Latest Wildlife management News

Dolphins release Walton, citing unspecified police matter

Nov. 19, 2019 12:20 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins released troubled running back Mark Walton on Tuesday, saying he had been involved in an unspecified police matter. The announcement came as the second-year player served a four-game suspension for violating NFL conduct and substance abuse policies following...

Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work

Nov. 19, 2019 12:14 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the...

Mosquito-borne virus found in Minnesota ruffed grouse

Nov. 18, 2019 4:03 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife officials say three ruffed grouse in Itasca County have tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Monday it is the first time the virus called eastern equine encephalitis has been confirmed to cause illness in a...

Forest Service opposes bear-baiting ban in Idaho, Wyoming

Nov. 18, 2019 3:25 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities are contesting a lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeking to ban using bait to hunt black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming. The groups say allowing the use of bait could harm federally protected grizzly bears. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish...

Correction: Tribe-Whaling story

Nov. 18, 2019 2:18 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about the Makah Tribe’s effort to resume whaling in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Makah is the only tribe with a treaty right to hunt whales. While the Makah is the only tribe whose treaty specifically mentions a right to hunt...

Federal court: Tribal water rights outrank farmers’ rights

Nov. 18, 2019 2:15 PM EST

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A federal appeals court has found that the water rights of Klamath Basin tribes take priority over those of farmers who sued the federal government in 2001 for reducing their irrigation water supply after a dry year. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...

Wyoming Game and Fish investigates deer poaching

Nov. 18, 2019 12:50 PM EST

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says someone has poached a mule deer buck in Sweetwater County. Rock Springs game warden Andy Roosa says the deer was illegally killed about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) east of Superior and was found off a county road. Roosa says the head and...

Tennessee hunter hurt in 20-ft fall from broken tree stand

Nov. 18, 2019 8:11 AM EST

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Tennessee say a hunter suffered serious injuries when his tree stand broke, plunging him 20 feet (6 meters) to the ground. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency posted on Facebook that the 30-year-old hunter was climbing down a tree Friday when a cable on his...

South Carolina sees record number of sea turtle hatchlings

Nov. 18, 2019 6:52 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina says more than half a million loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings have made it to the sea during a record-breaking year, despite losses during Hurricane Dorian. The Post and Courier reports that preliminary data from the state Natural Resources Department counts about...

Senators call for inquiry into Canada’s whale protections

Nov. 17, 2019 1:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Both of Massachusetts’ U.S. senators are calling for a federal inquiry to determine if Canada is doing enough to protect an endangered species of whale. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to examine whether...