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Cat burglar: Black panther caught prowling French rooftops

Sep. 19, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Emergency workers caught an unusual prowler lurking around rooftops in northern France: a black panther. Firefighters and a veterinarian responded after residents of a neighborhood near Lille reported that a big cat had been spotted "strolling on residential gutters" on Wednesday night. Photos...

Greece: Oxygen-starved fish dying in drought-hit lake

Sep. 19, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

KORONEIA, Greece (AP) — Tens of thousands of dead fish have been found on the banks of a lake in a protected nature reserve in northern Greece after high temperatures and drought conditions caused a severe drop in water levels. State environmental officials said Thursday that the water level at Lake...

Rare California trout species returns to native habitat

Sep. 18, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in nearly a century, a rare California trout species is swimming in a mountain creek that is its native habitat, marking a major milestone that conservationists hope will lead to a thriving population and removal of its threatened status. About 30 Paiute cutthroat...

Elephant at center of 'personhood' legal fight dies

Sep. 18, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An elephant at the center of a legal effort to give animals "personhood" has died. Catherine Pappas, a spokeswoman for the Eastern States Exposition, on Wednesday confirmed the death of Beulah at age 54. Beulah had been on display at the fair. Andre Bell, spokesman for USDA's...

Utah police use sirens to drive bear up tree for relocation

Sep. 18, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — Utah police used their vehicle sirens to drive a 2-year-old bear up a tree after its presence in a northern Utah town caused traffic delays Wednesday morning. State Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Heaton Jolley said division personnel then were able to tranquilize the...

Feds propose major habitat protections for killer whales

Sep. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. protections for the waters that a group of endangered orcas call home could soon expand beyond the Seattle area to encompass much of the West Coast, from the Canadian border to central California. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a proposal Wednesday to...

US approves releasing non-native insect to control thistle

Sep. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved turning loose a non-native insect to feed on an invasive thistle that sprouts in everything from rangelands to vineyards to wilderness areas, mainly in the U.S. West. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it will permit use of the weevil native...

AP Photos: Night fishing in moonlit sea in eerie silence

Sep. 18, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

STEWART TOWN, Jamaica (AP) — The warm tropical air gently pushes waves against the concrete steps leading down a cliff and into the ocean — the jumping-off point tonight for night spearfishermen in the small village of Stewart Town on Jamaica's north shore. Down those same steps is where some of...

Saving pets: Program lends hand to low-income animal owners

Sep. 18, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Of all the animals peering sadly through the cage bars of shelters across the country, 25% of them once had an owner who gave them up for one reason or another, according to national statistics. Those who did because they could no longer afford a pet have been getting some help over the past...

Woman's good deed leads to rat infestation in neighborhood

Sep. 18, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

LYNN, Mass. (AP) — No good deed goes unpunished. That was what one Waitt Road resident found out when her efforts to feed the area's wildlife led to a rat infestation in the neighborhood. Ward 2 Councilor Rick Starbard said he was notified of the problem two months ago by multiple neighbors. Only in the...