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3 Mexico smugglers undone by screech of their howler monkeys

Aug. 5, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Somewhat predictably, an attempt by three people to smuggle two howler monkeys in southern Mexico was undone when the protected animals locked in a suitcase began emitting their piercing cries. The National Guard said Wednesday that officers uncovered the smuggling try when they stopped...

A Fully grown Gorilla holding baby in Bwindi National Park Uganda, Tuesday Aug.4.2020. Two new baby gorillas have been spotted in a national park where a beloved primate named Rafiki was killed in June, a Ugandan wildlife official said Tuesday, saying the additions are part of a baby boom in the forested protected area popular with tourists. For us it's a sign of relief. We lost one. We got two. But, of course, losing one is bad enough,

Uganda reports 2 new gorilla babies in Bwindi national park

Aug. 4, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Two new baby gorillas have been discovered in a Ugandan national park where a beloved primate named Rafiki was killed in June, a wildlife official announced Tuesday, saying the infants are part of a baby boom in the protected forest popular with tourists. “For us it's a sign...

Information sought about 7 antelope shot in Wyoming

Aug. 3, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Game wardens want to find out who killed seven antelope in northeastern Wyoming. Wyoming Game and Fish Department game wardens Levi Wood and Jacob Miller found the six adult and one fawn antelope shot July 22. The animals were near a road between the North Antelope Rochelle and Black...

Houston man jailed after getting jump on lobster miniseason

Jul. 29, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — A Texas man landed in jail when police in the Florida Keys caught him poaching lobsters one day before the start of spiny lobster miniseason. The annual lobster miniseason began Wednesday morning and runs through Thursday night, while the regular 8-month commercial season begins on...

In this undated handout photo provided by the Wroclaw zoo, a little tiger is pictured at the zoo in Wroclaw, Poland. The 2-month-old Sumatran tiger cub is getting to know the world and learning to hunt from her mother at a zoo in southwestern Poland, the first such cub born there in 20 years. The as-yet-unnamed cub was born May 23 as her mother Nuri’s first offspring and the authorities at the Wroclaw Zoo are overjoyed that the mother is taking very good care of her. (Wroclaw Zoo via AP)

Sumatran tiger cub learns to hunt from mother at Poland zoo

Jul. 23, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A 2-month-old Sumatran tiger cub is getting to know the world and learning to hunt from her mother at a zoo in southwestern Poland, the first such cub born there in 20 years. The as-yet-unnamed female cub was born May 23 as her mother Nuri’s first offspring and the authorities...

Authorities: Pregnant mule deer poached south of Buckeye

Jul. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Game and Fish Department officials are investigating the recent poaching of a mule deer doe south of Buckeye. They said the doe was pregnant with two fawns. Game and Fish officials said the deer and fawn carcasses were discarded along a dirt road that connects Gillespie Dam...

FBI memo reveals drug smuggling at Mena airport in 1980

Jul. 20, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A recently released FBI document indicates that a commercial airline pilot who became a major drug smuggler for the Medellín Cartel used the Mena airport for his smuggling operation in the early 1980s. The “extensive joint investigation” by the FBI, Arkansas...

Florida men charged with poaching protected sea turtle eggs

Jul. 14, 2020 4:12 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida men have been charged with stealing 93 protected sea turtle eggs. Federal prosecutors in West Palm Beach announced charges Monday against Carl Lawrence Cobb, 63, and Bruce Wayne Bivins, 63. They each face three felony counts, including violating the Endangered...

Nebraska outfitting company, hunting guide plead guilty

Jul. 13, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A hunting guide and a Nebraska outfitting company pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count involving the illegal transport, purchase and sale of wildlife in interstate commerce, federal prosecutors said Monday. Jacob N. Hueftle, 30, and Hidden Hills Outfitters LLC of Broken Bow, Nebraska...

North Dakota man told to pay $74K for poaching mule deer

Jul. 9, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A North Dakota man has been ordered to pay $74,000 in restitution for poaching a trophy mule deer buck in northwestern New Mexico. The state Department of Game and Fish reported Wednesday that Cody Davis also was ordered to make a $3,000 donation to the Operation Game Thief program....