Latest Species conservation and preservation News

Utah men convicted of cheating in bass fishing tournament

Sep. 21, 2020 9:49 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A pair of Utah men have been convicted of felony charges stemming from attempts to cheat in a bass fishing tournament. Robert Dennett, 45, and Kamron Wootton, 35, pleaded guilty last month to felony bribery or threat to influence a contest and misdemeanor unlawful release of wildlife...

Delaware is taking in more of a rare squirrel species

Sep. 21, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) — A rare squirrel species is being released into a wildlife area in Delaware. The Wilmington News Journal reported Sunday that some Delmarva fox squirrels are going to placed in the Assawoman Wildlife Area in Dagsboro this month. The species was removed from the federal endangered...

In this Sept. 12, 2020, photo provided by the Center For Biological Diversity, is the scene where thousands of rare desert wildflowers have been dug up at Rhyolite Ridge, about 200 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. Federal officials are investigating the destruction of a significant portion of the remaining population of an extremely rare desert wildflower that's being considered for endangered species protection and could jeopardize plans to build a lithium mine in Nevada, the Associated Press has learned.  (Patrick Donnelly/Center For Biological Diversity via AP)

Massive damage of rare plants probed at Nevada mine site

Sep. 20, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — State and federal authorities are investigating the mysterious loss of a significant swath of a rare desert wildflower that’s being considered for federal protection at a contentious mine site in Nevada with some of the largest untapped lithium deposits in the world. The Australian...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2011, file photo bison from Yellowstone National Park are herded down the Yellowstone River valley toward Cutler Meadow in the Gallatin National Forest, in Mont. Yellowstone National Park officials said in a 2018 briefing paper that they were ordered by then, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to manage the park's bison

Documents detail push to manage Yellowstone bison as cattle

Sep. 19, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In May 2018, Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent was ordered by then-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to manage the park’s bison “more actively like cattle on a ranch,” according to a park briefing statement. About a month later, Yellowstone...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Sep. 19, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the 15th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 18 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 3-year-old male panther were...

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...

US agency denies petition to strip protections from songbird

Sep. 17, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has denied a petition that sought to end federal protections for the western yellow-billed cuckoo, saying the rare songbird continues to face threats. The agency published its finding Wednesday, saying that removing the songbird from the...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid (25) kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. Despite setting two defensive franchise records for the Panthers last season, Reid remains unsigned like his close friend Colin Kaepernick. Washington coach Ron Rivera, Reid’s former coach in Carolina, gave him a strong endorsement Wednesday, Sept. 16. “I would tell them he’s a heckuva teammate,” Rivera said.

Eric Reid still hasn't received an offer or workout invite

Sep. 16, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

Despite setting two defensive franchise records for the Carolina Panthers last season, Eric Reid remains unsigned, like his close friend: Colin Kaepernick. Reid told The Associated Press on Wednesday he has not received any offers nor been invited for a visit by any team since the Panthers released him in March....

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...

Florida pays citrus company $28.5M for conservation land

Sep. 16, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida citrus company has sold another piece of land to the state for preservation. Fort Myers-based Alico Inc. announced Friday that the state's Florida Forever land conservation program purchased 10,702 acres (4,331 hectares) of its land in Hendry County for $28.5 million. The...