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FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, a bird flies among wind turbines near King City, Mo. The Trump administration is moving to scale back criminal enforcement of a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species. The former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told AP billions of birds could die if the government doesn't hold companies liable for accidental bird deaths. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Ex-wildlife chief: Trump rule could kill billions of birds

Mar. 31, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — At a former open pit copper mine filled with billions of gallons of toxic water, sirens and loud pops from propane cannons echo off the granite walls to scare away birds so they don’t land. After several thousand migrating snow geese perished in the Berkeley Pit's acidic,...

Groups sue over continued grazing in Wyoming grizzly habitat

Mar. 31, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Conservation groups sued the U.S. government Tuesday over livestock grazing in a Wyoming forest, saying grizzly bears are too often killed by ranchers and wildlife managers for pursuing cattle in such settings. Forest officials decided in October to allow livestock grazing to continue...

FILE - This March 1, 2010, file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a greater sage grouse male strutting to attract a mate at a lek, or mating ground, near Bridgeport, Calif. Two years after a U.S. judge ordered the Trump administration to reconsider its refusal to protect sage grouse populations along the California-Nevada line, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has again decided against listing the bi-state grouse as threatened or endangered. (Jeannie Stafford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

Feds refuse again to list bi-state grouse along state line

Mar. 30, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two years after a U.S. judge ordered the Trump administration to reconsider its refusal to protect sage grouse populations along the California-Nevada line, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has again decided against listing the bi-state grouse as threatened or endangered. The bi-state...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Fla., shows Joseph Maldonado-Passage. Maldonado-Passage, a former Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot has filed a federal lawsuit seeking nearly $94 million in damages. Maldonado-Passage, also known as

Joe Exotic files $94 million lawsuit over his prosecution

Mar. 30, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot has filed a federal lawsuit seeking nearly $94 million in damages, claiming among other things that he was convicted based on false and perjured testimony. Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also...

Big survey of winter deer yards completed

Mar. 28, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have recently finished the most intensive effort to survey areas used by deer in the winter in 30 years, officials said. The three-month project covered 131 square kilometers in seven towns, Wenlock and West...

Agency drafts conservation plan to protect Hawaii seabirds

Mar. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized the first draft of a plan to protect threatened and endangered bird species on Kauai. The Kauai Seabird Habitat Conservation Plan outlines steps being taken to minimize light pollution and other dangers to seabirds on the island, The...

This 2017 photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources shows the Eastern Black Rail. The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf sued the Trump administration and U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt Thursday, March 19, 2020, for failing to finalize a decision to protect eastern black rails under the Endangered Species Act. (Christy Hand/South Carolina Department of Natural Resources via AP)

Lawsuit to protect bird nicknamed feathered mouse

Mar. 21, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmentalists have sued the Trump administration for failing to follow through on a proposal made two years ago to protect a small, elusive marsh bird nicknamed the “feathered mouse." “The eastern black rail stands on the brink of extinction,” said the lawsuit...

In this Jan. 30, 2020 image provided by Zach Bryan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Maggie Dwire carries a Mexican gray wolf from a helicopter after it was captured near Reserve, New Mexico, during an annual survey of the endangered species. The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, March 18 announced the result of a latest survey, saying there are at least 163 wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona. That marks a nearly 25% jump in the population from the previous year. (Zach Bryan via AP)

Endangered gray wolf population on the rise in southwest US

Mar. 21, 2020 4:22 AM EDT

THE EDGE OF THE GILA WILDERNESS, N.M. (AP) — A voice interrupted the crackle of the radio at basecamp: “Starting pursuit.” The rest of the team on the ground was anxious to hear those words after the low-flying helicopter crew had been working all morning to get close to one of the Mexican...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2016, file image from video provided by Fort Huachuca, a wild jaguar is seen in southern Arizona. A federal appeals court is ordering a New Mexico judge to reconsider a case involving a fight over a critical habitat in the U.S. Southwest for endangered jaguars. Ranchers had sued, arguing that a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to set aside thousands of acres for the cats violated the statute that guides wildlife managers in determining whether certain areas are essential for the conservation of a species. The appellate court this week overturned an earlier ruling that had sided with federal officials. (Fort Huachuca via AP, File)

Fight over jaguar habitat in Southwest heads back to court

Mar. 20, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court is ordering a U.S. district judge in New Mexico to reconsider a case involving a fight over critical habitat for the endangered jaguar in the American Southwest. Groups representing ranchers had sued, arguing that a 2014 decision by the U.S. Fish and...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2016, file photo, provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, from a remote camera set by biologist Chris Stermer, shows a wolverine in the Tahoe National Forest near Truckee, Calif., a rare sighting of the predator in the state. Wildlife advocates want the snow-loving wolverine protected as it becomes vulnerable to a warming planet. (Chris Stermer/California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, file)

Judge asked to force decision on US wolverine protections

Mar. 18, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Wednesday asked a U.S. judge to force the government into deciding if the snow-loving wolverine should be federally protected as the rare predator becomes vulnerable to a warming planet. The request comes in a lawsuit filed in Montana almost four years after...