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California struggles to conserve water amid historic drought

Sep. 21, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians failed to significantly cut back their water consumption in July, state officials announced Tuesday, foreshadowing some difficult decisions for Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration as an historic drought lingers into the fall. Newsom...

Southern Resident grandmother orca missing and likely dead

Sep. 21, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Center for Whale Research has declared an orca in one of the Puget Sound’s endangered Southern Resident killer whale pods “missing and likely dead.” The Bellingham Herald reports mother and grandmother L47, or Marina as she was also known, was...

Ex-Kankakee official sent to prison for $2 million theft

Sep. 21, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A man who stole $2 million from Kankakee and a regional wastewater agency was sentenced to nine months in federal prison and two years of home confinement. Richard Simms, 74, acknowledged diverting money through a fraudulent software invoicing...

NJ man pleads guilty to illegally trying to ship lizards

Sep. 21, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has admitted illegally trying to send 10 live lizards to Hong Kong. Jason Ksepka pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton on Tuesday to falsely labeling an international shipment of wildlife from Lambertville in November 2017. ...

Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest unscathed by wildfire

Sep. 21, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — The ancient massive trees of Sequoia National Park’s famed Giant Forest were unscathed Tuesday even though a wildfire has been burning near them on the western side of California’s Sierra Nevada for nearly two weeks. “As of right now we...

6 tribes sue Wisconsin to try to stop November wolf hunt

Sep. 21, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

Six Native American tribes sued Wisconsin on Tuesday to try to stop its planned gray wolf hunt in November, asserting that the hunt violates their treaty rights and endangers an animal they consider sacred. The Chippewa tribes say treaties give them rights to half of the...

Conservation organizations recognize removal of large dam

Sep. 21, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

ROUNDHILL, Ky. (AP) — Conservation organizations are recognizing the removal of a large dam on the Green River in southcentral Kentucky. Representatives from The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kentucky Department of...

Rare bear sighting at Truckee River in downtown Reno

Sep. 20, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A bear was spotted crossing the Truckee River in downtown Reno over the weekend. The Reno Gazette Journal reports a video posted by Facebook user Dave Smith showed the bear crossed the river on Saturday near Wingfield Park a few...

Liability concerns lead to shutdown of some Colorado 14ers

Sep. 20, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The ramifications of a lawsuit that ended with the U.S. government paying an injured mountain biker several million dollars after a crash on a washed-out trail continue to challenge Colorado fourteener hikers. And more recreational pursuits could be...

Wildlife officials: 157 doves confiscated after illegal hunt

Sep. 20, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

REIDSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia game wardens confiscated 157 doves from an illegal hunt in the southeast part of the state, state wildlife officials said. The doves had being hunted at an illegally baited field in Tattnall County, the Georgia Department of Natural...