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2 California wolf packs produced pups in 2021

Aug. 04, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two state wolf packs produced pups this year, according to a new report by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Lassen pack in western Lassen and northern Plumas counties has produced litters since 2017, including six pups in 2021. ...

Agency officials OK restoration plan for forest, grasslands

Jul. 31, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials in New Mexico have approved a plan for restoration of wetlands and areas along waterways in the Carson, Cibola and Santa Fe national forests and the Kiowa National Grasslandx. The plan is intended to enhance wildlife...

US agency to review possible protections for Alaska wolf

Jul. 26, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced plans Monday to review whether a southeast Alaska wolf population merits Endangered Species Act protections. The plans are outlined in a document set to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday....

Pope to UN forum: Hunger is 'crime' violating basic rights

Jul. 26, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday decried as criminal the existence of hunger in a world which can produce enough food for all, building on a warning from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that climate change and conflict are a consequence and driver of poverty and income inequality....

Flathead forest continues work to restore whitebark pine

Jul. 24, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — Tiny whitebark pine trees just a few inches tall peaked out from behind old stumps and logs along a mountainside just outside of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s boundary near the Hellroaring Basin. Dedicated workers from the Flathead National...

DNR confirmation fight brewing after chair refuses to leave

Jul. 22, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats are demanding Republican lawmakers confirm Gov. Tony Evers’ choice to replace the GOP-appointed head of the Department of Natural Resources board in a battle that could shape how the agency approaches a host of pressing issues including this...

G20 environment ministers meet in Italy amid floods, fires

Jul. 22, 2021 06:41 AM EDT

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — With forest fires raging in the U.S. and Russia and floods devastating parts of Western Europe, environment and energy ministers from the Group of 20 industrialized countries gathered Thursday for two days of talks ahead of November’s crucial climate change...

Mexican wolf breeding program gets boost from zoo

Jul. 20, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Five gray wolf pups born at Mexico City’s Chapultepec Zoo are giving a boost to efforts to broaden the endangered species’ genetic diversity amid continuing efforts to reintroduce the animals to the wild decades after they were reduced to captive populations. ...

Groups: Idaho wolf law will cause grizzly bear, lynx deaths

Jul. 19, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Environmental groups have notified Idaho Gov. Brad Little and other state officials of their intent to file a lawsuit over an expanded wolf-killing law they believe will result in the illegal killing of federally protected grizzly bear and lynx. The...

Smokies nonprofit hosts presentation on park's birds

Jul. 13, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Discover Life in America is hosting a presentation on the birds of the Great Smoky Mountains as part of its speaker series on the park. The nonprofit supports research and public education around the diversity of species in the Smokies. Its...