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Black leopard mauls man who paid to have pictures taken

Oct. 29, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A man was mauled by a captive black leopard in a backyard zoo in South Florida, wildlife officials said. The man paid $150 for a “full contact experience" with the black leopard, which allowed him to play with it and take pictures, WPLG reported. A report by the Florida Fish and...

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Hundreds of shelter dogs, cats flown across the Pacific

Oct. 29, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 600 dogs and cats flew across the Pacific Ocean from crowded Hawaii shelters to Washington state, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, where there's more space for them to await adoption — a charity operation that organizers said is the largest pet rescue flight. The furry friends...

FILE - This June 30, 2017 remote camera image released by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and her mate with a pup born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Trump administration officials on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators. (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of US

Oct. 29, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states and tribes in charge of overseeing the predators. The U.S. Department of Interior announcement just...

Wolves' Beasley charged with threatening strangers with gun

Oct. 29, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley is charged with using a rifle to threaten a family who was house hunting in his neighborhood in suburban Minneapolis. Beasley was charged Thursday in Hennepin County District Court with threats of violence and drug possession. His wife, Montana Yao, was...

Wolf decision triggers automatic hunt re-start in Wisconsin

Oct. 29, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to remove gray wolves across most of the U.S. from the endangered species list means Wisconsin wildlife officials must reinstate a wolf hunt. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday that wolves would come off the list, a move designed...

Unlicensed Missouri dog breeder charged with animal abuse

Oct. 29, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An unlicensed dog breeder in southern Missouri was charged Thursday with 24 criminal counts after she allegedly euthanized 21 dogs she had agreed to turn over to the state, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said. Marlisa McAlmond, who runs Cedar Ridge Australians in Oregon...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, provided by Idaho Fish and Game, Snake River sockeye salmon that returned from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho over the summer swim in a holding tank at the Eagle Fish Hatchery in southwestern Idaho. A meager return of sockeye salmon to central Idaho this year despite high hopes and a new fish hatchery intended to help save the species from extinction has fisheries managers trying to figure out what went wrong.  (Dan Baker/Idaho Fish and Game via AP, File)

Idaho's sockeye salmon run falters again; experts perplexed

Oct. 29, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A meager return of sockeye salmon to central Idaho this year despite high hopes and a new fish hatchery intended to help save the species from extinction has fisheries managers trying to figure out what went wrong. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game plans to form a working group to...

Not in the mood, egrets skipping sex after eating bad fish

Oct. 29, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's great egrets just aren't in the mood. Blame it on a headache or stomachache caused by eating some bad fish. A University of Florida study found increased mercury exposure is turning egrets off from sex. Mercury contamination led to a 50% reduction in the birds' attempts to breed,...

Alaska group sues to block wolf trapping season on island

Oct. 29, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska conservation group filed a lawsuit to stop the state from reopening wolf trapping season on Prince of Wales Island. The lawsuit filed Monday by the Alaska Wildlife Alliance asks a state judge to intervene in a proposal by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to open a...

Chickens to be culled after bird flu found on Dutch farm

Oct. 29, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — More than 35,000 chickens are to be culled at a Dutch farm after a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu was discovered there, the agriculture ministry announced Thursday. The outbreak came despite the government last week ordering all birds on poultry farms to be kept indoors...