Latest Species conservation and preservation News

Yellowstone officials work to remove invasive fish species

Apr. 13, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Park officials in Yellowstone National Park have reported efforts to protect threatened native cutthroat trout have been progressing, but concerns remain after officials discovered another invasive fish species. Yellowstone fisheries biologist...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Apr. 13, 2021 04:52 AM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the eighth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 13 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. ...

Man gets prison for killing California elephant seal

Apr. 12, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was sentenced Monday to three months in federal prison for shooting a protected northern elephant seal to death on the central California coast near San Simeon. A Los Angeles federal judge also sentenced Jordan Gerbich, 30, to a year of...

Land trust acquires 38 acres along northern Indiana river

Apr. 11, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. (AP) — Nearly 40 acres in northern Indiana that includes wooded wetlands that are home to wildlife and native plants have been acquired by a land trust for protection as a nature preserve. The nonprofit ACRES Land Trust acquired the 38 acres along the...

BP spill rescue pelican returns from Georgia to Louisiana

Apr. 08, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

QUEEN BESS ISLAND, La. (AP) — A pelican rescued from the 2010 oil spill, cleaned of oil and released in Georgia has returned 700 miles (1,126 kilometers) to an island restored last year for pelicans and other seabirds. It was among 5,000 oil-covered birds collected in...

Suit seeks to reverse Trump changes to sea turtle protection

Apr. 07, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation groups sued on Tuesday to reverse changes made under former President Donald Trump to rules protecting sea turtles, even though federal regulators said a week ago that they were reconsidering some of those changes. The groups hope...

Wildlife group pushes to end bird killing at fish hatchery

Apr. 04, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Billings bird conservationists have started an online petition seeking to pressure Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to stop killing ospreys and other birds that are eating or harassing largemouth bass at the agency’s Miles City Fish Hatchery ponds. ...

Hawaii high court hears argument about wind farm, bats

Apr. 03, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court has heard arguments regarding a dispute regarding how many endangered Hawaiian hoary bats a wind farm is allowed to kill. The Na Pua Makani wind farm has sparked controversy after 200 people were arrested trying to stop its...

Officials: Florida panther cubs found dead

Apr. 03, 2021 03:24 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Two endangered Florida panther cubs have been found dead. They make 12 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of a male cub and a female cub, both three months old, were found Thursday...

Judge rejects agency's pullback of effort to protect minnow

Apr. 02, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider anew whether a type of minnow that lives in the lower Colorado River's watershed should receive federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The ruling Wednesday by...