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Florida could use drones to fight pythons, invasive species

Jan. 27, 2020 5:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could turn to the sky to fight Burmese pythons on the ground under a bill a Senate committee unanimously approved Monday to allow two state agencies to use drones in the effort to eradicate invasive plants and animals. The bill would create an exception to a current law...

US land agency seeks to ID public parcels that lack access

Jan. 27, 2020 11:07 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. land managers say they will release by mid-March a priority list of federal lands that need but don’t have public access. U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said they want people to nominate lands where the public could legally hunt, fish or pursue other...

Picture made available on Monday, Jan.27, 2020 shows Vetrinarians Andreas Ochs, left and Andrea Knieriem and zookeeper Yang Cheng checking one of the panda baby twins in the zoo in Berlin, on Jan.24, 2020. (AP Photo/Zoo Berlin)

Berlin zoo prepares panda cubs for their big day out

Jan. 27, 2020 11:00 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Two baby pandas born at Berlin's zoo have been chipped and checked in preparation for their first public outing in a few days, officials said Monday. The zoo said the 5-month-old cubs, nicknamed Pit and Paule, were injected with a tiny microchip that's standard for endangered species such as...

In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo provided by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad, the exterior of a store suspected of selling trafficked wildlife is seen in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. (Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP)

China temporarily bans wildlife trade in wake of outbreak

Jan. 26, 2020 7:51 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities temporarily banned the trade of wild animals Sunday following a viral outbreak in Wuhan, saying they will “severely investigate and punish” violators. Local authorities will “strengthen inspections and severely investigate and punish those who are...

Idaho wildlife officials criticized for elk hunt

Jan. 26, 2020 1:19 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are being criticized for taking part in a research project that led to the killing of 206 elk across southern Idaho from Pocatello to Nampa in an attempt to learn more about how to control damage from elk herds. The hunting and fishing...

Groups want federal protection for wolverines

Jan. 26, 2020 10:02 AM EST

Wolverines are the largest members of the weasel family, but they look more like small bears with bushy tails. Conservation groups say the animals need to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Ten groups want to force the federal government to protect the elusive wolverines. The groups...

FILE- In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, a 14-foot, 95-pound, female Burmese python is held tightly by wildlife biologist Ian Bartoszek after he captured it in Naples, Fla. The Super Bowl committee and Florida environmental officials launched a contest on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, for hunters to kill Burmese pythons, which are decimating the Everglades. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

80 reptiles caught in Miami Super Bowl Burmese python hunt

Jan. 25, 2020 4:56 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Eighty Burmese pythons were caught during Miami's 10-day Super Bowl hunt, designed to raise awareness about the invasive species decimating the Everglades. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Saturday that 80 pythons were caught during the competition. Pro grand prize...

A farmer looks back as she walks through swarms of desert locusts feeding on her crops, in Katitika village, Kitui county, Kenya, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Desert locusts have swarmed into Kenya by the hundreds of millions from Somalia and Ethiopia, countries that haven't seen such numbers in a quarter-century, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

'This is huge': Locust swarms in Africa are worst in decades

Jan. 25, 2020 10:52 AM EST

KATITIKA, Kenya (AP) — The hum of millions of locusts on the move is broken by the screams of farmers and the clanging of pots and pans. But their noise-making does little to stop the voracious insects from feasting on their crops in this rural community. The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, a staff member moves bio-waste containers past the entrance of the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center in Wuhan, China, where some people infected with a new virus are being treated. The new virus comes from a large family of coronaviruses, some causing nothing worse than a cold. Others named SARS and MERS have killed hundreds in separate outbreaks. (AP Photo/Dake Kang, File)

Too soon to tell if new virus as dangerous as SARS cousin

Jan. 24, 2020 11:14 PM EST

The new virus from China has the world on edge because it’s a close cousin to viruses that killed hundreds in separate outbreaks. While it’s too early to tell if this latest threat will prove as deadly, health authorities are drawing on lessons from that grim past. WHAT’S THE LINK The new...

Tigers PA announcer Jay Allen dies after cancer fight

Jan. 24, 2020 6:19 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers said Jay Allen, the team's public address announcer, has died. “Everyone admired Jay’s faith, determination and positive mindset during his fight with cancer,” the team said in a statement Friday. “His vocal passion for the Tigers and sports...