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This Nov. 7, 2017, photo released by the National Park Service shows a wolf in the road near Artist Paintpots in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wolves have repopulated the mountains and forests of the American West with remarkable speed since their reintroduction 25 years ago, expanding to more than 300 packs in six states. (Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service via AP)

Wolves rebound, lose protections. Now future up to voters

Oct. 30, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves. A pack of 35 named after a nearby snow-dusted promontory, Junction Butte, now were snoozing on a hillside above the carcass. Tourists dressed against the...

This Nov. 7, 2017, photo released by the National Park Service shows a wolf in the road near Artist Paintpots in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wolves have repopulated the mountains and forests of the American West with remarkable speed since their reintroduction 25 years ago, expanding to more than 300 packs in six states. (Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service via AP)

Wolves rebound, lose protections. Now future up to voters

Oct. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves. A pack of 35 named after a nearby snow-dusted promontory, Junction Butte, now were snoozing on a hillside above the carcass. Tourists dressed against the...

10-foot python removed from under car hood in Florida

Oct. 30, 2020 4:22 AM EDT

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 10-foot Burmese python was removed from under the hood of a car in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a tweet Thursday that the snake was coiled up inside the engine compartment of a Ford Mustang in Dania Beach, which is...

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...

Brach exercises option for $2,075,000 Mets salary for '21

Oct. 29, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pitcher Brad Brach exercised the 2021 player option in his contract with the New York Mets on Thursday, a deal worth a $2,075,000 salary for next season. The 34-year-old right-hander was 1-0 with a 5.84 ERA in 14 relief appearances in his first full season with the Mets, who signed him in...

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...

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...

Young gray wolf from California spotted in Oregon

Oct. 28, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young member of California’s only known gray wolf pack has left the state and ventured into Oregon, wildlife officials said. The male wolf, dubbed LAS13M, traveled to Lake County, Oregon, in early October and has remained there, according to a July-through-September report...

Government approves Alaska Petroleum Reserve Willow project

Oct. 28, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal government has approved the Willow oil project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, allowing construction near a prized conservation area in a largely undeveloped region. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed the government’s record of decision...

Man with 28 DWIs dies weeks after leaving prison

Oct. 28, 2020 7:32 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man with 28 arrests for drunken driving has died weeks after leaving prison for his latest offense. An online obituary says 67-year-old Danny Lee Bettcher, of New York Mills, died last week from what his family said was natural causes. Bettcher was released from the Moose...