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In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, photo, Norm Bishop sits inside his home with a photo and award from his years of working with wolves, outside Bozeman, Mont. Bishop, who was Yellowstone’s resource interpreter, had spent years giving public presentations about the science of wolf reintroduction. He would explain what the experts thought would happen if gray wolves were restored to the Yellowstone ecosystem. (Ryan Berry/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

Wolves' return to Yellowstone recalled on 25th anniversary

Jan. 19, 2020 11:55 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The day the wolves arrived in Yellowstone National Park was busy. At least that’s how Norm Bishop remembers it. The wolves came in aluminum crates on horse trailers Jan. 12, 1995. Passing through the gates, the Canadian-born carnivores were the first of their kind in the park...

Water users appeal ruling on central Idaho water diversions

Jan. 16, 2020 12:20 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of water users on Wednesday appealed a federal court decision ordering the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout....

US Forest Service project allowed to proceed in Montana

Jan. 15, 2020 5:28 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A wildfire mitigation project was allowed to proceed in Montana's Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest after two conservation groups raised concerns over the impact on big game habitat, federal appeals court officials said. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the...

Reward offered for help finding who shot, killed Maine eagle

Jan. 15, 2020 4:28 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of someone who shot a bald eagle, which later died. The Maine Warden Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are looking for help in finding out what happened to the eagle. It was discovered...

Group: Cattle hooves, manure spoiling Southwest US waterways

Jan. 14, 2020 12:35 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An environmental group is suing the federal government to try to keep livestock away from Southwestern waterways that are home to threatened and endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit Monday, alleging the U.S. Forest Service isn't adequately...

Fees, gator hunts proposed for US wildlife refuges in SE LA

Jan. 13, 2020 12:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing fees for using eight national wildlife refuges in southeast Louisiana, and is also considering lottery alligator hunts on six of its refuges. The two together could raise about $120,000 for the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges...

Grant aimed at boosting endangered candy darter's comeback

Jan. 13, 2020 6:11 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An endangered fish could get a boost from grants aimed at restoring its population in West Virginia. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is matching a $61,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and use it for a program to increase numbers of the candy darter,...

This June 8, 2010, photo shows a Hermes Copper (Lycaena hermes) butterfly near Barrett Lake, south of Alpine, southeastern San Diego County, Calif. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed adding a California butterfly, the rare Hermes copper (Lycaena hermes), to the list of threatened species. The service filed its proposal Jan. 8, 2020. (Michael Couffer/Grey Owl Biological Consulting via AP)

Officials propose California butterfly for threatened list

Jan. 12, 2020 10:54 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed adding a California butterfly to the list of threatened species, officials said. The agency wants the Hermes copper butterfly added to the list in recognition of the threats it faces in its home region of San Diego County, The San Diego...

Reward offered for information in 2018 killing of gray wolf

Jan. 7, 2020 3:06 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person who shot dead an endangered gray wolf in 2018 in Northern California. The male wolf, known as OR-59, was wearing tracking collar when it was...

Wildlife groups host eagle viewings in Illinois, Wisconsin

Jan. 6, 2020 8:21 AM EST

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Wildlife organizations are planning eagle viewing events in Illinois and Wisconsin. The events will take place Saturday at three dams along the Fox River: Algonquin, Carpentersville and McHenry. One viewing will also take place at Fontana beach along Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. ...