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FILE - In this April 11, 2018 file photo, water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Wash. Farmers, environmentalists, tribal leaders and public utility officials are eagerly awaiting a federal report due Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, that could decide the fate of four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios,File)

Feds reject removal of 4 US Northwest dams in key report

Feb. 28, 2020 7:50 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A long-awaited federal report out Friday rejected the idea of removing four hydroelectric dams on a major Pacific Northwest river in a last-ditch effort tosave threatened and endangered salmon, saying such a dramatic approach would destabilize the power grid, increase overall...

Baby hippo at San Diego Zoo gets a name

Feb. 28, 2020 7:17 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A baby hippopotamus born at the San Diego Zoo last month has a name. The zoo says the river hippo calf will be called Amahle (pronounced ah-MA-shay), which means “beautiful one” in Zulu. The name was announced Friday on “Good Morning America,” which held an...

Judge cancels oil and gas leases on some sage grouse lands

Feb. 28, 2020 6:45 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has cancelled more than $125 million in oil and gas leases on public lands that are home to the declining bird species greater sage grouse, in a ruling that said the Trump administration illegally curtailed public comment. The ruling doesn't stop drilling already...

In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 photo from the Madison Township Police Department, a Madison Township Police officer assists state wildlife officials to retrieve an alligator being kept in the basement of a residence in Groveport, Ohio. (Madison Township Police Department/Ohio Department of Agriculture via AP)

Authorities seize alligator from Ohio basement

Feb. 28, 2020 2:24 PM EST

GROVEPORT, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio have seized an alligator that was being kept in the basement of a home. According to a Facebook post from the Madison Township Police Department, the owner of the 25-year-old reptile did not have an exotic animal permit and voluntarily surrendered the animal. ...

In this Feb. 27, 2020 photo, Brandi Biehl, co-director of the Sea Turtle Recovery hospital inside the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, N.J. examines a sea turtle. Eleven of the dozen turtles being treated there survived being

Wayfaring sea turtles survived cold; now pneumonia threatens

Feb. 28, 2020 10:45 AM EST

WEST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A dozen sea turtles that nearly froze when they were too far north last fall as water temperatures abruptly plunged in New Jersey survived that ordeal but remain threatened by the pneumonia most of them developed afterward. Sea Turtle Recovery, a nonprofit group operating out of...

This undated image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a western yellow-billed cuckoo. The agency on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 recommended designating hundreds of square miles in seven western states as critical habitat for the threatened species. (Mark Dettling/Point Blue/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

US identifies habitat critical for survival of rare songbird

Feb. 27, 2020 6:17 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers proposed Thursday to set aside a vast area across seven Western states as habitat critical to the survival of a rare songbird that migrates each year from Central and South America to its breeding grounds in Mexico and the U.S. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

This Feb. 23, 2020 photo shows a makeshift altar honoring people, victims of a gas tanker leak that triggered fires and explosions killing 30 people in the Sector 6 neighborhood of the Villa El Salvador district, in Lima, Peru. One month after the tragedy, traumatized survivors and relatives of victims are still waiting to know who was responsible. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Grief grips Peruvian community one month after deadly fire

Feb. 27, 2020 2:58 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — One month after a gas tanker leak triggered fires and explosions that killed 30 people in the Peruvian capital, traumatized survivors and relatives of victims are still waiting to know who was responsible. They include Paola Lizeta, whose 13-year-old son, Jean Francis Álvarez, ran...

US House passes bill to help eradicate invasive swamp rodent

Feb. 27, 2020 11:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure to grant funding to try to eradicate the invasive rodents called nutria has passed the U.S. House with the help of a large, stuffed specimen. California Rep. Josh Harder brought the taxidermied nutria he calls Nellie to the House floor Wednesday ahead of a vote that approved the...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, photo, animal park curator Jeff Pawloski feeds two new sea lions from California, Niblet, left, and Brawler at Sea Life Park in Waimanalo, Hawaii. The pair were rescued separately by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit organization that rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine animals back to the wild. (Dennis Oda/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Rescued California sea lions now at Hawaii aquatic park

Feb. 27, 2020 11:27 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Two sea lions rescued off the coast of California are making their debut at a new home in a Hawaii aquatic park. The sea lions named Niblet and Brawler are 3-year-old females and joined the aquatic attractions at Sea Life Park on Oahu Wednesday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. They...

In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 photo, a bison walks in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley near Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. State and federal officials are hoping to reduce Yellowstone's bison herds by up to 900 animals this winter. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Yellowstone bison entering Montana face slaughter, hunters

Feb. 26, 2020 5:41 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — One of the last and largest wild bison populations in North America has begun its migration out of Yellowstone National Park into southwestern Montana, where they are being hunted and face government-sponsored slaughter as part of a population reduction program. Hundreds of the...