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Sick bighorn sheep herd in North Dakota might be improving

Apr. 19, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An outbreak of deadly bacterial pneumonia that has plagued western North Dakota's bighorn sheep population since 2014 is showing signs of waning. But it might still be a few years before the herd is out of the woods. Game and Fish Department biologists counted 283 bighorns in a recent...

Bobcat survives deadly wildfire, has 4 kittens in California

Apr. 19, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a young bobcat captured, collared and released a day before a massive, deadly wildfire has given birth to four kittens. Officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said Friday that biologists recently found the bobcat's den in dense...

Wolf population declining in Yellowstone National Park

Apr. 19, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Officials say Yellowstone National Park's gray wolf population has dropped to about 80 wolves — less than half of the highest population mark in the park. The Powell Tribune reported on Thursday that while park officials won't have an accurate count until the fall after surviving...

Bieber, Ariana Grande join Lil Dicky for Earth Day video

Apr. 19, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Leonardo DiCaprio have joined rapper-comedian Lil Dicky on a new song and video aimed at bringing awareness to climate change and Earth Day, which is Monday. Dicky released the animated clip for the song "Earth" on Friday, where Bieber is a baboon and Grande...

Colorado wildlife officers kill 1st bear of 2019

Apr. 19, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Colorado have killed a bear near Meeker after previously relocating it from Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers killed the bear Monday after it disturbed a farmer's beehive. Officers...

2 Missouri measures could halt local rules over large farms

Apr. 19, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Measures advancing in the Missouri Legislature would limit the scope of rules that local governments can slap on large animal feeding operations. House lawmakers on Thursday voted 101-42 to pass a bill to give county sheriffs and federal or state agencies with authority over...

Records detail wolf poaching in Wyoming national park

Apr. 19, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A Kelly big-game outfitter and avid wolf hunter trudged through the snow right past a boundary sign on his way to illegally shooting a female wolf inside Grand Teton National Park. Gros Ventre Wilderness Outfitters owner Brian Taylor was pursuing wolves on closing day of the 2018...

Fire-ravaged Notre Dame now stabilized, firefighters leave

Apr. 19, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Architects and construction workers have now stabilized the damaged structure of Notre Dame cathedral, four days after a fast-spreading fire ravaged the iconic Paris building, and firefighters will leave the site Friday night, a fire brigade spokesman said. "There is no more risk the edifice's...

Wisconsin DNR corrects vote totals on CWD bounties program

Apr. 19, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Corrected results from a survey of outdoor enthusiasts still show broad support for reviving a program to offer bounties for deer carcasses infected with chronic wasting disease. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Thursday revised totals from a survey of the Wisconsin...

The Latest: UNESCO: Notre Dame can evolve in its rebuilding

Apr. 19, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The Paris fire brigade spokesman says Notre Dame Cathedral has been secured and firefighters will leave the site on Friday night. Lt. Colonel Gabriel Plus told The Associated Press that "there is no...