Latest Species reintroduction News

In this image provided by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, bighorn ewe springs from a specially made trailer used for bighorn sheep transfers while being released along the South Fork of the Judith River in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana on Dec. 16, 2020. Montana wildlife officials have transplanted 49 bighorn sheep into the Little Belt Mountains, in an effort to create a new herd. (Morgan Jacobsen/Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP)

Wild sheep transplanted to new home in Little Belt Mountains

Jan. 16, 2021 12:48 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — After scattering like wildfire in a gust of wind, 49 bighorn sheep have settled in to their new home in the Little Belt Mountains. “One ewe went 24 miles north on the day of the release, turned around and came back,” said Jay Kolbe, wildlife biologist for the Montana...

Restoration underway at SW Louisiana pelican nesting island

Jan. 16, 2021 8:35 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Restoration is underway at the state bird’s only breeding site in southwest Louisiana, the Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority said. Rabbit Island is also where about 180 brown pelicans and 140 smaller birds were released in 2010 after oil from the BP spill...

FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and two of the three pups born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Trump administration officials on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators.  (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Groups ask court to restore protections for US gray wolves

Jan. 14, 2021 5:54 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Thursday asked a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation. Two coalitions of advocacy groups filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Northern California seeking to...

FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo, shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. Two groups opposing a Colorado ballot initiative to reintroduce the gray wolf into the state conceded the race Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, even though the race is too early to call because thousands of ballots are still uncounted. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

Colorado begins wolf reintroduction plans OK'd by voters

Jan. 14, 2021 3:52 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado could have to navigate years of pending litigation over the Trump administration’s delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act as it tries to enact its own voter-approved initiative to reintroduce the predator to the state, top wildlife officials were told...

Pacific sea otter reintroduction gets nudge from Congress

Jan. 7, 2021 12:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed this year's federal budget, which includes a directive to study sea otter reintroduction in the Pacific Northwest. Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley for Oregon added the paragraph to the federal budget bill that directs the U.S. Fish and...

LSU vets nurse injured owl, release it back to wild

Jan. 3, 2021 12:36 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Staff and students at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine nursed an injured owl back to health over the last two months and then released the recovered bird back into the wild. WBRZ reports that the barred owl flew back into the wild on Friday after...

Judge: Groups can't challenge endangered species plans

Jan. 1, 2021 4:41 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — An environmental group has no legal standing to challenge the specifics of recovery plans for endangered species, a judge in Montana has ruled. The case began with a 2014 petition by the Center for Biological Diversity that asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revise and update...

Bald eagles' comeback spurs their removal from Indiana list

Jan. 1, 2021 1:47 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bald eagles have been removed from Indiana's list of species deemed endangered or of special concern thanks to the bird's successful comeback in the state following reintroduction efforts in the 1980s. The majestic raptors had all but vanished in Indiana by the late 20th century...

First time in years, chinook salmon spawn in Columbia River

Dec. 18, 2020 8:35 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — For the first time in more than a generation, chinook salmon have spawned in the upper Columbia River system. Colville Tribal biologists counted 36 redds, a gravely nest where female salmon lay eggs, along an 8-mile (12-kilometer) stretch of the Sanpoil River, a tributary of the...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, Chicago White Sox's James McCann (33) celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher JT Brubaker during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh. Free agent catcher James McCann and the New York Mets were close to completing a $40 million, four-year contract Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, as the team continues to upgrade its roster under new owner Steve Cohen. A person close to the deal confirmed the details to The Associated Press under condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Mets C James McCann turns Tigers' release into $40.6M deal

Dec. 17, 2020 6:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — James McCann was released two years ago by the Detroit Tigers, and he says it's the best thing that ever happened to him. “It’s made me the player I am today,” McCann said. The starting catcher for the New York Mets — and a millionaire many times over. McCann...