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DNR wants to raise mining fees, require more detailed plans

Oct. 26, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Mining applicants would have to pay more for permits and licenses, supply more detailed plans to state regulators, and work around a new list of areas deemed off-limits under regulations the state Department of Natural Resources is developing. The DNR has proposed new permanent...

In this image provided by Walt Disney World, white rhinoceros Kendi, left, shows off a baby male rhino she gave birth to Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The baby rhino was the result of a Species Survival Plan overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure the responsible breeding of endangered species. (Walt Disney World via AP)

It's a boy -- a big boy. White rhino born at Disney World

Oct. 26, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It's a boy — a big boy. A 150-pound (68-kilogram) white rhinoceros was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Florida over the weekend. The as-yet-named rhino was born to Kendi, who was the first white rhinoceros born at the animal theme park back in...

FILE - In this June 4, 2013 file photo, Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., asks a question during the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The upstate New York congressman said he and his family were threatened after a dead animal and a brick bearing a family member's name were found at his home on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Dead animal, brick with a name left at congressman's house

Oct. 23, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

CORNING, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York congressman said he and his family were threatened with a dead animal and a brick bearing a family member’s name at his home Friday. The brick and the animal were found at Republican Rep. Tom Reed's house after 10:30 a.m., according to the Corning Police...

FILE - In this Monday, April 26, 2010, aerial file photo taken over the Gulf of Mexico, weathered oil is seen near the coast of Louisiana from a leaking pipeline that resulted from the explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig a week earlier. Environmental groups have asked a federal court to toss out the government's assessment of oil and gas activity's likely effects on endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico. A lawsuit filed Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, says the report doesn’t consider the likelihood of another catastrophic oil spill like BP's Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Suit: Feds ignore risk of huge spills to endangered species

Oct. 21, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups asked a federal court Wednesday to throw out the Trump administration's assessment of oil and gas activity’s likely effects on endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico, saying it dismisses the chance of another disastrous blowout like the BP spill of 2010. ...

Revised management plan for Columbia River Gorge approved

Oct. 19, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A new management plan that will guide future decisions and address urgent issues like climate change has been approved for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the Columbia River Gorge Commission approved a revised Management Plan Tuesday,...

Judge continues halt of California's ban on gator products

Oct. 15, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — California’s ban on selling alligator products probably violates federal laws and the state cannot enforce it while various legal challenges remain in court, a federal judge has ruled. The state of Louisiana and companies in California, Florida and Texas are suing the state of...

This Dec. 17, 2018, photo provided by the San Francisco Police courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo, shows a missing lemur, named Maki. The ring-tailed lemur was missing from the San Francisco Zoo after someone broke into an enclosure overnight and stole the endangered animal, police said Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The 21-year-old male lemur was discovered missing shortly before the zoo opened to visitors, zoo and police officials said. They're seeking tips from the public in hopes of finding the lemur, explaining that Maki is an endangered animal that requires specialized care. (Marianne V. Hale/San Francisco Zoo via AP)

Lemur missing after break-in at San Francisco Zoo

Oct. 14, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Someone broke into the San Francisco Zoo overnight and stole a ring-tailed lemur, police said Wednesday. The 21-year-old male lemur named Maki was discovered missing shortly before the zoo opened to visitors. Investigators found evidence of a forced entry to the lemur enclosure and...

FILE - In this June 22, 2011, file photo, Tina Toomer, of the Bluffton Oyster Co., shows off the new net and turtle excluder device installed on the shrimp boat

Louisiana helps inshore shrimpers buy turtle escape hatches

Oct. 13, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will help inshore shrimpers buy turtle escape hatches that will be required next year for some boats in the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern Atlantic, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday. The $250,000 program will pay up to 60% of the cost for two of the grates called...

Man featured on 'Tiger King' charged with animal cruelty

Oct. 9, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A wild animal trainer featured in the popular “Tiger King” series on Netflix has been indicted in Virginia on animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking charges. Attorney General Mark Herring said Friday that a months-long investigation found that Bhagavan...

This August 2018 photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and taken near Nashville, Tenn., shows the endangered Nashville crayfish, which only lives in the Mill Creek watershed of greater Nashville. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing the crustacean from the endangered species list, saying the population is now “healthy, stable and robust.” Some environmental groups oppose the plan. (Phil Kloer/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

Public can speak on Nashville crayfish endangered status

Oct. 8, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Citizens have a chance to weigh in on a proposal to remove endangered species status from the Nashville crayfish, whose only known habitat is the Mill Creek watershed in Tennessee. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service first proposed the removal in November, saying populations of the...