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3 moose illegally killed in west-central Idaho, state says

Oct. 21, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

CASCADE, Idaho (AP) — Three bull moose were illegally shot and killed in Valley County in west-central Idaho, Idaho officials say, and a fourth bull moose was shot at but apparently not injured. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game this week said a large bull moose was killed west of Smiths Ferry sometime...

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. ...

Bighorn sheep in Washington tests positive for disease

Oct. 21, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A bighorn sheep from the Cleman Mountain herd in central Washington state has tested positive for a lethal disease, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said this week. A hunter in the area saw a dead lamb and other lambs that were acting lethargic. Upon investigation, biologists...

FILE-In this Thursday, April 3, 1997 file photo, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Ga., is is seen. A mining company said Tuesday it plans to dig for minerals without a federal permit at the edge of the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp, a big step for a once-embattled project that's now benefitting from the Trump administration's rollback of environmental rules. (Stuart Tannehill/Florida Times-Union via AP, File)

Trump environmental rollback spurs mining near Okefenokee

Oct. 21, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A mining company said Tuesday that it plans to dig for minerals without a federal permit at the edge of the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp, a big step for a once-embattled project that's now benefiting from the Trump administration's rollback of environmental rules. For...

Arizona elk poaching case unsolved; $6,500 reward for tips

Oct. 21, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Game and Fish Department still is seeking those responsible for the illegal poaching of a bull elk last month. The agency announced Tuesday that the reward for information leading to an arrest in the case has been increased to $6,500. Game and Fish officials said the elk was...

This image provided by the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries shows an alligator that was illegally killed with a crossbow arrow in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Louisiana authorities are offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the conviction of whoever killed a 12.5-foot alligator with a crossbow, then abandoned the body. Alligator hunting is tightly regulated. Hunters in Louisiana need a special license, and must clip a state harvest tag to each animal killed. (Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries via AP)

Up to $1,000 reward in alligator's crossbow killing

Oct. 20, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities are offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the conviction of whoever killed an alligator with a crossbow and then abandoned the body. Alligator hunting is tightly regulated. Hunters in Louisiana need a special license, and must lock a harvest tag to...

'Deer jacking' ruling could change VT game warden searches

Oct. 20, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is going to be looking at how its game wardens conduct searches after three U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned the actions of some wardens in an illegal hunting case, the department's top official said Tuesday. But Commissioner Louis Porter said Tuesday the full...

EPA permit may curb phosphorous discharge from fish hatchery

Oct. 20, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

NEW DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A new federal water permit for a New Hampshire fish hatchery that has been accused of polluting local waterways could cut the amount of phosphorous the hatchery can discharge in half. The permit for the Powder Mill Fish Hatchery, in New Durham, could lead to costly upgrades to the...

Wildlife commission warns of disease affecting rabbits

Oct. 20, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking for the public’s help in monitoring the potential spread of a deadly rabbit disease. While the commission said in a news release on Tuesday that there has been no evidence of the disease in the state, its biologists are working...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Gross for Senate campaign shows Independent candidate Al Gross. Gross, an independent running with Democratic support, is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan in Alaska, a state that has long been a GOP stronghold. Across the country, Republicans are nervous about Senate seats like Sullivan's they once thought safe as Democrats hope to capitalize on President Donald Trump's unpopularity to retake the chamber. (Gross for Senate Campaign via AP, File)

Alaska Senate candidate hopes to ride Democratic wave

Oct. 20, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Al Gross commands a fishing boat as a narrator describes him prospecting for gold and killing a grizzly bear in self-defense in an ad meant to underscore a central theme of Gross' U.S. Senate campaign as an independent: that he knows Alaska. “Out here," he says as the boat...