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Louisiana gators thrive, so farmers' return quota may drop

Oct. 17, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Once-endangered alligators are thriving in the wild, so Louisiana authorities are proposing a deep cut in the percentage that farmers must return to marshes where their eggs were laid. “Over the past 50 years, alligator nest surveys have increased...

California OKs new protections for leatherback sea turtles

Oct. 15, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has added the Pacific leatherback sea turtle to its endangered species list, guaranteeing more protections for a rapidly dwindling population. The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to add the turtles under the...

Idaho lawmaker posts meme appearing to advocate violence

Oct. 13, 2021 22:37 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A far-right Idaho Republican lawmaker has posted a meme on Twitter appearing to advocate violence against journalists, educators, conservationists, the state’s largest university and other organizations ahead of an upcoming election in November. ...

Idaho reaches deal to reimburse hunters who kill wolves

Oct. 11, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials will make available up to $200,000 to be divided into payments for hunters and trappers who kill wolves in the state through next summer. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game late last month entered into an agreement with a nonprofit...

Florida Forever conserves ecosystems as money dwindles

Oct. 02, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — East of the Southwest Florida city centers, where dense cypress domes and live oaks dripping with moss replace concrete and stucco, the world wakes up differently. The din of the early commute in natural Florida is not blaring horns or humming tires...

Wisconsin justices weigh challenge to swap of parkland

Oct. 01, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservation group asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday to let it challenge the state's decision to transfer state park land to a company planning to build a golf course. Friends of the Black River Forest contend that the Department of...

US says ivory-billed woodpecker, 22 other species extinct

Sep. 29, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Death’s come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government on Wednesday declared them extinct. It’s a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or...

Kennebec dam owner sues Maine agencies as saga continues

Sep. 28, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of four hydroelectric dams on the Kennebec River sued two Maine agencies on Monday alleging they improperly cooperated on fish passage regulations that impact the future of the dams and fish populations. The lawsuit filed in Kennebec...

Maine governor to take side of fishing biz in whale lawsuit

Sep. 28, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor is intervening in a federal lawsuit that concerns the future of right whale protections and lobster fishing off New England. The lawsuit was filed by conservation group Center for Biological Diversity against the federal...

Famous Wyoming grizzly, cubs, chased away from risky area

Sep. 26, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Felicia, the mama grizzly bear whose troubles won the hearts of the Internet, has successfully shepherded her cubs through a perilous summer. Her fans miss seeing the little bear family grazing and frolicking along Togwotee Pass. But they hope, for...