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Spain launches app to fight trafficking of protected timber

Dec. 5, 2019 8:50 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Ministry for Ecological Transition has launched a mobile app to fight the trafficking of tropical species of timber, one of the world’s greatest environmental crimes. The kit includes a guide of protected timber species, tools to obtain wood samples and an app that,...

Montana man charged with illegally killing 3 elk

Dec. 3, 2019 10:19 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 23-year-old Montana man faces 24 criminal charges, including eight felonies, involving the illegal killing of three elk in August. The Billings Gazette reports that the attorney for Earl R. Benes, of Roundup, says his client will plead not guilty on all counts in Musselshell County...

Wisconsin residents call for delisting wolves as endangered

Nov. 30, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In November 2018, wolves killed Laurie Groskopf’s 11-year-old hunting dog in Oneida County. That was nine years after wolves killed another of her dogs. “They were attacked by wolves without any provocation and killed. And for us, it’s been really, really...

State game officials search for whoever killed black bear

Nov. 27, 2019 11:59 PM EST

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) — State game officials say someone illegally killed a black bear near Payson and left the animal to waste. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public’s help to find out who is responsible. They say recreationists might have seen something. The department says...

Chinese national had 300 turtles smuggled from US to China

Nov. 27, 2019 8:05 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Chinese national and an accomplice from Eugene smuggled over 300 live turtles into China from the United States, after buying them from reptile dealers across the country. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Xiao Dong Qin of Shanghai, China, pleaded guilty Tuesday to...

Vermont man charged with poaching salmon from brook

Nov. 25, 2019 1:31 AM EST

GRAND ISLE, Vt. (AP) — A Winooski man has been charged with poaching salmon from a brook near a fish hatchery in Grand Isle. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says the 41-year-old was charged with two counts of taking fish illegally. The department said this week that wardens had received...

Officials seek tips in 2nd recent Michigan elk poaching case

Nov. 22, 2019 4:55 PM EST

ATLANTA, Mich. (AP) — Conservation officers are reporting the second illegal killing of an elk within a week in northern Michigan. The Department of Natural Resources is seeking tips from the public about the poaching of a bull elk in Montmorency County, north of Atlanta. A deer hunter contacted the...

Man accused of deer poaching faces several charges

Nov. 21, 2019 11:15 AM EST

HOLDREGE, Neb. (AP) — A man is charged with a dozen counts stemming from a deer poaching investigation in south-central Nebraska. Station KRVN reports that 28-year-old Arthur Underwood Jr., of Bertrand, is charged with tampering with evidence, false reporting and violating state hunting regulations among...

Poachers kill elk in Carter County, leave it to rot

Nov. 20, 2019 6:03 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri conservation officials are seeking the public’s help to identify whoever shot and killed a female adult elk on Monday and left it to rot. The Missouri Department of Conservation said Wednesday the elk was discovered Monday on National Park Service land in Carter...

Wildlife officers investigating bull elk poaching

Nov. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EST

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Colorado are investigating the poaching of a bull elk, apparently for its prominent antlers. The animal’s headless carcass was found on a ranch in Dinosaur last week. The Craig Daily Press reports that town residents regarded the familiar elk as...