Latest Species reintroduction News

EXPLAINER: How wildfires impact wildlife, their habitat

Oct. 23, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The porcupines were walking slow and funny, more so than they usually do. Their stride concerned some residents in a South Lake Tahoe neighborhood who called a rehabilitation center. Turns out, the porcupines had extensive burns to their paws,...

After long absence "dancing birds" return to western Montana

Oct. 23, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Sometime in the next few years, some lucky people might witness an annual ritual that disappeared decades ago in western Montana. It will happen as the dawn breaks over grasslands south of Missoula or near Drummond or in the Blackfoot Valley. ...

African snake found at suburban Chicago forest preserve

Oct. 21, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A snake native to Africa has been removed from a suburban Chicago nature preserve after a visitor found the reptile coiled beneath her car. The ball python was removed Wednesday from the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton after a woman who had...

2 birds oiled in California pipeline spill treated, released

Oct. 13, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Two birds oiled after an undersea pipeline ruptured off the Southern California coast have been treated and released. Workers brought the ruddy duck and eared grebe Wednesday to a shorefront park in a harbor area of Huntington Beach. The...

Angler catches first alligator gar recorded in Kansas

Oct. 12, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

PRATT, Kan. (AP) — Kansas fisheries officials are working to determine how a 39.5 pound alligator gar ended up in a state river. The fisheries division of the Kansas Wildlife & Parks announced Tuesday that an angler pulled the gar last week from the Neosho River...

1st mountain lion in California released back to wild dies

Oct. 09, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — The first mountain lion to be rehabilitated and returned to the wild in California has been found dead, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday. The female cougar nicknamed Monrovia had been treated and released back into the wild...

Fate of the northwest Colorado wolf pack remains a mystery

Oct. 09, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — On a hazy July afternoon, wolf expert Karin Vardaman returned to a spring-fed pond in Colorado’s northwestern-most corner. Enough rain had fallen to wet the ground around the watering hole. She tiptoed across the soft earth — careful not to disturb any impressions left by...

Native Hawaii fern that was feared extinct is found alive

Sep. 30, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A fern species that was believed to be extinct when the last known specimen died on Hawaii's Big Island has been found on the island of Kauai. The native pendant kihi fern, which only grows on the trunks of trees, was believed to be extinct for...

Sockeye salmon released into central Idaho lakes to spawn

Sep. 28, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The number of sockeye salmon making it to central Idaho from the ocean this year is one of the worst returns in the last decade, with only 43 fish so far, state wildlife managers said Tuesday. But the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said a hatchery...

Padres starter Arrieta departs in 1st with groin strain

Sep. 19, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — San Diego Padres pitcher Jake Arrieta departed Sunday's start at St. Louis with a right adductor groin strain after facing six batters. Padres interim pitching coach Ben Fritz made a mound visit after Edmundo Sosa hit a two-run double, and summoned...