Latest Species conservation and preservation News

Cash coming to Tahoe animal center where burned cub escaped

Nov. 26, 2021 10:07 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Private donors' new pledge to match $500,000 in contributions for a $1 million-expansion at a Lake Tahoe wildlife rescue center is bringing smiles back to staff and volunteers, who have been on an emotional rollercoaster since a bear cub being treated for severe wildfire...

Review coming of effects of Maine dams on rare salmon

Nov. 24, 2021 15:06 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators will perform an environmental review of the effects of four Maine dams on endangered salmon in a win for conservationists in the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the review on Tuesday, the Portland Press...

Feds seek to protect map turtles in 4 Gulf states, Georgia

Nov. 22, 2021 18:51 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday that it is proposing threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, seeking to grant added federal protections to an at-risk species found only in Louisiana and Mississippi. “These native...

Lion killed after escaping, killing handler

Nov. 22, 2021 15:11 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A lion has been killed after escaping its enclosure at an animal park and killing its handler in northern Guatemala, according to a local news site. Local Noti Petén identified the dead man as Santos Esquivel Nájera and said he died after being...

Elk illegally shot and killed on state's deer hunting opener

Nov. 22, 2021 13:55 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a bull elk was illegally shot and killed on the opening day of the Wisconsin gun deer hunting season. The state Department of Natural Resources said the shooting happened in Columbia County about 7 a.m. Saturday, which was 30 minutes...

North Dakota outlines plan to restore native grasslands

Nov. 22, 2021 13:34 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department on Monday unveiled a plan to bring landowners, conservation groups, scientists, and others together to restore native grasslands. The agency said North Dakota has lost more than 70% of its native prairie,...

Trial opens against accused elephant poachers in Indonesia

Nov. 22, 2021 07:41 AM EST

CALANG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Monday began a trial against a group of men accused of poaching endangered Sumatran elephants and trading in illegal ivory, in a case that wildlife conservation officials have hailed as a milestone. The case includes nine...

NW Indiana man charged in taxidermy thefts from DNR office

Nov. 22, 2021 07:21 AM EST

MOROCCO, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana man allegedly broke into a state office at a fish and wildlife area twice in 2018 and stole taxidermy animals, ammunition and other items, authorities said. Indiana conservation officers arrested Nikola Kutansky of Munster last...

New Standing Rock ferrets should help control prairie dogs

Nov. 20, 2021 01:05 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The work of two wildlife management agencies has resulted in the release of 28 endangered black-footed ferrets on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which straddles the Dakotas. The push behind the effort by the Standing...

Judge: Wisconsin DNR broke law by not scheduling wolf hunt

Nov. 19, 2021 17:35 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge says the state Department of Natural Resources violated the law by not immediately scheduling a wolf hunting season after federal protections were removed in February. In an order Thursday, Jefferson County Judge Bennett Brantmeier...