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Red tide bloom makes its way to southwest Florida bays

Oct. 18, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Scientists say a red tide bloom is making its way into southwest Florida bays and killing sea turtles. The Fort Myers News-Press reports turtle conservationists have seen seven dead Kemp's ridley sea turtles and one dead loggerhead at Bonita Beach and Fort Myers Beach. Boats...

San Diego woman living in van gives up all 300 of her rats

Oct. 17, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman living in a van in San Diego with her pet rats has agreed to give them up — all 300 of them. The San Diego Union-Tribune says the San Diego Humane Society went to the woman's van near Del Mar on Oct. 8. Authorities found rats had clawed into upholstery, burrowed into the...

Arkansas track plans to end greyhound racing by end of 2022

Oct. 17, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An east Arkansas track agreed Thursday to phase out greyhound racing over the next three years, citing a decline in dog racing nationally and fears that the state's voters would approve ending the practice. The Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a plan by Southland...

Charge dismissed against officer in K-9 partner's death

Oct. 17, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer has avoided conviction in the death of his K-9 partner. Florida Today reports that Brevard County Judge Kelly Ingram dismissed a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge against Sebastian police officer Eric Antosia on Thursday before a jury could render a verdict,...

Judge blocks Trump from easing energy rules in US West

Oct. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from easing rules on mining, drilling and grazing across millions of acres in seven Western states, saying such activities left unchecked were likely to harm a struggling bird species.   The ground-dwelling greater...

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...

Trapper plays with 'gator until it tires, pulls it from pool

Oct. 17, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool. Celebrity trapper Paul Bedard, who is contracted with the state's nuisance alligator program, said Thursday that he was dispatched to a...

Grizzly cubs killed on Montana railroad tracks, deaths mount

Oct. 17, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Two grizzly bear cubs have been killed on railroad tracks in northwestern Montana, driving the number of bear deaths toward last year's record level for the region. State wildlife officials say the two cubs, one female and the other of unknown sex, were found along the tracks near...

Congress may award Tennessee extra $14M to fight Asian carp

Oct. 17, 2019 2:42 AM EDT

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Congress may award an extra $14 million to help fight Asian carp in Tennessee. The Jackson Sun reports Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander announced last month that a Senate committee had approved $25 million to fight the invasive fish. That marks a $14 million increase from last year....

North Korea seen as weak link as swine fever spreads in Asia

Oct. 16, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea. African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian...