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Wyoming Game And Fish completes part of mule deer project

Oct. 20, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has completed the first part of its project to improve mule deer habitat in the southern Bighorn Mountains. Wyoming Public Radio reports that the agency and the Bureau of Land Management have been working on a crucial winter range for the Upper...

Study: Climate change could threaten bugs in Missouri

Oct. 20, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A recent study indicates that climate change could threaten hundreds of insect species in Missouri that may not recover after they die during extreme weather conditions. A 2019 study by the University of Missouri at St. Louis examined 250 insect species whose populations plummeted...

Kansas officials warn of deer crashes as peak season looms

Oct. 20, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials say November is peak season for deer-vehicle collisions, and they're warning drivers not to swerve abruptly to avoid hitting the animal because that could cause more serious crashes. Mating season and the quest for more secure habitat and food sources cause the deer...

Tension thaws over whale plan between lobstermen, feds

Oct. 20, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group representing Maine's lobstermen says it's now willing to work with the federal government on a plan to protect right whales after withdrawing its support for the plan this summer. The Maine Lobstermen's Association is one of the key stakeholders in an effort to better protect...

Rare southern bird on verge of making a comeback

Oct. 20, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Scientists studying the red-cockaded woodpecker in Georgia forests say the rare bird is making a comeback. The bird was likely common long ago, but has been considered endangered in recent years, WABE Radio reported . Habitat loss was the main challenge for the bird. It's homes...

Minnesota authorities searching for 'habitual runaway' emu

Oct. 20, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in central Minnesota are searching for a missing emu described as a "habitual runaway." The Benton County Sheriff's Office says the big bird went missing from the Foley area on Saturday. Foley is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis. Emus are the...

Endangered wolf copes with being alone at Virginia museum

Oct. 20, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Living Museum's lone red wolf seemed to be in a good mood... His tail was down, his reddish coat flat, his ears forward. "Aw, he's being a goof today," said Robin Sutker, bird and mammal curator, as he rolled on the forest floor to rub a scent into his coat. It can be...

Black bears on the move, feeding heavy to put on weight

Oct. 20, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Black bears are on the move in Southwest Florida, roaming the peninsula in search of high-calorie food to pack on weight for the coming lean winter months. It's not that black bears here have to hibernate to avoid the cold, but they do go into a lethargic state — mostly...

Minnesota hit hard by declining bird population

Oct. 20, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It used to be that taking a walk in the spring or summer in western Minnesota meant seeing — or more often, hearing — a western meadowlark, a medium-sized bird with a cheery, lilting song that's synonymous with the open spaces in the American West. That's less the case than...

Environmental advocates look for balloon release alternative

Oct. 20, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — The aisles of Party Time Supplies LLC in Monroe are lined with party decorations and balloons. There are a few tanks of helium behind the counter, and net corrals hang from the ceiling to wrangle filled balloons. Customers are greeted with a sign by the door clearly stating that the...