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Nesting loggerhead turtle found dead, investigation underway

May. 25, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service said Monday it is investigating after a nesting loggerhead sea turtle was found dead on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach, with signs that the creature was run over by a vehicle. The female turtle came onto the beach early Monday morning and had begun...

Groups sue over Western Colorado coal mine’s air emissions

May. 15, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Conservation groups have filed a federal lawsuit against St. Louis-based Arch Coal over methane and other toxic air emissions at the company's West Elk Mine in Colorado's North Fork Valley. WildEarth Guardians, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity and High...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2014, file photo, a young black bear climbs down from a tree near Woodland Middle School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. A federal court on Thursday May 7, 2020 says a lawsuit seeking to ban using bait for hunting black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming can continue. (Tess Freeman/Coeur D'Alene Press via AP, File)

Judge allows lawsuit to ban bear baiting in Idaho, Wyoming

May. 8, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to ban using bait for hunting black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming can continue, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled Thursday in favor of three environmental groups who contend the practice has led to hunters killing...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, Greg Boley takes in a view of the Eau Claire River before heading back out into the woods during the gun deer hunt season opener on public land in Fall Creek, Wis. Outdoor enthusiasts overwhelmingly rejected Wisconsin wildlife officials' proposals to dramatically reshape the state's gun deer hunting structure to bolster the waning sport, a survey released Wednesday, May 6, 2020 shows. (Marisa Wojcik/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP, File)

Outdoor enthusiasts reject wholesale changes to deer season

May. 6, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts overwhelmingly rejected Wisconsin wildlife officials' proposals to dramatically reshape the state's gun deer hunting structure to bolster the waning sport, a survey released Wednesday shows. The state Department of Natural Resources has been working for years to...

Alaska conservationists urge action on transboundary mining

May. 2, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal lawmakers have been urged by tribes and local conservation groups to address transboundary mining, which some consider a threat to southeast Alaska. Transboundary mining is when run-off from a mine in one country pollutes water that eventually flows into another country. The...

Group: Funds meant for chicken conservation misused

May. 1, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are questioning spending by wildlife managers who oversee a conservation effort for the lesser prairie chicken after money was used on a building and salaries rather than on projects to help the bird. Once listed as a threatened species, the chicken’s...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Apr. 28, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

Here are excerpts of editorials published in newspapers around Illinois. April 26, 2020 (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald Thanking health care workers for what they do There are COVID-19 images and stories that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Among the most enduring will be those of the health care...

Maine pols: Feds must step up to protect lobster fishery now

Apr. 28, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Leaders in the Maine Legislature are calling on the federal government to protect the lobster fishery in the wake of a ruling about protection of rare whales. A federal judge ruled earlier this month that the federal government's failure to protect North Atlantic right whales...

FILE - In this April 10, 2008, file photo, three right whale tails surface in Cape Cod Bay near Provincetown, Mass. A judge’s April 9, 2020, ruling that the federal government didn’t take adequate steps to protect endangered whales will likely result in another months-long court battle. Right whales number only about 400 in the midst of a population decline. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Right whales: Lawsuit on protections could last for months

Apr. 25, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge's ruling that the federal government didn't take adequate steps to protect endangered whales will probably result in another monthslong court battle, parties to the lawsuit said. Environmental groups sued the U.S. government with a claim that regulators’ failure to...

Experts report wolf population is stable in Wyoming

Apr. 22, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The wolf population in Wyoming has reached about 300 animals, around the same number of wolves wildlife managers aimed to have before hunting was prohibited between 2014 and 2017. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department regained authority over the population after monitoring hunting...