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Florida men charged with poaching protected sea turtle eggs

Jul. 14, 2020 4:12 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida men have been charged with stealing 93 protected sea turtle eggs. Federal prosecutors in West Palm Beach announced charges Monday against Carl Lawrence Cobb, 63, and Bruce Wayne Bivins, 63. They each face three felony counts, including violating the Endangered...

Bear that attacked woman near Colorado Springs euthanized

Jul. 13, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials have euthanized a mother bear that attacked a woman near Colorado Springs. The Gazette reports the woman, whose name and age have not been released, encountered the bear as she was walking home near downtown Manitou Springs late Thursday. The bear charged...

9-year-old dies after swimming in northwestern Indiana lake

Jul. 13, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl has died after she went missing while swimming in a northwestern Indiana lake, according to police. Emergency crews were called Sunday evening to Lakeshore Camp Resort in Portage, where the girl began struggling in the water near a swim platform, state Conservation...

Public invited to participate in lake watershed meetings

Jul. 12, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters have been invited to participate in three online presentations this month on an action plan to improve waterways and reduce phosphorus pollution in the Lake Champlain watershed from Ferrisburg to Swanton. The Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting the...

Effort underway to preserve Revolutionary War-era fort site

Jul. 12, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

ALDERSON, W.Va. (AP) — An effort is underway to purchase the site of a frontier fort that was built to protect colonial settlers in the Greenbrier Valley before and during the Revolutionary War. The Archaeological Conservancy, the West Virginia Land Trust and the Greenbrier Historical Society are seeking...

Sea turtles nesting at healthy rate on Georgia beaches

Jul. 12, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Rare loggerhead sea turtles are nesting in healthy numbers this year on Georgia beaches. More than 2,200 loggerhead nests have been counted along the state’s 100-mile coast since the nesting season began in May, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources reported. Wildlife...

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....

Loon hatches for 1st time in century in southeastern region

Jul. 10, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A loon hatched for the first time in more than century in southeastern Massachusetts thanks to a long-term effort to restore the traditional nesting grounds for the aquatic birds, wildlife officials said. The chick hatched this spring in Fall River, the Massachusetts Division of...

Search finds zero wolves in South Cascades

Jul. 10, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A two-year search for wolves in Washington’s South Cascades has found none, a scientist said Wednesday. Researchers tested the DNA of thousands of scat piles sniffed out by dogs. Many piles looked like wolf droppings, but all turned out to be from dogs, said Samuel Wasser,...

Environmental groups sue over W.Va. coal reclamation fund

Jul. 10, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental groups have sued the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection over what they say is the agency’s failure to adhere to federal reporting requirements for a coal mine reclamation fund. The lawsuit filed Thursday by the West Virginia Highlands...