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$1M federal grant will help salt marsh restoration project

May. 01, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A widescale effort to restore hundreds of acres of salt marsh north of Boston has received a $1 million federal grant. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant to the Trustees of Reservations announced this week will fund restoration of an additional 916...

Hold on! 240-pound fish, age 100, caught in Detroit River

Apr. 30, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Now that's a whopper — a very old whopper! A 240-pound (108.8 kilograms) sturgeon that could be more than 100 years old was caught last week in the Detroit River by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The "real life river monster"...

US agency to look at bringing back bison on Montana refuge

Apr. 29, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials said they will consider in coming years whether to reintroduce wild bison to a million-acre (400,000-hectare) federal wildlife refuge in central Montana, a move that would be at odds with Republicans in the state who want to limit where bison can roam....

Ex-wildlife managers want veto of Idaho wolf-killing bill

Apr. 28, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Nearly 30 retired state, federal and tribal wildlife managers sent a letter Wednesday to Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little asking him to veto a bill backed by agricultural interests that could cut the state's wolf population by 90%. The former...

Bill to kill up to 90% of Idaho wolves heads to governor

Apr. 27, 2021 22:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House on Tuesday approved legislation allowing the state to hire private contractors and expand methods to kill wolves roaming Idaho — a measure that could cut the wolf population by 90%. Lawmakers voted 58-11 to send the agriculture...

Bill to increase killing of Idaho wolves clears House panel

Apr. 22, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation that could lead to killing up to 90% of the wolves in Idaho continued its speedy trip through the Statehouse on Thursday. The bill introduced just two days earlier cleared a House panel after already sailing through the Senate. It could...

Judge sets deadline for rare Nevada plant-listing decision

Apr. 22, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has given the Fish and Wildlife Service just 30 more days to make an overdue decision on whether to formally propose endangered species protection for a rare desert wildflower at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. ...

Idaho Senate OKs bill to kill up to 90% of wolves in state

Apr. 21, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Senate on Wednesday approved legislation allowing the state to hire private contractors to kill up to 90% of the wolves roaming Idaho. The agriculture industry-backed bill approved Wednesday on 26-7 vote includes additional changes intended...

US sets aside habitat critical for survival of rare songbird

Apr. 21, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers have set aside vast areas across several states as habitat critical to the survival of a rare songbird that migrates each year from Central and South America to breeding grounds in Mexico and the United States. The U.S....

Legislation aims to kill 90% of wolves roaming Idaho

Apr. 20, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican-dominated state Senate committee on Tuesday approved legislation allowing the state to hire private contractors to kill about 90% of the wolves roaming Idaho. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted 6-2 with no Democratic...