordinary attempts to save another from starvation...

Endangered Green, Loggerhead turtles make comeback in Cyprus

Aug. 16, 2018 3:57 AM EDT

LARA BEACH, Cyprus (AP) — For these ancient reptiles, a stretch of beach on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been their home for thousands of years. Against the setting sun, the tiny turtles that have just hatched on Lara Beach strain against the surf to reach the Mediterranean Sea and embark on...

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...

Restoration of Oregon river aims to help trout

Aug. 14, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — After decades of ranching and logging left a creek deep in the Ochoco National Forest less functional for the fish and other animals that live there, an interagency effort is underway to return it to a more natural state. Since the end of July, Deep Creek, a tributary of the north fork of...

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...