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Nearly 1,200 acres protected in Vermont's Taconic Mountains

Jan. 18, 2021 3:35 PM EST

SHAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Nearly 1,200 acres of land in the area of West Mountain in Shaftsbury is now protected with a deal arranged by the Vermont Land Trust. The trust said it worked with David and Cheryl Mance to conserve the land in Vermont’s Taconic Mountains in southern Vermont. Another nearly...

FILE- In this June 25, 2003, file photo, bison wander along a hillside at the National Bison Range near Moiese, Mont. Federal officials have transferred the range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. (AP Photo/Jack Sullivan, File)

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 strong and deep historical,...

Strength restored, snowy owl flies north in Upper Peninsula

Jan. 18, 2021 1:01 AM EST

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (AP) — In 30-plus years as a wildlife rehabilitator, Phyllis Carlson has had only three snowy owls. One was in such rough shape it died before she got it to her Quinnesec home. Another, a male, was so emaciated she set it up in her office rather than one of the outdoor cages. It would...

Grizzly bear No. 399 and her four cubs cross a road as Cindy Campbell stops traffic in Jackson Hole, Wyo., on Nov. 17, 2020. Many people watched and followed the travels of the well-known, 24-year-old bear and her cubs right up until they denned for the winter. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Famous Wyoming grizzly, cubs, draw fans on trip to their den

Jan. 17, 2021 12:16 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Kelly Wasenmiller was captivated from afar, tempted by photos and videos that piled up online of grizzly bear 399 and her four lined-out cubs trudging through the snow. The prominent grizzly family was pointed north, and everyone’s hunch was that they were headed into the den....

A drive to Cadillac Mountain summit is going to cost you

Jan. 17, 2021 9:33 AM EST

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — It's going to take more than a reservation to drive to the top of Acadia National Park's Cadillac Mountain this summer. A proposal would require motorists to pony up $6 per vehicle. The reservation system, aimed at reducing vehicle congestion at one of Acadia’s most popular...

In this image provided by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, bighorn ewe springs from a specially made trailer used for bighorn sheep transfers while being released along the South Fork of the Judith River in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana on Dec. 16, 2020. Montana wildlife officials have transplanted 49 bighorn sheep into the Little Belt Mountains, in an effort to create a new herd. (Morgan Jacobsen/Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP)

Wild sheep transplanted to new home in Little Belt Mountains

Jan. 16, 2021 12:48 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — After scattering like wildfire in a gust of wind, 49 bighorn sheep have settled in to their new home in the Little Belt Mountains. “One ewe went 24 miles north on the day of the release, turned around and came back,” said Jay Kolbe, wildlife biologist for the Montana...

In this photo released by Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Mount Semeru spews volcanic material during an eruption in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. The highest volcano on Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometers (nearly 3 miles) on Saturday. (National Disaster Mitigation Agency via AP)

Semeru volcano on Indonesia's Java island spews hot clouds

Jan. 16, 2021 9:17 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Mount Semeru, the highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometers (nearly 3 miles) on Saturday. There were no immediate evacuations, but the National Disaster Mitigation Agency warned people who live in...

Nepali team first to top world's 2nd tallest peak in winter

Jan. 16, 2021 9:17 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A team of Nepalese climbers on Saturday made history by scaling the world's second highest peak — Pakistan's K2 — in the winter season, a local Alpine Club official said. The secretary of Pakistan's Alpine Club, Karrar Haideri, said 10 Nepali Sherpas reached the summit around...

Wildfire burns in hot, dry, windy Southern California

Jan. 16, 2021 12:54 AM EST

MOUNTAIN CENTER, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battled a wildfire in the inland mountains of Southern California on Friday as Santa Ana winds brought dry and unseasonably hot weather that heightened fire danger in a region where little rain has fallen this winter. The Bonita fire erupted shortly after 1 a.m....

Biologists combing rugged mountains to count gray wolves

Jan. 16, 2021 12:02 AM EST

PINETOP, Ariz. (AP) — Biologists are combing the rugged mountains of the U.S. Southwest to find out how many Mexican gray wolves are roaming the wild. The annual count in Arizona and New Mexico started in November and is expected to continue through early February. The population numbers of the endangered...