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Wildlife agencies to cancel Trump endangered species rules

Oct. 26, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday that it will cancel two environmental rollbacks under former President Donald Trump that limited habitat protections for imperiled plants and wildlife. The proposal to drop the two Trump-era...

Williams nominated to lead US Fish and Wildlife Service

Oct. 22, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Martha Williams, the former director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, was nominated Thursday by President Joe Biden to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Williams was appointed shortly after Biden's inauguration to serve as...

Sandhill crane hunting season draws support at hearing

Oct. 20, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Creating a hunting season for sandhill cranes in Wisconsin drew support at a legislative hearing, with backers of the Republican proposal saying it could be properly managed and help farmers who say the birds are overpopulated and hurting their crops. ...

Louisiana gators thrive, so farmers' return quota may drop

Oct. 17, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Once-endangered alligators are thriving in the wild, so Louisiana authorities are proposing a deep cut in the percentage that farmers must return to marshes where their eggs were laid. “Over the past 50 years, alligator nest surveys have increased...

California OKs new protections for leatherback sea turtles

Oct. 15, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has added the Pacific leatherback sea turtle to its endangered species list, guaranteeing more protections for a rapidly dwindling population. The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to add the turtles under the...

Idaho lawmaker posts meme appearing to advocate violence

Oct. 13, 2021 22:37 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A far-right Idaho Republican lawmaker has posted a meme on Twitter appearing to advocate violence against journalists, educators, conservationists, the state’s largest university and other organizations ahead of an upcoming election in November. ...

Idaho reaches deal to reimburse hunters who kill wolves

Oct. 11, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials will make available up to $200,000 to be divided into payments for hunters and trappers who kill wolves in the state through next summer. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game late last month entered into an agreement with a nonprofit...

Florida Forever conserves ecosystems as money dwindles

Oct. 02, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — East of the Southwest Florida city centers, where dense cypress domes and live oaks dripping with moss replace concrete and stucco, the world wakes up differently. The din of the early commute in natural Florida is not blaring horns or humming tires...

Wisconsin justices weigh challenge to swap of parkland

Oct. 01, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservation group asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday to let it challenge the state's decision to transfer state park land to a company planning to build a golf course. Friends of the Black River Forest contend that the Department of...

US says ivory-billed woodpecker, 22 other species extinct

Sep. 29, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Death’s come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government on Wednesday declared them extinct. It’s a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or...