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Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work

Nov. 19, 2019 12:14 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the...

Forest Service opposes bear-baiting ban in Idaho, Wyoming

Nov. 18, 2019 3:25 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities are contesting a lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeking to ban using bait to hunt black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming. The groups say allowing the use of bait could harm federally protected grizzly bears. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A month after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered...

Man pleads guilty to trafficking Galapagos tortoise

Nov. 9, 2019 3:01 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Nevada man has been sentenced in South Florida to 120 days of home confinement and ordered to pay a $7,000 fine for trafficking an endangered Galapagos tortoise. Court records show that 33-year-old Alan Wheelock was sentenced in Miami federal court Thursday after pleading guilty to...

Nevada reviews possible mining threat to unique wildflower

Nov. 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada is launching a comprehensive review of the status of a desert wildflower that isn't known to exist anywhere else in the world because of concerns about potential effects from new mining exploration. The move comes after the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump...

Colorado voters narrowly approve legalized sports betting

Nov. 6, 2019 4:55 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado became the 19th U.S. state to legalize some form of sports betting as election officials tallied Wednesday a surprisingly close vote in which ballots for the measure narrowly surpassed "no" votes. More than 1.3 million Coloradans voted Tuesday on Proposition DD, a bipartisan ballot...

High court hears challenge of refinery near national park

Nov. 6, 2019 8:29 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has heard the first of two legal challenges to an oil refinery planned near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Tuesday's arguments involve a lawsuit brought by the National Parks Conservation Association. It's concerned about how the state will regulate...

Group sues federal agency over Hawaii habitat protection

Nov. 4, 2019 2:17 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An environmental advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against a federal agency for what it says is a failure to protect habitat for 14 endangered Hawaiian species. The Center for Biological Diversity says the failure to designate critical habitat for the plants and animals in a timely manner...

Collins proposal to crack down on wildlife poaching OK'd

Nov. 2, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A bill designed to protect endangered species that was authored in part by Maine's Republican senator has passed the U.S. Senate. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon authored the Rescuing Animals With Rewards Act as part of an effort to...