Latest Species conservation and preservation News

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

Oct. 18, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the best way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams on the Lower...

Panthers rookie WR working on ball-protection techniques

Oct. 18, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers drafted wide receiver D.J. Moore in the first round this past April because of his ability to make plays after the catch. But Moore's gift for turning nothing into something got him into trouble last Sunday after fumbling twice — once following a reception and...

Red tide reaches Florida's Space Coast

Oct. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A toxic algae bloom has reached Florida's Space Coast. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday said red tide had reached parts of Brevard County. The wildlife commission says red tide now spans from Miami-Dade County to halfway up Florida's east...

Conservationists ask court to step in as red wolf plan looms

Oct. 17, 2018 5:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Conservationists told a federal judge Wednesday that an imminent government plan to shrink the territory of the only red wolves living in the wild would hasten the animal's extinction in violation of federal law. Lawyers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, however, countered that...

Cattle roundup over: Last cow caught weeks after truck crash

Oct. 15, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Officials say a cow that hoofed it for two weeks on the lam after a livestock truck overturned on a busy interstate junction north of Atlanta has been caught. News outlets report 89 cows initially escaped when the tractor-trailer wrecked before dawn on Oct. 1 on a cloverleaf linking...

As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

Oct. 13, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there's going to be far less ice around. How...

Correction: Melania Trump story

Oct. 12, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — In a story Oct. 6 about Melania Trump, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Joshua Meservey works for the Heritage Institute. Meservey works for the Heritage Foundation. A corrected version of the story is below: Melania Trump puts on happier face during Africa tour It took Melania...

UK's Prince William warns of criminal threat to wildlife

Oct. 11, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince William has told a two-day international wildlife protection conference that he could not face his children if his generation allows elephants, tigers and other species to become extinct. "It's heartbreaking to think that by the time my children, George, Charlotte and Louis...

State considering new rules to slow chronic wasting disease

Oct. 10, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering changing state regulations to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease, an always-fatal disease that affects deer, moose and elk. Barbara Keller of the conservation department said during a meeting Tuesday in Cape Girardeau...

Offensive line play proves problematic for Bortles, Jaguars

Oct. 8, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles was largely ineffective despite a career-high 430 yards passing against Kansas City. His offensive line was the biggest problem. The Jacksonville Jaguars failed to give Bortles enough time or protection in a 30-14 loss at the Chiefs on Sunday. Bortles was sacked five...