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Record growth for bald eagles in northern New England

Nov. 18, 2018 11:37 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Bald eagles are in the midst of record population growth in northern New England, where America's national bird could soon find itself removed from all state endangered lists. The eagle was once completely gone from Vermont and New Hampshire and down to just 21 pairs in Maine. But...

Forest Service's cutting of older trees draws criticism

Nov. 18, 2018 11:32 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Forest Service decision to cut down more than 1,300 trees that were more than 150 years old because of fears of an invasive parasitic plant is being criticized as breaking trust with backers of a thinning project. The Arizona Daily Sun reports that groups considered stakeholders...

New York's main season for deer and bear hunting begins

Nov. 17, 2018 8:39 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's regular big game season for deer and bear starts this weekend in most of the state outside the Adirondacks. The Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging deer hunters to voluntarily pass up shots at young, small-antlered bucks so they can grow larger. The agency...

House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves

Nov. 16, 2018 1:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the...

Authorities: Hunter apparently accidentally shot, killed

Nov. 16, 2018 11:24 AM EST

ALDEN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a hunter apparently accidentally shot and killed another hunter in Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula on the first day of the state's annual firearms deer season. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says conservation officers responded Thursday afternoon to...

US Senate passes funding bill authorizing Kodiak land swap

Nov. 16, 2018 10:03 AM EST

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that includes a provision authorizing a land exchange in Alaska between the federal government and a private owner. The Coast Guard funding bill, if signed into law, would allow the swap of the privately owned Ayakulik Island off southwest Kodiak...

Twin manatees returned to Florida Keys waters

Nov. 16, 2018 4:05 AM EST

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Rare twin manatees Millennium and Falcon have been released back to their home in the Florida Keys. With satellite tracking transmitters strapped to their bodies, the two marine mammals were returned to waters leading to Florida Bay on Thursday. They were found in October 2016, after...

Feds say utility projects need more design review

Nov. 15, 2018 7:05 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In the wake of September's natural gas explosions and fires, Massachusetts should require a professional engineer to sign off on all public utility projects before any work starts, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended Thursday. The federal agency, which has been investigating...

Groups file lawsuit to stop eastern Idaho gold exploration

Nov. 15, 2018 6:35 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The federal government violated environmental laws by approving a Canadian company's plan to search for gold in key wildlife habitat in eastern Idaho, two conservation groups say in a federal lawsuit. The Idaho Conservation League and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in the lawsuit...

Environmentalists sue feds for information

Nov. 15, 2018 6:31 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An environmental group is suing the federal government for information about a proposed 5,000-well oil and gas project in central Wyoming. Western Watersheds Project filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Idaho, arguing that it had requested public information from the Bureau of Land Management...