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Half of the 147 tigers rescued from Thai temple have died

Sep. 16, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — More than half the tigers rescued three years ago from a Buddhist temple in Thailand where they served as a popular tourist attraction have died of disease, wildlife officials said Monday. The tigers were vulnerable to illness because of inbreeding, leading to laryngeal paralysis causing...

Maryland releases oyster harvest limits: 26% reduction goal

Sep. 16, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's upcoming oyster season won't be cut by 10 days at the start and another 10 days at the end, officials announced Monday, a change to an initial proposal that relieved watermen but concerned critics who support stronger conservation measures. The Maryland Department of...

SeaWorld CEO resigns after less than a year on the job

Sep. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment stepped down Monday, just months into his tenure leading the theme park company. Gustavo "Gus" Antorcha resigned from his job as the top executive at SeaWorld as well as his position on the company's board of directors. "While I may have a difference...

Minnesota waterfowl managers predict good duck hunting

Sep. 16, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers say duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota's regular waterfowl season opens Saturday morning. Waterfowl specialist Steve Cordts of the Department of Natural Resources says biologists continue to see favorable counts of breeding ducks in Minnesota and...

Oregon bans trapping of rare, cat-like Humboldt marten

Sep. 16, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A cat-like creature in Oregon's coastal forests that's so rare it was once thought to be extinct can no longer be hunted, trapped or collected as roadkill under new rules that could go into effect as soon as next week, officials said Monday. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission...

The Latest: Crews battle 3 wildfires in Colorado

Sep. 16, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on Colorado wildfires (all times local): 12:46 p.m. A lightning-caused wildfire in southern Colorado is being allowed to burn trees killed by beetles or knocked over by winds. Officials said Monday the fire has burned about 1.3 square miles (3.4 square kilometers) in the Sangre de...

Official: Development of salmon-saving policies takes time

Sep. 16, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials say it will take time for the governor's Salmon Working Group to come up with policies in hopes of helping salmon recover. Pressure on the group created by Gov. Brad Little is increasing, as wildlife managers report low numbers of salmon returning to the Snake River...

Judge's stern barks at dogfighting defendants prompt appeals

Sep. 16, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The judge didn't mince words when it came time to sentence five North Carolina men in an illegal dogfighting operation that involved more than 150 pit bulls. "Either the dogs have to be eliminated from the world or the people who fight the dogs or both, but there needs to be an...

Montanans urged to pick backyard fruit, discourage bears

Sep. 16, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are urging residents to pick the low-hanging fruit from their backyard trees to avoid attracting hungry bears. The Flathead Beacon reported Friday that state Fish, Wildlife and Parks created a Facebook page to help people in the Flathead Valley connect...

Authorities searching for driver who dragged dog to death

Sep. 16, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

WILSON, La. (AP) — Deputies in a Louisiana parish are looking for a driver who dragged a leashed dog to death behind a car. News outlets report a citizen saw the dog being dragged Sunday afternoon along Louisiana highway 68 in Wilson and called the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Jeff...