Latest Wildlife News

The Latest: Fake punt fails in 49ers-Saints shootout

Dec. 8, 2019 3:48 PM EST

The Latest on Week 14 in the NFL (all times EST): 3:45 p.m. A fake punt by New Orleans backfired late in the third quarter when Taysom Hill’s long pass intended for Tre’Quan Smith fell incomplete. Smith was being pushed along the sideline, and the Superdome crowd was howling for a pass interference...

Police: Richmond woman still missing Sunday

Dec. 8, 2019 11:19 AM EST

RICHMOND, Maine (AP) — A Richmond woman who disappeared late last month was still missing Sunday following a search throughout the week of a Maine river using boats, aircraft and a drone. Anneliese Heinig, 37, was last seen early on Nov. 26 walking along Interstate 295 near where it crosses the Presumpscot...

Imperiled Utah fish bouncing back after 18 years

Dec. 8, 2019 10:47 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An imperiled fish found only in Utah Lake is starting to make a recovery after 18 years. The June sucker increased in population from only 300 to 2,000 at last count, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose changing the species status from endangered to threatened,...

Conservation groups make major land buy along Georgia coast

Dec. 8, 2019 10:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Conservation groups have purchased a swath of land in Georgia that they describe as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast. The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute announced Friday that they had bought the 16,000-acre (65-square-kilometer)...

Plastic confetti discouraged on Alabama college campus

Dec. 8, 2019 9:55 AM EST

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama college is asking people to quit using plastic confetti as a photo prop on campus. The scenic University of North Alabama is a popular spot for photo shoots in Florence, but school officials say some of those sessions are leaving behind plastic confetti that's shot into...

Indonesia arrests 5 suspected poachers of pregnant tigers

Dec. 8, 2019 9:42 AM EST

PEKANBARU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested five suspected poachers of a pair of critically endangered pregnant Sumatran tigers and seized four fetuses that had been preserved in a jar, a forestry official said Sunday. The five suspects — four men and a woman — were...

Minister: Brazil can't stop deforestation without help

Dec. 8, 2019 5:15 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Brazil can’t stop deforestation in the Amazon without the help of rich countries, the country’s environment minister said at the United Nations' two-week climate change conference. Ricardo Salles, who declined to set a target for limiting deforestation in the coming year, said...

Mud snail halts trout deliveries from Arizona fish hatchery

Dec. 7, 2019 11:02 PM EST

CORNVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — An invasive mud snail that can disrupt the food chain has been found at a state fish hatchery in Cornville. The Arizona Game and Fish Department says it won't stock trout from the Page Springs Fish Hatchery until it can be sure the mud snail won't travel with the fish. Officials say...

Gunmen target Brazil indigenous people, killing two

Dec. 7, 2019 7:05 PM EST

Rio de Janeiro (AP) — Gunmen opened fire Saturday on a group of indigenous people in Brazil's Maranhao state, killing two, according to the state's public security secretariat. The attack on members of the Guajajara group, known for its forest guardians who protect their territory against illegal...

Manure spill kills threatened steelhead in Washington creek

Dec. 7, 2019 4:03 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — U.S. officials have fined a northwestern Washington farmer $6,750 after a manure spill killed threatened steelhead. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration earlier this week announced the fine against Harold Carbee of Bellingham. Officials said a hose broke in May and...