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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, female northern white rhinos Fatu, right, and Najin, left, the last two northern white rhinos on the planet, are fed some carrots by a ranger in their enclosure at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in Kenya. Although scientists have long focused on the world’s predators, a massive new study finds that herbivores, critters that eat plants, are the animals most at risk of extinction. A bit more than one in four species of herbivores are considered threatened, endangered or vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s scientific authority on extinction risk, according to a study published Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in the journal Science Advances. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Not easy eating green: Herbivores most at extinction risk

Aug. 5, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

Although scientists often worry most about the loss of the world’s predators, a comprehensive new study finds that plant-eating herbivores are the animals most at risk of extinction. About one in four species of herbivores, 25.5%, are considered threatened, endangered or vulnerable by the International...

Vermonters warned about unsolicited seeds from China

Aug. 2, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is asking residents who have received unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to have come from China not to open them or plant them and to report the package to the agency. The type of seeds have not yet been identified and the agency had been...

Michigan's commercial fishing industry fear state bills

Aug. 2, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The once vibrant commercial fishing industry in Michigan has dwindled down from thousands of businesses to just 13 full-time fisheries. And those that are left are afraid legislation in a state Senate committee could be the end of the industry all together, M-Live.com reported. That...

Wisconsin residents receive what looks like Chinese seeds

Jul. 28, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Agriculture officials say Wisconsin residents are receiving unsolicited packages of what appear to be Chinese seeds. Authorities in multiple states issued warnings Monday about unsolicited shipments of foreign seeds and advised people not to plant them. They say the seeds are unknown...

Another invasive plant found in central Maine lake

Jul. 19, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection said a third species of invasive plant has been discovered in a large lake in central Maine. The plant is variable-leaved water-milfoil, and it was found in Cobbosseecontee Lake, the department said. Plant surveyors with Friends of the...

Kauai conducts invasive species control amid pandemic

Jul. 18, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The Kauai Invasive Species Committee and other groups have conducted early detection, rapid response and control work this year on dozens of invasive plant and animal species as other activities and business operations have been restricted during the coronavirus pandemic. The committee...

Additional traps for Asian giant hornets set in Bellingham

Jul. 15, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A dozen traps to catch Asian giant hornets have been placed in multiple parks and green spaces in northwestern Washington state, adding to an already extensive effort to eradicate the invasive species. The Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department has said nine volunteers have...

Oakland County approves invasive species prevention programs

Jul. 3, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Oakland County commissioners have approved resolutions that create two new invasive species prevention programs aimed at improving the local ecosystem. The Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose two-year pilot program and the 2020 Oakland County Native Plants initiative were adopted last week....

New Mexico puts bilingual signs at lakes on invasive species

Jun. 26, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has erected its first-ever bilingual Spanish-English billboards at two lakes around invasive species. The state Department of Game and Fish announced this month officials posted two billboards at Elephant Butte Lake and a third at Caballo Lake. The signs inform boaters to...

Lake residents mull another way to get rid of invasive plant

Jun. 22, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) — Homeowners around Lake Bomoseen in western Vermont are considering a different method for removing Eurasian Water Milfoil, an invasive aquatic plant that clogs the lake each summer. Members of the Lake Bomoseen Preservation Trust are asking residents who live on an area of the lake to...