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Deputy, bystander rescue golden retriever from icy river

Jan. 25, 2020 6:13 PM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a golden retriever named Lucy was rescued from Little Deschutes River on Friday by a Deschutes County deputy and a bystander. The 5-year-old dog was spotted south of Sunriver near exhaustion and nearly drowning, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook. The...

Veterinary students clear sled dogs for Beargrease Marathon

Jan. 25, 2020 5:05 PM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Before sled dogs can compete in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, they have to be cleared by vets to ensure they can handle the race. WDIO-TV reports that University of Minnesota students who are studying to become veterinarians gave the dogs check-ups Saturday morning. Up to...

FILE- In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, a 14-foot, 95-pound, female Burmese python is held tightly by wildlife biologist Ian Bartoszek after he captured it in Naples, Fla. The Super Bowl committee and Florida environmental officials launched a contest on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, for hunters to kill Burmese pythons, which are decimating the Everglades. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

80 reptiles caught in Miami Super Bowl Burmese python hunt

Jan. 25, 2020 4:56 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Eighty Burmese pythons were caught during Miami's 10-day Super Bowl hunt, designed to raise awareness about the invasive species decimating the Everglades. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Saturday that 80 pythons were caught during the competition. Pro grand prize...

West Virginia officers stay busy tracking deer poachers

Jan. 25, 2020 3:29 PM EST

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) — Trophy bucks are a transient phenomenon. Their antlers are fully grown for just four months of the year. During those four months, however, they create headaches for law enforcement officers. From early September, when a trophy buck rubs the velvety covering off its antlers, to...

It's seal season in Delaware. What to do if you see one?

Jan. 25, 2020 2:28 PM EST

LEWES, Del. (AP) — The public needs to keep a safe distance from the seals that will be present along Delaware beaches and other waterways through April, according to the state’s official marine mammal and sea turtle stranding response organization. The MERR Institute recommends that the public...

Florida Legislature going to the dogs (and cats)

Jan. 25, 2020 11:28 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sometimes Florida lawmakers fight like cats and dogs. Now they are fighting for cats and dogs. Lawmakers are entering the third week of their annual 60-day session, and the Senate is taking up an abortion bill that's been divisive. But lawmakers are also taking up a number of...

Therapy dog helps special needs students at Palmer school

Jan. 25, 2020 11:00 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Special needs students at a Palmer elementary school are getting assistance from a nontraditional source: a 3-year-old cream golden retriever. Casper is a therapy dog assisting students at Swanson Elementary School, Anchorage television station KTVA reported. “School is...

A farmer looks back as she walks through swarms of desert locusts feeding on her crops, in Katitika village, Kitui county, Kenya, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Desert locusts have swarmed into Kenya by the hundreds of millions from Somalia and Ethiopia, countries that haven't seen such numbers in a quarter-century, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

'This is huge': Locust swarms in Africa are worst in decades

Jan. 25, 2020 10:52 AM EST

KATITIKA, Kenya (AP) — The hum of millions of locusts on the move is broken by the screams of farmers and the clanging of pots and pans. But their noise-making does little to stop the voracious insects from feasting on their crops in this rural community. The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in...

Indiana approves nature preserve with a `significant' cave

Jan. 25, 2020 9:50 AM EST

TASWELL, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's newest state nature preserve features dramatic limestone outcrops and a cave that's inhabited by rare animals adapted to life in total darkness. The Natural Resources Commission recently approved the creation of the Patoka Hills Nature Preserve, which spans nearly 27 acres...

Illinois hunters harvested more than 153,000 deer in season

Jan. 25, 2020 9:06 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hunters brought in more than 153,000 deer during the latest archery and firearm seasons, according to updates totals that Illinois officials released this week. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said in a statement that hunters harvested 153,048 deer statewide in 2019...