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Tension thaws over whale plan between lobstermen, feds

Oct. 20, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group representing Maine's lobstermen says it's now willing to work with the federal government on a plan to protect right whales after withdrawing its support for the plan this summer. The Maine Lobstermen's Association is one of the key stakeholders in an effort to better protect...

Big baby: Female Masai giraffe born at Los Angeles Zoo

Oct. 18, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A big baby has made its debut at Los Angeles Zoo. The zoo announced this week that a female Masai giraffe was born on Oct. 5, the fifth baby for the mother, Hasina, and the sixth for the father, Phillip. The new addition has joined the giraffe herd at the zoo. The calf stands about 6...

Berlin zoo's panda cubs take 1st glimpse of the world

Oct. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin zoo says two panda cubs born in August have opened their eyes to the world for the first time this week. Zoo Berlin on Friday released pictures of the two cubs cautiously peering at the camera, six weeks after their birth. Zoo director Andreas Knieriem said the twins — the...

Groups: Saving Mexican gray wolves requires new approach

Oct. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of environmental groups and scientists have asked U.S. wildlife managers to rethink how they plan to ensure the survival of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. Following a loss in federal court last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is crafting a new rule to guide...

Alaska to look at oil spill plan requirements

Oct. 16, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Thirty years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the state of Alaska is looking at whether to change its requirements for oil spill prevention and response plans. Some say Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration has failed to adequately explain the need for any changes and fear the process...

Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees

Oct. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday to the state's Fish and Game Commission. The petition comes amid rising...

Owl vs. owl: Should humans intervene to save a species?

Oct. 15, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun. He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perched on a branch at just the right...

UN urges action against food losses, says 14% lost globally

Oct. 14, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The United Nations' food agency says around 14% of the food produced globally is lost and is urging action to address the causes of food loss as part of efforts to protect the environment. In a report Monday, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stressed the need to reduce food loss...

California governor signs bill limiting oil, gas development

Oct. 13, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land. The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be...

That was no bobcat! Tests show a raccoon attacked couple

Oct. 11, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida couple who believed they were attacked by a bobcat earlier last week were actually attacked by a raccoon. The Sun Sentinel reports Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Carol Lyn Parrish says DNA tests of hair confirmed the...