Latest Wildlife management News

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...

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...

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...

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...

Lawyer: 'Tiger King's' Jeff Lowe willing to give up big cats

May. 13, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Netflix’s “Tiger King” star Jeff Lowe and his wife are willing to give up their big cats to resolve a Justice Department civil complaint against them over the animals' care, their attorney told a federal judge. At a hearing Wednesday where...

DNR considers ending night wolf hunt, shorter registrations

May. 13, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials are considering revising wolf regulations to prohibit night hunting and shorten the window for registering kills after hunters blew past their quota in February. The Department of Natural Resources' policy board is...

Conservation groups say they'll sue dams' owner over salmon

May. 13, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — Three conservation groups allege that the four Kennebec River dams operated by Brookfield Renewable between Waterville and Skowhegan are threatening the survival of the endangered Atlantic salmon, according to a notice of intent to sue filed this week. ...

Pandemic-hit oyster farmers turn to conservation to survive

May. 13, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — When the pandemic struck last year, oyster farmer Chris Burtis soon realized the restaurants that bought his oysters had mostly closed. Without a new market, his Ferda Farms faced potential economic ruin. Then, Burtis heard The Nature Conservancy in...