Nature reserves - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Nature reserves Trump revokes Alaska refuge rule; change may be symbolic ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska's toolkit for increasing moose and caribou numbers includes killing wolf pups in dens, shooting wolf packs from helicopters, and adopting liberal hunting regulations that allow sportsmen to shoot grizzlies over bait. But when state officials wanted to extend "predator control" to federal wildlife refuges, the U... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 03:04:00 GMT 2017-04-04T03:04:00Z Congress backs bill to lift Obama limits on Alaska hunting WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a bill that would allow aerial hunting of grizzly bears and killing of bears and wolves near dens on federal lands in Alaska. The Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a measure that repeals an Obama-era rule on hunting on Alaska's 16 national wildlife refuges. The Fish and Wildlife Service said last year the rule would pro... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:06:00 GMT 2017-03-21T23:06:00Z No contest plea in Hawaii albatross deaths case HONOLULU (AP) — A 19-year-old college student pleaded no contest Thursday in a case involving seabirds killed at a Hawaii nature reserve. Christian Gutierrez pleaded no contest to animal cruelty, theft and other charges. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss 14 remaining counts. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources be... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:50:00 GMT 2017-03-17T03:50:00Z Jury convicts 2 of conspiracy in Oregon ranching standoff PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury on Friday convicted two men of conspiracy to impede federal officers during last year's high-profile armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon in a protest over control of Western lands. They face possible sentences of years in federal prison. The verdict handed prosecutors some measure of redemption after they failed to... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:39:00 GMT 2017-03-10T23:39:00Z New Interior Secretary Zinke reverses lead-ammunition ban WASHINGTON (AP) — On his first full day in office, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an order Thursday reversing a last-minute action by the Obama administration to ban lead ammunition and fish tackle used on national wildlife refuges. Gun-rights supporters condemned the earlier order — issued a day before Obama left office Jan. 20 — as nakedly politic... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:04:00 GMT 2017-03-02T22:04:00Z Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point. The field of white, he said, was all you could see each winter on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Ref... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-02-23T17:52:00Z World's oldest seabird hatches new chick at Midway Atoll HONOLULU (AP) — The world's oldest known seabird has a new chick. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday Wisdom's offspring hatched at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge last week. The Laysan albatross is at least 66 years old and is the world's oldest breeding bird in the wild. Fish and Wildlife Service project leader Bob ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:50:00 GMT 2017-02-17T03:50:00Z Indian court acquits actor Salman Khan of using illegal arms NEW DELHI (AP) — Top Bollywood star Salman Khan was acquitted by a court on Wednesday on a charge of using unlicensed weapons while hunting for rare blackbucks in a western India wildlife preserve 18 years ago. Khan, 51, was present as Chief Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit announced his acquittal in Jodhpur, a city in Rajasthan state. His atto... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:13:00 GMT 2017-01-18T14:13:00Z Video of giant alligator draws crowds to Florida preserve LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse. The video taken by a visitor to the Circle B Bar Reserve on Sunday shows the gator estimated to be about 12-feet long lumbering across a trail. ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:25:00 GMT 2017-01-18T12:25:00Z The world's oldest known seabird is expecting _ again HONOLULU (AP) — The world's oldest known seabird is expecting — again. Biologists spotted the Laysan albatross called Wisdom at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month after she returned to the island to nest. She was incubating an egg at the same nest she uses each year with her mate. She's believed to be 66 years old.... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:35:00 GMT 2016-12-10T13:35:00Z