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Yellowstone park to reconsider controversial bison plan

Jul. 1, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials plan to reconsider how they manage Yellowstone National Park's famous wild bison herds following longstanding complaints over thousands of the animals that have been killed by hunters and agencies as they attempted to migrate into Montana. Yellowstone National...

Zimbabwe reopens wildlife parks, restaurants in relaxation

Jul. 1, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has reopened its national parks to the public and allowed restaurants to serve food within their premises, some relief for the country's hospitality sector struggling from restrictions to combat the new coronavirus. The government’s decision, announced by the...

New Florida laws address sea level, algae, pythons, iguanas

Jun. 30, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Ron DeSantis signed a slew of environmental bills in less than 24 hours that address issues ranging from sea level rise to blue-green algae blooms — and even given the state authority to use drones to fight invasive Burmese pythons. DeSantis signed a...

Deaths of 2 Mexican gray wolves investigated in New Mexico

Jun. 29, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers are investigating the deaths of two Mexican gray wolves found in May in New Mexico. The interagency team that oversees recovery of the endangered species in New Mexico and Arizona documented the deaths of a female that was not with a pack and a male that was part...

FILE - This March 25, 2020, file photo shows a small load of pollack being sorted as it comes off a boat at the Portland Fish Exchange in Portland, Maine. The amount of commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help jeopardized species of sea life to recover. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Worldwide slowdown in fishing unlikely to save rare species

Jun. 29, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help endangered species of marine life recover. Hours logged by fishermen at sea fell by nearly 10% around...

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Review: Paul Doiron cranks up a suspenseful, fast-paced plot

Jun. 29, 2020 8:15 AM EDT

“One Last Lie,” by Paul Doiron (Minotaur) Fifteen years ago, a young Maine game warden went undercover to investigate a poaching ring in Maine’s north woods and was never heard from again; so his mentor, retired warden Charlie Stevens, is stunned when he stumbles onto the missing...

Testing to determine whether Kansas carp are dying of herpes

Jun. 28, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State wildlife and parks staff are collecting and testing samples from fish carcasses to determine whether a koi herpes virus is behind fish kills in at least two Kansas lakes. According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, staff have confirmed die-offs at Pomona...

Precautionary quarantine at Belmont Park barn is lifted

Jun. 28, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials have lifted a precautionary quarantine on a barn at Belmont Park after test results for a horse suspected of having equine herpesvirus Type 1 were negative. The New York Racing Association said Sunday all horses in Barn 37 were found to not have fever and were asymptomatic. As a...

K-State researchers get $1M to improve wheat diversity

Jun. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas State University wheat geneticist will get nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research designed to improve the genetic diversity of wheat. The Hutchinson News reports the research will focus on studying and cultivating a genetic species of wheat...

A young black bear hops down from its cage after being released Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Squirrel Meadows, about 25 miles east of Ashton, Idaho, and just south of Yellowstone National Park. The bear had been orphaned last fall as a cub and was near starvation when it was captured in outside a home in Jackson, Wyoming. Normally the Wyoming Department of Fish and Game would euthanize an animal in such poor condition, but the agency decided to send this bruin to Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation in Boise to see if it could be saved. (Bradly J. Boner/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Black bear rescued as cub released back into Wyoming woods

Jun. 28, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — When Taz McBride first laid eyes on “Hissy” he was up close with the tiny black bear in his grandmother’s Melody Ranch backyard. Hissy wasn’t exactly menacing, as far as black bears go. The gaunt, housecat-size animal appeared to be out on its own when it...