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This December 2019 photo provided by Guy Ballard shows a male brush-tailed rock wallaby eating supplementary food researchers provided in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in New South Wales, Australia. Before this fire season, scientists estimated there were as few as 15,000 left in the wild. Now recent fires in a region already stricken by drought have burned through some of their last habitat, and the species is in jeopardy of disappearing, Ballard said. (Guy Ballard/NSW DPI - UNE via AP)

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

Jan. 17, 2020 10:02 PM EST

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the island continent’s unique and colorful species...

New Mexico Game Commissioner Jimmy Bates, center, listens to a presentation during a meeting at the Las Cruces Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, N.M., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commission voted to adopt changes to state trapping rules that include restrictions on where traps and snares can be placed. (Nathan J. Fish/The Las Cruces Sun News via AP)

New Mexico commission approves wildlife trapping changes

Jan. 17, 2020 6:49 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Trappers now have to complete an education course and new restrictions will be imposed on setting wildlife traps and snares around designated trailheads and on select tracts of public lands in New Mexico under a measure adopted Friday by the state Game Commission. State wildlife...

Coyote bites officer helping motorist in Ohio's largest city

Jan. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio's largest city shot and killed a coyote after it bit an officer who had stopped to help a stranded motorist, the police department said. The coyote appeared out of nowhere Thursday night and first tried to attack a state road worker also helping the motorist on an...

FILE - In this July 15, 2016, file photo, a mountain goat leads its kid across the Mount Evans Scenic Byway just below the summit near Idaho Springs, Colo. Wyoming wildlife managers are criticizing plans by Grand Teton National Park to shoot nonnative mountain goats by helicopter. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, approved a resolution opposing the plans, favoring the use of volunteers to hunt the goats on the ground. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Wyoming officials oppose Grand Teton aerial goat gunning

Jan. 17, 2020 4:03 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife managers are criticizing plans by Grand Teton National Park to shoot nonnative mountain goats by helicopter. Inclement weather has so far prevented the aerial gunning though park officials recently closed off a wide area of the Teton Range where shooting is to occur....

Sharon Salazar Hickey listens to a presentation during a New Mexico Game Commission meeting at the Las Cruces Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, N.M., on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Hickey was appointed chair of the commission during the meeting, having been recently named to the board by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. (Nathan J. Fish/The Las Cruces Sun News via AP)

Fight over river access simmers before New Mexico commission

Jan. 17, 2020 3:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A panel charged with overseeing hunting and fishing regulations and managing wildlife across New Mexico met Friday for the first time following a shakeup over an ongoing dispute that involves public access to rivers and streams that flow through private property. Former Game...

2 new Tennessee counties now positive for deer disease

Jan. 17, 2020 4:12 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two new Tennessee counties have had deer test positive for chronic wasting disease, and a third county has been classified high-risk, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said. Deer tested positive in Haywood and Chester counties in southwest Tennessee, the agency said in a news...

Riverkeeper finds evidence of otters on the Kansas River

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Ever since she became the Kansas Riverkeeper in 2015, Dawn Buehler has been looking for evidence of otters on the Kansas River. But while traveling the river, kayaking about 700 miles a year, Buehler said she struggled to find anything related to the animal. Recounting her efforts,...

In this photo taken early January 2020, and provided Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Wollemi pines tower above the forest floor in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney. (NSW National Parks and Wildfire Service via AP)

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

Jan. 16, 2020 8:40 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a remote...

This photo  taken by an aerial survey team for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shows an injured right whale calf swimming alongside its mother about 8 miles off the coast of Georgia on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Conservationists say the newborn right whale was suffering from deep cuts on either side of its head, dismaying conservationists who closely monitor the southeast U.S. coast during winter for births among the critically endangered species.  ( Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission via AP)

Wounded baby whale gets antibiotic shot to improve grim odds

Jan. 16, 2020 4:29 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Scientists succeeded in giving an antibiotic shot to a badly injured newborn whale they have been tracking off the coasts of Georgia and Florida, hoping to improve what experts stressed Thursday remain grim odds for the endangered sea animal. A crew of trained specialists got close...

Rabies confirmed in sick bat found in Portsmouth

Jan. 16, 2020 2:15 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — A bat found in Portsmouth earlier this week has tested positive for rabies, state public health officials said Thursday. The brown bat, which appeared ill, was found last Saturday and several people approached it to take a look, the Rhode Island Department of Health said in a...