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Judge leaning toward blocking Wisconsin wolf hunt

Oct. 21, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge appeared on the verge Thursday of granting wildlife advocates' request to halt the Wisconsin fall wolf season after hearing arguments that the hunt is illegal. Dane County Circuit Judge Jacob Frost said it appears that the season is...

Why no tusks? Poaching tips scales of elephant evolution

Oct. 21, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hefty set of tusks is usually an advantage for elephants, allowing them to dig for water, strip bark for food and joust with other elephants. But during episodes of intense ivory poaching, those big incisors become a liability. Now researchers have...

Parties in federal salmon lawsuit seek pause in litigation

Oct. 21, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Fishing and conservation groups on Thursday joined with the state of Oregon, the Nez Perce Tribe and the Biden administration to seek a pause in litigation challenging the latest federal plan for hydropower operations on the Snake and Columbia rivers in an effort to...

Buzzards settle in North Carolina town despite scare tactics

Oct. 21, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

BUNN, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina town finds itself under siege by buzzards, and nothing the locals do to scare them off seems to work. The buzzards have chosen the town of Bunn as a meeting place for the past year, and they’re congregating at every available...

3 lions at Indianapolis Zoo test positive for Delta variant

Oct. 21, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three African lions at the Indianapolis Zoo have tested positive for the Delta variant of COVID-19 and have been taken off exhibit, officials said Thursday. The lions — females Zuri and Sukari, and male Enzi — tested positive on Oct. 14 after the...

Maine environment groups sue to protect last Atlantic salmon

Oct. 21, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A group of environmental organizations filed court papers Thursday to try to halt operations at Maine dams to protect salmon. Atlantic salmon are listed as endangered by the federal government. They used to swim upstream and spawn in almost every...

Endangered orangutan in New Orleans expecting twins

Oct. 21, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A critically endangered Sumatran orangutan in New Orleans is pregnant with twins, the zoo in New Orleans announced Thursday. “We are very excited about this pregnancy,” Bob MacLean, senior veterinarian at the Audubon Zoo, said in a news release....

African snake found at suburban Chicago forest preserve

Oct. 21, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A snake native to Africa has been removed from a suburban Chicago nature preserve after a visitor found the reptile coiled beneath her car. The ball python was removed Wednesday from the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton after a woman who had...

Dog kills Indiana woman who fell from chair with grandchild

Oct. 21, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

MATTHEWS, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman was killed by a pit bull that attacked her after she fell from a chair while holding her 3-year-old granddaughter, authorities said. Kathleen Bertram, 69, was pronounced dead at the scene Monday after the dog attacked her in her...

Oregon kills 3 more wolves for attacking cattle

Oct. 20, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Employees from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shot and killed three more wolves from the Lookout Mountain pack on Wednesday, officials said. Two 6-month-olds and one yearling were shot from a helicopter in eastern Oregon, The Baker...