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African lion that died in Kansas had fungal infection

Oct. 19, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Officials say an African lion that died at the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina suffered from encephalitis caused by a fungal infection. The lion, called Sahar, died Sept. 27. Zoo officials announced Thursday that a necropsy performed at Kansas State University found the infection caused...

Police: Woman made up raccoon story to cover up shooting

Oct. 18, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Police say an Alabama woman told a story about trying to shoot a rabid raccoon to cover up a fight that left her and her boyfriend with gunshot wounds. News outlets report 37-year-old Catherine Fernandez was arrested on a domestic violence charge after investigators determined her tale...

Dead loons wash up at Sleeping Bear beach

Oct. 18, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

EMPIRE, Mich. (AP) — More than two dozen common loons have been found dead at a beach in northern Michigan. Good Harbor Bay beach is at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Leelanau County. Officials believe the birds were likely killed by Type E botulism and washed ashore this week. Botulism has been...

University of Arizona approved to launch veterinary college

Oct. 18, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The University of Arizona has gained approval from a nationwide veterinary association to open its College of Veterinary Medicine north of Tucson. The Arizona Daily Star reports that the American Veterinary Medical Association council sent the university a letter of reasonable...

Public urged to avoid wild animals after rabid skunk cases

Oct. 18, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Suburban Detroit officials are urging the public to stay away from wild animals after nearly a dozen cases of rabies have been confirmed in skunks. Oakland County health officials said Thursday a dead skunk found in West Bloomfield tested positive for rabies, bringing the number of...

Veterinarians confirm 1st case of horse herpes in Utah

Oct. 17, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has confirmed the first case of horse herpes in the state. Department officials say a Weber County horse tested positive sometime this week and has been quarantined. Prior to the diagnosis, other horses on the farm of origin were isolated...

Home health cares in Iowa, South Dakota ordered to pay

Oct. 17, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has ordered five home health care facilities in Iowa and South Dakota accused of filing fraudulent Medicare claims to pay more than $3.1 million. A complaint filed earlier this month in Cedar Rapid's federal court accused Sergeant Bluff Healthcare and Elk Point...

Georgia shelter closed over fatal pet illness set to reopen

Oct. 17, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area animal shelter that closed to suppress an infection resulting in at least four dog deaths could reopen as early as Friday. Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt has said tests on dogs at the county shelter showed they had the highly contagious illness streptococcus zooepidemicus....

North Korea seen as weak link as swine fever spreads in Asia

Oct. 16, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea. African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian...

Grand Teton National Park removing non-native mountain goats

Oct. 16, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park officials have announced plans to begin removing non-native mountain goats from the park by lethal and non-lethal means. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Tuesday that the final plan from park officials includes hunting, capturing and relocating the...