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River otters attack, injure family dog in Anchorage park

Oct. 14, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man says he rescued his family's dog from an attack by river otters in a small lake inside an Anchorage park. Alaska Public Media reported Kenny Brewer waded waist-deep into Taku Lake and suffered a bite on his hand while pulling the dog away from the river otters that...

Guam avoids severe coral bleaching predicted for this year

Oct. 14, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Official say vulnerable coral reefs on Guam have not experienced severe bleaching that was predicted for this year. Pacific Daily News reported that the Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans says a mass coral bleaching event indicated by satellite measurements of sea surface temperatures...

Banned mussels found on boat in Montana after initial checks

Oct. 13, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials say a boat infested with an invasive species of mussels passed two watercraft checkpoints before they were discovered. The Missoulian reported that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say the zebra mussels were found on a boat bound for Seattle. Officials say...

Fire chief: 'Elusive' alligator caught in rural Maryland

Oct. 13, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

ADAMSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A fire chief in rural Maryland says an "elusive" 3-foot-long alligator has finally been caught. WJLA-TV reports the alligator was caught Saturday in a retention pond on a private property in Adamstown after animal control officers and others spent hours Thursday and Friday trying to...

Exotic birds, alpaca among 53 animals taken from home

Oct. 13, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — It will be up to a court to decide what happens to more than 50 animals taken from a Washington state home, including birds, horses, chickens and an alpaca. KREM-TV reports Joint Animal Services in Olympia removed 53 creatures from a Thurston County home last month because of concerns...

Woman pleads not guilty to selling shark fins in Portland

Oct. 13, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman has pleaded not guilty to charges of selling dried shark fins in a Portland store. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports 52-year-old Agnes Yu of Happy Valley is charged with four misdemeanor counts of selling dried shark fins at Wing Ming Herbs in southeast Portland. She pleaded...

Cape Cod officials to release report on dealing with sharks

Oct. 13, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Cape Cod officials are expected to release a long-awaited report on ways the tourist destination can deal with a growing population of great white sharks. The Woods Hole Group will present its findings Thursday at Nauset Regional High School in Eastham. Cape Cod National Seashore...

6 grizzly bears killed in single week in northwest Montana

Oct. 13, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Early snowstorms in northwest Montana have contributed to the deaths of five grizzly bears in one week on the Rocky Mountain Front. The Missoulian reports that a sixth grizzly was put down east of Rogers Pass for killing cattle, pushing the one-week death toll to six and the...

Correction: California-New Laws story

Oct. 13, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Oct. 12 about a California ban on the sale and manufacture of new fur products, The Associated Press erroneously identified the Humane Society of the United States as the Human Society of the United States. A corrected version of the story is below: California governor...

Threatened bird snowy plover thrives after Hurricane Michael

Oct. 13, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Amid the devastation of Hurricane Michael along Florida's Panhandle, experts say there's a ray of hope: a once imperiled bird is enjoying a renaissance. There are an estimated 225 to 250 breeding pairs of snowy plover in Florida. The majority of the state's threatened species...