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Australia police arrest man accused of killing emus with car

Sep. 21, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A man in Australia accused of deliberately killing several emus with his car and then posting a video of it online has been arrested, police announced Friday. Police in Victoria said the 20-year-old man faces several charges of animal cruelty, destruction of protected wildlife...

Bald eagle lands on fire truck during Sept. 11 tribute

Sep. 11, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A bald eagle has visited a Minnesota tribute marking the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The national bird landed Tuesday on top of a firefighters' aerial truck parked on a highway overpass in the northern Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids. Members of the Andover...

Reward offered in shooting of endangered California condor

Sep. 10, 2018 10:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The reward now totals $15,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting death of an endangered California condor. The condor was found with a gunshot wound in July on private property near the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Kern County. The bird later...

Information sought after hawk shot with arrow in Alabama

Sep. 10, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

HARTSELLE, Ala. (AP) — Wildlife authorities are asking for information after a red-tailed hawk was spotted in north Alabama with an arrow shot through its body. The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division says officials were notified after someone saw the injured bird, and a member of the...

New Mexico national refuge to offer dove, quail hunting

Sep. 8, 2018 2:23 PM EDT

SEVILLETA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, N.M. (AP) — A national wildlife refuge along the Rio Grande in central New Mexico is among the 30 spots around the U.S. where federal officials are expanding hunting opportunities. The Interior Department announced Friday it's opening more than 390 square miles (1,015...

Man fined $124 for kicking seagull that ate cheeseburger

Sep. 6, 2018 2:20 PM EDT

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A man accused of kicking a seagull that tried to eat his cheeseburger at a New Hampshire beach has been fined $124. Police investigated the report from a bystander at Hampton Beach earlier this summer. NH1 reports the man Nate Rancloes, said he had just returned from getting a...

US Mint rolls out quarter honoring Georgia barrier island

Sep. 3, 2018 9:24 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Can't get enough of the Georgia coast? Then this could be your good-luck coin. The U.S. Mint last week released a new quarter into circulation honoring Cumberland Island National Seashore. It's the most recent of the mint's "America the Beautiful Quarters Program" featuring designs that...

AP Explains: Driven by climate change, fire reshapes US West

Sep. 3, 2018 12:28 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Whether sparked by lightning or humans, fire has long been...

Seabird chicks washing up alive and dead near Cannon Beach

Aug. 31, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — A large number of stranded common murre chicks are washing up near Cannon Beach both alive and dead, but wildlife biologists aren't calling the event a die-off yet. The Daily Astorian reports Friday that the Wildlife Center of the North Coast has about 30 of the baby seabirds in...

US judge reinstates proposed listing of bi-state sage grouse

Aug. 29, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A U.S. judge who earlier ruled federal wildlife officials illegally denied Endangered Species Act protection for a population of bi-state sage grouse in California and Nevada in 2015 has reinstated the proposed listing of the bird as threatened until a new review determines whether it's...