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Wisconsin panel OKs preserving 14,000 acres of forest land

Jul. 23, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 14,000 acres of forest land in northern Wisconsin would be preserved for public access and protected from development under a $4.3 million purchase approved Tuesday by the Legislature's budget committee. But the committee lowered the amount of money available for the purchase...

Giant panda shocked by electric fence in Scotland

Jul. 23, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A giant panda has learned the hard way that his new enclosure is protected by an electric fence. Visitors at Edinburgh Zoo were worried Tuesday after watching male panda Yang Guang run back to his den after being zapped by the barrier. The panda and his partner Tian Tian, the only giant...

Wyoming wildlife officials decline bear spray requirement

Jul. 23, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife officials encourage people who enter the backcountry to carry bear spray, but they declined to make it a requirement. The Cody Enterprise reported Monday that the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission took no action last week on a petition submitted by seven conservation...

Baby alligator found in Long Island swimming pool

Jul. 23, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

BAYPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a Bayport, Long Island family found an 8-inch (20-centimeter) baby alligator swimming in their pool over the weekend. The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are trying to...

Judge rejects bid to block sheep grazing in Centennial range

Jul. 22, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A judge says he won't block sheep grazing in a mountain range on the Idaho-Montana border despite worries by wildlife advocates that federally-protected grizzly bears could be harmed. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen said in Monday's order that he was siding with federal...

Firefighters battle wildfire in Portugal, 32 people hurt

Jul. 22, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

COLOS, Portugal (AP) — More than 1,000 firefighters and 14 water-dropping aircraft battled a major wildfire Monday amid scorching temperatures in Portugal, where forest blazes wreak destruction every summer. As temperatures reached almost 40 C (104 F) in the afternoon, and a wind blew up, the blaze that...

Court issues split decision on natural gas drilling rules

Jul. 22, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state court on Monday upheld portions of Pennsylvania regulations that address Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, although the judges also sided with some of the arguments made by an industry group. The seven-judge Commonwealth Court panel's 91-page decision concerns a lawsuit...

Colorado tells energy-rich county state rules come first

Jul. 22, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators have warned the state's biggest oil- and gas-producing county that local officials can't establish regulations more lenient than the state's, even though the Legislature passed a law this year giving local governments additional authority over well locations. The Colorado...

Canada mine waste prompts calls for better water protection

Jul. 22, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Towns, tribes and politicians in U.S. states bordering British Columbia are seeking better oversight and stricter regulations to protect them from hazardous pollution that flow downstream from coal mines in the Canadian province. Leaders in Libby, Troy and Eureka, towns along the...

City considers competing measures on 'Redmen' water tank

Jul. 22, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Officials in a southern Utah city are considering whether to preserve a painted image of a Native American and the name "Redmen" on a water tank or allow it to be changed. The Spectrum reports the Cedar City Council reviewed last week two competing resolutions on the Leigh Hill...