• In this July 20, 2016, photo, Dave Ambrose, left, and Nate Robinnson, right, use shovels to move piles of whelk shells with tiny oysters growing on them on a boat in Little Egg Harbor, N.J. Efforts to restore once-abundant oyster populations are underway throughout the United States, and researchers and volunteers say they are optimistic the small-scale efforts will pave the way for a major comeback of oysters, whose populations have dwindled drastically from levels seen in the 1800s. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

    Maturing oyster recovery projects bring calls for money

    LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — Oysters were once so abundant in New Jersey that vacationers would clamber off trains, wade into the water and pluck handfuls to roast for dinner. Their colonies piled so high that boats would sometimes run aground on them, and they were incorporated into navigation maps. Even earlier, Native American tribes would have oyster feasts on the banks of coastal inlets.

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  • Gifford Point hunting applications being accepted

    BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Deer hunters who want to hunt at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area near Bellevue this year may apply for access permits until July 31.

  • $5K reward for info on owl’s shooting death near Santa Fe

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fatal shooting of a burrowing owl near Santa Fe.

  • Public comment sought on plans for Michigan shooting range

    UNION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials are seeking public comment on a plan for a new shooting range in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

  • FILE- In this April 9, 2002, file photo, a handler prepares to release a lesser prairie chicken near Laverne, Okla. The U.S. government announced Tuesday, July 19, 2016, that it is removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act. (Chad Love /The Oklahoman via AP)

    Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act.