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Deaths of 2 Mexican gray wolves investigated in New Mexico

Jun. 29, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers are investigating the deaths of two Mexican gray wolves found in May in New Mexico. The interagency team that oversees recovery of the endangered species in New Mexico and Arizona documented the deaths of a female that was not with a pack and a male that was part...

FILE - This March 25, 2020, file photo shows a small load of pollack being sorted as it comes off a boat at the Portland Fish Exchange in Portland, Maine. The amount of commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help jeopardized species of sea life to recover. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Worldwide slowdown in fishing unlikely to save rare species

Jun. 29, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help endangered species of marine life recover. Hours logged by fishermen at sea fell by nearly 10% around...

Vermont urges people to protect nesting loons and chicks

Jun. 27, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging the public to enjoy loons from a distance. Loons were removed from Vermont’s endangered species list in 2005 and the population is increasing, but that means there is greater potential for people to come into conflict with...

State commission rejects petition to limit killing of wolves

Jun. 26, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A petition that called for new rules to limit when the state can kill endangered wolves that prey on livestock was rejected Friday by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The petition was filed in May by four conservation groups who sought to prevent conflicts that have led to...

FILE - This March 10, 2010, file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a female bi-state sage grouse in Nevada. Conservationists are headed back to court again to try to force the Trump administration to protect the rare game bird along the California-Nevada line where the government keeps changing its mind about whether to add the cousin of the greater sage grouse to the U.S. list of threatened and endangered species. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

Lawsuit brewing in fight over game bird in Sierra Nevada

Jun. 26, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are headed back to court to try to force the Trump administration to protect a rare game bird along the California-Nevada border as the government keeps changing its mind about whether to list the cousin of the greater sage grouse as threatened or endangered. Three...

Rare whale found dead off New Jersey coast

Jun. 25, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — The carcass of a critically endangered species of whale was found floating off the coast of New Jersey on Thursday, federal authorities said. The whale was a North Atlantic right whale. The whales number only about 400, and have suffered high mortality and poor reproduction in...

Maine says beachgoers need to stay away from plover nests

Jun. 25, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife managers said the chicks and eggs of endangered piping plovers have been harmed several times this season, and beachgoers need to be mindful of the rare birds. The shorebirds nest on sandy beaches in southern Maine. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and...

In this June 19, 2020 made available by Bush Gardens Tampa Bay, a newly born giraffe is attended by his mother in Tampa, Fla. The baby boy giraffe is an endangered reticulated giraffe. (Bush Gardens Tampa Bay via AP)

Bea, the giraffe, gives birth to baby boy

Jun. 22, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It's a boy for Bea, a giraffe at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay who gave birth Friday. The Busch Gardens zoological team made the announcement on Sunday, a couple days late, but on an appropriate day: World Giraffe Day. Bea is a 14-year-old reticulated giraffe, an endangered species with...

This November 2014 photo provided by the Wildlife Trust of India shows a leopard caught in a trap in a forest in Karnataka, India. Authorities in India are concerned a 2020 spike in poaching not only could kill more endangered tigers and leopards but also species these carnivores depend upon to survive. (WTI via AP)

Coronavirus lockdowns increase poaching in Asia, Africa

Jun. 22, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A camera trap photo of an injured tigress and a forensic examination of its carcass revealed why the creature died: a poacher’s wire snare punctured its windpipe and sapped its strength as the wound festered for days. Snares like this one set in southern India's dense forest have...

Nevada groundwater order could help save endangered fish

Jun. 19, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists say Nevada's unprecedented interpretation of state water laws to restrict groundwater pumping for development in the desert northeast of Las Vegas could help prevent the extinction of a tiny endangered fish. The order that the state engineer issued this week in a...