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This photo provided by the National Park Service shows, Yellowstone National Park wildlife biologist Lauren Walker participating in the release of eight young trumpeter swans (cygnets) at Alum Creek in the park's Hayden Valley near Mammoth, Wyo. Saturday, Sept.19, 2020. The National Park Service and several organizations have been working to rebuild the population of trumpeter swans in the park, which peaked at 72 in 1961 and fell to just four in 2009 and 2010. (The National Park Service via AP)

Trumpeter swan cygnets released in Yellowstone National Park

Oct. 25, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park may be well-known for its role in rebuilding populations of large mammals like grizzly bears, wolves and bison, yet trumpeter swans have a similar story of dogged recovery that is not as well known. “They were reduced to only a few individuals and...

Coroner: Alabama woman killed in attack by pack of dogs

Oct. 20, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

NAUVOO, Ala. (AP) — A pack of dogs attacked and killed a woman in rural Walker County northwest of Birmingham, authorities said. Ruthie Mae Brown, 36, of Boldo was pronounced dead at the scene in Nauvoo on Monday afternoon, Coroner Joey Vick said. It was unclear exactly what happened, but authorities...

Shelter officials say 35 rescued dogs were starving, inbred

Oct. 19, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Shelter officials say 35 dogs rescued near Whitewood last week were starving and inbred. “They’re skinny, they’re bloated with worms, they have diarrhea, they were fighting over food to survive,” Jennifer McCambridge, senior kennel tech at the Western...

Person in custody after officials find 200 animals in home

Oct. 16, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities have a person in custody after finding more than 200 animals in a West Seattle home and many others dead in an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. KOMO-TV reports the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Animal Shelter found 200 animals inside a home, with many dead animals...

Judge continues halt of California's ban on gator products

Oct. 15, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — California’s ban on selling alligator products probably violates federal laws and the state cannot enforce it while various legal challenges remain in court, a federal judge has ruled. The state of Louisiana and companies in California, Florida and Texas are suing the state of...

Authorities seize 24 dogs after animal neglect complaint

Oct. 15, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

WHITEWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say they rescued 24 dogs after responding to a complaint at a home near Whitewood, in far western South Dakota. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office says deputies discovered several neglected animals at the residence on Tuesday and eventually seized two dozen of the dogs....

Farmers take part in a protest against a proposed animal welfare bill, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Thousands of farmers from across Poland gathered in Warsaw to protest the bill, which would prohibit breeding animals for fur and restrict ritual slaughter. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish farmers protest planned animal welfare law

Oct. 13, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of angry farmers chanting anti-government slogans protested Tuesday in Warsaw against draft legislation that would ban fur farms, religious slaughter for export and the use of animals for entertainment and in circuses. Towing a life-size figure of a cow, the farmers...

Arson suspect faces new charges over dead animals

Oct. 12, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of intentionally setting a fire in Phoenix that contributed to the Almeda fire now faces added criminal charges surrounding the deaths of eight animals. Michael Jarrod Bakkela, 41, made his first court appearance Friday on eight new misdemeanor counts of animal abuse...

Police: Dog that attacked 8-year-old Omaha girl fatally shot

Oct. 12, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A family dog attacked an 8-year-old Omaha girl this weekend, leading her brother to fatally shoot the 100-pound Rottweiler, police and Nebraska Humane Society officials said. Police received a call about an aggressive dog on Sunday afternoon in the Florence community in northeast Omaha,...

Jacob Glissmeyer, right, of Hoback, Wyo., searches for mountain goats high in the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., in September, 2020. The National Park Service allowed qualified volunteers to help cull the non-native mountain goat population, which is threatening the survival of a dwindling population of bighorn sheep. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Teton goat shoot a physical challenge but success reported

Oct. 11, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — “Mountaineering with a rifle” is how Taylor Glenn summed up his first few hours of pursuing mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park. The morning of Sept. 23, Glenn was soft-spoken and bummed out, having just descended a steep scree slope below Symmetry Spire after an...