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4 artificial reef buoys gone; other ways to avoid net snags

May. 15, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Markers are missing from four artificial reefs that were created a year ago, and shrimpers need to know where they are to avoid snagging their nets on them, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says. A combination of weather, moving...

Wildlife officials hoping to tag black bear in Black Hills

May. 15, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

LEAD, S.D. (AP) — A black bear has been spotted roaming the Northern Hills lately. Earlier this month it was captured on security camera at the Mystic Hills Hideaway south of Lead and Deadwood. It appeared as if it was the same one spotted earlier in Lead, and along...

Search for tiger continues as alleged owner returns to jail

May. 14, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Texas (AP) — While a Texas man who police allege is the owner of a tiger that frightened residents after it was seen briefly wandering around a Houston neighborhood was ordered back behind bars on Friday, the animal’s whereabouts remain a mystery. An...

Southern California wildlife bridge plan gets huge boost

May. 14, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A plan to build a bridge over a major Southern California highway to enable mountain lions and other wildlife to move between wilderness areas has received a $25 million challenge grant to advance the project, organizers said Friday. The challenge...

Water crisis ‘couldn’t be worse’ on Oregon-California border

May. 14, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The water crisis along the California-Oregon border went from dire to catastrophic this week as federal regulators shut off irrigation water to farmers from a critical reservoir and said they would not send extra water to dying salmon downstream or to a half-dozen...

Forest Service delays logging project near Yellowstone park

May. 14, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has delayed a proposed logging project just outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park that the agency said was meant to reduce the risk of fire and improve forest health, but that opponents said would harm habitat for grizzly bears,...

After reappearing in Montana range, grizzly killed over cows

May. 14, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials in central Montana have killed the first confirmed grizzly bear in modern times in the Big Snowy Mountains south of Lewistown, state wildlife officials said Friday. The 447-pound (203-kilogram) male bear had been photographed...

260-pound black bear struck, killed in Kentucky car crash

May. 14, 2021 02:32 AM EDT

MULDRAUGH, Ky. (AP) — A 262-pound (119-kilogram) black bear died when it was struck by a car along a Kentucky road, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The animal was hit just after 10 p.m. Wednesday on a highway near Muldraugh, Anthony Lee, the...

Scientists urge restoration of federal gray wolf protections

May. 13, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A group of scientists urged the Biden administration Thursday to restore legal protections for gray wolves, saying their removal earlier this year was premature and that states are allowing too many of the animals to be killed. The U.S. Fish...

Endangered monk seal mom with new pup needs space in Waikiki

May. 13, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Wildlife officials want people on a Waikiki beach to give an endangered newborn seal and its nursing mother lots of space. Kaiwi, a Hawaiian monk seal mom and her pup, PO2, are nursing and bonding at Kaimana Beach, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported...