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California officials call for endangered listing for marten

Jun. 22, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A cat-sized, weasel-like animal whose habitat in forests along California's northern coast is under threat from marijuana cultivation should receive endangered species status, state fish and wildlife officials said. The Humboldt marten — a relative of minks and otters...

Man finds rattlesnake under hood while trying to start car

Jun. 22, 2018 7:45 AM EDT

HANCOCK, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man trying to jump-start his car was greeted by an unusual sound coming from his engine — the rattle of a venomous timber rattlesnake. The man says the snake slithered across the engine block and curled up on the battery as he opened the hood of the car...

5 groups get $250,000 to research Florida lionfish removal

Jun. 22, 2018 7:31 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials are awarding $250,000 to five organizations to research new ways to remove invasive lionfish from deep-water habitats. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release says $50,000 each is going to the University of Florida, Reef...

African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park

Jun. 22, 2018 6:03 AM EDT

GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK, Mozambique (AP) — The African wild dogs are back. There are just 14 of them, far fewer than those that roamed Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park before the nearly two-decade civil war that started in the 1970s. As up to a million people lost their lives to violence and famine,...

African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park

Jun. 22, 2018 5:39 AM EDT

GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK, Mozambique (AP) — The African wild dogs are back. There are just 14 of them, far fewer than those that roamed Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park before the nearly two-decade civil war that started in the 1970s. As up to a million people lost their lives to violence and famine,...

Suit: Offshore drilling done in absence of required report

Jun. 21, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three conservation groups said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that federal wildlife agencies have failed for years to complete required consultations and reporting on the effects that oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could have on endangered species. The suit comes more than a decade...

Trump scraps Obama policy on protecting oceans, Great Lakes

Jun. 21, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump has thrown out a policy devised by his predecessor to protect U.S. oceans and the Great Lakes, replacing it with a new approach that emphasizes use of the waters to promote economic growth. Trump revoked an executive order issued by President Barack Obama...

Lawsuit seeks protection for crayfish from coal mining

Jun. 21, 2018 2:47 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two protected crayfish species are being harmed by coal mining in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, according to a federal lawsuit from an environmental group. The Center for Biological Diversity alleges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is late in designating habitat areas for...

Conservationists free baby bird tangled in balloon ribbon

Jun. 21, 2018 9:53 AM EDT

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Conservationists in New Jersey have freed a baby bird that was entangled in a balloon ribbon. Members of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey found the young osprey on Island Beach State Park with a red ribbon wrapped around its leg. The nest, which is about 35 feet (11...

Feds: Smuggler pleads guilty to shipping protected turtles

Jun. 21, 2018 9:04 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say the 'ringleader of an international syndicate of wildlife smugglers" has pleaded guilty, again, to smuggling turtles. The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that 38-year-old Steven Verren Baker of Holly Hill entered the plea Tuesday in Charleston....