Latest Wildlife management News

Carolinas horse owners still leery after animals attacked

Dec. 14, 2019 10:18 AM EST

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Several horse owners in the Carolinas are still keeping a close eye on their animals, not entirely convinced most of the recent attacks on horses in the area were cause by wild boars. Agents with South Carolina's State Law Enforcement Division announced Wednesday that five of six...

New England sees record number of loons in several states

Dec. 14, 2019 9:30 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Loons are thriving in New England, with record numbers documented this year because of increased protections for the iconic bird known for its black head and haunting calls at dusk. New Hampshire saw a slight increase to 313 pairs in 2019 while Vermont had an all-time high of 101...

Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

Dec. 13, 2019 6:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British...

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles...

Mediterranean pen shell listed as critically endangered

Dec. 13, 2019 11:58 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fan mussel found only in the Mediterranean was officially added to the list of critically endangered species, after scientists recorded a dramatic decline in its population numbers caused by a newly discovered pathogen. The International Union for Conservation of Nature said in a...

Salmon die-off closes Chinook fishing on Oregon north coast

Dec. 12, 2019 7:33 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A recent die-off of fall Chinook salmon has expanded from the Wilson River to three other river basins, leading to a total closure on fall chinook fishing on Oregon’s north coast, wildlife officials said. The Statesman Journal reports salmon killed before they were able to spawn...

2 in Colorado get 3 years probation for animal cruelty

Dec. 12, 2019 4:01 PM EST

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A court order has barred a Colorado man from owning another animal for three years after he was convicted of animal cruelty against more than 100 animals. Jeffery Jackson was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation after La Plata County Animal Protection seized 115 animals...

California commission lists yellow-legged frog as endangered

Dec. 11, 2019 11:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — There’s new hope for an endangered California frog that has vanished from half of its habitat. The state Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday approved protections for five of six populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The Center for Biological Diversity had sought...

Farmers bump up harvest of problem elk north of Seattle

Dec. 11, 2019 5:44 PM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Landowners in northwest Washington are harvesting elk at a faster pace than last year to reduce damage to farmland, according to a state Fish and Wildlife official. The Capital Press reports that since July 1, landowners or their hand-picked hunters have shot 22 elk, compared to...

Father, son plead guilty in black market eagle trafficking

Dec. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A father and his adult son have pleaded guilty in South Dakota to federal charges in a widespread case that offered a glimpse into the illegal trafficking of eagles and other protected birds. Troy Fairbanks and his son, Majestic Fairbanks, were among 30 people and pawn shops...