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8 pups being fostered by surrogate wild wolf parents

Jun. 21, 2018 1:50 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Eight Mexican gray wolf pups are being raised by surrogate parents in the wild as federal biologists look to improve the genetic diversity of the wild population in Arizona and New Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says four pups were placed into wild dens in late April...

Low escapement of Kodiak sockeye may halt egg collection

Jun. 21, 2018 1:27 AM EDT

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Kodiak hatchery officials say the low escapement levels of sockeye salmon could prevent the collection of sockeye eggs this year. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports nearly 7,000 fish had passed through the Afognak River weir as of Monday, about 15,000 were counted at the same time last...

Mayor: Stop feeding wild animals, or face a fine

Jun. 21, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor has proposed fines of up to $300 for people who feed wildlife as part of an effort to keep bears, coyotes and other animals from the area. The Republican reports West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt introduced the ordinance last week, saying there has...

Live animals, meat, ivory, wood seized in trafficking stings

Jun. 20, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers. The live animals recovered in the stings included turtles in...

Death of California great white shark sparks criminal probe

Jun. 20, 2018 9:37 PM EDT

APTOS, Calif. (AP) — California wildlife officials have started a criminal investigation into the death of a great white shark found on a Monterey Bay beach. The carcass of a nearly 9-foot-long, 500-pound young male was found Sunday on Beer Can Beach in Aptos. Experts said the shark appeared healthy except...

Police: Bear that mauled searcher likely killed Alaska hiker

Jun. 20, 2018 8:47 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities in Alaska's largest city said they believe the same brown bear killed a hiker who had gone missing and attacked a volunteer who was looking for him Wednesday. The hiker, Michael Soltis, had been missing for two days before being found dead close to where the...

Students to conduct research on beluga whales in Alaska

Jun. 20, 2018 7:57 PM EDT

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — A research scientist from the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut and several students are heading to Alaska for an annual research expedition to monitor the health of beluga whales. Officials say students from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, one student with the aquarium's Research...

Report: Bald eagles found dead in Maryland were poisoned

Jun. 20, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

FEDERALSBURG, Md. (AP) — A federal lab report says at least six of the 13 bald eagles found dead on a Maryland farm in 2016 had been poisoned. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report says the birds ingested a pesticide. The Post reports the pesticide, carbofuran,...

Wisconsin game warden helps cub escape basement with ladder

Jun. 20, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin game warden was smarter than the average bear. Department of Natural Resources warden Dave Walz was called to an Eagle River home in northern Wisconsin early Wednesday to help rescue a bear cub trapped in a newly built open basement. Walz and the homeowner decided to...

The Latest: Bear suspected in missing Alaska hiker's death

Jun. 20, 2018 5:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska bear attack (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Alaska authorities say a missing man has been found dead near the site where a member of his search party was mauled by a brown bear near a suburb of Alaska's largest city. They believe the missing man, Michael Soltis,...