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Game and Fish says javelina was unlawfully killed in Tucson

Jan. 21, 2021 12:11 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the unlawful killing of a javelina in Tucson. The javelina was found suspended by its hind legs with a rope tied to a tree branch on Tucson’s east side last Sunday. Game and...

Biden plans temporary halt of oil activity in Arctic refuge

Jan. 20, 2021 10:16 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration announced plans Wednesday for a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Trump administration issued leases in a part of the refuge considered sacred by the Indigenous Gwich'in. The plans,...

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, teachers and students from Northwest Montessori School in Seattle examine the carcass of a gray whale after it washed up on the coast of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, just north of Kalaloch Campground in Olympic National Park. Researchers say the population of gray whales off the West Coast of the United States has fallen by nearly one-quarter since 2016, resembling a similar die-off two decades ago. In a paper released Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, NOAA Fisheries reported that surveys counted about 6,000 fewer migrating whales last winter, 21,000 as compared to 27,000 in 2016. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson, File)

Gray whale population drops by quarter off U.S. West Coast

Jan. 20, 2021 6:34 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers say the population of gray whales off the West Coast of the United States has fallen by nearly one-quarter since 2016, resembling a similar die-off two decades ago. In a paper released Tuesday, NOAA Fisheries reported that surveys counted about 6,000 fewer migrating whales last...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Fla., shows Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic.  The

No-go for Joe Exotic: Trump pardon list omits 'Tiger King'

Jan. 20, 2021 5:54 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One name missing in President Donald Trump's flurry of pardons was “Tiger King” Joe Exotic. His team was so confident in a pardon that they had readied a celebratory limousine and a hair and wardrobe team to whisk away the zookeeper-turned-reality-TV-star, who is serving...

Florida 'Monkey Whisperer' charged in illegal wildlife trade

Jan. 20, 2021 5:44 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who went by the nickname “the Monkey Whisperer” has been charged in federal court with illegally transporting and selling primates, including a species considered endangered, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday. Jimmy Wayne Hammonds, 57, of Parrish,...

This Jan. 15, 2021 image provided by the ABQ BioPark shows a male endangered Mexican gray wolf named Ryder at the zoo in Albuquerque, N.M. It is part of a pack that has been transported to Mexico for eventual release into the wild as part of conservation efforts in that country. (ABQ BioPark via AP)

New Mexico zoo sends endangered wolf pack to Mexico

Jan. 20, 2021 2:28 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pair of endangered Mexican gray wolves and their seven pups have been sent from a zoo in New Mexico's largest city to Mexico as part of conservation efforts in that country. Officials at the ABQ BioPark in Albuquerque confirmed Tuesday that the wolves were loaded up in separate...

Alaska center to be wildlife first responder for oil spills

Jan. 20, 2021 9:54 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska SeaLife Center has announced plans to become a first responder for marine mammals affected by oil spills in western Alaska. The nonprofit center in Seward said a new partnership with the Alaska Chadux Network will greatly expand the center's service area, the Juneau Empire...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Becerra filed or joined at least nine lawsuits against the Trump administration on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The lawsuits were targeted at some of the Trump administration's roll backs of environmental regulations during the president's final weeks in office. Becerra, who has been nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President-elect Joe Biden, has filed well over 100 lawsuits against Trump since taking office. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Nine lawsuits by California mark Trump's final day in office

Jan. 19, 2021 8:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump administration nine times on Tuesday, a fitting send-off from a state known for its frequent feuds with the president over the environment and health care. Altogether, Becerra —- who is President-elect Joe...

Washington state nixes methanol plant meant to supply China

Jan. 19, 2021 7:59 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Officials in Washington state denied a key permit for a large proposed methanol plant Tuesday, saying the project that aims to send the chemical to China to be used in everything from fabrics and contact lenses to iPhones and medical equipment would pump out too much pollution. A...

Trump administration issues leases in Alaska's Arctic refuge

Jan. 19, 2021 7:43 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday said it has issued leases covering nearly 685 square miles (1,770 square kilometers) in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a move denounced by critics in the waning hours of the Trump administration. Lesli Ellis-Wouters, a...