Latest Wildlife management News

Wind energy boom and golden eagles collide in the US West

Aug. 17, 2022 01:18 AM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The rush to build wind farms to combat climate change is colliding with preservation of one of the U.S. West’s most spectacular predators — the golden eagle — as the species teeters on the edge of decline. Ground zero in the conflict is Wyoming, a stronghold...

Prehistoric fish may spawn in Georgia: 1st time in 50 years

Aug. 17, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

Scientists and students embarking on a census of Georgia lake sturgeon have found three females with mature eggs — an indication the armored “living fossils” may be reproducing in that state for the first time in a half-century. "It’s exciting because it’s confirmation that...

Protection sought for rare butterflies at Nevada site

Aug. 16, 2022 13:17 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists who are already suing to block a geothermal power plant where an endangered toad lives in western Nevada are now seeking U.S. protection for a rare butterfly at another geothermal project the developer plans near the Oregon line. The Center for...

DNR: Indiana fish kill likely due to heat, natural events

Aug. 16, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

FREMONT, Ind. (AP) — Hundreds of fish found dead in a northeastern Indiana lake likely died from natural events tied to recent hot weather, state wildlife officials said. Fisheries biologists with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources visited Clear Lake on Aug. 4 after...

Florida gator hunting starts with expanded time, weapons

Aug. 15, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's alligator hunting season started Monday with new rules expanding the time and weapons that can be used. The new rules expanded alligator hunting to 24 hours a day, instead of the previous 17 hours a day, primarily at night and early morning, that had...

Tennessee deputy frees bear trapped inside car

Aug. 15, 2022 04:30 AM EDT

COSBY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee deputy responded to reports for a bear in a car last week. A Cocke County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the call on Wednesday. After failed attempts to reach wildlife officials, the deputy shot out a rear passenger window with two 12-gauge...

Do videos show ivory-billed woodpecker, or is it extinct?

Aug. 12, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government has been asked to consider at least two videos made in recent years as evidence that ivory-billed woodpeckers may still exist. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in 2021 that it planned to declare 23 species extinct, including North...

US launches process to set Idaho mercury pollution standards

Aug. 11, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is developing proposed aquatic life water quality standards for mercury pollution in Idaho that could have statewide ramifications. The agency on Wednesday made public a proposed remedy resulting from a federal court’s...

Ruling clouds future of southeast Alaska king salmon fishery

Aug. 11, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal court ruling this week has thrown into doubt the future of a valuable commercial king salmon fishery in Southeast Alaska, after a conservation group challenged the government's approval of the harvest as a threat to protected fish and the endangered killer whales that eat...

Idaho-Wyoming natural gas pipeline needs environmental study

Aug. 10, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials won’t approve a natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming until additional environmental studies are completed. A U.S. District Court on Wednesday approved an agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and two environmental groups that filed a...