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In this Oct. 19, 2016, file photo, a man fishes for salmon in the Snake River above the Lower Granite Dam in Washington state. (Jesse Tinsley /The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)

Trump administration urged to avoid salmon protection rules

- Associated Press

A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws.

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FILE - In this March 29, 2011 file photo, Melvin Barnes, owner of Cuz's Seafood Restaurant and Market in Bay St. Louis, Miss., cleans live crawfish in his seafood market. News that Louisiana's favorite crustacean has turned up as an invasive species in Michigan prompted a local tourism agency to create a pop-up crawfish festival in Michigan. On Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017,  they'll put on "Cray Day" with help from Michigan's Department of Natural Resources and a Cajun band from Michigan. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana's favorite crustacean, invasive in Michigan

- Associated Press

News that Louisiana's favorite crustacean has turned up as an invasive species in Michigan prompted a local tourism agency to create a pop-up crawfish festival in Michigan.

Loss of sea ice leads walruses to early appearance in Alaska

- Associated Press

Hundreds of Pacific walruses came ashore to a barrier island on Alaska's northwest coast, the earliest appearance of the animals in a phenomenon tied to climate warming and diminished Arctic Ocean sea ice.

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2010 file photo, Michigan Gov.-elect Rick Snyder, right, meets with members of the Michigan Congressional delegation, including Rep. Vern Ehlers, R-Mich., left, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ehlers, a research physicist who served 17 years representing a western Michigan congressional district, has died. at 83. Melissa Morrison, funeral director at Zaagman Memorial Chapel, said Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, that Ehlers died late Tuesday at a Grand Rapids nursing facility. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta File)

Former Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers, a physicist, dies at 83

- Associated Press

Vern Ehlers, a research physicist and moderate Republican who represented a western Michigan congressional district for 17 years and advocated for Great Lakes cleanup funding, has died. He was 83.

Wild black bear population grows in Kansas

Associated Press

Wildlife experts say black bears wandering into Kansas from Missouri and Oklahoma will likely become established residents of the state within the next decade.

Huge Montana wildlife reserve buys 46,000-acre ranch

Associated Press

A sprawling central Montana nature reserve has purchased a 46,000-acre (186-square kilometer) ranch bordering a federal refuge as it advances toward its goal of establishing a Connecticut-sized park where bison and other wildlife can roam freely.

Missouri regulators reject massive Midwest wind power line

- Associated Press

Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday rejected a proposed high-voltage power line to carry wind power across the Midwest to eastern states, delivering a significant setback to developers of one of the nation's longest transmission lines.