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New Mexico panel opts to end recreational cougar trapping

Nov. 22, 2019 3:52 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have adopted new rules that will prohibit trapping or snaring cougars for sport, marking a small victory for animal protection groups that have been fighting for a broader ban of the practice on public lands across the state. The state Game Commission voted...

Forest Service to review water diversions in Sawtooth Valley

Nov. 22, 2019 3:20 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to complete environmental reviews of 20 water diversions in central Idaho that a conservation group says could be harming imperiled salmon. A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday signed off on the agreement between the Forest Service and Idaho...

Chronic wasting disease spreads in northwestern Wisconsin

Nov. 22, 2019 2:59 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials say chronic wasting disease has spread to Dunn County. The Department of Natural Resources said Friday that a wild deer killed during the 2019 archery season near Menomonie has tested positive for the disease. The infection is the first detected in Dunn...

Woman severely injured in deer attack in southern Nebraska

Nov. 22, 2019 2:35 PM EST

GUIDE ROCK, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska wildlife officials say a woman was attacked and severely injured by a deer in south-central Nebraska this week. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says in a news release Friday that the woman was doing chores alone outside in an area near Guide Rock when she was...

Dog groomer accused of strangling, hitting dogs at work

Nov. 22, 2019 11:41 AM EST

ARCHBOLD, Ohio (AP) — A dog groomer accused of strangling, shaking and hitting dogs at her business has been indicted on five felony counts of animal cruelty. Court records show the charges against Theresa Taylor, of Bryan, are in connection to episodes over four days in August with various dogs at...

Police: Woman left 3 dogs to die in empty home

Nov. 22, 2019 11:22 AM EST

LACEY, N.J. (AP) — A woman who allegedly abandoned three dogs that were found dead at a vacant New Jersey home this month is now charged with animal cruelty. Ocean County prosecutors say Allissa DeStefano was responsible for caring for the dogs and had left them alone for an unspecified amount of time, but...

Tiger that had been in declining health dies at Wichita zoo

Nov. 22, 2019 9:15 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A tiger that had been in declining health has died at a Wichita zoo. Jennica King, of the Sedgwick County Zoo, said the 14-year-old Amur tiger named Talali had not been on exhibit for several months. The Wichita Eagle reports that zookeepers had discovered a mass on her body and had...

Deer with snout stuck in Halloween bucket is rescued

Nov. 22, 2019 8:19 AM EST

PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Animal control officers in New York came to the aid of a deer that had a plastic Halloween bucket stuck to its snout. TV station WABC reports that that the yearling deer was spotted in Putnam Valley northeast of New York City with its snout in a pumpkin-shaped bucket. The state...

Coyote euthanized, believed involved in 2 Rutgers attacks

Nov. 22, 2019 7:06 AM EST

NEW BRUNCWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University police have euthanized an aggressive coyote believed responsible for two attacks on people walking near the Rutgers Nature Preserve. Officers on Thursday spotted the animal near the location of a Nov. 18 attack. They tried to move the coyote away from the area,...

Pair accused of animal cruelty sues to get cats back

Nov. 22, 2019 6:44 AM EST

BALDWIN, Md. (AP) — Two people indicted on animal cruelty charges have filed suit against a Maryland county to get back some of the animals that authorities took from their home. News outlets report Pamela Arrington and Garriott Cox are expected in court Friday morning in Towson. The pair were indicted...