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Study: Microplastics in majority of Oregon shellfish

Nov. 12, 2019 12:38 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland State University study found tiny pieces of plastic in the vast majority of razor clams and oysters sampled along the Oregon coast and noted that the primary source of contamination was from fibers used in synthetic textiles. Those microscopic fibers can be shed by yoga...

Zanzibar tests drones spraying rice fields to fight malaria

Nov. 5, 2019 4:53 AM EST

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — For the first time drones are being tested to help fight malaria on the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. The drones will spray a silicone-based liquid on rice paddies, where there are large expanses of stagnant water where malaria-carrying mosquitoes lay their eggs....

Intense monitoring and care lift mountain gorilla numbers

Oct. 29, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

KINIGI, Rwanda (AP) — Deep in the rainforest of Volcanoes National Park, a 23-year-old female gorilla named Kurudi feeds on a stand of wild celery. She bends the green stalks and, with long careful fingers, peels off the exterior skin to expose the succulent inside. Biologist Jean Paul Hirwa notes her meal...

Grizzly bear that attacked biologist last year is relocated

Oct. 29, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear that attacked a wildlife biologist last year was recently trapped and relocated in Montana. Fish, Wildlife and Parks regional spokesman Dillon Tabish told The Western News the bear was eligible to be relocated because this was the first time it had gone after food in a...

Scientists: People getting too close to Hawaiian monk seals

Oct. 28, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Photos posted on social media indicate the public has been getting too close to Hawaiian monk seals, a critically endangered species protected by federal and state law, government researchers said in a new study. Only about 1,400 Hawaiian monk seals remain in the wild, with about 1,100 in...

Turkeys in the northwest: Conservation success or nuisance?

Oct. 27, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Fifty-five years ago, Jack Adkins was frustrated. A biologist for Washington's Department of Game, Adkins was trying to catch turkeys in Stevens County using a 90-by-40-foot net propelled by "three projectiles (shot) from a small cannon." It wasn't working. "We've had all sorts of...

California condor chick is 5th found in Southwest in 2019

Oct. 24, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Wildlife biologists say a record number of wild California condor chicks have been documented this year in the U.S. Southwest with the discovery earlier this month of No. 5, a nestling found in Grand Canyon National Park. Biologist Miranda Terwilliger, Grand...

Groups: Saving Mexican gray wolves requires new approach

Oct. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of environmental groups and scientists have asked U.S. wildlife managers to rethink how they plan to ensure the survival of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. Following a loss in federal court last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is crafting a new rule to guide...

Owl vs. owl: Should humans intervene to save a species?

Oct. 15, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun. He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perched on a branch at just the right...

Lion patrol: Learning to share the savannah with big animals

Oct. 8, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

LOIBOR SIRET, Tanzania (AP) — Saitoti Petro scans a dirt road in northern Tanzania for recent signs of the top predator on the African savannah. "If you see a lion," he warns, "stop and look it straight in the eyes — you must never run." Petro points to a fresh track in the dirt, a paw print...