Midwest-Native Bumblebee Lands On Endangered Species ListThe 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 20 years, federal officials said Tuesday.
Report Says Mississippi River Commerce Worth $400 BillionA report released at a gathering of mayors in Dubuque finds that commerce along the Mississippi River generates more than $400 billion and supports 1.3 million jobs. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coordinated the report, which was released Wednesday at a gathering of more than two dozen mayors in Dubuque.
Congresswoman McCollum Talks Lion Hunt, Biden In Presidential RaceWithin hours of the news that Cecil the Lion had been killed in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist, Congresswoman Betty McCollum called for a federal investigation. And an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also underway.
Palmer Contacts U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Zimbabwe Seeks His ExtraditionFor years Walter Palmer trophy hunted around the world, with few people outside his circles taking notice. But on July 1, when he shot a male lion outside a Zimbabwe National Park, he became the center of heated protest around the world.
Rep For Hunter Who Killed Lion Contacts U.S. Fish & WildlifeThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that they have established contact with a representative the Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known lion. Bloomington dentist Walter Palmer ignited a storm of controversy by killing the prized lion Cecil in Africa earlier this month.
Politicians Speak Out On The Death Of Cecil The LionPoliticians in Minnesota and across the country are sounding off on the death of a protected African lion at the hands of a Twin Cities dentist.
Blanding's Turtles May Go On Federal Endangered ListThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is concerned about a rare turtle that may soon find itself on the list of endangered species. The Blanding's turtle lives in a small number of states and provinces in the Midwest, New England, and southeastern Canada.
Federal Officials Reject Wolf Petition From AdvocatesFederal wildlife officials have rejected a petition from advocates who sought to reclassify gray wolves as a threatened species in most of the U.S. Gray wolves across most of the Lower 48 are classified as endangered, which is more protective than a threatened designation.
Minnesota Company To Pay $20K For Disturbing Refuge PlantsThe U.S. Attorney's office says a Hugo construction company has agreed to pay $20,000 for allegedly disturbing plants in a national wildlife refuge.
Prescribed Burn To Help Eden Prairie Wildlife RefugeWildfires normally aren't good news, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set fire to a Twin Cities wildlife refuge on purpose on Thursday. About 95 acres of prairie grass burned near Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie Thursday morning to make wildlife areas and forests better homes for animals and birds
St. Cloud Professor Accused Of Smuggling Ivory From Elephants, RhinosA professor at St. Cloud State University was arrested Tuesday and charged with importing and exporting ivory and rhinoceros horns. The indictment claims Professor Yiwei Zheng smuggled the specimens in and out of the U.S. between 2006 and 2011, ultimately selling many of the items to two individuals in China.
2 states, US Appealing Judge's Ruling On Great Lakes WolvesMichigan is joining the federal government in appealing a decision that restores legal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region.