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Wisconsin game warden helps cub escape basement with ladder

Jun. 20, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin game warden was smarter than the average bear. Department of Natural Resources warden Dave Walz was called to an Eagle River home in northern Wisconsin early Wednesday to help rescue a bear cub trapped in a newly built open basement. Walz and the homeowner decided to...

Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections

Jun. 20, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service proposed changes Wednesday to sage grouse protections in six Western states that call for eliminating special designations for crucial habitat as well as keeping areas open for mining. The agency also said restrictions on water development for livestock will be...

Teenager finds bear breaking into his home for loaf of bread

Jun. 20, 2018 7:49 AM EDT

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — An 18-year-old Connecticut man who was investigating a loud noise in his kitchen says he came face-to-face with a bear. Carlos Novicky says he found the bear in his Torrington, home on Tuesday after it pushed through a screen window to get a loaf of bread from the counter. Novicky...

Idaho family sues US after child sprayed by cyanide trap

Jun. 19, 2018 8:08 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho couple has sued the U.S. government, saying their teenage son still suffers headaches after a predator-killing trap that federal workers mistakenly placed near their home doused him with cyanide. Mark and Theresa Mansfield of Pocatello filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District...

Bog turtle becomes New Jersey's state reptile

Jun. 19, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has an official state reptile. The governor on Monday signed legislation designating the title to the bog turtle. Two years ago, Riverside Elementary School science teacher Mark Eastburn told his students that New Jersey didn't have a state reptile. So, they decided to...

Records: Trump Tower failed to follow fish protection rules

Jun. 18, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago is one of the largest users of water from the Chicago River, but records show it has never followed state rules governing the protection of the river's fish. State records indicate that the skyscraper siphons nearly 20 million gallons (76...

Tests confirm mystery animal shot in Montana was a wolf

Jun. 18, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The mystery is over: Wildlife officials have confirmed that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was a gray wolf. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials initially weren't certain what the creature was when a rancher shot it in May. They noted the legs, front claws and...

Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble

Jun. 17, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northwest seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species. Bumblebees, experts say, are important pollinators for both wild and agricultural plants, but some species have disappeared...

Report: Chesapeake Bay health trending upward for first time

Jun. 15, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — The health of the entire Chesapeake Bay is showing unprecedented signs of improvement as undersea grasses spread and the blue crab population increases. The University of Maryland said Friday that the bay's overall condition is trending upward for the first time since the school began...

26 wild horses released in Idaho following 2015 fire

Jun. 14, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has released 26 wild horses into the Sands Basin Herd Management Area in southwestern Idaho. This marks the first time wild horses managed by the agency will roam in the area in three years following a 2015 wildfire, the Idaho Press reported Wednesday....