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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks after watching Asian carp being harvested from Kentucky Lake near Golden Pond, Ky., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The harvest method mainly targets bighead and silver carp, two of the four invasive carp species collectively known as Asian carp in the U.S. Both bighead and silver carp devour plankton that form the base of the food chains, grow rapidly and reproduce prolifically, outcompeting many native fish. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

McConnell, Ky. gov watch massive Asian carp roundup

Feb. 17, 2020 3:33 PM EST

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was on hand Monday to witness a massive harvest of invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake, after an experimental roundup that wildlife officials say could be the first of many. The roundup began on Feb. 3, with state and federal fisheries...

Washington to open fishing in May despite steelhead drop

Feb. 17, 2020 2:14 PM EST

SULTAN, Wash. (AP) — Despite concerns from scientists and conservationists, the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife says fishing does not make a large enough impact on wild winter steelhead to delay the fishing season. The season is scheduled to open May 23, The Everett Herald reports. The...

Senate unanimously approves new SC wildlife agency director

Feb. 17, 2020 12:39 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has approved the new leader of the state wildlife agency. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to make Robert Boyles Jr. the new director of the state Department of Natural Resources. The agency's board had recommended Boyles at its November meeting. Boyles...

Wildlife managers seek to diversify amid hunting decline

Feb. 17, 2020 10:21 AM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Crystal Egli grew up in rural Vermont, the daughter of a vegetarian, and, for most of her life, terrified of firearms. She didn’t grow up in a family that hunted and wouldn’t know how to become a hunter even if she had an interest in learning. But when she was hired by...

FILE - This Dec. 28, 2010 photos shows a group of manatees in a canal where discharge from a nearby Florida Power & Light plant warms the water in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Manatee deaths in Florida drop to 606 in 2019

Feb. 17, 2020 1:44 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018. Experts say it appears the main cause of the decline in deaths is the reduced effect of red tide algae on manatees....

Early grant proposals accepted for wetland, stream projects

Feb. 16, 2020 8:48 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is accepting early proposals for $3.3 million in grants for wetland and stream preservation and restoration projects. The program, known as the ARM Fund, has awarded grant money to 106 projects since 2006 that include preservation...

Michigan zoo plays cupid with snow leopards to produce cubs

Feb. 16, 2020 10:59 AM EST

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Officials at a Michigan zoo are hoping its male snow leopard hooks up with a female snow leopard he was paired with through a breeding program that aims to give the threatened species a boost. Battle Creek's Binder Park Zoo recently introduced Victoria, a 2-year-old snow leopard...

Public invited to weigh in on Forest Service project

Feb. 16, 2020 10:58 AM EST

MANCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The public may weigh in on an environmental assessment of a proposed U.S. Forest Service project on 71,000 acres in southern Vermont near the Somerset Reservior. The land is mostly in Dover, Glastenbury, Searsburg, Somerset, Stratton, Wilmington and Woodford with small sections in...

Elk and pronghorn poaching investigation underway in Montana

Feb. 15, 2020 1:04 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are investigating the illegal killing of elk and pronghorn in Park County. Game wardens on Thursday found three cow elk that had been shot from a road south of Livingston and their meat left to waste, according to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks...

About 300 birds killed in Alabama's sandhill crane season

Feb. 15, 2020 10:37 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — About 300 sandhill cranes were killed during Alabama's first hunting season for the birds in more than a century, the state conservation agency said. A news release from the state conservation agency said about 400 people bought permits to hunt the large birds, which some people...