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Cartels prey upon migrants who wait to cross US border

Nov. 17, 2019 7:54 AM EST

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The gangsters trawling Nuevo Laredo know just what they’re looking for: men and women missing their shoelaces. Those are migrants who made it to the United States to ask for asylum, only to be taken into custody and stripped of their laces — to keep them from...

Bears place TE Trey Burton on IR

Nov. 16, 2019 5:19 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have placed tight end Trey Burton on injured reserve. The 28-year-old Burton has been dealing with a groin injury all season long. He hurt his calf during last weekend’s 20-13 victory over the Detroit Lions. Burton agreed to a $32 million, four-year...

Study links Asian carp with Mississippi River fish drop

Nov. 16, 2019 11:18 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Sport fish have declined significantly in portions of the Upper Mississippi River infested with Asian carp, adding evidence to fears about the invader’s threat to native species, according to a new study. Analysis of nearly 20 years of population data suggests the carp...

Survey finds gain in endangered red squirrel population

Nov. 16, 2019 12:18 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Wildlife officials say an endangered squirrel subspecies in southeastern Arizona is fighting its way back after much of its mountain habitat was burned by a 2017 wildfire. The Arizona Game and Fish Department says the Mount Graham red squirrel’s population is stabilizing, with a 4%...

Whooping cranes return to Alabama national wildlife refuge

Nov. 15, 2019 5:52 PM EST

Some migratory whooping cranes from Wisconsin are back at a national wildlife refuge in Alabama. For the second year in a row, a wild-hatched crane known as W7-17 was the first to arrive on the 670-mile (1,080-kilometer) flight southward to the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, the International Crane...

Always doe prices? Deer wanders into Walmart, slips around

Nov. 15, 2019 9:50 AM EST

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A whitetail went retail for a bit this week when it entered a Walmart store in Ohio. Patrons in Wooster in northeastern Ohio say the deer was kicking shelves as it walked through the store Wednesday afternoon. Bert and Dawn Moore encountered the deer after stopping in for a few things...

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

Nov. 14, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal...

11 more endangered whooping cranes in southwest Louisiana

Nov. 14, 2019 6:11 PM EST

Eleven young endangered whooping cranes are in southwest Louisiana, being prepared to join 69 adults in the wild. The juveniles will spend about two weeks in a net-covered pen at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area near Gueydan. Whooping cranes are among the world's largest and rarest birds. The 850 or so...

Nashville animal science teacher charged after emu dies

Nov. 14, 2019 4:29 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities say a Nashville area high school teacher is facing a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge after an emu kept in her care at the school died. News outlets report 33-year-old Jessica Lumpkins was charged Wednesday after Metro Animal Care and Control discovered that...

Cold snap kicks off stranding season for sea turtles

Nov. 14, 2019 3:29 PM EST

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Several sea turtles have washed ashore along Cape Cod Bay since frigid temperatures hit the area. The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary says 18 sea turtles have washed ashore, mostly in Eastham, and hundreds more cold-stunned turtles are expected...