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Coyote population booms in Florida

Jun. 20, 2021 03:01 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — South Floridians are always on the lookout for creatures big and small, from alligators to pythons to disease-carrying mosquitoes. We can now add coyotes to that list. They’ve inundated South Florida to such a level that Broward County...

Vacationing kids cited for dragging Florida gator with noose

Jun. 19, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. (AP) — Three California children got in trouble after catching an alligator by its neck and dragging it to shore while vacationing near a Florida lake. Authorities said the children hooked a noose around the gator at Fay Lake Wilderness Park in Port...

Wildlife officials tracking black bear in southern Illinois

Jun. 19, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

REND CITY, Ill. (AP) — State wildlife officials are tracking a black bear that was first spotted more than a week ago by southern Illinois residents and was most recently seen wandering near a state reservoir. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Conservation...

Oil spill settlement to fund loon conservation projects

Jun. 19, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A half-dozen projects in New England and New York are slated to receive more than $3.5 million in funding to help protect common loons. Loons have been the focus of conservation efforts throughout the country, and they have slowly come back in...

New 'North Woods Law' season has animal encounters, searches

Jun. 19, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A multi-day pursuit to rescue a goose with a plastic six-pack ring around its neck and the investigation of an abandoned barrel possibly related to a 20-year-old cold case are among the adventures for New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers in a new season of...

Louisiana man, 69, dies in boating accident; body found

Jun. 18, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating a boating accident that killed a 69-year-old man, the agency said Friday. Agents who had been searching for two days found the body of Clifford Jewell, of Columbia, on Thursday in...

40 permits offered in NH for annual moose hunt lottery

Jun. 18, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department offered 40 permits to hunt moose during its annual lottery drawing on Friday. Winners were selected from a pool of 6,195 applicants. In addition to New Hampshire, permit winners were from Iowa,...

Rare poached cacti found in Italy sent home to native Chile

Jun. 18, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Armed with a search warrant, Italy’s police wildlife unit entered the house of a suspected cactus trafficker, finding over 1,000 rare cacti poached from Chile's Atacama Desert in a locked room. This February 2020 discovery became one of the largest known...

Montana wildlife officials consider rules to protect trout

Jun. 17, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Montana are seeking feedback on a proposal to expand fishing restrictions to protect declining brown trout populations. Biologists with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the U.S. Geological Survey have tracked declining...

Montana considers wolf hunting rules amid population decline

Jun. 17, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A commission governing wolf hunting in Montana is considering new wolf management rules that would make it easier to hunt wolves in the state after the Legislature passed several laws earlier this year to encourage additional wolf hunting. The...