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Police: Protected bird was shot in Florida

Aug. 21, 2018 7:21 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Police say a protected bird has been shot and wounded in Florida. The Miami Herald reports an unidentified man shot the osprey at Truman Waterfront Park in Monroe County on Tuesday. The bird was seriously injured, having suffered a fractured wing near its rib. Tom Sweets with the Key...

Whale buried in Massachusetts after necropsy

Aug. 21, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

DUXBURY, Mass. (AP) — New England Aquarium officials say results of a necropsy on a dead fin whale that washed up on a Massachusetts beach could take weeks, maybe months. Aquarium spokeswoman Diana McCloy said Tuesday that samples from the 52-foot-long whale were sent to different labs. Biologists hope the...

NJ says about 40 percent of hunted bears from state land

Aug. 21, 2018 4:05 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — About 40 percent of the bears killed in New Jersey's annual hunts since 2010 came from state-owned lands now off-limits to hunters, according to Department of Environmental Protection figures made available Tuesday. The figures come a day after Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed an...

Minnesota spends $10M a year to battle invasive species

Aug. 21, 2018 2:54 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is spending millions of dollars annually to fight invasive species in its lakes and waterways, but the damaging plants and animals are continuing to spread. Aquatic invasive species have plagued Minnesota for more than a century, when common carp were introduced as a new...

Topeka Zoo welcomes second baby giraffe of the summer

Aug. 21, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The newest giraffe at the Topeka Zoo is a girl named Elizabeth. The zoo says an 8-year-old giraffe named Hope gave birth early Tuesday after about an hour of labor. The giraffe's father is named Sarge. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports zoo director Brendan Wiley said the new calf and...

Mississippi trims zone aimed to stop spread of deer disease

Aug. 21, 2018 1:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials are setting new rules about feeding wildlife and hog trapping in an effort to control a debilitating deer disease. The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks voted last week to ban feeding and require permits for hog trapping in Warren County, as...

Fish heads dumped near Alaska school attracts bear, police

Aug. 21, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police are looking for a man who dumped fish heads in woods near an elementary school. The perpetrator won't have to clean up. A grizzly bear took care of that. The fish dumper, however, faces a $300 fine for discarding garbage that attracts animals. Alaska families...

8 Madison County residents treated for potential rabies

Aug. 21, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Eight residents of a southwestern Montana county underwent precautionary treatment for rabies after being exposed to bats within the last three weeks. The Montana Standard reports health officials aren't sure if anyone was bitten. Madison County nurse Melissa Brummell says in one case,...

Massachusetts zoo on the lookout for stork that flew away

Aug. 21, 2018 12:40 PM EDT

STONEHAM, Mass. (AP) — Maybe she just had a few babies to deliver. A Boston-area zoo is looking for a female stork that flew away last week and has evaded experts since. The Stone Zoo in Stoneham posted on Facebook that the 3-foot-tall, white-bellied stork took off Friday during training for the "Masters...

Effort to help monarch butterflies gets boost in marketplace

Aug. 21, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — An initiative to market milkweed for the benefit of monarch butterflies — and the farmers in Quebec and Vermont who grow it — is getting a boost from a Canadian parka company that is renewing its commitment to sell coats made with the plant's floss. It's an experimental...