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Wolf hunting season extension rejected in northwest Montana

Feb. 18, 2020 4:59 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A proposal by wildlife managers to extend the wolf hunting and trapping seasons in northwestern Montana was rejected, a wildlife commission said. The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks voted Thursday to maintain the hunting and trapping seasons from Sept. 15 to March 15,...

East Lansing approves culling as option to reduce deer herds

Feb. 13, 2020 12:22 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials in East Lansing have approved a lethal option to manage the growing number of deer in the mid-Michigan city. The city council voted this week to authorize culling as a way to reduce deer herds, the Lansing State Journal reported. East Lansing’s city manager would...

In this Feb. 11, 2020, photo, Asian carp are unloaded at Two Rivers Fisheries in Wickliffe, Ky. Asian carp were imported to the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s as an eco-friendly alternative to poisons for ridding southern fish farms and sewage lagoons of algae, weeds and parasites. The advance of the invasive carp, however, threatens to upend aquatic ecosystems, starve out native fish and wipe out endangered mussel and snail populations along the Mississippi River and dozens of tributaries. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

Feb. 12, 2020 12:12 PM EST

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets. The ongoing roundup on wind-rippled Kentucky Lake...

FILE - In this May 17, 2015, file photo, a Louisiana black bear, sub-species of the black bear that was protected under the Endangered Species Act, is seen in a water oak tree in Marksville, La. A federal judge in Washington has thrown out a lawsuit on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, seeking to return federal protection to the real bears that inspired teddy bears. The people and environmental groups who sued in 2018 didn’t provide any evidence to back up their claims that they would be hurt by the decision to remove Louisiana black bears from the “threatened” list, wrote District Judge John Bate. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Lawsuit to protect real-life ‘teddy bears’ tossed by judge

Feb. 11, 2020 5:54 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to return federal protection to the real bears that inspired teddy bears has been thrown out by a federal judge. The people and environmental groups who sued in 2018 didn’t provide any evidence to back up their claims that they would be hurt by the decision to...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, people fish along the Sacramento River in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, near Courtland, Calif. Gov Gavin Newsom proposed new rules on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, to keep more water in the delta while restoring 60,000 acres of habitat for endangered species and generating more than $5 billion in new funding for environmental improvements. The framework, if approved, would be in place for 15 years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor proposes new plan for managing water

Feb. 4, 2020 9:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor revealed a plan on Tuesday that would keep more water in the fragile San Joaquin River Delta while restoring 60,000 acres of habitat for endangered species and generating more than $5 billion in new funding for environmental improvements. The framework...

Pennsylvania hunters killed record 4,653 black bears in 2019

Feb. 3, 2020 12:58 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Wildlife authorities say Pennsylvania hunters killed 4,653 black bears last year, setting a new record. The Pennsylvania Game Commission said Monday the total is far above last year's total of 3,153, which was the 11th highest total recorded but was also the lowest in almost a dozen...

Hawaii lawmakers introduce legislation to control feral pigs

Feb. 1, 2020 2:33 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A pair of bills introduced in Hawaii would remove restrictions on wild pig hunting on the Big Island to control the feral pig population and protect local plant life. The measures were introduced by multiple Hawaii Island senators and representatives on behalf of Mark Hanson, a Mountain...

Lawmakers introduce bill for a pilot hatchery project

Jan. 29, 2020 10:33 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican state legislators have introduced a bill, which includes a pilot hatchery project in Bellingham, that they believe will help increase the salmon population and help the orca whales. The Bellingham Herald reports the Salmon Repopulation Act, Senate Bill 6509 and House Bill...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 1995, file photo, a wolf leaps across a road into the wilds of Central Idaho. State wildlife officials are requesting authorization to spend $408,000 to count wolves that will become part of an annual expense going forward. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever told the Legislature's budget-setting committee Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, that knowing whether wolf numbers are increasing or decreasing is needed to make management decisions. (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac, File)

Idaho agency wants to spend $408,000 a year to count wolves

Jan. 28, 2020 2:51 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's top wildlife official on Tuesday requested authorization from state lawmakers to spend $408,000 to count wolves. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever told the Legislature's budget-setting committee that the expense would become part of the agency's annual...

Endangered Maui birds to be moved in effort to save species

Jan. 28, 2020 5:43 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists will decide whether to establish a captive breeding program on the U.S. mainland in an attempt to prevent the extinction of a bird species only found on Maui, officials said. A decision about the plan to save the endangered kiwikiu is expected at a meeting of project partners...