Thorny skate will not be added to endangered species list

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government says the thorny skate will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Environmental groups argued that the thorny skate's decline i...

Surfer 'paradise' in Puerto Rico at stake in hotel fight

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico (AP) — The sun had just risen along Puerto Rico's northwest coast when Paul Schmidt hopped off his surfboard and emerged from the water at Wilderness Beach, ending another sessi...

Zoo introduces endangered African painted dog pups to public

CUMBERLAND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio zoo says a litter of six African painted dog puppies born in December can now be viewed by the public. The Columbus Zoo says the puppies from the enda...

Group sues feds for delaying bumblebee's endangered listing

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An environmental group is suing the Trump administration for delaying an endangered-species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee. The Natural Resou...

NYC man pleads guilty to smuggling exotic turtles

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man has pleaded guilty to smuggling endangered turtles to and from Hong Kong by stashing them in socks or boxes labeled as "snacks." Hsien Lin Hsu (sh...

Judge asked to lift hold on Yellowstone dam and protect fish

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials are pressing a federal judge to lift his 2015 order blocking a proposed irrigation dam and fish passage on the Yellowstone River, warning that a rapidly-disappear...

TransCanada makes new application for Keystone XL

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — TransCanada Corp. has submitted a new presidential permit application to the U.S. Department of State for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The project wo...

What's next for the Dakota Access, Keystone XL pipelines?

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump's executive actions on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are aimed at turning the much-protested pipelines into reality. Here's a look at what ma...

Colorado lynx touted on social media died of natural causes

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado wildlife managers say a rare lynx that was found dead just days after creating a stir on social media died of natural causes after a relatively long life of 11 years. ...

States argue in court for more say over endangered species

DENVER (AP) — A battle over how to save endangered wolves in the Southwest moved to a federal appeals court Wednesday as judges heard arguments on whether states can block the federal government from ...

GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful c...

The bald and the bold: Eagles' resurgence comes at a price

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The eagle has landed — on chickens and rare birds, with talons at the ready. The resurgence of the bald eagle is one of America's greatest conservation success...

Plan offers 4 options for restoring grizzlies to Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state but few have been sighted in recent decades. Federal officials want to restore...

APNewsBreak: Rusty patched bumblebee declared endangered

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 2...

Polar bear plan doesn't seek direct action on climate change

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five years ago, in a meeting room in Alaska, two dozen federal wildlife biologists joined other experts to begin formulating a recovery plan for polar bears because the animal...