Latest Species conservation and preservation News

Arizona’s tiny desert owl has new chance for protection

Nov. 15, 2019 12:33 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Environmental groups say a tiny desert owl that makes its nest inside cavities of Arizona’s saguaro cactus has a new chance for federal protection. The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday an Aug. 5, 2021, deadline is set for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to...

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

Nov. 14, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal...

Zimbabwe says 200 elephants have now died amid drought

Nov. 12, 2019 9:12 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, Zimbabwe's parks agency said on Tuesday, and a mass relocation of animals is planned to ease congestion. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo said at least 200 elephants have died...

Rare deer-like species photographed for first time in wild

Nov. 12, 2019 5:04 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A tiny deer-like species not seen by scientists for nearly 30 years has been photographed in a forest in southern Vietnam, a conservation group said Tuesday. Images of the silver-backed chevrotain, commonly called the Vietnamese mouse deer, were captured in the wild by trap cameras,...

Authorities ID hunter attacked by alligator in Florida

Nov. 11, 2019 6:56 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida have identified a man they say was hunting hogs when he was attacked by an alligator. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Sunday said 46-year-old James G. Boyce, of Palm Beach Gardens, suffered a "substantial" bite to his leg while...

Nevada reviews possible mining threat to unique wildflower

Nov. 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada is launching a comprehensive review of the status of a desert wildflower that isn't known to exist anywhere else in the world because of concerns about potential effects from new mining exploration. The move comes after the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump...

Ravens LB Fort signs 2-year extension through 2021

Nov. 8, 2019 12:44 PM EST

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have signed inside linebacker L.J. Fort to a two-year extension through 2021. Fort was signed to Baltimore's 53-man roster in late September after being released by the Eagles. He played the previous four seasons with Pittsburgh. The 29-year-old Fort was used...

Former 1st-round pick Nkemdiche released by Dolphins

Nov. 5, 2019 5:36 PM EST

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche has been released by the Miami Dolphins, who decided the former first-round pick couldn't help their struggling defense. Nkemdiche signed with the Dolphins in August and played sparingly in the past two games. He was the 29th overall pick by the Arizona...

Time ticks away at wild bison genetic diversity

Nov. 3, 2019 11:38 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Evidence is mounting that wild North American bison are gradually shedding their genetic diversity across many of the isolated herds overseen by the U.S. government, weakening future resilience against disease and climate events in the shadow of human encroachment. The extent of the...

Collins proposal to crack down on wildlife poaching OK'd

Nov. 2, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A bill designed to protect endangered species that was authored in part by Maine's Republican senator has passed the U.S. Senate. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon authored the Rescuing Animals With Rewards Act as part of an effort to...