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Rebecca Lessard, executive director of Wings of Wonder, shows a male barred owl to spectators prior to releasing him into the wild on Thursday, October 25, 2012 behind the Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy in Suttons Bay, Mich. (Keith King/Traverse City Record-Eagle via AP)

Saying goodbye: Wings of Wonder owner retires

Nov. 29, 2020 1:02 AM EST

EMPIRE, Mich. (AP) — Rebecca Lessard released her last rehabilitated eagle on South Fox Island about a month ago, piling into a small chartered plane with the caged raptor and her assistant. The eagle had come from the island and when it was released, soared down the runway before being joined by another...

Folk artist brings frogs to life in unique garden

Nov. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EST

FAYETTE, Miss. (AP) — A shaded tunnel of lattice ends in a world of beady-eyed creatures frozen in time, all with stories of their own. Imagination takes hold and the small adventures of the wooden carving seem to come to life. “To the right are the Mud Rockers,” Louise Cadney Coleman said. ...

Police: Man killed dad's cat with frying pan on Thanksgiving

Nov. 28, 2020 5:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine have arrested a man accused of killing his father's cat with a frying pan on Thanksgiving — a day after he was released on bail for a separate incident. The Bangor Daily News reports that 43-year-old Ryan T. Carleton faces new charges including animal cruelty...

December marks start of Vermont's bird-feeding season

Nov. 28, 2020 5:28 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Tuesday marks the unofficial start of Vermont’s bird-feeding season. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends waiting until Dec. 1 to begin feeding birds to avoid attracting bears. “This may be a particularly good winter for attracting winter birds...

Petition by Alaska to delist seals as threatened rejected

Nov. 28, 2020 2:54 PM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A petition by the state of Alaska to delist three species of Arctic ringed seals as threatened has been rejected. The decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday was based on “threats associated with ongoing and projected changes in sea ice and on-ice snow...

Rescued Kemp’s ridley sea turtles receive care at Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020.  Thirty endangered sea turtles rescued from the beaches of Cape Cod are now safe in New Orleans after their Thanksgiving travel plans went awry.  They were being taken to a Louisiana rehabilitation center when bad weather and damage to a propeller grounded their plane in Chattanooga.  Wildlife experts scrambled to find overnight homes for the turtles. They were then driven to New Orleans on Thanksgiving.   (Thom Benson/Tennessee Aquarium via AP)

Rough rescue: Storms, broken plane force layover for turtles

Nov. 28, 2020 12:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — They might have gotten there faster by walking, but at any rate, these endangered turtles had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Bad weather, a damaged propeller and an unscheduled stop in Tennessee complicated the rescue of 30 critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles...

Melissa Buescher gives a kiss to her chow Leo after being reunited with him on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, Mont. Buescher flew from Minneapolis to reunite with her dog after he got lost during an early October hike near Mystic Lake in the Beartooth Mountains. (Ryan Berry/The Billings Gazette via AP)

Minneapolis woman reunited with dog that was lost in Montana

Nov. 28, 2020 11:21 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Melissa Buescher, a 35-year-old from Minneapolis, missed a phone call from Billings on Nov. 17 following one of her late-night shifts at the intensive care unit of a children’s hospital. After listening to the voicemail, she learned she’d be reunited with Leo, her...

Grizzly bear 399 and her four cubs cross the road in southern Jackson Hole as Cindy Campbell stops traffic on Nov. 17, 2020. The 24-year-old bear and her cubs have spent considerable time far from the sow's usual northern range in and around Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife managers have been monitoring the bears in an effort to keep people safe and the bears out of harm's way. Wyoming Game and Fish officials are concerned the bear has started keying in on human-related foods such as honey from a beekeeper's hives, a grain mix meant for livestock and a residential compost pile. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Bear biologists concerned famous grizzly

Nov. 28, 2020 11:21 AM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Bear biologist Mike Boyce was staked out on a road in south of Wilson for much of the day on Nov. 17 keeping tabs on five grizzly bears that were napping, playing and feeding on a deer carcass. “They devoured it in just a matter of a couple hours,” Boyce said from the...

This Nov. 13, 2020 photo provided by Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation shows a handler holding a rescue dog from Georgia in Falls Church, Va.   Kim Williams, who volunteers for the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation says he has tapped into a puppy pipeline to bring some of Georgia’s homeless pet population to the mid-Atlantic region, where demand is outrunning the number of dogs available for adoption.(Kim Williams/The Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation via AP)

Puppy pipeline runs from Georgia northward to adoptive homes

Nov. 28, 2020 11:16 AM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Packed in a dog crate, a 3-year-old boxer mix named Sky took flight earlier this month. She was one of a half-dozen dogs who got the ride of their lives flying from Macon, Georgia, to new homes in Virginia. Kim Williams, who volunteers for the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation of...

Last day on the calendar for Maine's big fall hunts

Nov. 28, 2020 9:14 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The final day has arrived for most of Maine's big fall hunting seasons. The firearms seasons for bears, moose and deer all end on Saturday. The season for wild turkeys, the other species in Maine's “big four,” ended earlier in the month. The muzzleloader season for deer...