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Groups: Saving Mexican gray wolves requires new approach

Oct. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of environmental groups and scientists have asked U.S. wildlife managers to rethink how they plan to ensure the survival of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. Following a loss in federal court last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is crafting a new rule to guide...

Iditarod changes tack, will meet with animal welfare leader

Oct. 16, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The new head of Alaska's Iditarod plans to meet with a leader of an animal welfare group that's devoted to ending the world's most famous sled dog race, which it sees as a cruel, deadly event for its canine participants. Organizers of the 1,000-mile wilderness trek have for decades...

Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees

Oct. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday to the state's Fish and Game Commission. The petition comes amid rising...

Owl vs. owl: Should humans intervene to save a species?

Oct. 15, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun. He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perched on a branch at just the right...

Correction: California-New Laws story

Oct. 13, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Oct. 12 about a California ban on the sale and manufacture of new fur products, The Associated Press erroneously identified the Humane Society of the United States as the Human Society of the United States. A corrected version of the story is below: California governor...

Dog lost since 2007 found over 1K miles away in Pittsburgh

Oct. 11, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A toy fox terrier that disappeared from its family's south Florida home in 2007 was found this week over a thousand miles away in Pittsburgh and reunited with its owner on Friday. The 14-year-old named Dutchess was found hungry, shivering and in serious need of a nail trim under a shed on...

Hatchery investigated after hidden camera shows salmon abuse

Oct. 8, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are investigating an aquaculture hatchery in the wake of an undercover group's allegation of improper treatment of fish at the facility. Compassion Over Killing, a Washington, D.C.-based animal welfare group, has released hidden-camera footage that shows workers at the...

Tens of thousands of goats munch Greek island into crisis

Oct. 6, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

SAMOTHRAKI, Greece (AP) — With oak and chestnut forests, waterfalls and rugged coastline, Samothraki has a wild beauty and a remoteness that sets it apart from other Greek islands. There are no package holidays here or even a reliable ferry service to the mainland. Island authorities hope to achieve UNESCO...

South Africa seizes large illegal shipment of lion bones

Oct. 4, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says an illegal shipment of lion bones weighing 342 kilograms (754 pounds) has been seized at Johannesburg’s main airport. An environment ministry statement says the bones were found wrapped in tin foil inside a dozen wooden crates. The ministry says three people...

Home sweet volcano: Alaska fur seals thrive at unlikely spot

Oct. 3, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s northern fur seal population for three decades has been classified as depleted, but the marine mammals are showing up in growing numbers at an unlikely location: a tiny island that forms the tip of an active undersea volcano. Vents on Bogoslof Island continue to...