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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...

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...

Riverkeeper finds evidence of otters on the Kansas River

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Ever since she became the Kansas Riverkeeper in 2015, Dawn Buehler has been looking for evidence of otters on the Kansas River. But while traveling the river, kayaking about 700 miles a year, Buehler said she struggled to find anything related to the animal. Recounting her efforts,...

Wildlife officials find evidence of wolves in Colorado

Jan. 8, 2020 5:49 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Wildlife officials have discovered evidence of wolves living in northwestern Colorado after hunters reported a suspected pack and residents found a scavenged elk carcass. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department announced the discoveries Wednesday, suggesting a pack of gray wolves may be...

Green sea turtle released into sea after flipper amputation

Jan. 8, 2020 7:57 AM EST

WILBUR-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) — A sea turtle whose left flipper was amputated due to an infection has been released back into the Atlantic Ocean in Florida. The green turtle named Endor had spent months rehabilitating and living in the Florida Aquarium in Tampa before being released on Tuesday in...

Initiative to introduce gray wolves makes Colorado ballot

Jan. 6, 2020 7:12 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — An initiative to reintroduce gray wolves to Colorado has qualified for the November ballot. The secretary of state’s office said Monday that backers of the proposal turned in sufficient valid voter signatures to qualify the measure. The gray wolf has been successfully reintroduced to...

Juvenile whooping crane doing well after release in Indiana

Jan. 4, 2020 12:02 AM EST

LINTON, Ind. (AP) — A juvenile bird from the rarest crane species in the world is doing well after she was released into the wild at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area by members of the International Crane Foundation. Now known as 80-19, the female whooping crane was 5 months old when she was released in...

This Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, photo provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) shows TWRA officer Jeff Roberson with a bear caught after it was wandering around the University of Tennessee's baseball stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. The 200-pound (90 kilogram) black bear showed up as a walk-on at the Lindsey Nelson Stadium, but ended up being sent back to its home territory. (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency via AP)

Tennessee wildlife officials remove bear from campus stadium

Dec. 30, 2019 8:08 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 200-pound (90 kilogram) black bear showed up as a walk-on at the University of Tennessee's baseball stadium, but ended up being sent back to its home territory. Tennessee wildlife officials removed the wild creature that was found wandering around the Lindsey Nelson Stadium on...

The Wisconsin DNR released 300 ringneck pheasants into the Avon Bottoms in southwestern Wisconsin on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019.  (Anthony Wahl/The Janesville Gazette via AP)

DNR releases pheasants for annual holiday hunt

Dec. 30, 2019 1:05 AM EST

TOWN OF AVON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters were waiting Friday as Kyle Andreska prepared to release dozens of ring-necked pheasants in Avon Bottoms. Andreska is a wildlife technician with the state Department of Natural Resources tasked Friday with releasing birds in the 3,400-acre public wildlife area west of...

FILE - In a Monday, May 13, 2019 file photo, a red wolf roams its habitat at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C. Wildlife advocates have returned to court to prod the federal government to jump-start  recovery efforts for the critically endangered red wolf, while North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a sharply worded letter urging further action. Amid the pressure, federal biologists plan to transfer wolves from elsewhere into the recovery area for the first time in years to promote wild breeding.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Red wolves court battle reignites as governor urges action

Dec. 26, 2019 9:30 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fight over the critically endangered red wolf has returned to court as North Carolina's governor sought immediate help for the dozen or so remaining in the wild and federal biologists planned to transfer wolves into the recovery area for the first time in years. In late...