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US forests in New Mexico consider new recreation fees

Jan. 22, 2020 12:28 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal land managers are proposing adding new recreation fees, increasing some fees and doing away with some developed recreational sites around New Mexico that are managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The agency is seeking comment on proposed changes that would affect campgrounds...

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...

US: Endangered fish on upswing in Colorado River basin

Jan. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An endangered fish found in the Colorado River basin is on the upswing, federal officials said Tuesday as they proposed reclassifying the humpback chub as threatened. The fish that gets its name from a fleshy bump behind its head is one of four endangered fish that make their home...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2011 file photo a Monarch butterfly sits on a tree trunk at the Sierra Chincua Sanctuary in the mountains of Mexico's Michoacan state. On Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, prosecutors in western Mexico have called in 53 local police officers for questioning in the Jan. 14 disappearance of a long-time promoter and protector of the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico questions police over disappeared butterfly activist

Jan. 21, 2020 7:04 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico have called in 53 local police for questioning in the Jan. 14 disappearance of a long-time promoter and protector of the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly. The police in the Michaocan towns of Angangueo and Ocampo were called in late Monday after...

3-year-old boy recovering from attack by California cougar

Jan. 21, 2020 7:02 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy is recovering after being attacked by a mountain lion in a California wilderness park, authorities said. The boy suffered a bite wound to the back of his neck Monday and was treated at a hospital and then released, authorities said. The boy and five other family...

South Dakota board approves Keystone XL water permits

Jan. 21, 2020 5:52 PM EST

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Water Management Board on Tuesday approved five water permit applications for Keystone XL pipeline construction. The hearing was so contentious that it stretched into a dozen days over the course of four months as American Indian tribes and environmental groups...

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...

Delaware lawmakers eye trust fund for clean water projects

Jan. 21, 2020 4:43 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers are proposing to establish a state trust fund to coordinate and manage financial resources for clean water initiatives. Democratic Gov. John Carney signaled his support for the initiative Tuesday by announcing that he would propose $50 million in next year's capital...

US Indian bureau violates Crow Agency water repairs order

Jan. 21, 2020 3:10 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal environmental regulators say the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs violated an order to repair a public water supply system serving about 1,300 people on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana. Environmental Protection Agency officials said in a letter obtained by...

DNR: Total 2019 Wisconsin deer kill down 14%

Jan. 21, 2020 11:50 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters in Wisconsin killed nearly 50,000 fewer deer last year than in 2018, according to a report state Department of Natural Resources officials planned to submit to their board Tuesday. Hunters killed 288,025 deer across all seasons, including archery, the November nine-day gun...