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Lake Okeechobee's lower level debated among stakeholders

May. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) — Lake Okeechobee is Florida's "Liquid Heart," and people who depend on it for irrigation, drinking water, recreation and their livelihoods are often in conflict on how to take care of it. This year, the conflict has heated up because the Army Corps of Engineers has been keeping the...

Instructor: Pitbulls connect Arkansas community and police

May. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — She may search cars for drugs, but deep down, Hype is just like any other dog — eager to have her tummy rubbed or to play with her squeaky tennis ball. Hype, a pitbull mix, joined the Barling Police Department's drug seizure operations in February after she was trained in...

Mountain lion found under mobile home deemed threat, killed

May. 18, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

PATAGONIA, Ariz. (AP) — The state Game and Fish Department says a mountain lion was killed after being found under a mobile home in a rural community in southern Arizona and being deemed a threat to the community because it apparently wasn't afraid of humans. The department also said the 2-year-old male...

Animal shelter suspends adoptions, intakes after infections

May. 18, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia animal shelter is temporarily suspending adoptions and most intakes following upper respiratory infections in a number of dogs, some leading to death. The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia says new dogs surrendered by their owners will not be accepted for two...

Wildlife authorities plan to kill cougar near Bend

May. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Wildlife authorities say they're planning to kill a mountain lion that's been deemed a threat to public safety in Bend. The Bend Bulletin reports cougar activity has been reported five times near homes and businesses in southwest Bend since February. The Department of Fish and Wildlife...

Scientists to monitor if endangered beetles can live on own

May. 18, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — Scientists are preparing to end a seven-year program that has reintroduced the first federally endangered species to Missouri because the beetles have shown encouraging signs that they could survive on their own. The St. Louis Zoo has worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Catrush 2019: South Dakota scraps 70-year-old fish record

May. 18, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota wildlife officials are voiding their oldest state fish record after determining that the fish had been misidentified. State Fisheries Program Administrator Geno Adams says the 55-pound fish caught by Roy Groves in 1949 has been the subject of controversy for years. It...

Detroit Zoo features snare traps made into animal sculptures

May. 18, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Sculptures made from illegal snare traps that threaten wildlife in Africa are on display at the Detroit Zoo. The exhibition "Snares to Wares: Capacity for Change " is on view at the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery at the zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak through next March. It...

New York officials launch annual birdwatching challenge

May. 18, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Department of Environmental Conservation is launching its annual birdwatching challenge, with versions for beginners and experts alike. The "I Bird NY" beginner's challenge is open to anyone 16 years old or younger. Participants must identify 10 common bird species listed on...

33 roosters seized in Colorado face death if not reclaimed

May. 18, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado animal shelter director says 33 roosters seized by authorities following a traffic stop are likely to be killed to protect against the spread of disease. Summit County Animal Control and Shelter director Lesley Hall told the Summit Daily the birds will be euthanized if their...