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Idaho wolf population is estimated at 1,000 animals

Jan. 23, 2020 6:22 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Thursday said there are an estimated 1,000 wolves in Idaho. Ed Schriever told the House Resources and Conservation Committee that the estimate made public for the first time is the first wolf population estimate in Idaho since...

Officials welcome return of wolves to northwest Colorado

Jan. 23, 2020 2:37 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials found evidence of at least six wolves in the state's northwest region, a second indication of a return by the animals after a long absence, officials said. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement Wednesday confirming the Colorado Parks and Wildlife discovery...

Nevada man sentenced for trafficking in endangered species

Jan. 23, 2020 12:38 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 51-year-old Nevada man who admitted illegally trafficking endangered African lion and leopard parts has been ordered to serve a total of 60 days in federal custody and complete 100 hours of community service for a wildlife conservation group. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones...

Petition seeks federal protections for Rio Grande fish

Jan. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are asking federal wildlife managers to used the Endangered Species Act to protect a fish found only in the Rio Grande in Texas and the Pecos River in New Mexico. WildEarth Guardians filed the petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, saying it...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.   (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

Jan. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the Pearl...

Vermont woman wins lifetime hunting, fishing license

Jan. 20, 2020 1:20 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman is entitled to hunt and fish for free for the rest of her life. Elizabeth Grady, 42, of Underhill, won the 2019 Vermont Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department announced. More than 13,000 tickets were purchased for the...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, photo, Norm Bishop sits inside his home with a photo and award from his years of working with wolves, outside Bozeman, Mont. Bishop, who was Yellowstone’s resource interpreter, had spent years giving public presentations about the science of wolf reintroduction. He would explain what the experts thought would happen if gray wolves were restored to the Yellowstone ecosystem. (Ryan Berry/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

Wolves' return to Yellowstone recalled on 25th anniversary

Jan. 19, 2020 11:55 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The day the wolves arrived in Yellowstone National Park was busy. At least that’s how Norm Bishop remembers it. The wolves came in aluminum crates on horse trailers Jan. 12, 1995. Passing through the gates, the Canadian-born carnivores were the first of their kind in the park...

Migration routes are an energy, environmental balancing act

Jan. 19, 2020 11:50 AM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — It’s 35 degrees outside. About nine mule deer shuffle through the bitter waters of Fremont Lake. A buck shakes, sending droplets of water flying. He pauses to look back at the herd trailing behind him and then trudges ahead, taking another step along a 150-mile journey to his...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leave Windsor Castle in a convertible car after their wedding in Windsor, England, to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to no longer use their HRH titles and will repay £2.4 million of taxpayer's money spent on renovating their Berkshire home, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday, Jan. 18. 2020. (Steve Parsons/pool photo via AP, File)

Many options await Prince Harry and Meghan after royal split

Jan. 19, 2020 11:43 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have made their choice: a radical break from palace protocol, constant press intrusion and a lavishly funded lifestyle. In exchange, they get personal freedom — the opportunity to start fresh in Canada without the perquisites and burden of their...

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2019 photo, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe released about 20 bighorn sheep into the Pyramid Lake Range in western Nevada, in an effort to revive the sheep population in the area. The sheep are believed to be the first of their species in the area in nearly 100 years. (Colton Lochhead/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Bighorn sheep return to Nevada lake after nearly 100 years

Jan. 19, 2020 10:48 AM EST

PYRAMID LAKE, Nev. (AP) — Nevada state wildlife officials and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe teamed up this week to release 20 bighorn sheep into the hills above the desert lake on tribal land in an effort to reintroduce the species to part of its native habitat for the first time in nearly a century. One...