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Big cats back at Sioux Falls zoo after negative virus tests

Nov. 27, 2021 12:38 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Big cats are back on display at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls after a snow leopard died of COVID-19. The animals, including tigers and snow leopards, have tested negative for the virus and were to return to their exhibits on Wednesday, zoo...

State awards $113K in wildlife habitat improvement grants

Nov. 27, 2021 08:59 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Grant money from the state's pheasant wildlife program will support upland game conservation and restoration of prairies and woodlands in northern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced this weeks grants of more than...

Great Lakes' warming has wintertime domino effect

Nov. 27, 2021 08:55 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Winter is just around the corner, but experts say the Great Lakes haven't gotten the message. After summer and fall evenings that failed to cool sufficiently, surface temperatures in the massive bodies of water are trending above average, the Chicago...

East Coast herring fishery will be shut down until 2022

Nov. 27, 2021 08:10 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The East Coast herring fishing industry will be almost completely shut down for the rest of the year. Herring fishing is a major marine industry in New England, but the industry has had to contend with cuts in fishing quota in recent years. A...

WTO delays key meeting amid COVID variant concerns

Nov. 26, 2021 19:35 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization is postponing its conference of government ministers set to open Tuesday after Switzerland initiated new travel restrictions following the emergence of a worrying new coronavirus variant, officials said. The MC12 conference at...

Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of ban

Nov. 26, 2021 16:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday recommended an overhaul of the nation's oil and gas leasing program to limit areas available for energy development and raise costs for oil and gas companies to drill on public land and water. The long-awaited report...

New Hampshire, Vermont asked to test deer for COVID-19

Nov. 26, 2021 16:40 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With hunting season underway, wildlife agencies in New Hampshire and Vermont have started testing for COVID-19 in white-tailed deer, as antibodies for the virus have been found in deer in other states, according to a government study. “We...

3 teens rescued from Louisiana waterway after boat capsizes

Nov. 26, 2021 15:23 PM EST

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — Three teenagers were rescued Friday after their boat capsized in Louisiana's Vermilion Bay. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents were notified of the accident around 6 a.m. They and deputies with the Vermilion Parish...

Invasive weed is choking parts of a Central Texas lake

Nov. 26, 2021 13:35 PM EST

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — An invasive underwater weed is spreading in a Central Texas lake popular with anglers, tangling boat propellers and threatening the fish. The weed is hydrilla, an aquatic plant initially imported and sold as an aquarium plant in the 1950s that has...

Jaguars rule out CB Griffin (concussion) against Falcons

Nov. 26, 2021 11:06 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars ruled out starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin for Sunday’s game against Atlanta. Griffin is dealing with a concussion. Coach Urban Meyer also said Friday that running back James Robinson...