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DNR board to gauge reaction to deer hunt changes

Jan. 22, 2020 3:09 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials agreed Wednesday to ask gun deer hunters this spring whether they would support wholesale changes to the sport, including tacking another 10 days onto the state's traditional nine-day season in November. Hunters killed dramatically fewer deer during the...

Petition seeks federal protections for Rio Grande fish

Jan. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are asking federal wildlife managers to used the Endangered Species Act to protect a fish found only in the Rio Grande in Texas and the Pecos River in New Mexico. WildEarth Guardians filed the petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, saying it...

Groups prepare to sue over grazing in Wyoming grizzly range

Jan. 21, 2020 6:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Conservationists worried that continued livestock grazing in a Wyoming forest could endanger grizzly bears are preparing to sue the U.S. government. Western Watersheds Project, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection allege a 2019 decision to allow grazing to...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.   (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

Jan. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the Pearl...

Sharon Salazar Hickey listens to a presentation during a New Mexico Game Commission meeting at the Las Cruces Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, N.M., on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Hickey was appointed chair of the commission during the meeting, having been recently named to the board by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. (Nathan J. Fish/The Las Cruces Sun News via AP)

Fight over river access simmers before New Mexico commission

Jan. 17, 2020 3:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A panel charged with overseeing hunting and fishing regulations and managing wildlife across New Mexico met Friday for the first time following a shakeup over an ongoing dispute that involves public access to rivers and streams that flow through private property. Former Game...

New Mexico adopts rule as oil industry touts fiscal impact

Jan. 16, 2020 2:39 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Thursday adopted a new rule aimed at oil and natural gas companies as the industry touted the more than $3 billion that was pumped into the state's general fund coffers through taxes and revenues during the last fiscal year. With the change, the state Oil...

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....

NOAA: Minimal impact on wildlife in proposed gas project

Jan. 11, 2020 4:13 PM EST

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Federal authorities suggested the environmental impact of a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline in southern Oregon would be minimal, saying the contentious project wouldn't jeopardize protected species or adversely change their critical habitat. The National Oceanic...

Judge won't stop Idaho tribe lawsuit against mining company

Jan. 10, 2020 3:33 PM EST

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe that seeks to force a Canadian gold mining company to acquire permits for pollution discharged from its central Idaho facility will be allowed to continue, a federal judge decided. Judge B. Lynn Winmill at Boise forwarded the...

Casino looks to replace workers with automatic drink makers

Jan. 9, 2020 6:03 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Wynn Resorts is in the process of “rightsizing” operations at Encore Boston Harbor, the $2.6 billion casino that opened just six months ago but has so far fallen short of revenue projections, a company official said Thursday. Eric Kraus, the casino’s senior vice president...