Latest Wildlife health News

Heavily pork-reliant China battling African swine fever

Aug. 22, 2018 12:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China, the world's largest producer of pork, is battling an African swine fever outbreak that could potentially devastate herds. The disease, which only affects pigs and wild boar, has been detected in at least three locations across the vast country. Thousands of pigs have died or been...

Bears' Hall suspended for violation of NFL substance policy

Aug. 20, 2018 4:51 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre' Hall has been suspended for the season opener at Green Bay for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Hall can continue practicing in the preseason and play in the final two preseason games, but will not be allowed to practice during the...

Police: Florida man, 88, burns raccoon over eating mangoes

Aug. 18, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — An 88-year-old Florida man was arrested after police said he burned a trapped raccoon alive because the animal had eaten his mangoes. Ezra James told WKMG-TV in a story Saturday that he threw gasoline on the raccoon and lit a match. In addition to the mangoes, James says he was afraid...

2nd rabid skunk in 3 weeks found in Allentown

Aug. 18, 2018 10:05 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a second skunk in three weeks has tested positive for rabies in the eastern Pennsylvania city of Allentown, and like the earlier case the animal came into contact with at least one dog. Officials say the skunk was picked up Wednesday about a half-mile southeast of...

NFL players, coaches protecting skin on every given sun day

Aug. 17, 2018 5:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The toughest opponent for many NFL players and coaches during the blazing hot days of training camp sits far above the football field. The sun's powerful ultraviolet rays are a leading cause of skin cancer, and shade is rare at most practice sites. So, slathered-on sunscreen, big bucket...

Cause of seal deaths likely won't be known for weeks

Aug. 16, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — The cause of a rash of seal deaths in Maine and New Hampshire likely won't be known for at least a couple of weeks as sample collections and tests are still needed. Southern Maine beaches have been beset with dead harbor seals in recent days, with dozens washing up stranded or having...

Cause of seal die-offs still unknown as more wash ashore

Aug. 15, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — Rehabilitation facilities are reaching full capacity in Maine as investigators are still trying to determine what's causing dead or stranded seals to wash ashore. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tells the Portland Press Herald 84 harbor seals were found dead or...

In a suburban apartment, nursing wildlife back to health

Aug. 11, 2018 3:03 AM EDT

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (AP) — The Cooper's hawk, a juvenile, was skinny and dehydrated. He'd spent the morning in a box, where the dark and quiet might soothe him. As Rick Schubert, 47, pulled him out on a recent Tuesday, the bird became agitated, biting at the foreign hands now prodding at his mouth,...

Teams trying to save ailing orca practice feeding live fish

Aug. 10, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

FALSE BAY, Wash. (AP) — Teams taking drastic measures to save a young, ailing killer whale loaded up two boats with fat live salmon as the sun rose Friday and rushed to waters off Washington state's San Juan Island, preparing if needed to test-feed the critically endangered orca a day after injecting it...

Alaska seabird deaths continue trend tied to warming ocean

Aug. 10, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are documenting a die-off of Alaska seabirds stretching from north of the Bering Strait to the Gulf of Alaska that may be connected to a trend of warming ocean water. Carcasses examined so far have shown no indication of disease, and tests are pending for...