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Officials prepare to relocate wolves to Isle Royale park

Sep. 21, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A mission to rebuild the depleted wolf population at Isle Royale National Park is getting underway in Michigan and Minnesota, as specialists prepare to trap six to eight of the predators on the mainland and fly them to the Lake Superior archipelago, officials said Friday. The...

Editorials from around Oregon

Sep. 19, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

The Eugene Register-Guard, Sept. 19, on city, public needing more details about University of Oregon project: Eugene residents made a good point last week about the University of Oregon's planned north campus development: The UO has provided too few specifics about the project. It's no wonder that the project...

Los Angeles takes step toward banning sale of fur products

Sep. 18, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles, one of the world's major fashion centers and long a symbol of glitz and glamour, is taking steps to ban the sale of new fur products, a move that would make it the largest city in the U.S. to do so. A proposal to ban the sale of fur products advanced in the City Council on...

Oregon judge won't let animals sue

Sep. 18, 2018 7:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by animal rights activists in the name of a once-neglected horse, finding that animals don't have a right to sue. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports in doing so, Washington County Pro Tem Judge John Knowles on Monday refused to become the first judge...

Hundreds of baby chicks found on vacant Philadelphia lot

Sep. 16, 2018 4:51 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Animal welfare officials say they rescued hundreds of baby chicks from an empty lot in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says investigators responded to calls Saturday and found the chicks in a lot across from a shopping center in the Olney...

Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts

Sep. 16, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

There's a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. The varmints are fattening themselves for winter while destroying the crops with bite marks. Robert Randall, who has a 60-acre orchard...

Activists urge Lithuania to ban wild animals in circuses

Sep. 16, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Animal rights activists have staged a demonstration in front of Lithuania's parliament to demand a ban on using wild animals in circuses after the reported death of a 6-month-old bear cub. The demonstrators carried a tiny coffin during a symbolic funeral on Sunday for the cub....

Oregon rejects protection for small redwoods forest predator

Sep. 15, 2018 4:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon fish and wildlife officials have rejected a request from six conservation groups to protect a small predator that inhabits old-growth redwood forests. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday denied the petition by the conservation groups to protect the Humboldt marten...

Hundreds of goats being airlifted out of Washington forest

Sep. 13, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Helicopters and trucks are relocating hundreds of mountain goats from Olympic National Park in an effort officials said will protect natural resources, reduce visitor safety issues and boost native goat populations elsewhere in Washington state. Professional crews used tranquilizer darts and...

US judge delays grizzly bear hunts in Rockies 2 more weeks

Sep. 13, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday delayed for two more weeks the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades, saying he needed more time to consider if federal protections for the animals should be restored. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen left...