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Bill would restrict Wisconsin wardens on private property

MADISON, Wis. — Two Wisconsin lawmakers urged a committee this week to restrict the authority of conservation wardens who enter private property, a proposal stemming from the conviction of a farmer who got into a wrestling match with wardens he said he thought were trespassing. The state Supreme Court ruled that Robert Stietz deserves a new trial in his 2012…

GOP targets Endangered Species Act as protections lifted

The bills come as a federal court lifted federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming and the Trump administration moved to lift protections for grizzly bears in and near Yellowstone National Park. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also is reviewing federal efforts to conserve the imperiled sage grouse in 11 Western states.

Federal spending proposal calls for review of wolf genetics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  Environmentalists are concerned that a proposed spending plan for the U.S. Interior Department calls for a study to determine whether Mexican gray wolves are a genetically distinct subspecies. A report accompanying the legislation suggests federal wildlife officials would be required to determine the validity of the Mexican wolves’ designation as a subspecies of the gray wolf. Red…

Another algae ‘storm’ expected on Erie

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A “significant” harmful algae bloom is expected to form in western Lake Erie this summer, though it probably won’t be as large as some previous formations that posed health risks and hampered tourism, scientists said recently. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and research partners released their annual algae forecast for the shallowest and warmest of…

Mankato parks on the front lines of hunting invasive insects

Asian longhorned beetles are doing damage to trees elsewhere, including in the United States, but haven’t been found yet in Minnesota.MANKATO, Minn. — The bags of bugs are piling up in the walk-in freezer in St. Paul, about 150 arriving every two weeks, a number expected to rise to well over 1,000 by the end of September. If the sack…

Biologist researching growing rice commercially in Wisconsin

Native American tribes have been growing wild rice in Wisconsin for generations, but growing rice commercially is a different challenge.raw wild rice close upMILWAUKEE — A Marquette University biology professor is researching the possibility of growing rice commercially in Wisconsin, despite the state’s seasonally cold temperatures. Native American tribes have been growing wild rice in Wisconsin for generations, but growing…

House panel to consider bill preserving Great Lakes cleanup

  DETROIT — Congressional budget writers are proposing to overrule President Donald Trump’s call for eliminating a program that funds Great Lakes cleanup efforts. A House appropriations subcommittee is scheduled to consider a bill Wednesday that includes $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program started under President Barack Obama. It pays for removing toxic pollution from harbors…

Alaska hiker recovering after bison attack in North Dakota

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — An Alaska man is recovering after being attacked by a bison while hiking in western North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Park official Eileen Andes says the 65-year-old hiker encountered the large animal after taking photos of a sunset. The man tried to walk around the bison but didn’t provide enough room. Andes says the bison apparently…