SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Turtles and snakes and most insects are still underground, hibernating in the cold earth.
Good thing, as fire starters spread out recently, streams of fire dribbling...
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A seafaring raccoon has been plucked off the Florida coast and safely released on dry land.
News outlets report Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium workers were helping...
COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a virus may be targeting freshwater turtles along a Florida river.
According to a statement Tuesday from the Florida Fish and Wildlife...
Dogs with unique training to help round up rare turtles
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Specially-trained dogs from Montana are coming to Iowa to help round up a rare and threatened turtle species.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the Bur Oak...
Animals killed in fire at California reptile museum
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say small animals including turtles, snakes and parakeets are feared dead in a fire at a Southern California reptile museum.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who was a kingpin in an international scheme to traffic in rare turtles will become the first person to serve prison time in South Carolina for illegal...
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — The Nature Conservancy says it will acquire more than 6,200 acres in South Texas as part of the largest conservation effort on South Padre Island in two...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said Monday that they found more than 1,500 live exotic turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila's airport.
Turtle disaster? 100-pound tortoise missing in New Mexico
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is on a desperate hunt for her disappearing pet that can't run fast and can't be missed — a 100-pound tortoise.
Reptile replicas: 19 turtle statues completed in Galveston
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Organizers say the first 19 Kemp's ridley sea turtle statues in Galveston's Turtles About Town project are completed and being set up.
Environmental groups sue Maui over replacement streetlights
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Two environmental groups are suing Maui officials over plans to replace about 4,800 streetlights with LED fixtures, claiming the new lights would threaten seabirds and sea turtles.
Florida updates sea turtle nesting totals for 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say sea turtles consistently nested on Florida beaches in 2018, despite lingering algae blooms that killed marine life and tropical storms that washed out habitat.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute posted the statewide nesting totals on Tuesday.
Nebraska lawmakers flooded with requests for special plates
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska motorists who want to support veterans, ornate box turtles or prostate cancer exams could donate to those causes and others with a new license plate, if some state lawmakers have their way.
Members of a legislative committee heard pitches Tuesday for nearly a dozen new specialty plates, adding to the growing number approved in recent years.
Pennsylvanian pleads guilty to trafficking protected turtles
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to trafficking protected turtles.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania says David Sommers on Monday admitted to sending a package to Canada in 2014 containing 11 diamondback terrapin hatchlings.
Report: Sea turtles populations OK after Big Island eruption
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Kilauea volcano eruption did not critically damage sea turtle populations on the Big Island, according to a survey conducted by a Hawaii wildlife conservation group.
Idaho group blasts acquittal in puppy-fed-to-turtle case
BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho animal welfare group is blasting the acquittal of an eastern Idaho teacher who was accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students.
The Idaho Humane Society called the Franklin County jury's decision on Friday to find Robert Crosland not guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty a "grievous error in judgment."
Teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle found not guilty
PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — A southeast Idaho teacher accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students has been acquitted of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Media outlets report a Franklin County jury found Robert Crosland not guilty Friday after deliberating for about 30 minutes.
The charge was filed in June after allegations surfaced that Crosland put the puppy into an aquarium with a turtle at Preston Junior High in March.
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Teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle is set for trial
PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho biology teacher accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students will go on trial beginning Thursday.
Sea turtle released into Florida waters after eel removal
ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — A loggerhead sea turtle that required surgery to remove a 2-foot-long (0.61-meter-long) eel from its body cavity has been released back into the waters off the Florida Keys.
The turtle named "Shelmore" was returned to the ocean Saturday off Islamorada not far from the spot where it was discovered in September, floating and unable to dive.
Veterinarians said the eel had eaten through the turtle's intestinal tract to get to the body cavity before dying.
Man pleads guilty to selling illegal wildlife merchandise
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to illegally selling and transporting items made from endangered species and other wildlife, such as crocodiles, sea turtles and sawfish.
Sixty-year-old Keith Foster, the owner of The Outpost antique and exotic merchandise store in Middleburg, pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating the Lacey Act. As part of his plea, Foster forfeited $275,000 and over 175 items made from wildlife.
Sea turtles rescued from Oregon beaches die
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two endangered sea turtles rescued in separate incidents after being stranded on the Oregon coast last week have died after attempts to rehabilitate them were unsuccessful.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the first turtle, a female olive ridley, was spotted by a resident on a beach north of Coos Bay.
Sea turtle rescued from Oregon beach, taken to aquarium
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Authorities have rescued a sea turtle from an Oregon coast beach for the second time in a week.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is caring for both turtles.
A couple walking along the beach in Waldport spotted the second turtle Saturday and called the aquarium. State parks ranger Doug Sestrich carried the animal to safety.
Cold-stunned turtles flown from New England to Florida Keys
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Officials say 32 cold-stunned Kemp's ridley sea turtles rescued off New England's coast have arrived in the Florida Keys to warm up at the Turtle Hospital.
A volunteer group of general aviation pilots, under the banner of "Turtles Fly Too," transported the reptiles on Tuesday.
Proposal protects land in Pima County for aquatic turtles
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed protecting land in Pima County for an endangered aquatic turtle.
The agency says the designation of 12 acres as critical habitat is necessary for the survival of the Sonoyta mud turtle. The land is in the Rio Sonoyta watershed of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, the only area the turtles are known to live in the U.S.
Their habitat has been threatened by diversion of surface water, groundwater pumping and prolonged drought.
Beloved gift shop turtle celebrates 50th birthday party
BRISTOL, N.H. (AP) — A turtle given to a bedridden little boy in New Hampshire back in 1968 celebrated her 50th birthday with party hats, a sheet cake with the right number of candles and many well-wishers.
Trump admin approves seismic surveys for Atlantic drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday authorized use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, reversing Obama administration policies and drawing outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine life.
Sea turtles, some dead, some barely alive, wash ashore
WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — An unusual number of sea turtles have been washing ashore in New England, many of which are a critically endangered turtle species called Kemp's ridley.
More than 4 dozen sea turtles killed in Cape Cod cold snap
WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Animal rescue volunteers say more than four dozen sea turtles have died of exposure after washing ashore in frigid conditions on Cape Cod.
The Cape Cod Times reports that low temperatures and high winds combined to kill most of the 50 turtles that washed up Thursday in Brewster, Orleans and Eastham on the lower part of the peninsula.
Lawsuit planned to protect Louisiana, Mississippi turtles
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group said Tuesday that it plans to sue the federal government to protect two species of turtle found only in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The Center for Biological Diversity released a copy of its letter to Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke. It says the center will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 60 days for failing to act on a petition to designate the Pascagoula map turtle and the Pearl River map turtle as threatened or endangered.
Leatherback turtle rescued off town’s beach
EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Volunteers have rescued a massive leatherback turtle off a Massachusetts beach.
The Cape Cod Times reports that the turtle was spotted on First Encounter Beach in Eastham at around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
A Gulfport hospital is saving hundreds of endangered turtles
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Imagine swallowing a hook with a large weight attached to it.
Imagine spending months with that hook inside you while you try to carry on with your life.
That happens to sea turtles on a regular basis when they take a fisherman's bait.
Lucky for them, there is someone here to help.
Located on the industrial Canal in Gulfport, the Institute For Marine Mammal Studies has been a leading force in helping save the critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle.
High number of turtle strandings in Massachusetts this fall
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Scientists say New England has seen an unusually early start to the sea turtle stranding season this year, with more than 40 turtles washing up on Massachusetts beaches.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Massachusetts averages about 600 cold-stunned endangered sea turtles a year, but the season doesn't typically start until the middle of November.
Lifeguards help rescue huge sea turtle hooked in California
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Lifeguards helped rescue a giant sea turtle after it was accidentally hooked by an angler off a Southern California pier.
San Clemente Marine Safety Officer Ian Burton says it took three people to hoist the 3-foot (1-meter) turtle from the water and hold it down to remove the hook.
He estimated it weighed about 150 pounds (70 kilograms).
Burton says the turtle quickly swam away as soon as it was returned to the waves.
Aquarium says feds should consider New England turtle deaths
BOSTON (AP) — Scientists from the New England Aquarium say sea turtle deaths off the New England coast should play a role in a federal government decision about whether a large turtle's endangered status should be reconsidered.
Animals removed from Albanian zoo over malnourishment fears
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities forced their way into a private zoo on Sunday and removed 12 animals because of fears that they were malnourished.
Police and conservation officials pried open the main gate at the Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the capital, Tirana. The zoo had been closed by owners after criticism emerged about the treatment of its animals.
Louisiana man cited for possessing endangered sea turtles
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has been cited caught with endangered sea turtle meat in his freezer.
Sea turtle strandings on Cape Cod in wake of cold weather
BOSTON (AP) — Marine biologists say sea turtle strandings are beginning early off of Massachusetts this year because of cold weather.
The New England Aquarium says four endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles have appeared on beaches in Eastham and Brewster, following chilly weather in the past two weeks. The aquarium says hypothermic young sea turtles usually begin stranding on Cape Cod shores during the first week of November.
Injured turtle gets around on Lego wheelchair while healing
BALTIMORE (AP) — A wild turtle with a broken shell is rolling around on a wheelchair made of Legos while he's on the mend at the Maryland Zoo.
News outlets report that veterinarians had performed surgery on the grapefruit-sized eastern box turtle found in July with fractures to the underside of his shell.
Suspected power plant waste in N Carolina river
Mexico stops hotel project at sea turtle nesting beach
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental authorities in Mexico say they have denied permits for a proposed hotel near one of Mexico's most important sea turtle nesting beaches on the Caribbean.
The 520-room hotel project would have erected 23 buildings and an artificial lake on property just inland from the Xcacel beach, north of the resort of Tulum.
Teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle to be tried
PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a live, sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students will be tried in his own community next month, a judge has ruled, dismissing an attempt by prosecutors to move the trial to another county.
Prosecutors wanted to move the trial of Preston Junior High School teacher Robert Crosland outside of Franklin County. The teacher has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty in Franklin County Magistrate Court.
Families wait out Florence with chickens, turtle
Ocean funding will benefit right whales, sea turtles, salmon
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Marine Fisheries Service is sending more than $6 million to nearly 30 marine conservation projects as part of its Species Recovery Grant Program.
The grants are designed to help marine species that face threats in the wild. Four of the awards are going to the Maine Department of Marine Resources, which will do an assessment of how fishing impacts endangered North Atlantic right whales.
4 plead guilty to helping smuggle turtles in candy wrappers
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Four men have pleaded guilty in federal court to taking part in an international wildlife smuggling operation that involved hiding rare turtles in candy wrappers or socks.
NOAA funds projects to reduce bycatch with engineering
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of organizations is getting more than $2 million in grants to use engineering to try to reduce bycatch in fisheries.
Bycatch is the term for when fish and other animals are accidentally caught with gear that was seeking a different species. Bycatch poses problems for rare species of dolphins, turtles, sharks and other animals.
Mexico says 300 sea turtles killed in illegal fishing net
MEXICO CITY (AP) — About 300 sea turtles have died on Mexico's southern Pacific coast after they were trapped in an abandoned illegal fishing net.
The office for environmental protection says the Olive Ridley turtles drowned after getting caught in the net.
The office said in a statement Tuesday that the endangered turtles were badly decomposed when found in the water near Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. They had been dead for about eight days when local residents reported them.
Alabama man fined for touching endangered Hawaiian monk seal
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — An Alabama man was fined $1,500 for touching a Hawaiian monk seal as well as harassing a sea turtle on Kauai, and then posting the videos on social media.
Police break up Spanish ring selling endangered turtles
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have shut down what they believe to be Europe's biggest illegal turtle farm, selling endangered species worth 10,000 euros ($11,500) each.
Police in Mallorca seized around 1,100 turtles and 750 eggs, including specimens of 14 of the 50 most endangered species in the world, Europol, the European law enforcement agency, said Thursday.
Some of the protected species came from the United States, Canada and Mexico, it said.