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Officials: Florida panther killed

May. 24, 2022 20:36 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died. It’s the 17th panther death recorded this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The cause of death wasn't immediately known. The remains of the 5-month-old female...

Iowa lawmakers OK deer hunting with semi-automatic rifles

May. 24, 2022 18:27 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Deer hunters would be able to use semi-automatic rifles during a newly created antlerless season in January under a bill approved by lawmakers Tuesday and sent to the governor. The measure given final approval by the House is designed to help control the...

Monarch butterfly numbers in Mexico rise by 35%

May. 24, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican experts said Monday that 35% more monarch butterflies arrived this year to spend the winter in mountaintop forests, compared to the previous season. Experts say the rise may reflect the butterflies’ ability to adapt to more extreme bouts of heat or...

EXPLAINER: What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

May. 24, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Health authorities in Europe, North America, Israel and Australia have identified more than 100 cases of monkeypox in recent days. Officials around the world are keeping watch for more cases because, for the first time, the rare disease appears to be spreading among...

Brazil president announces carbon market, thin on details

May. 23, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree that he says will create a national carbon market to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Brazil ranks sixth in the world for climate pollution, according to Climate Watch . “In this still new...

Zimbabwe opens conference to promote sales of elephant ivory

May. 23, 2022 11:54 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has opened an international conference to try to win international support for its campaign to be allowed to sell its stockpile of seized ivory. If the southern African country is not permitted to sell off its 130 tons of ivory, estimated to be...

Fisherman dies after boat sinks on Tennessee Lake

May. 23, 2022 04:03 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A fisherman has died after a boat sank on a southeastern Tennessee lake, wildlife officials said. Ronnie D. Gholston, 24, was bowfishing with two other men on Nickajack Lake on Thusday night when their 15-foot boat began to sink, the Tennessee Widlife...

Deer hunting: Early velvet season for bucks set

May. 21, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Deer hunters in Mississippi will have a chance to harvest a buck in velvet during the state’s first early archery hunt in September. The season is set for Sept. 16-18. Russ Walsh, wildlife chief of staff for the Mississippi Department of...

First invasive European green crab found in Hood Canal

May. 20, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An invasive European green crab was captured this week in Hood Canal, the farthest south the species has been found in the Salish Sea. Volunteers with Washington Sea Grant trapped the male European green crab in Nick’s Lagoon near Seabeck in Kitsap County, The...

More land added to state forest with endangered bat habitat

May. 20, 2022 04:13 AM EDT

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (AP) — More land has been added to a state forest in eastern Kentucky that has endangered bat habitat, officials said. The 238-acre (96-hectare) parcel known as the McGlone tract will increase the size of the Tygarts State Forest in Carter County to 1,184 acres, a...