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Rabid kitten bites three people in Otter Tail County

Nov. 15, 2019 11:07 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State animal health officials say an Otter Tail County kitten who bit three people, including a young child, has tested positive for rabies. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the kitten’s owner saw a skunk attacking the kitten on her farmhouse porch last month. She...

Always doe prices? Deer wanders into Walmart, slips around

Nov. 15, 2019 9:50 AM EST

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A whitetail went retail for a bit this week when it entered a Walmart store in Ohio. Patrons in Wooster in northeastern Ohio say the deer was kicking shelves as it walked through the store Wednesday afternoon. Bert and Dawn Moore encountered the deer after stopping in for a few things...

Volkswagen donation to expand US forest by 1,500 acres

Nov. 15, 2019 4:25 AM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen plans to donate $1.25 million to help expand Cherokee National Forest near the company’s Chattanooga plant and offer community grants. On Thursday, The Conservation Fund announced a collaboration with Volkswagen to open three tracts near the plant for outdoor...

Hunters prepare to hit the woods for firearms deer season

Nov. 14, 2019 9:41 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of hunters will trek into Michigan woods and fields Friday as firearms deer season opens. The season runs through Nov. 30. The Department of Natural Resources’ annual forecast says overall deer numbers are low in the Upper Peninsula and buck sightings have been...

St. Paul cop testifies fellow officer’s kicks unnecessary

Nov. 14, 2019 8:05 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul police officer testified Thursday that he believed a fellow officer’s three kicks to a suspect who was being bitten by a police dog were unnecessary. Officer Brian Ficcadenti testified during the federal trial of Officer Brett Palkowitsch, who is charged with...

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

Nov. 14, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal...

Rutgers warns of aggressive coyote that bit man near campus

Nov. 14, 2019 6:18 PM EST

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University officials in New Jersey are warning students there may be an aggressive coyote in the area that bit someone walking near campus. The university’s police department tweeted Thursday evening that they are investigating. They said a man said he was walking...

Police put down cub accidentally injured at Colorado mall

Nov. 14, 2019 6:12 PM EST

SNOWMASS, Colo. (AP) — Police in a Colorado mountain village had to put down a bear cub after an officer accidentally injured it while trying to chase it away from a snack delivery left unattended outside a mall. The Aspen Times reports that a Snowmass officer tried to chase off the cub by striking its...

11 more endangered whooping cranes in southwest Louisiana

Nov. 14, 2019 6:11 PM EST

Eleven young endangered whooping cranes are in southwest Louisiana, being prepared to join 69 adults in the wild. The juveniles will spend about two weeks in a net-covered pen at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area near Gueydan. Whooping cranes are among the world's largest and rarest birds. The 850 or so...

Iowa reports 622 impaired water segments, a 2% increase

Nov. 14, 2019 5:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will report water impairments on 622 river, lake and wetland segments to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its biennial summary of water quality, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. That’s a 2% increase over the 608 reported in the 2016...