Wildlife

FILE - In this July 20, 2106 file photo, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies release balloons at a noon vigil organized by municipal court workers in downtown Baton Rouge, La., in honor of slain and injured sheriff deputies and police. Bills are pending in a growing number of states in 2019 to ban the feel-good tradition of releasing helium-filled balloons at events, since they have the unintended consequence of spoiling the environment and threatening wildlife. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
April 28, 2019 - 8:14 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The tradition of releasing balloons at weddings, birthdays and memorials may soon get deflated by lawmakers in more than half a dozen states. Environmental groups want to put the kibosh on the tradition that has the unintended consequence of hurting the environment and...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2008, file photo, Manuel Lujan, Jr., a former US. representative from New Mexico and Secretary of the Interior, poses for a portrait at his home in Albuquerque, N.M. Lujan, a former Republican congressman from New Mexico who as U.S. Interior Secretary drew fire from environmentalists for challenging the Endangered Species Act has died. He was 90. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a distant cousin, on Friday, April 26, 2019, announced Luján's death. (AP Photo/Toby Jorrin, File)
April 26, 2019 - 7:16 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Manuel Luján Jr., who spent 20 years as a Republican congressman and later as a U.S. Interior Secretary who drew fire from environmentalists for challenging the Endangered Species Act, has died. He was 90. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Luján Grisham, who was a distant cousin,...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2018, file photo, a North Atlantic right whale breaches the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. A group organized by the federal government is expected to release recommendations about how to better protect a vanishing species of whale in the Atlantic Ocean. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team to help reduce the injuries and deaths the North Atlantic right whales suffer due to entanglement in fishing gear. The group’s recommendations are expected on Friday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
April 26, 2019 - 3:36 pm
The amount of gear the East Coast lobster fishery puts in the water must be reduced in order to protect a dwindling species of large whale, a federal government team recommended Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team wrapped up several...
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April 25, 2019 - 12:28 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Animal welfare groups have reached a milestone agreement with ranching interests they say would save wild mustangs from slaughter but the compromise has opened a nasty split among horse protection advocates. The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 20, 2018 file photo, giraffes and zebras congregate under the shade of a tree in the afternoon in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. The Trump administration has taken a first step toward extending protections for giraffes under the Endangered Species Act, following legal pressure from environmental groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that its initial review has determined there is “substantial information that listing may be warranted” for giraffes. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
April 25, 2019 - 12:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took a first step Thursday toward extending protections for giraffes under the Endangered Species Act, following legal pressure from environmental groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that its initial review has determined there is "...
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FILE - This May 8, 2017, file photo, shows Arch Canyon within Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. The selections for the 15-person Bears Ears National Monument panel posted online Friday, April 19, 2019 by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reveal a few people who seem to strike a middle ground, but nobody who was an outspoken proponent of the monument created by President Barack Obama in December 2016. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)
April 24, 2019 - 2:56 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A newly unveiled advisory committee that will help make management decisions for a downsized national monument in southern Utah has become the latest flashpoint in a long-running debate over lands considered sacred to Native Americans as monument supporters cry foul about...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2012 file photo a man tosses dirt on a fire as he tries to save his home on Bettas Road near Cle Elum, Wash. Federal officials have released a plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species, including imperiled sage grouse. Officials say the 248-page document released this month is a paradigm shift relying on advances in technology and analytics to categorize sagebrush areas based on resistance and resilience to wildfire. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)
April 23, 2019 - 2:19 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species — including imperiled sage grouse — is a paradigm shift in strategy, federal officials said. The 248-page document released this month emphasizes new...
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In this image made from video on Monday, April 22, 2019, rescue workers release a polar bear somewhere in Chukotka, Russian Far East. A polar bear which was found roaming around a village in eastern Russia, hundreds of miles away from its usual habitat, has been airlifted back home. (AP Photo)
April 23, 2019 - 10:59 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A polar bear which was found roaming around a village in eastern Russia, hundreds of miles away from its usual habitat, has been airlifted back home. The exhausted-looking animal apparently traveled on an ice floe from the remote, sparsely populated Chukotka to a village on Kamchatka...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2015, file photo, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, right, smiles while watching the Detroit Pistons play the Cleveland Cavaliers with his wife Kelly, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Kelly Stafford says she is home after surgery to remove a brain tumor. She says the surgery lasted 12 hours and shared other details Sunday, April 21, 2019, on her Instagram account. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)
April 22, 2019 - 10:44 am
DETROIT (AP) — Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, says she is home after surgery to remove a brain tumor. She says the surgery lasted 12 hours and shared other details Sunday on her Instagram account. Earlier this month, she shared that an MRI showed the tumor...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file photo, an adult peregrine falcon circles near its nest on a ledge overlooking Lake Mead in Temple Bar, Ariz. A Nevada state wildlife biologist is finding that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination. Joe Barnes tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal the toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. (Andrea Cornejo/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)
April 21, 2019 - 11:32 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination. The toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including those at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, state Department of...
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