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US states look to step up wolf kills, pushed by Republicans

Mar. 07, 2021 11:08 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Payments for dead wolves. Unlimited hunting of the animals. Shooting wolves from the air. Wolf hunting policies in some states are taking an aggressive turn, as Republican lawmakers and conservative hunting groups push to curb their numbers and...

Visitation up and down at North Dakota's top tourist spot

Feb. 22, 2021 01:03 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Visitation to North Dakota’s No. 1 tourist attraction fell last year, but it wasn’t all because of the coronavirus pandemic. Theodore Roosevelt National Park saw about 558,000 visitors in 2020, the fewest since 2013. Visitation fell 20% from...

US agency cancels Trump policy on conservation purchases

Feb. 11, 2021 18:42 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Department officials on Thursday canceled a Trump administration directive that gave local and state officials power to block purchases of land and water for conservation under a longstanding federal program. Acting Interior...

Democrats urge investigation into removal of owl protections

Feb. 02, 2021 18:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Eight Democratic lawmakers called Tuesday for an investigation into “potential scientific meddling” by the Trump administration in its rule to remove critical habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest. ...

Trump gives permit to ranchers whose case led to occupation

Jan. 21, 2021 20:21 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in the final days of the Trump administration issued a grazing permit to Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment sparked the 2016 armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge by right-wing extremists. Interior Secretary...

US government approves routes for Wyoming CO2 pipelines

Jan. 21, 2021 15:12 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. government has approved routes for a system of pipelines that would move carbon dioxide across Wyoming in what could be by far the largest such network in North America, if it is developed. The greenhouse gas would be captured from...

Montana's National Bison Range transferred to tribes

Jan. 18, 2021 11:47 AM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Red Sleep Mountain began its official return to the Flathead Indian Reservation on Friday as Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed papers transferring the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. “The CSKT have...

Construction boom awaits Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Jan. 16, 2021 01:03 AM EST

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Big plans are ahead for Theodore Roosevelt National Park this year. Long-awaited road repairs will begin to take shape. The $5.5 million Peaceful Valley Ranch restoration project is expected to be complete in the spring. And the...