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California braces for dry winter as Western drought drags on

Oct. 03, 2022 22:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The past three years have been California's driest on record and state officials said Monday that they're preparing for the streak to continue. The official water year concluded Friday, marking an end to a period that saw both record rainfall in October...

$20K reward for info on killings of 5 wild horses in Nevada

Oct. 03, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A $20,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed five wild horses in eastern Nevada late last year, the Bureau of Land Management announced Monday. BLM officials said the National Mustang Association...

Colorado man survives town's second bear attack this year

Oct. 03, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man survived a bear attack in the backyard of his home when he fired at the animal and scared it away after it threw him to the ground, state wildlife officials said. The attack occurred Saturday night in the small town of New Castle, Colorado Parks and...

San Diego Zoo welcomes 41 endangered turtle hatchlings

Oct. 03, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It only took two decades, but a rare and endangered turtle species has finally bred at the San Diego Zoo. Zoo officials on Monday announced the arrival of 41 tiny Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle hatchlings. Conservationists from the San Diego...

Maryland’s smallest bat's survival threatened

Oct. 02, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — What tricolor bats lack in size, they make up for in their important role in insect control and pollination. But their survival is being threatened by biological and environmental factors. The tricolor bats’ range includes Maryland and the Eastern Shore....

Car plunges from cliff south of San Francisco

Sep. 30, 2022 22:03 PM EDT

PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — A man was critically injured Friday after his car plunged off a winding, cliffside road south of San Francisco and landed on a beach below, authorities said. California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection officials posted a video of the smashed car at...

DNR: February 2021 hunt had little effect on wolf population

Sep. 30, 2022 11:28 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials estimate Wisconsin's wolf population currently stands at about 970 animals, demonstrating that a much-maligned February 2021 hunting season had little impact on the population as a whole. Wisconsin Public Radio reported that...

Water crisis tests Mississippi mayor who started as activist

Sep. 30, 2022 07:58 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Mississippi's capital was 5 years old when his parents moved their family from New York to Jackson in 1988 so that his father, who had been involved in a Black nationalist movement in the 1970s, could return to the unfinished business of challenging inequity and...

US proposal would permit eagle deaths as renewables expand

Sep. 29, 2022 20:59 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday proposed a new permitting program for wind energy turbines, power lines and other projects that kill eagles, amid growing concern among scientists that the rapid expansion of renewable energy in the U.S. West could harm golden eagle...

Suction-dredge gold miner working Idaho river fined $150K

Sep. 29, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A suction-dredge gold miner from California who operated in an Idaho river containing federally protected salmon and steelhead without permits required by the Clean Water Act must pay $150,000, a federal judge has ruled. Shannon Poe received the fine Wednesday...