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Rare California trout species returns to native habitat

Sep. 18, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in nearly a century, a rare California trout species will swim in a mountain creek that is its native habitat, marking a major milestone that conservationists hope will lead to a thriving population and removal of its threatened status. About 30 Paiute cutthroat trout...

California governor plans to veto environmental rules bill

Sep. 14, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday he will buck Democratic legislative leaders by vetoing legislation aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening oversight of longstanding federal environmental laws in California. His announcement came less than a day...

France bans shows by ailing bear following abuse complaints

Sep. 13, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities have banned the owners of a sick bear from displaying the animal in public shows after an inspection found that it suffered from severe health problems and was being held under poor conditions. Friday's rare move by the Environment Ministry followed complaints by animal...

Suit targets California hunting rules that allow GPS on dogs

Sep. 10, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Animal rights groups are suing California over rules that allow animals to be hunted with the aid of hunting dogs wearing GPS tracking devices on their collars. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, which filed the lawsuit last week in Sacramento Superior Court, called the hunting method...

EPA to scale back use of animals to test chemical toxicity

Sep. 10, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of mammals to test the toxicity of chemicals, a move backed by animal rights groups but criticized as irresponsible by a leading environmental organization. A directive signed Tuesday by EPA...

US to allow trophy hunter to import body of rare black rhino

Sep. 6, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it will issue permit to a Michigan trophy hunter to import the skin, skull and horns from a rare black rhinoceros he shot in Africa. Documents show Chris D. Peyerk of Shelby Township, Michigan, applied last year for the permit required by the Fish and...

New plan targets salmon-eating sea lions in Columbia River

Aug. 30, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than 1,100 sea lions could be killed annually along a stretch of the Columbia River on the Oregon-Washington border to boost faltering populations of salmon and steelhead, federal officials said Friday. The National Marine Fisheries Service said it's taking public comments through...

Maryland pet stores sue to block state ban on dog, cat sales

Aug. 26, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Pet stores are suing to block a Maryland law that will bar them from selling commercially bred dogs and cats, a measure billed as a check against unlicensed and substandard "puppy mills." The stores' federal lawsuit, filed Friday, challenges a ban set to take effect on Jan. 1,...

'Peace park' removes United Nations flag after objections

Aug. 23, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

SHERBORN, Mass. (AP) — Who knew a "peace park" could be so contentious? The Pacifist Memorial in the Boston suburb of Sherborn has been forced to take down a United Nations flag after residents objected. Memorial founder Lewis Randa removed the flag and its flagpole last week because residents of the...

Animal rights group wants probe of SeaWorld dolphin shows

Aug. 22, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An animal rights group is asking the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate SeaWorld over allegations that it misled investors about injuries during its dolphin shows. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Thursday it had sent a letter to the SEC saying the...