Latest Species conservation and preservation News

The Latest: US attorneys challenge grizzly bear ruling

May. 24, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on court case that will decide if Yellowstone-area grizzly bears should retain federal protections (all times local): 5:15 p.m. U.S. officials are asking a federal appeals court to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48...

Colombian breeds rare frogs to undermine animal traffickers

May. 24, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

CUNDINAMARCA, Colombia (AP) — In a small farmhouse surrounded by cloud forest, Iván Lozano inspects dozens of glass containers that hold some of the world's most coveted frogs. The conservationist has been fighting the illegal trade in rare tropical frogs for years, risking his life and his checkbook...

Florida zoo celebrates its first lion birth in 30 years

May. 24, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida zoo is celebrating the birth of three African lion cubs. The Naples Daily News reports this is the first time in 30 years that the Naples Zoo has had lion cubs. The zoo announced the birth of the cubs Thursday; one was born May 13 and two were born May 14. The cubs and their...

Northwest Missouri sees divide over wind power projects

May. 24, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The public divide over wind farms starts with the term itself. Atchison County in the northwest corner of Missouri is home to what, thus far, is the largest wind-power project in the state. A landowner and a business leader see the wind turbines as bright, white, spinning beacons of...

Illegal killings, political opposition hobble wolf recovery

May. 23, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests...

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger

May. 23, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism. The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130,000...

Animal rights activists score win at Barcelona zoo

May. 23, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Animal rights activists in Barcelona are celebrating a victory after the Spanish city ordered its municipal zoo to restrict the reproduction of captive animals unless their young are destined to be reintroduced into the wild. Barcelona's town council voted on May 3 to modify the...

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Reading Eagle to chain

May. 22, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved the sale of the 150-year-old Reading Eagle to a publisher known for its aggressive cost-cutting. MediaNews Group, better known as Digital First Media, offered $5 million for the assets of the Reading Eagle Co., which filed for bankruptcy...

Ohio power company fulfills Louisiana wetlands agreement

May. 22, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — An Ohio-based multinational power company has completed an agreement to pay for potential pollution by reforesting wetlands for a national wildlife refuge in Louisiana. American Electric Power, The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that the final...

German government OKs plan to shoot protected wolves

May. 22, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government wants to relax rules against shooting wolves if the animals kill sheep or other livestock. Wolves are an endangered species in Germany and they had largely been protected from being hunted, to the annoyance of farmers who claim they are causing widespread damage to...