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Hunting, fewer pups, disease reduce Wyoming wolf population

Apr. 21, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Biologists estimate the overall Wyoming wolf population at 286 this year, which is down 61 animals from a year ago. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that's the fewest wolves counted in the state since the Wyoming Game and Fish Department took over management and initiated wolf...

Monitoring elk a challenge for West Virginia biologists

Apr. 21, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Monitoring West Virginia's elk can be a challenge. Ideally, each of the 95-plus elk in the Mountain State herd would be equipped with a Global Positioning System transmitter that allows biologists to know at a glance where the animal is. From time to time, however, the transmitters...

Waikiki flood concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

Apr. 21, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets. Predicting Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years, state lawmakers are trying to pass...

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

Apr. 21, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination. The toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including those at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, state Department of Wildlife...

Agroforester harvests berries, mushrooms, honey in woods

Apr. 21, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Willie Huston's house overlooks a lush landscape. His kitchen is littered with various books on plants, fungi and conservation ecology, and a milk jug full of Spencer's Coffee grounds, fluffy white mycelia and young mushrooms. Outside, a Siberian husky mix named Oli shifts between...

Colonial-era fort site commemorated to guard legacy

Apr. 21, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

WHITEHALL, Pa. (AP) — Just south of the Sheetz gas station off MacArthur Road, buried beneath about 4 feet of soil and rocky fill, likely lie the remnants of Fort Deshler, a more than 250-year-old encampment that protected Lehigh County settlers living in the harsh frontier. The fort was a refuge for...

Demand grows for marijuana cultivation courses in Illinois

Apr. 21, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More colleges are beginning to offer classes in growing and handling marijuana as demand for such skills from growers and dispensaries increases. Colleges and universities in Illinois are noticing the benefits of preparing students for the industry but that there are restrictions on how fast...

Michigan experts warn residents about spotted lanternflies

Apr. 21, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The bugs don't look so menacing when they're pinned to the bottom of a cardboard box. By some standards they are pretty, with speckled outer wings, long legs curved delicately inward, a bold splotch of red that flashes when they fly. In Michigan, they only appear this way: Dead,...

SpaceX capsule suffers 'anomaly,' smoke seen for miles

Apr. 20, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Officials say SpaceX's new capsule for astronauts suffered an "anomaly" during a routine engine test firing in Florida, causing smoke to be seen for miles. Forty-fifth Space Wing Spokesman Jim Williams tells Florida Today that the anomaly happened Saturday at Cape Canaveral Air...

Erie County chemist is a walking, talking tea party

Apr. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

FAIRVIEW, Pa. (AP) — All Clint Jones wanted was a decent cup of tea. And with Amazon.com and other internet sources, Jones' trek to the tea mountaintop was much simpler than it would have been just 10 years ago. The only trouble is, along his journey, he fell into a deep well — and he doesn't want...