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Wild horse named Picasso attracts ardent photographers, fans

Jan. 26, 2020 1:38 PM EST

SAND WASH BASIN, Colo. (AP) — They all have a story about Picasso, now the most famous wild horse in America, as if the old pinto was putting on a show just for them. It might be the first time they saw the tri-color mustang galloping across the scrubby terrain of Colorado's Sand Wash Basin, heading full...

Brenda Oviatt said Angraecum urschianum, shown here growing in the Botanica Ltd. greenhouse on Jan. 14, 2020, is one of her favorite orchids. The orchid comes from Madagascar, grows to only a few inches high and has a flower as big as the plant. (Tom Bauer/The Missoulian via AP)

Missoula's 'best kept secret' helps save imperiled orchids

Jan. 26, 2020 1:36 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — For about 25 years, Brenda Oviatt and Bill Nerison have been involved with what they like to call one of Missoula’s best kept secrets. The couple run Botanica Ltd., an appointment-only business off South Third Street containing more than 8,000 plants and about 500 species of...

Idaho wildlife officials criticized for elk hunt

Jan. 26, 2020 1:19 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are being criticized for taking part in a research project that led to the killing of 206 elk across southern Idaho from Pocatello to Nampa in an attempt to learn more about how to control damage from elk herds. The hunting and fishing...

Des Moines couple reports dog fought coyote in backyard

Jan. 26, 2020 12:58 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State wildlife officials are urging central Iowa residents to be vigilant in safeguarding pets after a Des Moines couple reported their German shepherd mix dog was attacked by a coyote. The couple reported the attacked happened Thursday night less than a mile from the Drake...

Virginia woman sues animal shelter over bite to her finger

Jan. 26, 2020 12:24 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman has sued a humane society that she says didn’t properly restrain a caged dog that bit her finger. Marie A. Franco-Wisnewski, 55, of Portsmouth, is seeking $240,000 in damages, plus costs and interests, from the Portsmouth Humane Society, The Virginian-Pilot...

Cincinnati Zoo cheetahs to have opportunity to run at farm

Jan. 26, 2020 11:13 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cheetahs from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will have about five acres of open terrain where they can run at a facility anticipated to be completed this summer. The cheetahs will be transported from the zoo in suburban Cincinnati in custom, built-in van crates to the...

Deputy shoots dog after it attacks police horse at parade

Jan. 26, 2020 10:43 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy fatally shot a dog after it attacked a police horse following the Gasparilla parade on Saturday. The pit bull broke free from a gate it had been tied to and charged at the horses three times, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s authorities. The area was...

Coast Guard board to investigate deadly crab boat sinking

Jan. 26, 2020 10:11 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Coast Guard has formed a Marine Board of Investigation to determine the causes of the sinking of the Scandies Rose, a Seattle-managed crab boat that went down with five of its seven crew members on Dec. 31 in the Gulf of Alaska. The board will look into the sinking of the boat, which had...

A man wearing a face mask rides a nearly empty subway train in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The new virus accelerated its spread in China, and the U.S. Consulate in the epicenter of the outbreak, the central city of Wuhan, announced Sunday it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Virus death toll in China rises as US prepares evacuation

Jan. 26, 2020 10:05 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A new viral illness being watched with a wary eye around the globe accelerated its spread in China on Sunday with 56 deaths so far, while the U.S. Consulate in the city at the epicenter announced it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight. China's...

Groups want federal protection for wolverines

Jan. 26, 2020 10:02 AM EST

Wolverines are the largest members of the weasel family, but they look more like small bears with bushy tails. Conservation groups say the animals need to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Ten groups want to force the federal government to protect the elusive wolverines. The groups...