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Report: Minnesota paying out 135K annually due to wolf kills

Feb. 22, 2020 1:05 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Every year, gray wolves kill dozens, if not hundreds, of farm animals in Minnesota. It’s not just wolves — coyotes also known to sometimes prey on livestock for food. But with wolves it’s different: If a coyote is after an animal, a farmer is well within their right...

Groups sue Washington wildlife agency over steelhead farms

Feb. 13, 2020 8:32 AM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Four nonprofits filed a joint lawsuit Tuesday against the state Department of Fish & Wildlife for issuing a permit for steelhead farms in the marine waters of Skagit and Kitsap counties. The Skagit Valley Herald reports Wild Fish Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity,...

In this June 17, 2011, photo provided by NOAA Fisheries are freshwater seals at Iliamna Lake, in Alaska. An environmental group is petitioning the federal government to list a population of freshwater Alaska seals under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, petitioned to provide protections to harbor seals that live at Iliamna Lake in southwest Alaska. (Dave Withrow/NOAA Fisheries via AP)

Group seeks endangered species listing for Alaska lake seals

Feb. 6, 2020 7:42 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The only known freshwater harbor seals in the U.S. should be listed as threatened or endangered, an environmental group said Thursday in its second petition for the animals. The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned for additional protections for the 400 harbor seals that...

New Mexico sawmill struggling under revised owl ruling

Jan. 31, 2020 12:10 AM EST

MILAN, N.M. (AP) — A sawmill is struggling to keep afloat amid a monthslong court injunction that barred logging anywhere near Mexican spotted owl habitat in New Mexico’s five national forests. Mt. Taylor Manufacturing in Milan, New Mexico, was silenced in mid-December because of the court battle,...

Groups want federal protection for wolverines

Jan. 26, 2020 10:02 AM EST

Wolverines are the largest members of the weasel family, but they look more like small bears with bushy tails. Conservation groups say the animals need to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Ten groups want to force the federal government to protect the elusive wolverines. The groups...

Lawsuit planned to stop Idaho-Wyoming natural gas pipeline

Jan. 24, 2020 3:50 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two environmental groups have given notice they intend to file a lawsuit to stop a proposed underground natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming the groups say will harm protected grizzly bears and other wildlife. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection...

Nevada man sentenced for trafficking in endangered species

Jan. 23, 2020 12:38 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 51-year-old Nevada man who admitted illegally trafficking endangered African lion and leopard parts has been ordered to serve a total of 60 days in federal custody and complete 100 hours of community service for a wildlife conservation group. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones...

Petition seeks federal protections for Rio Grande fish

Jan. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are asking federal wildlife managers to used the Endangered Species Act to protect a fish found only in the Rio Grande in Texas and the Pecos River in New Mexico. WildEarth Guardians filed the petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, saying it...

Groups prepare to sue over grazing in Wyoming grizzly range

Jan. 21, 2020 6:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Conservationists worried that continued livestock grazing in a Wyoming forest could endanger grizzly bears are preparing to sue the U.S. government. Western Watersheds Project, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection allege a 2019 decision to allow grazing to...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.   (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

Jan. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the Pearl...