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Winter's dry start prompts low California water allocation

Dec. 1, 2020 9:10 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's water managers on Tuesday preliminarily allocated just 10% of requested water supplies to agencies that together serve more than 27 million Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland. The state Department of Water Resources cited the dry start to the winter rainy...

Bobcat burned in California wildfire set for release to wild

Dec. 1, 2020 9:01 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A young bobcat that was badly burned in a Southern California wildfire will be released back into the wild, the San Diego Humane Society announced Tuesday. The 7- to 9-month-old female was picked up on Tuesday from the group's Ramona Wildlife Center. A state Department of Fish and...

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2011 file photo, shows whitebark pine that have succumbed to mountain pine beetles through the Gros Ventre area east of Jackson Hole, Wyo. U.S. officials say climate change, beetles and a deadly fungus are imperiling the long-term survival of the high-elevation tree found in the western U.S. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

US: Mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened

Dec. 1, 2020 6:43 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that’s a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the West, U.S. officials said Tuesday. A Fish and Wildlife Service proposal scheduled to be...

Wildlife advocates sue US agency to protect Canada lynx

Dec. 1, 2020 5:58 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued the federal government Tuesday in a bid to force officials to do more to conserve Canada lynx, a snow-loving cat that has struggled to survive in parts of the U.S. West. Attorneys for Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild and other groups filed the...

This undated photo provided by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish shows a peppered chub. The U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the small minnow-like fish as an endangered species and designate parts of rivers in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and New Mexico as its critical habitat. The agency on Tuesday Dec. 1, 2020, published the proposal in the Federal Register. (New Mexico Department of Game and Fish via AP)

Peppered chub proposed by agency as endangered species

Dec. 1, 2020 3:54 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A proposal by the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service published Tuesday would list a small fish known as the peppered chub as an endangered species and designate parts of rivers in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and New Mexico as its critical habitat. The minnow-like fish once found in each of...

Maine climate plan calls for climate neutrality by 2045

Dec. 1, 2020 3:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor said Tuesday she will seek to use a series of law change proposals to help the state reach carbon neutrality by 2045. Gov. Janet Mills made the statement as the state released its four-year climate plan, entitled “Maine Won't Wait.” Mills,...

Maine forestry officials find most trees suspected of pest

Dec. 1, 2020 3:10 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Forestry officials in Maine said they've located most of the ash trees suspected of harboring an invasive pest. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry sent out an all-points bulletin asking for assistance finding 36 green ash trees sold at Lowe's stores in...

New Mexico Land Office offers online Christmas tree permits

Dec. 1, 2020 12:02 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The State Land Office is joining other land management agencies in New Mexico in offering online Christmas tree cutting permits. The Land Office said Monday it also is allowing people to get permits to gather sand for filling luminarias, which are traditional holiday decorations in...

Rewards in black bear killings a few miles, 6 months apart

Nov. 30, 2020 5:27 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities are offering $14,500 in rewards for leads in the deaths of two Louisiana black bears shot a few miles and nearly six months apart. Investigators don’t know whether a bear found Nov. 9 near Centerville and one found May 17 south of nearby Franklin were...

Vermont Fish and Wildlife releases "Vermont Outdoors" app

Nov. 30, 2020 4:51 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has come out with an app that is says will help Vermonters find new opportunities to hunt, fish, trap or view wildlife on public lands and waters. The free "Vermont Outdoors” app provides information on fish and wildlife laws, baitfish...