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Peregrine falcons may no longer be endangered in Missouri

Jan. 23, 2021 4:06 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials are moving to remove peregrine falcons from the state’s endangered species list. The Missouri Conservation Commission gave initial approval Friday to the removal. The plan, however, calls keeping the bird as a species of conservation concern. Peregrine...

FILE-In this July 19, 2019 file photo, an Atlantic puffin carries bait fish it will feed its chick on Eastern Egg Rock, a small island off the coast of Maine. New protections to the herring population, a key food source for puffins, could help the birds survive. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, files)

Puffin stuff: Herring rules could boost funny-looking bird

Jan. 23, 2021 10:39 AM EST

BATH, Maine (AP) — The commercial fishery for herring has suffered in recent years due to new restrictions, but those same rules could benefit some of Maine's most beloved birds — puffins. Atlantic puffins, known for their colorful beaks and waddling walks, were once nearly gone from Maine, the only...

FILE - In this March 21, 2019, aerial file photo provided by the National Park Service, is the Junction Butte wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Montana lawmakers have drafted bills that would allow more ways to kill gray wolves. The measures include proposals to expand wolf harvest seasons, reclassify the animals so they could be killed year-round and legalize the use of snares for trapping. (National Park Service via AP, File)

Montana lawmakers look at more ways to kill wolves

Jan. 23, 2021 10:11 AM EST

HELENA, Montana (AP) — Two northwest Montana lawmakers are considering a number of bills that could moderately or significantly change the way Montana manages wolves. Sen. Bob Brown and Rep. Paul Fielder, both Republicans from Thompson Falls, have drafted legislation ranging from including wolf licenses in...

Michigan DNR seeks input on draft of public lands strategy

Jan. 23, 2021 9:51 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is seeking input from the public on an updated public lands strategy. There are roughly 4.6 million acres of state-owned forests, parks, trails, game and wildlife areas and other public lands. Feedback on the draft will be accepted through Feb. 12 and will be...

Massachusetts man wins Vermont lifetime hunting license

Jan. 23, 2021 9:28 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has won a lottery to hunt and fish in Vermont for free for the rest of his life. Robert Hubbard, 57, of Warwick, Massachusetts, was drawn as the winner from more than 19,400 tickets bought in 2020, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said this week. Sales...

Indiana county that banned invasive plants eyes outreach

Jan. 23, 2021 9:26 AM EST

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a southwestern Indiana county that became the first in the state to ban the sale of invasive plants are hoping to expand their outreach efforts this year to landscaping and home improvement businesses. Knox County officials approved a county's invasive species ordinance...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey prepares to speak at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of Rep. Justin Humphrey. Humphrey, a Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season, He says issuing a state hunting license and tag could help boost tourism.  (Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

Oklahoma lawmaker proposes 'Bigfoot' hunting season

Jan. 22, 2021 6:29 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of a state lawmaker in Oklahoma. A Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season. Rep. Justin Humphrey’s district...

FILE - In this  Monday, May 13, 2019 file photo, A female red wolf emerges from her den sheltering newborn pups at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C. A judge has ordered the federal government to come up with a plan to release more endangered red wolves from breeding programs to bolster the dwindling wild population. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle signed an order Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 directing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to draft a plan by March 1 for releasing captive-bred wolves into the wolves’ designated habitat in North Carolina.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Judge orders plan for releasing more red wolves into wild

Jan. 22, 2021 6:26 PM EST

A judge has ordered the federal government to come up with a plan to release more endangered red wolves from breeding programs to bolster the dwindling wild population. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle signed an order Thursday directing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to draft a plan by March 1 for...

6 die in collapse of abandoned mine in northeast India

Jan. 22, 2021 10:19 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Six miners died after being trapped in an abandoned coal mine that collapsed in India’s remote northeast, a state official said Friday. Their bodies were recovered on Friday, a day after the six were trapped in the mine in Meghalaya state, said E. Kharmalki, district magistrate...

Alaska officials say 68 wolves trapped on or near island

Jan. 22, 2021 9:07 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials have reported that 68 wolves were taken by trappers in 2020 on or near Prince of Wales Island. Conservationists unsuccessfully attempted to block the 21-day wolf trapping season from November to December, CoastAlaska reported on Thursday. State Department of...