Wildlife - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Wildlife Family business charged with smuggling sea cucumbers to US SAN DIEGO (AP) — A father and son have been indicted on charges of smuggling illegally harvested sea cucumbers worth more than $17 million into the United States and selling the Chinese delicacy on Asian markets. Depending on the species, sea cucumbers can go for as much as $300 a pound in China and Hong Kong, authorities say. Ramon Torres Mayorquin and h... Fri, 19 May 2017 04:23:00 GMT 2017-05-19T04:23:00Z Police investigating death of man who fell at Wrigley Field CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are investigating the death of a 42-year-old man who fell over a railing at Wrigley Field. Richard E. Garrity of Wheaton was pronounced dead Wednesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Authorities say Garrity fell and suffered head trauma as he was leaving the ballpark after Tuesday night's game ... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:28:00 GMT 2017-05-18T16:28:00Z Indonesia arrests Japanese man in reptile smuggling JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested a Japanese man who conservationists say is a major player in the illegal wildlife trade for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 250 reptiles out of the country. The head of law enforcement at Jakarta's international airport, Ridwan Alaydrus, said Thursday that Katsuhide Naito was arreste... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:42:00 GMT 2017-05-18T10:42:00Z Today in History for May 16th Highlights of this day in history: President Andrew Johnson survives a key vote at his Senate trial after his impeachment; First Oscars are presented;... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:33:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:33:00Z Malaysia seizes 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday that they have seized 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar worth 1.2 million ringgit ($276,721), in the latest heist of illegal wildlife and animal parts being smuggled into the country. Deputy customs director Abdull Wahid Sulong said that 325 Indian Star tortoises and five Ploughshare torto... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:23:00 GMT 2017-05-15T10:23:00Z Rockies' Senzatela gets emotional win year after mom's death DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Antonio Senzatela emphatically pointed to the sky as he closed out the fifth inning on Sunday. It had been an emotional Mother's Day for the 22-year-old rookie. Pat Valaika homered twice and drove in four runs, Senzatela got the win and the Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-6. Senzatela (... Mon, 15 May 2017 04:25:00 GMT 2017-05-15T04:25:00Z EPA allows mine company to pursue permits near Alaska bay JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In a sharp reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cleared a way for a company to seek permits to develop a massive copper and gold deposit near the headwaters of a world-class salmon fishery in southwest Alaska. As part of a court settlement with the Pebble Limited Partnership, the EPA agreed to begin the process of w... Sat, 13 May 2017 00:14:00 GMT 2017-05-13T00:14:00Z Undefeated '72 Dolphins player cites concussions in assault MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A player on the Miami Dolphins' undefeated 1972 team cited neurological problems he says he has from concussions during his career as he pleaded guilty Friday to punching a man in the face in New Jersey. In entering the plea, Henry Stuckey told the judge that concussions he suffered during a five-year career as a defensive back w... Fri, 12 May 2017 21:22:00 GMT 2017-05-12T21:22:00Z Name sought for rare albino orangutan rescued in Indonesia JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A conservation group is asking the public to name a rare albino orangutan that was rescued from villagers on Borneo island last month, hoping it will become a symbol of efforts to save the critically endangered species. The 5-year-old female great ape is being kept in a dimly lit quarantine enclosure with round-the-clock veterina... Wed, 10 May 2017 05:35:00 GMT 2017-05-10T05:35:00Z Threatened bird nesting again on Los Angeles area beaches LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western snowy plover is nesting along the Los Angeles area coast for the first time in nearly seven decades, federal officials said. Nests for the small, rare shorebird were found last month at Santa Monica Beach, Dockweiler State Beach, and Malibu Lagoon State Beach, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported Monday. Biologists placed wire cages arou... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:19:00Z Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards A week after he was knocked out of playoff game with a concussion, Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby slid headfirst into the boards during another tense game against the Washington Capitals. He did not come out of Game 6 on Monday night. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email Tuesday that the league's centralize... Tue, 09 May 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-05-09T17:52:00Z As manhunt ends, top African warlord Kony eludes justice KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Indicted for killing thousands and kidnapping children to become soldiers and sex slaves, Joseph Kony has been Africa's most notorious warlord for three decades. Now that the United States and others are ending the international manhunt for him and his Lord's Resistance Army, it appears Kony may never be brought to justice. His elus... Tue, 09 May 2017 16:30:00 GMT 2017-05-09T16:30:00Z South African wildlife officials locate escaped lions JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Officials in South Africa are rounding up five male lions that escaped from Kruger National Park, the country's biggest wildlife reserve. The national parks service said on Twitter on Tuesday that teams had darted two of the lions, and the remaining escapees had been spotted. The service believes a dominant pride had chased the lions out of the park. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 14:29:00 GMT 2017-05-09T14:29:00Z Crosby returns for Penguins after concussion WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup for Game 5 against the Washington Capitals after missing the previous game with a concussion. Crosby is in the lineup five days after being concussed on a cross-check to the head by Matt Niskanen in Game 3. Coach Mike Sullivan said Saturday morning that Crosby had passed his concussion test and was c... Sat, 06 May 2017 23:30:00 GMT 2017-05-06T23:30:00Z Nevada biologist sues bear activists for defamation RENO, Nev. (AP) — A longtime Nevada biologist is suing bear protection advocates at Lake Tahoe he accuses of harassing and threatening him through a "vicious and calculated" social media campaign that paints him as a corrupt bear murderer who should be imprisoned — or worse. Carl Lackey, the state wildlife agency's chief intervenor in bear-human conflicts... Sat, 06 May 2017 15:25:00 GMT 2017-05-06T15:25:00Z Snake fan hunts pythons in Florida to save other critters IN THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES (AP) — Florida is paying $8.10 an hour to hunt invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades, but Brian Hargrove says he'd work for free. He's enjoying special access to state-owned wetlands and reliving his teenage years, when catching snakes gave him something better to do than join a Miami gang. It's the best job ever for a man with a cobra tattooed... Sat, 06 May 2017 06:27:00 GMT 2017-05-06T06:27:00Z Ovechkin on move for Caps' elimination game vs. Penguins? ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is Washington's third-line left winger as they face elimination against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At least, that is what coach Barry Trotz did in practice Friday as the desperate Capitals, down 3-1 in their second-round series, prepared for Game 5 on Saturday night in Washington. The Penguins could be getting Sidney Crosby back from a concu... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:42:00 GMT 2017-05-05T21:42:00Z Penguins star Crosby returns to practice after concussion CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Sidney Crosby returned to work Friday, practicing with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates barely four days removed from a frightening hit that left the him with a concussion, and his status for the rest of the playoffs uncertain. While the two-time MVP declined to get into specifics whether he'll be available for Game 5 at Wa... Fri, 05 May 2017 18:54:00 GMT 2017-05-05T18:54:00Z Shhh. Hear the rustle of grass? Not so much now in US parks WASHINGTON (AP) — The call of the wild is getting harder to hear. Peaceful, natural sounds— bird songs, rushing rivers and rustling grass — are sometimes being drowned out by noise from people in many of America's protected parks and wilderness areas, a new study finds. Scientists measured sound levels at 492 places — from city parks to... Thu, 04 May 2017 19:41:00 GMT 2017-05-04T19:41:00Z Concussed Crosby skates with Penguins, no word on return PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is skating again, but coach Mike Sullivan provided no update on when his star will be ready to return from a concussion. Crosby sat out Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory in Game 4 of its Eastern Conference semifinal against Washington on Wednesday night. He was diagnosed with his second concussion of the season after taking ... Thu, 04 May 2017 17:11:00 GMT 2017-05-04T17:11:00Z Correction: Trump-Offshore Drilling story ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In some versions of a story May 3 about a lawsuit seeking to maintain a drilling ban in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of one plaintiff. It is the Center for Biological Diversity, not the Center for Biological Development. A corrected version of the story is below: Groups sue to ... Thu, 04 May 2017 16:02:00 GMT 2017-05-04T16:02:00Z Rhino horn stolen from University of Vermont; reward offered MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A black rhinoceros horn stolen from a locked room at the University of Vermont is likely destined for the international black market, said a law enforcement agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who has worked on rhino horn trafficking cases in the United States and Europe. Special agent Robert Rothe said Wednesday a drill w... Wed, 03 May 2017 21:25:00 GMT 2017-05-03T21:25:00Z Penguins star Sidney Crosby out with another concussion PITTSBURGH (AP) — The scene brought back jarring memories. Sidney Crosby woozily making his way off the ice after taking a brutal hit from a member of the Washington Capitals. His brain foggy. His immediate future uncertain. The sight of their captain slowly heading to the dressing room on Monday night following a violent cross-check to the jaw from Washi... Wed, 03 May 2017 01:27:00 GMT 2017-05-03T01:27:00Z APNewsBreak: Montana dam, passage to save fish lacks funding HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal agency targeted by President Donald Trump for budget cuts next year has only about half the money needed to build a new Yellowstone River dam and a bypass channel meant to save an endangered fish, but it plans to begin construction anyway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inked a $36 million contract in 2015 with Ames Constr... Wed, 03 May 2017 00:24:00 GMT 2017-05-03T00:24:00Z Justices won't hear challenge over Alaska polar bear habitat WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from Alaska and oil and gas industry groups protesting the government's designation of more than 187,000 square miles in the state as critical habitat for threatened polar bears. The justice on Monday left in place an appeals court ruling that said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service followed the law... Mon, 01 May 2017 13:47:00 GMT 2017-05-01T13:47:00Z Robots, high-tech tools join battle against invasive species WASHINGTON (AP) — A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest. In the fight against alien animals that invade and overrun native species, the weird and ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-04-28T21:31:00Z Eagle 'chop shop' case offers window into trafficking trade PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A two-year undercover operation that led to indictments against 15 people for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds offers a rare window into the black market for eagle carcasses, feathers, parts and handicrafts, including one alleged dealer who called himself the "best feather man in the Midwest." The indictments anno... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:58:00 GMT 2017-04-28T18:58:00Z SeaWorld San Diego gets a furry surprise: a baby sea lion SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld San Diego is caring for a sea lion that was unexpectedly born to a sick mother. The park says the pup was discovered Wednesday when a team went to check the health of her mother, who was rescued from a beach in the city of Oceanside on Tuesday. The pup made a live appearance online hours after her birth. The bl... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:41:00 GMT 2017-04-27T22:41:00Z Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering Sequoias, deep, canyons and oceans habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam. Trump and other critics say presidents have lost sight o... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:19:00 GMT 2017-04-27T08:19:00Z Wyoming wolf hunts to start again after US court decision CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will hold a wolf hunt for the first time in four years this fall now that a federal court has lifted endangered species protection for wolves in the state, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said Wednesday. Planning is now underway for the hunt in northwestern Wyoming, which will probably be similar to the state's last wolf... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:13:00 GMT 2017-04-26T23:13:00Z