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FILE - In a June 26, 2018, file photo, Lou Perrotti lets an American burying beetle crawl on his hand. The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity said Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, it plans to sue over last fall's move to list the American burying beetle as threatened. (Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times via AP, File)

Environmentalists fight move to reduce beetle's protections

Jan. 12, 2021 5:24 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An environmental group said Tuesday that it plans to sue the U.S. government over a decision to reclassify a large scavenging beetle as threatened instead of endangered. The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity said it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services over its move...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo, a Monarch butterfly flies to Joe Pye weed, in Freeport, Maine. Monarch butterflies are among well known species that best illustrate insect problems and declines, according to University of Connecticut entomologist David Wagner, lead author in a special package of studies released Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, written by 56 scientists from around the globe.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world's insects

Jan. 11, 2021 7:34 PM EST

The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said. Climate change, insecticides, herbicides, light pollution, invasive species and changes in agriculture and land use are causing Earth to lose probably 1% to 2% of its insects...

In this image taken from a video, Ken Lee, a registered snake catcher, holds a python as he speaks during an interview at the Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation in Hong Kong Dec. 10, 2020. Hong Kong is home to a variety of snakes, from the venomous king cobra to larger species such as the Burmese python. Whenever one of these reptiles is spotted slithering into a home or coming alarmingly close to a residential area, Lee is among the snake catchers called to capture the creatures. (AP Photo)

No snake soup for Hong Kong's young snake catcher

Jan. 2, 2021 1:09 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is home to a variety of snakes — from the venomous king cobra to larger species such as the Burmese python. Whenever one of these reptiles is spotted slithering into a home or coming alarmingly close to a residential area, Ken Lee is among the snake catchers called to...

FILE - In this June 2, 2019, file photo, a fresh monarch butterfly rests on a Swedish Ivy plant soon after emerging in Washington. Trump administration officials are expected to say this week whether the monarch butterfly, a colorful and familiar backyard visitor now caught in a global extinction crisis, should receive federal designation as a threatened species. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Feds to delay seeking legal protection for monarch butterfly

Dec. 15, 2020 3:19 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials on Tuesday declared the monarch butterfly “a candidate” for threatened or endangered status, but said no action would be taken for several years because of the many other species awaiting that designation. Environmentalists said delaying that long...

A researcher for Brazil's state-run Fiocruz Institute takes an oral swab sample from a bat captured in the Atlantic Forest, at Pedra Branca state park, near Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Teams of researchers around the globe are racing to study the places and species from which the next pandemic may emerge. It's no coincidence that many scientists are focusing attention on the world's only flying mammals — bats. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Scientists focus on bats for clues to prevent next pandemic

Dec. 14, 2020 12:21 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Night began to fall in Rio de Janeiro’s Pedra Branca state park as four Brazilian scientists switched on their flashlights to traipse along a narrow trail of mud through dense rainforest. The researchers were on a mission: capture bats and help prevent the next global pandemic....

FILE - In this June 2, 2019, file photo, a fresh monarch butterfly rests on a Swedish Ivy plant soon after emerging in Washington. Trump administration officials are expected to say this week whether the monarch butterfly, a colorful and familiar backyard visitor now caught in a global extinction crisis, should receive federal designation as a threatened species. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Endangered-species decision expected on beloved butterfly

Dec. 14, 2020 12:31 AM EST

Trump administration officials are expected to say this week whether the monarch butterfly, a colorful and familiar backyard visitor now caught in a global extinction crisis, should receive federal designation as a threatened species. Stepped-up use of farm herbicides, climate change and destruction of milkweed...

Researchers say new species of beaked whale found off Mexico

Dec. 9, 2020 9:25 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Researchers looking for an elusive species of beaked whale said Wednesday they think they have found another new, previously unknown species off Mexico’s western Pacific coast. Dr. Jay Barlow, a retired adjunct professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said Wednesday...

This 2018 photo provided by the Leibniz-IZW Cheetah Research Project shows cheetahs gathering at a tree in central Namibia. New research published on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, on how cheetahs use the landscape has allowed some ranchers to reduce the number of calves killed annually by 86%, largely by avoiding popular cheetah hangouts. (Leibniz-IZW Cheetah Research Project via AP)

Avoiding cheetah hangouts helps ranchers protect herds

Dec. 7, 2020 5:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the dusty savannahs of Namibia, one of the last strongholds of cheetah populations on Earth, conflicts between cattle ranchers and big cats threaten the survival of the embattled carnivores. But new research on how cheetahs use the landscape has allowed some ranchers to reduce the...

Study looks at impact of ocean and dams on salmon runs

Dec. 1, 2020 6:52 PM EST

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A controversial new study challenges long-standing science that pins salmon declines in the Snake River Basin on dams. The Lewiston Morning Tribune reports the work by British Columbia scientist David Welch puts the blame for poor returns of adult Snake River spring and fall chinook...

In this Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, photo provided by Kelsea Dockham, rocks mark the location where a metal monolith once stood in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Spanish Valley, Utah south of Moab near Canyonlands National Park. The mysterious silver monolith that was placed there has disappeared less than 10 days after it was spotted by wildlife biologists performing a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep, federal officials and witnesses said. (Kelsea Dockham/Canyon State Overland via AP)

Mysterious silver monolith disappears from Utah desert

Nov. 29, 2020 7:19 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A mysterious silver monolith that was placed in the Utah desert has disappeared less than 10 days after it was spotted by wildlife biologists performing a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep, federal officials and witnesses said. “We have received credible reports that the...