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Officials: Florida panthers struck and killed by vehicles

Feb. 21, 2020 4:49 AM EST

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Two endangered Florida panthers have died after being struck by vehicles in separate incidents. They're the sixth and seventh panther deaths attributed to fatal collisions, out of eight total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The...

California mountain lion that attacked girl is euthanized

Feb. 20, 2020 9:20 PM EST

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — California wildlife authorities have euthanized a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old girl who had been hiking with her parents. The Mercury News of San Jose, California reported Thursday that the female cat, between 2 and 4 years old, was found in a tree in the area...

Adult punches mountain lion to save girl in California park

Feb. 18, 2020 1:41 PM EST

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — A state park in Northern California remained closed Tuesday after a mountain lion attacked a 6-year-old girl while she walked on a trail, officials said. The girl was at the Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve in Cupertino when a mountain lion attacked her...

Michigan zoo plays cupid with snow leopards to produce cubs

Feb. 16, 2020 10:59 AM EST

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Officials at a Michigan zoo are hoping its male snow leopard hooks up with a female snow leopard he was paired with through a breeding program that aims to give the threatened species a boost. Battle Creek's Binder Park Zoo recently introduced Victoria, a 2-year-old snow leopard...

This April 7, 2017, photo released by the National Park Service shows P-56, a young male mountain lion that roams the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California. The mountain lion, tracked by scientists as part of a federal study, was killed after officials issued a permit to a property owner whose livestock was repeatedly attacked.  P-56, estimated to be about 5 years old, had been tracked via radio collar since 2017 by researchers studying how the animals survive as urban areas encroach into wildland. (National Park Service via AP)

California mountain lion killed after state issues permit

Feb. 10, 2020 5:06 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California mountain lion tracked by scientists as part of a federal study was killed after state wildlife officials issued a permit to a rural property owner whose livestock was repeatedly attacked, officials said Monday. The male cougar dubbed P-56 was suspected of feasting...

This Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a tranquilized mountain lion in Simi Valley, Calif. The mountain lion that eluded capture after being spotted in a backyard was eventually removed from the area Saturday, California police and wildlife officials said. (California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)

Mountain lion captured after sighting in California backyard

Feb. 9, 2020 8:24 PM EST

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A mountain lion that eluded capture after being spotted in a backyard was eventually removed from the area, California police and wildlife officials said. The Simi Valley Police Department issued a warning to residents around 12:30 p.m. Saturday to keep children and pets indoors, the...

Orphaned panther kittens thriving at wildlife refuge

Feb. 9, 2020 3:01 AM EST

YULEE, Fla. (AP) — A pair of endangered Florida panther kittens are thriving after being adopted by an internationally respected Nassau County wildlife refuge when a mysterious neurological disorder left their mother unable to care for them in the wild. Cypress and Pepper had a rough start in life, but are...

Couple facing charges in kangaroo, mountain lion possession

Feb. 7, 2020 12:12 AM EST

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico couple is facing charges for illegally importing exotic animals, including a mountain lion and kangaroo, for film productions. Kip and Chelsey Lewis are facing multiple charges of unlawful importation of a nondomestic live animal after New Mexico Department of Game and Fish...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Jan. 29, 2020 4:21 AM EST

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the fifth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of six total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 1-year-old male panther were...

Zoo celebrating rare Amur leopard cubs' first birthday

Jan. 25, 2020 9:06 AM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut zoo is celebrating the first birthdays of two rare Amur leopard cubs. The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport has activities planned throughout the day Saturday in honor of Orion and his sister Kallisto, who were born at the zoo on Jan. 25, 2019. Zoo officials say Amur...