Latest Wildlife population control News

Regulators find shad, an important fish, are 'depleted'

Aug. 10, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

Overfishing, dams and pollution are among the factors that have steeply reduced the population of an ecologically important fish on the East Coast, regulators have said. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recently completed an assessment of the population of American shad and found it to be...

Endangered Indiana bats losing habitat near Indiana airport

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana bat, a state and federally endangered species, spends the winter hibernating in caves. But, over time, one of its favorite springtime hangouts has increasingly become well, less bat friendly. That home? The area around the Indianapolis International Airport. As Indianapolis...

Markings points to a patch of penguin guano on an image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite mission Aug. 26, 2019. British scientists say they've confirmed that there are more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than previously thought. Researchers at the British Antarctic Survey used satellite images to spot tell-tale evidence of bird droppings. (Copernicus Sentinel-2/ESA via AP)

Poop scoop: Satellite images reveal Antarctic penguin haunts

Aug. 5, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — British scientists say there are more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than previously thought based on evidence of bird droppings spotted from space. A study published Wednesday by scientists at the British Antarctic Survey counted 61 emperor penguin colonies dotted around the...

A Fully grown Gorilla holding baby in Bwindi National Park Uganda, Tuesday Aug.4.2020. Two new baby gorillas have been spotted in a national park where a beloved primate named Rafiki was killed in June, a Ugandan wildlife official said Tuesday, saying the additions are part of a baby boom in the forested protected area popular with tourists. For us it's a sign of relief. We lost one. We got two. But, of course, losing one is bad enough,

Uganda reports 2 new gorilla babies in Bwindi national park

Aug. 4, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Two new baby gorillas have been discovered in a Ugandan national park where a beloved primate named Rafiki was killed in June, a wildlife official announced Tuesday, saying the infants are part of a baby boom in the protected forest popular with tourists. “For us it's a sign...

West Virginia city taking applications for urban deer hunt

Aug. 3, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Applications are being accepted for a deer hunt in Charleston, West Virginia. The city's urban deer hunt season will be open from Sept. 5 through Dec. 31, and from Jan. 11 through Jan. 31. The hunt is aimed at controlling the deer population in West Virginia’s largest city....

Maine bear hunt nears as hunters can now set bait

Aug. 1, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's annual fall bear hunt is getting closer as hunters are now able to lay bait for the animals in the woods. It became legal for hunters to set bait starting on Saturday. The hunting season in which it is legal to shoot bears over bait runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 26. The hunt...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, provided by the National Park Service, a 4-year-old female gray wolf emerges from her cage as it is released at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. Michigan's gray wolves appear to have stabilized at a healthy level three decades after beginning a remarkable comeback in the Upper Peninsula, wildlife officials said Monday, July 27, 2020. The latest biennial survey conducted this winter estimated the predator species' population at 695, divided among 143 packs, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Michigan's Isle Royale National Park has additional wolves that are not included in the state survey.  (National Park Service via AP, File)

Michigan wolf population at nearly 700 but leveling off

Jul. 27, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's gray wolves appear to have stabilized at a healthy level three decades after beginning a remarkable comeback in the Upper Peninsula, wildlife officials said Monday. The latest biennial survey conducted this winter estimated the predator species' population at 695,...

Environmental group sues feds over grizzly bear decision

Jul. 21, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An environmental group filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Tuesday for failing to release public records on the termination of a program to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington state. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt earlier this...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District biologist Nadja Reissen examines a mosquito in Salt Lake City. “Mosquitoes are the biggest nuisance and pest on this planet. Hands down,” says Ary Faraji, the president of the American Mosquito Control Association. “They are responsible for more deaths than any other organism on this planet, including humans.”  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Mosquitoes flying free as health departments focus on virus

Jul. 16, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

Bug spray, swollen welts, citronella. It’s mosquito season. And in a normal year, the health department serving Ohio’s Delaware County would be setting out more than 90 mosquito traps a week — black tubs of stagnant water with nets designed to ensnare the little buggers. But this year,...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2006, file photo, a black bear that had been previously tranquilized and removed from a Waterbury, Conn., neighborhood in July 2006, chews on a garbage container in Wolcott, Conn. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Tuesday, July 14, 2020, that they are receiving

Black bear home invasions on the rise in Connecticut

Jul. 15, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say they are receiving “unprecedented numbers” of black bear complaints and that the state is on track to have three times as many cases of bears entering homes compared to the last two years. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental...