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FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, a grizzly bear roams an exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak in Seattle. Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state but few have been sighted in recent decades. The federal government is scrapping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Conservation groups upset by North Cascades grizzly decision

Jul. 11, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The forested mountains in and around North Cascades National Park in north central Washington state have long been considered prime habitat for threatened grizzly bears, so environmental groups are upset the Trump administration scrapped plans to reintroduce the apex predators there....

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, a grizzly bear cub searches for fallen fruit beneath an apple tree a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. Wyoming and U.S. officials are urging an appeals court to reverse much of a judge's ruling that blocked state-sponsored hunting of the animals. (Alan Rogers/Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

Appeals court: Judge was right to revive grizzly protections

Jul. 8, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court said Wednesday that a federal judge was right to restore protections for about 700 grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region of the Rocky Mountains, after federal officials sought to turn over management of the animals to states that would have allowed them to be...

Nebraska Panhandle officials: Prairie dogs a growing problem

Jul. 8, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — Officials in Nebraska’s southern panhandle are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for help and are exploring other options to control what they say is an encroaching prairie dog problem in the region. The Cheyenne County Board commissioners said Monday during a meeting...

FILE - In this June 2, 2016, file photo, a grizzly bear at the Woodland Park Zoo waits for a salmon to be tossed to him in Seattle. The federal government on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, decided to scrap plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Feds scrap plans to reintroduce grizzlies to North Cascades

Jul. 7, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The federal government on Tuesday decided to scrap plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt told a meeting of community members in Omak, Washington, that his agency will not conduct the...

Kentucky woman finds rattlesnake under wheelchair seat

Jul. 3, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

MURRAY, Ky (AP) — A woman travelling in a motorized wheelchair near a Kentucky Walmart discovered a rattlesnake under her seat on Sunday, the Murray Ledger & Times reported. Officer Chris Garland said the woman “just happened to look down and saw the head right under her. She was still on the...

Students study relocating rattlesnakes away from humans

Jun. 27, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University graduate students are aiding Division of Natural Resources biologists in determining whether timber rattlesnakes can be moved to locations where they have fewer interactions with humans, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports. A three-year survey helped biologists...

Vermont urges people to protect nesting loons and chicks

Jun. 27, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging the public to enjoy loons from a distance. Loons were removed from Vermont’s endangered species list in 2005 and the population is increasing, but that means there is greater potential for people to come into conflict with...

Study identifies lakes at risk of illegal fish introduction

Jun. 14, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A recent study found a way to identify lakes and other bodies of water in northwest Montana that are at high risk of illegal fish introductions, which can threaten native species. The study will allow state fish managers to improve patrols in high risk areas. Standing next to...

Critics slam plans for black bear hunt in Missouri next year

Jun. 13, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A proposal to allow the first black bear hunt in modern Missouri history is drawing strong interest, particularly from opponents. The Missouri Department of Conservation asked for public response to a plan for a limited black bear hunt next year as a way to manage a bear...

Dog-killing cane toads are back as rains draw them out

Jun. 6, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — “Who can I call to get rid of these monsters??? I’m dying over here and I have 3 dogs!” The distressed plea for help was posted late last month by Ohilda Gilbert, a real estate agent, on a Facebook group of South Florida moms. A photo of a fat, warty cane toad next to a...