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Committee studying how to control Wisconsin sandhill cranes

Jul. 25, 2024 12:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of legislators, farmers and waterfowl conservationists studying how to control Wisconsin’s sandhill crane population is set to hold its first meeting next month. The Joint Legislative Council’s 12-member Study Committee on Sandhill Cranes is set to...

Booties. Indoor dog parks. And following the vet's orders. How to keep pets cool this summer

Jul. 25, 2024 08:30 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — As much of the world swelters, it's not just people who need help with the dog days of summer. Pet owners have to consider how to both shield and cool down furry family members as intense — at times deadly — heat waves become more common. “It’s really...

Turkey plans to regulate a large stray dog population, raising some fears about mass killings

Jul. 24, 2024 11:08 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish bill aimed at regulating the country's millions of stray dogs moved closer to becoming law Wednesday as animal rights advocates feared many of them would be killed or end up in neglected, overcrowded shelters. “Although some people persistently...

Polar bear in Canadian zoo drowned after rough play with fellow bear, necropsy finds

Jul. 23, 2024 21:25 PM EDT

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — A necropsy has shown that a polar bear at a zoo in western Canada died by drowning after his throat was crushed by a fellow bear in rough play considered normal for the massive predators. The 7-year-old Baffin died at the Calgary Zoo on Friday after...

A 7-month-old tree kangaroo peeked out of its mom's pouch at the Bronx Zoo and here are the photos

Jul. 23, 2024 11:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The second baby of a tree-dwelling kangaroo made its public debut this week in New York, poking its pink head head out of its mom's furry white pouch. The tiny Matschie’s tree kangaroo, or Dendrolagus matschiei, was born in December and is the second born to the...

Hawaii gave up funding for marine mammal protection because of cumbersome paperwork

Jul. 22, 2024 11:04 AM EDT

For years, the state officers who enforce Hawaii’s conservation laws boosted their patrols and resources under a special partnership that helped their federal counterparts, who are thinly stretched across the islands, enforce their own laws on native species. That “joint...

Meet some of the world's cleanest pigs, raised to grow kidneys and hearts for humans

Jul. 21, 2024 09:15 AM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Wide-eyed piglets rushing to check out the visitors to their unusual barn just might represent the future of organ transplantation – and there’s no rolling around in the mud here. The first gene-edited pig organs ever transplanted into people came from...

Pig transplant research yields a surprise: Bacon safe for some people allergic to red meat

Jul. 21, 2024 09:07 AM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Some people who develop a weird and terrifying allergy to red meat after a bite from a lone star tick can still eat pork from a surprising source: Genetically modified pigs created for organ transplant research. Don't look for it in grocery stores. The...

Frozen treats, cold showers and lots of ice; Florida zoo works to protect animals from summer heat

Jul. 21, 2024 01:14 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Malayan tigers and Aldabra tortoises are native to hot and humid lands, but that doesn't mean they don't enjoy a frozen treat on a hot Florida summer day. Temperatures in South Florida this month have reached the upper 90s Fahrenheit (mid-30s Celsius)...

A man kills a grizzly bear in Montana after it attacks while he is picking berries

Jul. 19, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 72-year-old man picking huckleberries in Montana shot and killed a grizzly bear after it attacked in a surprise encounter and injured him badly enough that he had to be hospitalized, authorities said Friday. The man was alone on national forest land when...