Latest Species conservation and preservation News

Bear in Erie backyard tree removed, to be released elsewhere

May. 24, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — State game commission wardens in northwestern Pennsylvania tranquilized and removed a 127-pound bear from a neighborhood in the city of Erie over the weekend. Erie police and game wardens were called to the east Erie neighborhood at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday after the animal was spotted in...

Funds to build new Colorado state park in coronavirus limbo

May. 24, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The deal went down on a picnic table in Broomfield on April 1. “The quietest acquisition of a $25 million property no one ever heard of,” GOCO boss Chris Castilian said. With a notary public standing 6 feet away, a flurry of signatures transferred southern Colorado’s 30...

In this May 16, 2020 photo, crab fisherman Capt. Kelly Kofmehl stands on the edge of his boat in Crystal River, Fla. The boat can fit about 650 stone crab traps at a time. (Lauren Witte/Fresh Take Florida)

Florida shortens stone crab season over industry objections

May. 23, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s $30 million stone crab industry is snapping mad over the state’s decision to reduce by five weeks the seven-month harvest season for what is widely considered a classic but expensive delicacy in the Sunshine State. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...

Nevada News Digest

May. 20, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

Good afternoon. Here’s a new, updated look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Nevada. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Las Vegas bureau at (702) 382-7440 or A reminder this information is not for publication or...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, a Pacific fisher takes off running after being released into a forest at Mount Rainier National Park, Wash. The Pacific fisher, a weasel-like carnivore native to Oregon's southern old growth forests, has been denied endangered species protection in the state, the latest twist in a legal back-and-forth that has continued for 20 years. In the decision issued last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to grant the fisher threatened status in southern Oregon and northern California, citing voluntary conservation measures as effective in protecting the woodland creatures. Today, biologists estimate anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand fishers live in Oregon, most near the California border. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Weasel-like mammal endangered in southern Sierra Nevada

May. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reversing course again in a 30-year-old battle over protection of a weasel-like mammal that eats porcupines, the U.S. government is declaring the Pacific fisher endangered in the southern Sierra Nevada but denying protection elsewhere in California and Oregon. The Fish and Wildlife...

FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, water flows through a fish ladder designed to help migrating fish swim through the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Wash. An Environmental Protection Agency report provides details about how federal government dams in the Snake and Columbia river system raise summer water temperatures, hurting endangered salmon runs. The report made public Tuesday, May 19, 2020 said dams on both rivers play a role in raising water temperatures above 68 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the point at which the water becomes harmful to salmon and steelhead. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

EPA says federal dams raise water temperature in Snake River

May. 20, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency report provides details about how federal government dams in the Snake and Columbia river system raise summer water temperatures, hurting endangered salmon runs. The report made public Tuesday said dams on both rivers play a role in raising water...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

May. 20, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ May 19 The Houma Courier on supporting the shrimping industry: For years, the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has used a humorous promotional campaign featuring cows who want you to eat more chicken, out of a sense of self-preservation. Since last couple of weeks has...

Florida county creates animal cruelty task force

May. 17, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — One Florida county has created a new animal cruelty task force that will educate residents on animal abuse and neglect, as well as enforce all laws involving the mistreatment of animals. The News-Press reported that Lee County in Southwest Florida will work with the county's...

Investigation ongoing after 3 invasive frogs found in Maui

May. 16, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has launched an investigation to determine where three coqui frogs came from after they were captured in a hardware store in Maui earlier this week. Department spokeswoman Janelle Saneishi said the area was treated with citric acid on Wednesday...

Miami-Dade firefighters Christian Blanco, left, and Matthew Gutierrez, put out spot fires, Thursday, May 14, 2020, off 26th Street in Golden Gate Estates, Fla. (Jon Austria/Naples Daily News via AP)

I-75 reopens in southwest Florida as wildfire continues

May. 14, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A section of Interstate 75 known as Alligator Alley reopened Thursday afternoon after four brush fires that eventually merged in southwest Florida caused it to close a day earlier, authorities said. The four fires merged and grew into a 8,500-acre (3,440-hectare) fire on Thursday,...