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State to try nonlethal measures after wolves attack cattle

May. 27, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Fish and Wildlife said Friday it won’t shoot wolves in a small pack that has attacked three calves in rural northeastern Washington. The three attacks in fewer than 30 days crossed the threshold for the department to consider lethal removal. The department said...

Wildlife officials: 2 men stole 93 sea turtle eggs

May. 27, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two men were arrested after authorities found them with a bag of sea turtle eggs in Palm Beach County over Memorial Day weekend, wildlife officials said. Both men have had previous encounters with the law for mishandling sea turtle eggs, the Palm Beach Post reported. Bruce...

This image made from Monday, May 25, 2020, video provided by Christian Cooper shows Amy Cooper with her dog calling police at Central Park in New York. A video of a verbal dispute between Amy Cooper, walking her dog off a leash and Christian Cooper, a black man bird watching in Central Park, is sparking accusations of racism. (Christian Cooper via AP)

Woman fired after backlash from racist park confrontation

May. 27, 2020 5:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The verbal dispute between a white woman with an unleashed dog and a black man bird watching in Central Park might normally have gone unnoticed in a city preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic. That changed when birdwatcher Christian Cooper pulled out his phone and captured Amy Cooper...

Smokies nonprofit to hold virtual firefly event on YouTube

May. 27, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The annual lottery to see the synchronous fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park may be canceled this year due to the coronavirus, but a Smokies-based nonprofit will be offering a virtual firefly event. Discover Life in America is collaborating with firefly...

Scallop fishing off New England to be limited for months

May. 27, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Scallop fishing off New England will be subject to limitations for about the next 10 months, federal regulators have said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it has closed the northern Gulf of Maine fishing area, which means vessels fishing under federal regulations...

Feds to provide boost to lobster, crab, whelk projects

May. 27, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The federal government is providing more than $2 million to several institutions on the East Coast for fishery projects designed to accomplish goals such as expanding the green crab harvest and reducing mortality on the lobster supply chain. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, shows members of the Mexican gray wolf recovery team preparing to load a wolf into a helicopter in Reserve, N.M., so it can be released after being processed during an annual survey. One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that have died so far this year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a combination of lethal management by U.S. wildlife officials and private trapping is making it difficult to recover the species. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Rough start to the year for Mexican gray wolves, cattle

May. 26, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that died in the first four months of the year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a...

Georgia Aquarium says beluga whale born earlier in May

May. 26, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has announced the birth of its newest beluga whale. Staff at the aquarium say the calf was born on Sunday, May 17 to its mother, 20-year-old Whisper. At birth, the newborn weighed 174 pounds and measured 5 feet and 4 inches long. After a long labor, mother and...

This May 12, 2020, photo provided by Latonya Lark shows a turtle hanging halfway through the windshield of Lark's car in in Savannah, Ga. Lark and her brother were not seriously hurt after the turtle launched through the air and became lodged into the windshield of the car they were in, Lark told WSAV-TV. (Latonya Lark via AP)

Georgia woman, brother OK after turtle strikes car window

May. 26, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman and her brother were not seriously hurt after a turtle launched through the air and became lodged into the windshield of a car they were in. Latonya Lark told WSAV-TV she was driving in Savannah this month when she saw an object that looked like a brick quickly...

FILE - In this May 9, 2008, file photo, male sage grouses fight for the attention of females southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. Judge Brian Morris said in a late Friday, May 22, 2020 ruling the Trump administration failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued energy leases on hundreds of square miles of public lands in Wyoming and Montana. (Jerret Raffety/The Rawlins Daily Times via AP, File)

Judge strikes down US energy leasing rules in bird habitat

May. 26, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge has dealt another blow to the Trump administration's efforts to increase domestic oil and gas output from public lands, saying officials failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued energy leases on hundreds of square miles. Judge Brian Morris...