Latest Species reintroduction News

Delaware is taking in more of a rare squirrel species

Sep. 21, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) — A rare squirrel species is being released into a wildlife area in Delaware. The Wilmington News Journal reported Sunday that some Delmarva fox squirrels are going to placed in the Assawoman Wildlife Area in Dagsboro this month. The species was removed from the federal endangered...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid (25) kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. Despite setting two defensive franchise records for the Panthers last season, Reid remains unsigned like his close friend Colin Kaepernick. Washington coach Ron Rivera, Reid’s former coach in Carolina, gave him a strong endorsement Wednesday, Sept. 16. “I would tell them he’s a heckuva teammate,” Rivera said.

Eric Reid still hasn't received an offer or workout invite

Sep. 16, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

Despite setting two defensive franchise records for the Carolina Panthers last season, Eric Reid remains unsigned, like his close friend: Colin Kaepernick. Reid told The Associated Press on Wednesday he has not received any offers nor been invited for a visit by any team since the Panthers released him in March....

Tabitha, a 168-pound loggerhead turtle, crawls into the ocean in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, after being released by Sea Turtle Recovery, a volunteer group that rescues sick or injured turtles, nurses them back to health and returns them to the ocean. Tabitha was stranded in the surf in Cape May, on June 27, 2019, where she was near death weakened by pneumonia, severe anemia, and an intestinal blockage. The antenna on her back is a tracking device that should last for about 30 days. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Once near death, rescued sea turtles sent back to the ocean

Sep. 15, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — The last time she felt the ocean waves swirling around her, Tabitha was near death. She was tossed about in the surf in Cape May, weakened by pneumonia, severe anemia, and an intestinal blockage. She also was laden with parasites and covered with 15 pounds (7 kilograms) of...

Two gopher tortoises roam around their habitat at the Head Start gopher tortoise hatchery at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (Cam Bonelli/Hattiesburg American via AP)

Threatened tortoises released into the wild in Mississippi

Sep. 13, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

Scientists raising threatened tortoises at a Mississippi National Guard camp to give them a head start in the wild are trying something new — raising a few to sexual maturity and then releasing them. The Nature Conservancy and the National Guard released their first seven adult-sized gopher tortoises...

Tiny songbird that vanished from Missouri returns to state

Sep. 12, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri wildlife officials are hoping a tiny songbird that disappeared from the state a century ago will stay in a new habitat in the Mark Twain National Forest. The Missouri Department of Conservation and other wildlife agencies released 50 brown-headed nuthatch birds in the...

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New Netflix series features an 11-year-old 'koala whisperer'

Sep. 9, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Like a lot of young people, 11-year-old Izzy Bee has a special bond with animals. Unlike a lot of young people, she shares it with one of the planet's most cuddly — koalas. “It’s hard to explain,” she says from her home in Australia. “When I’m with...

Cornerbacks Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas among Eagles cuts

Sep. 5, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles released two of their first three picks in the 2017 draft among their cuts Saturday to reach the 53-man roster limit. Cornerbacks Sidney Jones (second round) and Rasul Douglas (third round) were cut along with defensive end Shareef Miller, a fourth-round...

Muhlbach makes cut for Lions again

Sep. 5, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Long snapper Don Muhlbach appears set for a 17th season with the Detroit Lions after making it through Saturday's roster cuts. The Lions cut long snapper Steve Wirtel, paving the way for Muhlbach to keep his job. Muhlbach is second on Detroit’s career list with 244 games...

Decker agrees to new deal with Lions, agent confirms

Sep. 1, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Taylor Decker has agreed to a six-year, $85 million deal with the Detroit Lions that includes $37.5 million guaranteed, agent Jonathan Feinsod confirmed Tuesday. Decker joined the Lions as a first-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2016. He became the first Detroit rookie offensive tackle...

Georgia homeowner kills python amid invasive species fears

Aug. 29, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — A homeowner east of Atlanta killed a four-foot-long (1.2-meter) ball python, raising concerns that people are releasing the snakes in Georgia. Giant pythons have established themselves in the wild in Florida, becoming an invasive species that poses a threat to wildlife there. The...