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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...

In this June 2017 photo taken in the ACE Basin region of South Carolina and provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, a male black rail offers an insect to a female as part of their courtship behaviors. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, but stopped short of the stronger protections some environmentalists were seeking for the elusive bird now imperiled by habitat destruction, sea level rise, and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms with climate change.  (Christy Hand/South Carolina Department of Natural Resources via AP)

Elusive eastern black rail threatened by rising sea levels

Oct. 7, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, but stopped short of the stronger protections some environmentalists were seeking for the elusive bird, now imperiled by habitat destruction, sea level rise, and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms...

FILE - This March 1, 2010 file photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a bi-state sage grouse, rear, as he struts for a female at a lek, or mating ground, near Bridgeport, Calif. Citing the government's repeated reversals and refusals to protect a cousin of the greater sage grouse the last two decades, conservationists are suing again to try to force the federal listing of the bi-state sage grouse along the California-Nevada line. The Western Watersheds Project, WildEarth Guardians and Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco last week against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It's the latest move in a legal and regulatory battle that dates to the first petition to list the bird in 2001 under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. (Jeannie Stafford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

Suit seeks to force listing of bistate grouse on NV-CA line

Oct. 5, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Citing the government’s repeated reversals and refusals to protect a cousin of the greater sage grouse the last two decades, conservationists are suing again to try to force the federal listing of the bi-state sage grouse along the California-Nevada line. The Western Watersheds...

Puyallup Tribe to sue over spill in river, harm to salmon

Oct. 3, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Puyallup Tribe has notified Electron Hydro that the tribe intends to file a lawsuit over ongoing violations of the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act because of fish-killing operations of the Electron Dam and pollution of the Puyallup River. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians has...

Grizzlies killed in attacks on 2 bow hunters in Wyoming

Sep. 29, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — One hunter was injured and another unhurt by grizzly bears in two separate attacks in Wyoming. Neither bear survived the encounters, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The department gave few other details about the attacks in a statement Monday but said it was helping the...

This July 8, 2019, photo provided by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region, shows a yellow-billed cuckoo. Audubon experts are celebrating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to keep the western yellow-billed cuckoo under the Endangered Species Act, ruling against a petition for removal, the Arizona Republic reports. (Peter Pearsall/United States Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

Arizona's western yellow-billed cuckoo to remain protected

Sep. 27, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A beloved cuckoo bird won't go federally unprotected in Arizona. Audubon experts are celebrating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to keep the western yellow-billed cuckoo under the Endangered Species Act, ruling against a petition for its removal, the Arizona Republic...

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, a red-cockaded woodpecker looks to a biologist as it is released back into in a long leaf pine forest at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. A bird declared endangered in 1970 -- the red-cockaded woodpecker, which taps pine sap to protect babies from snakes and gets its sons to help care for the next clutch of nestlings -- has recovered enough to relax federal protection, officials said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Feds: Relax protections for woodpecker endangered since 1970

Sep. 25, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

The red-cockaded woodpecker, a bird declared endangered in 1970 and surviving today in 11 states' scattered longleaf pine forests, has recovered enough to relax its federal protection, officials said Friday. But not all wildlife advocates agree. “The red-cockaded woodpecker has flourished to the point that...

Wyoming governor: Let states, not courts, help species

Sep. 23, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act would do more to help imperiled species recover rather than keep them under federal protection indefinitely, Wyoming's governor testified before a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday. A bill introduced by Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo people visit Joshua Tree National Park in California. The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, The state's Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the yucca plants temporary protected status for one year while the agency conducts a study. After the review, commissioners will determine whether the species should be formally protected under the state law. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

California accepts petition to protect western Joshua tree

Sep. 22, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the state Fish and Game Commission decided Tuesday. The panel voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the...

More protections denied for moose in 4 upper Midwest states

Sep. 15, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal officials on Tuesday denied extending protections under the Endangered Species Act to a subspecies of moose that historically appeared in four upper Midwestern states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ruled “the northwestern subspecies” of moose historically...