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Judge orders stay in case seeking to remove Snake River dams

Oct. 26, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday granted a stay in litigation seeking to save endangered salmon runs on the Columbia and Snake rivers. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon in Portland, Oregon, granted a request by both sides in the lawsuit seeking the stay...

Wildlife agencies to cancel Trump endangered species rules

Oct. 26, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday plans to cancel two environmental rollbacks under former President Donald Trump that limited habitat protections for imperiled plants and wildlife. The proposal to drop the two Trump-era rules...

Record number of boats at Lake Tahoe had invasive mussels

Oct. 26, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — The number of boats that inspectors stopped from launching at Lake Tahoe while carrying aquatic invasive species reached a record high this year, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency said. Inspectors intercepted 28 boats with invasive Dreissenid...

Florida manatee deaths soar as polluted water kills seagrass

Oct. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida fishing guide and environmental activist Paul Fafeita says a highlight for his charter customers is spotting the manatees that forage for seagrass in shallow waters. It's not so thrilling when they come across the emaciated carcass of a manatee that...

Howling coyotes signals pups are moving, not Halloween

Oct. 26, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Wildlife officials in North Carolina are advising residents to expect to hear some howling this week, not because Halloween is approaching but instead because young coyotes are leaving their parents to strike out on their own. The N.C. Wildlife...

Alligator crawls out of drain at Alabama apartment complex

Oct. 26, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama apartment complex was paid a visit by an unusual guest as children were coming home from school Monday afternoon: an alligator that crawled out of a storm drain. Kenisha Miller and her boyfriend, Anthony Patterson, told WKRG-TV that they...

Plan to heal Barnegat Bay, which has been 'loved to death'

Oct. 26, 2021 09:23 AM EDT

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Governments, academics and scientists are proposing an ambitious effort to improve the health of Barnegat Bay, the fragile New Jersey waterway that “has been loved to death.” The Barnegat Bay Partnership, a constellation of groups...

Maine using lottery to give out new scallop licenses

Oct. 26, 2021 02:02 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fishing regulators are collecting applications for the state lottery that gives out scallop harvesting licenses. Sea scallops are one of the most valuable marine resources in the state. The Maine Department of Marine Resources said it will...

Census: Once-endangered Kirtland's warbler population stable

Oct. 25, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich, (AP) — Once endangered, the Kirtland's warbler is maintaining healthy numbers in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario and expanding its range, officials said Monday. The songbird's population was estimated at 4,490 following a June survey — the first...

US judge: Pablo Escobar's cocaine hippos legally 'people'

Oct. 25, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

The offspring of hippos once owned by Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar can be recognized as people or “interested persons” with legal rights in the U.S. following a federal court order. The case involves a lawsuit against the Colombian government over whether to...