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Man pleads guilty to poaching black bear on reservation

Sep. 17, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of shooting a 700-pound black bear on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota and removing its head pleaded guilty Thursday, although his lawyer alleges that only half of the federal government's story is accurate. Brett Stimac, 41, of Brainerd, Minnesota, pleaded...

FILE — In this Sunday Nov. 10, 2019 file photo a herd of elephants make their way through the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, in search of water. An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country's High Court Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020, to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in the park which hosts one of Africa's largest populations of elephants. (AP Photo/File)

Zimbabwe group tries to stop Chinese coal mine in game park

Sep. 8, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country’s High Court to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in Hwange National Park, which hosts one of Africa’s largest populations of elephants. The Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association argues that the...

In this Jan. 29, 2020 photo made available by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, confiscated hammerhead shark fins are displayed at the Port of Miami. Federal authorities say they indicted 12 people and seized nearly $8 million in cash, jewels and precious metals after disrupting a criminal enterprise that dealt drugs and sold illegally harvested shark fins to buyers overseas. U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine in Savannah, Georgia, told a news conference Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uncovered the conspiracy while investigating the illegal practice of cutting the fins off live sharks and dumping them back into the water to die. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

Indictment accuses 12 of illegally trading shark fins, drugs

Sep. 4, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities said Thursday that they have charged 12 people and seized nearly $8 million in cash, jewels and precious metals after disrupting a criminal enterprise that dealt drugs and sold illegally harvested shark fins to buyers overseas. U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine of...

A dead elephant is seen in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. A spokesman for Zimbabwe's national parks said on Wednesday, Sept. 2 the number of elephants dying in the country's west from a suspected bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, has risen to 22 and more deaths are expected. (AP Photo)

Zimbabwe investigating deaths of 22 elephants, more expected

Sep. 2, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The number of elephants dying in western Zimbabwe from a suspected bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, has risen to 22, and “more deaths are expected,” a spokesman for the country’s parks agency said Wednesday. Most of the elephants dying...

Bacterial infection may have killed 11 elephants in Zimbabwe

Sep. 1, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, could be the cause of the death of 11 elephants in a forest in western Zimbabwe, a parks agency spokesman said Tuesday. The carcasses of the elephants were discovered last week in Pandamasue Forest, located between Hwange...

Zimbabwe investigates mysterious deaths of 11 elephants

Aug. 30, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's parks authorities in Zimbabwe are investigating the death of 11 elephants in a forest in the west of the country, a parks spokesman said Sunday. The carcasses of the elephants were discovered on Friday in Pandamasue Forest, located between Hwange National Park and...

In this image made from video, Purity Amleset, 24, right, and other female wildlife rangers from

Kenyan all-female wildlife ranger team breaks down barriers

Aug. 14, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

KAJIADO, Kenya (AP) — On the sweeping plains at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, a group of female wildlife rangers is making history by defying patriarchal norms that have been passed down for centuries, patrolling against poachers instead of doing household chores. The eight ethnic Maasai women known as...

Judge invalidates Trump rollback of law protecting birds

Aug. 12, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge in New York has invalidated rule changes put in place by the Trump administration that scaled back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni's ruling Tuesday...

3 Mexico smugglers undone by screech of their howler monkeys

Aug. 5, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Somewhat predictably, an attempt by three people to smuggle two howler monkeys in southern Mexico was undone when the protected animals locked in a suitcase began emitting their piercing cries. The National Guard said Wednesday that officers uncovered the smuggling try when they stopped...

A Fully grown Gorilla holding baby in Bwindi National Park Uganda, Tuesday Aug.4.2020. Two new baby gorillas have been spotted in a national park where a beloved primate named Rafiki was killed in June, a Ugandan wildlife official said Tuesday, saying the additions are part of a baby boom in the forested protected area popular with tourists. For us it's a sign of relief. We lost one. We got two. But, of course, losing one is bad enough,

Uganda reports 2 new gorilla babies in Bwindi national park

Aug. 4, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Two new baby gorillas have been discovered in a Ugandan national park where a beloved primate named Rafiki was killed in June, a wildlife official announced Tuesday, saying the infants are part of a baby boom in the protected forest popular with tourists. “For us it's a sign...