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After shark attacks, is Cape Cod ready for tourist season?

May. 24, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — As Cape Cod's tourist season gets underway, there's uncertainty after two shark attacks — including Massachusetts' first fatal attack since 1936 — rattled beachgoers last year and sparked a still unresolved debate about how the vacation destination should respond....

UN health agency seeks to halve number of snakebite deaths

May. 23, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is publishing its first-ever global strategy to tackle the problem of snakebites, aiming to halve the number of people killed or disabled by snakes by 2030. Nearly 3 million people are bitten by potentially poisonous snakes every year, resulting in as many as...

Dogs involved in fatal attack on teen to be euthanized

May. 23, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

DIGHTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say five dogs that attacked and killed a 14-year-old Massachusetts boy who regularly took care of them will be euthanized. The three-member Dighton Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Wednesday to have the dogs — four Belgian Malinois and a Dutch shepherd...

German government OKs plan to shoot protected wolves

May. 22, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government wants to relax rules against shooting wolves if the animals kill sheep or other livestock. Wolves are an endangered species in Germany and they had largely been protected from being hunted, to the annoyance of farmers who claim they are causing widespread damage to...

Owners of dogs that attacked boy to pay restitution, fines

May. 21, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has ordered the owners of two dogs that seriously injured a boy in Wyoming to pay fines and medical bills but not have their dogs put down. Teton County Prosecutor Erin Weisman wanted the dogs killed for the safety of the community. Teton County Circuit Judge James Radda says...

Police kill bear that fatally attacked dog

May. 21, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut authorities say police were forced to kill a bear after it fatally attacked a dog and threatened an officer. A Burlington resident called state police on Monday afternoon to report that a large black bear had killed her dog in her yard. She said she let her two dogs...

African painted dog killed by collapsing gate at Zoo Miami

May. 20, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Officials at a Florida zoo say a young African painted dog was killed when a gate collapsed on her. Zoo Miami posted on Facebook that the juvenile female died Monday. She was one of five puppies born at the zoo in January. Zoo officials say the endangered canines were being moved between...

Teen mauled to death by dogs laid to rest

May. 19, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

DIGHTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts boy mauled to death by dogs has been laid to rest. WPRI-TV reports a funeral service was held Saturday at His Providence Church in Swansea for 14-year-old Ryan Hazel. A private burial followed. The Rehoboth teen had been caring for dogs at a home in nearby Dighton on...

Mountain lion found under mobile home deemed threat, killed

May. 18, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

PATAGONIA, Ariz. (AP) — The state Game and Fish Department says a mountain lion was killed after being found under a mobile home in a rural community in southern Arizona and being deemed a threat to the community because it apparently wasn't afraid of humans. The department also said the 2-year-old male...

More ships slow down off California to avoid killing whales

May. 17, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A growing number of shipping companies are slowing down as they approach San Francisco and other California ports so they are less likely to injure or kill whales. Marine experts say four of the 10 gray whales found dead near San Francisco this year were killed by ships, the San...