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In this Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 photo, Dr. Robert Bayer holds a jar of frozen lobster blood in his lab in Orono, Maine. Bayer's company, Lobster Unlimited of Orono, is investigating whether lobster blood can be used as a potential weapon against viruses and cancer, and representatives said results are promising. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the company a patent in late October related to its work. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Claws of health? Lobster blood could play role in new drugs

Feb. 19, 2020 12:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine lobsters have long delighted tourists as the state's most beloved seafood. But one company thinks the crustaceans can save human lives by providing their blood for use in new drugs. The effort, involving a longtime lobster scientist, wouldn't be the first example of coastal...

Petting zoo owner indicted on animal cruelty charges

Feb. 18, 2020 11:19 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, N.J. (AP) — The owner of a petting zoo where more than 30 pigs were discovered dead and other animals were found sick or injured last summer has been indicted on several animal cruelty charges, authorities said. The counts against Dennis Sugar, 47, of Branchville, were handed up late last month...

Goat packing gains toehold, but feds want forests goat-free

Feb. 17, 2020 3:11 AM EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Pack horses are tried and true, and mules are proven hunting-gear haulers. Hunting elk with a trio of domestic goats, though, is an acquired taste. John and Nancy Clough of Dalton Gardens have joined a growing number of Western hunters who hike into the backcountry with a tribe...

Smuggled elk poses a mystery for Montana wildlife officials

Feb. 15, 2020 10:21 AM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — It reads like a forensic crime drama - and in a very real sense it is. A Montana game warden learns of an unusual elk shot along the Rocky Mountain Front. The animal has physical peculiarities unlike anything the department has seen before. Genetic testing reveals that the young...

Plan to trap rabid foxes spurs complaints from animal lovers

Feb. 14, 2020 12:06 PM EST

BATH, Maine (AP) — A city in Maine's mid-coast area is having a difficult time managing cases of rabid wild animals, and a government plan to stop the disease has been met with some opposition. Bath, a city of 8,000 people on the Kennebec River that is home to a large shipyard, had 16 animals test positive...

California sees rise in distemper cases among wildlife

Feb. 12, 2020 10:38 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California authorities are warning pet owners of an unusually high number of canine distemper virus cases in wildlife populations statewide. The Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday that unvaccinated domestic dogs can contract the disease through contact with food or water...

Iowa DNR: 6 new cases of chronic wasting disease in deer

Feb. 11, 2020 6:59 PM EST

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) — Results show at least six deer killed near Elkader in northeastern Iowa in the recent hunting season tested positive for chronic wasting disease, state wildlife officials said Tuesday. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources also announced the disease was discovered for the first time...

Dead birds posing as cat food confiscated at Dulles airport

Feb. 11, 2020 5:23 AM EST

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — A package of tiny dead birds passed off as pet food was confiscated by Customs agents at a Virginia airport. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the package came in to Dulles International Airport on a flight from Beijing on Jan. 27. Agents discovered the bag of dead birds in the...

In this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 photo provided by the The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens shows female Western Lowland Gorilla, N'djia, and her newborn baby rest in their enclosure at the zoo in Los Angeles. The zoo announced the female baby gorilla was born on Jan. 18, 2020. The baby, who doesn't yet have a name, is the first gorilla born at the zoo in more than 20 years. (Jamie Pham/The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens via AP)

Baby gorilla born at Los Angeles Zoo is a girl

Feb. 10, 2020 8:13 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a girl. The Los Angeles Zoo announced Monday that its staff have determined the sex of a Western lowland gorilla that was born on Jan. 18. The baby had spent three weeks “bonding and clinging tightly to her mother,” a zoo statement said. The baby, who doesn't yet have...

Woman faces animal cruelty charges after farm animals seized

Feb. 10, 2020 11:35 AM EST

SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A woman has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after authorities seized nearly 200 neglected animals from Connecticut farms. Suffield police said Monday that 35-year-old Rachel Kornstein, of Manchester, Connecticut turned herself in for arrest over the weekend. She...