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Shellfish released in Maine trapped by Rockport acquaintance

Jan. 28, 2020 6:24 PM EST

ROCKPORT, Mass. (AP) — This is a story of a long-haul lobster — we'll call him Larry — that entered Cape Ann lore on a summer day in 2017. Rockport lobsterman Larry Stepenuck was hauling traps aboard his F/V Amie. The 46-year-old, Essex-built wooden boat was sitting in about four fathoms of...

Survey: Alaska's Cook Inlet beluga whales continue decline

Jan. 28, 2020 4:35 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The population of endangered beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet continues to decline, federal marine mammal authorities announced Tuesday. A biennial survey conducted by the fisheries arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the population of the white...

Tree discovered infested with Asian longhorned beetles

Jan. 28, 2020 4:10 PM EST

AUBURN, Mass. (AP) — The battle to eradicate Asian longhorned beetles continues over a decade after the species was first discovered in the Worcester area. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that an infested tree was discovered Jan. 14 at Pakachoag Golf Course in Auburn. ...

In this Jan. 24, 2020, photo, Lincoln, a Nubian goat, stands in her pen in Fair Haven, Vt. She is running for a second term as honorary mayor of the town against Sammy, a German Sheperd police dog, as a fund-raiser for a community playground. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Dog and goat vie for honorary mayor of Vermont town

Jan. 28, 2020 2:11 PM EST

FAIR HAVEN, Vt, (AP) — It's Lincoln the goat versus Sammy the dog in the race for honorary mayor of one Vermont town. The Nubian goat had won the post in Fair Haven, Vermont, last year after the town manager came up with the pet mayor election to raise money to rehabilitate a community playground and to...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21 photo, a malnourished lion rests in a zoo in Khartoum, Sudan. With the staff at the destitute Al-Qurashi Park, as the zoo in Khartoum is known, unable to feed and look after the animals, many have died off or were evacuated, leaving only three skeletal lions. (AP Photo)

Rescue mission aids starving lions in neglected Sudan zoo

Jan. 28, 2020 9:49 AM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Four lions in a rundown zoo in the capital of Sudan, wasting away from hunger, are undergoing lifesaving medical treatment from an international animal rescue organization. The plight of the rail-thin lions in Al-Qurashi Park in Khartoum set off an outpouring of sympathy and...

Endangered Maui birds to be moved in effort to save species

Jan. 28, 2020 5:43 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists will decide whether to establish a captive breeding program on the U.S. mainland in an attempt to prevent the extinction of a bird species only found on Maui, officials said. A decision about the plan to save the endangered kiwikiu is expected at a meeting of project partners...

Federal agency would protect coalfields habitat for crayfish

Jan. 28, 2020 5:15 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal agency has proposed designating habitat areas for two protected crayfish species in the coalfields of Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. The proposal announced in a statement Monday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would protect 362 stream miles for the Big Sandy...

Director Dylan Redford, left, and his grandfather Robert Redford pose for a portrait to promote

Grandson’s pitch coaxes Redford out of retirement, briefly

Jan. 27, 2020 7:24 PM EST

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Midway through the film festival he founded more than four decades ago, Robert Redford hopped out of a car and hollered to his grandson. The 28-year-old Dylan Redford was later that evening to premiere at Sundance a film he co-directed. “OK, Dylan. This is your...

Florida could use drones to fight pythons, invasive species

Jan. 27, 2020 5:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could turn to the sky to fight Burmese pythons on the ground under a bill a Senate committee unanimously approved Monday to allow two state agencies to use drones in the effort to eradicate invasive plants and animals. The bill would create an exception to a current law...

Picture made available on Monday, Jan.27, 2020 shows Vetrinarians Andreas Ochs, left and Andrea Knieriem and zookeeper Yang Cheng checking one of the panda baby twins in the zoo in Berlin, on Jan.24, 2020. (AP Photo/Zoo Berlin)

Berlin zoo prepares panda cubs for their big day out

Jan. 27, 2020 11:00 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Two baby pandas born at Berlin's zoo have been chipped and checked in preparation for their first public outing in a few days, officials said Monday. The zoo said the 5-month-old cubs, nicknamed Pit and Paule, were injected with a tiny microchip that's standard for endangered species such as...