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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...

Missouri woman pleads not guilty to illegally killing elk

Sep. 17, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to illegally killing a protected elk and leaving its carcass in a field. Deborah Flanigan, 50, of Scott County, was charged with a misdemeanor Sept. 10 after an investigation by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The...

Crabbers accused of poaching in Oregon coast reserve area

Sep. 16, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Two men are accused of poaching crab in the protected Cape Falcon Marine Reserve south of Cannon Beach using gear stolen from other crabbers. Scott Giles, most recently of Ilwaco, Washington, and deckhand Travis Westerlund, of Astoria, face criminal charges including theft, criminal...

Court: Idaho Fish and Game road check stations can continue

Sep. 14, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife officials can continue setting up checkpoint stations to stop all vehicles to enforce hunting and fishing regulations, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled. Chief U.S. District Court Judge David C. Nye last week dismissed Steve Tanner’s lawsuit seeking to ban the...

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...

Man faces charges after elk poached in Michigan forest

Sep. 3, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

WOLVERINE, Mich. (AP) — A man has been arrested in connection with the poaching of a cow elk in a northern Michigan state forest. Jakob Gagnon, 21, was arraigned Aug. 28 in Cheboygan County District Court on misdemeanor taking an elk without a license and possessing stolen property charges, according to...

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...

Nevada launches new wildlife app to help nab poachers

Aug. 31, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada wildlife officials have launched a new online tool to help catch poachers and others who violate the state’s wildlife laws. The Nevada Department of Wildlife unveiled the new app Monday that allows citizens to use their smartphones to connect with the department to get...