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Sandhill crane hunting season draws support at hearing

Oct. 20, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Creating a hunting season for sandhill cranes in Wisconsin drew support at a legislative hearing, with backers of the Republican proposal saying it could be properly managed and help farmers who say the birds are overpopulated and hurting their crops. ...

First bear taken as hunting season begins in Missouri

Oct. 19, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's first black bear hunting season has begun, and a hunter in southwestern Missouri is the first to take a bear. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a 250-pound female was hunted on private land Monday. Missouri...

US formally removes Colorado River fish's endangered status

Oct. 18, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The humpback chub, a rare fish found only in the Colorado River basin, has been brought back from the brink of extinction after decades of protection, though work must continue to ensure its survival, federal authorities said Monday in reclassifying the species from endangered...

Feds: Ruling means lobstering to continue in planned closure

Oct. 18, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal fishing regulators said Monday that lobster and crab fishermen can continue to fish until further notice in an area off the coast of Maine that had been slated for restriction from their gear. The new restrictions were intended to protect...

Zoo regroups following leopard's death, possibly from COVID

Oct. 18, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Great Plains Zoo announced that one of their snow leopards, Baya, died of a respiratory illness, possibly COVID-19, last week. In the days since Baya’s death, while felt deeply across the zoo’s community and overall conservation efforts,...

Judge blocks lobster fishing closure off coast of Maine

Oct. 17, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Lobstering Union has won emergency relief to stop the closure of productive lobster water off the coast of Maine that regulators said is needed to help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from extinction. U.S. District Judge...

Groups: New Mexico needs to fund more conservation projects

Oct. 17, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Land of Enchantment is home to vast forests and deserts, meandering rivers and streams and a variety of wildlife. Now a coalition of outdoor recreation and conservation groups is pointing to an influx of federal stimulus money and a healthy...

New law allows bass to be farm-raised, sold in markets

Oct. 16, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Coming soon to your neighborhood seafood market: farm-raised Florida largemouth bass. Thanks to a law passed this spring, bass will expand its popularity from a favorite fishing target to the seafood sales list in the Sunshine State. At face...

California OKs new protections for leatherback sea turtles

Oct. 15, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has added the Pacific leatherback sea turtle to its endangered species list, guaranteeing more protections for a rapidly dwindling population. The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to add the turtles under the...

Elephant kills South African man in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools

Oct. 14, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A 71-year old South African tourist was trampled to death by an elephant “in full view” of his son at Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, the country’s parks agency said Thursday, days after another fatal encounter with an elephant occurred in a separate...