Latest Species conservation and preservation News

China's wandering elephants on the move again

Jun. 12, 2021 03:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s famed wandering elephants are on the move again, heading southwest while a male who broke from the herd is still keeping his distance. The group left a wildlife reserve in the southwest of Yunnan province more than a year ago and has trekked...

Undoing Trump rule won't likely affect Okefenokee mine plan

Jun. 10, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Biden administration’s plan to revive protections for some wetlands and streams that got eliminated during Donald Trump’s presidency isn't likely to restore federal oversight of a proposed mine outside the Okefenokee Swamp's vast wildlife refuge. ...

Customer finds 7-foot gator inside Florida post office

Jun. 10, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — They say neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night will stop the U.S. Postal Service, but an alligator could get in the way. That's what happened at the Spring Hill Post Office in Florida's Hernando County, according to a sheriff's office...

1st gray wolf pups since 1940s spotted in Colorado

Jun. 09, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has its first litter of gray wolf pups since the 1940s, state wildlife officials said Wednesday. A state biologist and district wildlife manager each spotted the litter of at least three wolf pups over the weekend with their parents, two adult...

Dam operator fined $501K for polluting Puyallup River

Jun. 08, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined dam operator Electron Hydro, LLC, $501,000 for discharging discarded plastic field turf into the Puyallup River. Pieces of the artificial turf were found up to 21 miles (34 kilometers) downstream while...

Proposed conservation plans could affect Alaska mine project

Jun. 08, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An agreement announced Tuesday between an Alaska Native village corporation and conservationists would restrict development on lands in the Bristol Bay region where a mine developer has proposed a road, a move that could create another obstacle for the proposed Pebble...

US judge rules against Idaho suction-dredge gold miner

Jun. 08, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A suction-dredge gold miner who operated in an Idaho river containing federally protected salmon and steelhead without required permits is facing what could be substantial fines. A U.S. District Court judge last week ruled Shannon Poe of Concord,...

China's wandering elephants becoming international stars

Jun. 08, 2021 08:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Already famous at home, China’s wandering elephants are now becoming international stars. Major global media are chronicling the herd's more than yearlong, 500-kilometer (300-mile) trek from their home in a wildlife reserve in mountainous southwest...

US wildlife managers tout wolf cross-fostering efforts

Jun. 07, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A record 22 captive-born Mexican gray wolf pups have been placed into dens in the wild in the southwestern U.S. to be raised by surrogate packs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday. The agency called this year’s cross-fostering...

Fate of planned mine near Okefenokee left to Georgia agency

Jun. 07, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — More than 160 years after her great-great-grandfather settled on a patch of land surrounded by water in the Okefenokee Swamp, Sheila Carter takes visitors on guided canoe tours for firsthand looks at the swamp's abundant alligators and stilt-legged birds wading among...