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Blocked US grizzly hunts fuel call for changes to law

Sep. 26, 2018 2:32 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed. The ruling restored protections for more than 700 grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National...

Los Angeles County OKs law putting limit on roosters

Sep. 25, 2018 8:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to limit the number of roosters that people can keep after thousands of birds were seized in a crackdown on illegal cockfighting. The ordinance will limit the number of roosters property owners can keep in unincorporated county areas based on...

Wyoming, Idaho weigh options after grizzly hunt ruling

Sep. 25, 2018 5:42 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State officials frustrated by a judge's decision to prohibit grizzly bear hunting in the Yellowstone region and put the animals back on the threatened species list will likely appeal but that's not their only option to contest the decision. They could lean on Congress to exempt the...

Beluga whale spotted in River Thames outside London

Sep. 25, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A beluga whale was spotted in the River Thames outside the British capital on Tuesday, officials said. The unusual sighting happened in the Gravesend area about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of London. It was reported to be feeding near a number of barges. TV news helicopters filmed the white...

Dog pepper sprayed at Wyoming shelter, board members resign

Sep. 25, 2018 2:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two members of a Wyoming animal shelter board have resigned after the board suspended the CEO instead of firing him for ordering a dog to be pepper sprayed after it bit a shelter employee. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Tuesday that Cheyenne Animal Shelter board member Lynn Boak...

Is a hunt the answer when bears start getting bolder?

Sep. 25, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

CANTON, Conn. (AP) — Tom Bradley had grown accustomed to seeing black bears walk through his Connecticut neighborhood, but this month he was alarmed to find something trying to turn a doorknob to enter his house. He used his key fob to set off his car horn, to scare away whatever was in his garage. When he...

States blast plan to overhaul endangered species protection

Sep. 25, 2018 1:53 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Ten states are demanding the Trump administration abandon a proposed overhaul of the Endangered Species Act. In comments delivered Tuesday to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the states contend the changes sought by wildlife regulators would "wreak havoc" with...

Officer's stray bullet wounds St. Louis police recruit

Sep. 24, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis police recruit is recovering after being accidentally shot by an officer during a "ride-along." Police say the 29-year-old female recruit was shot in the left wrist Saturday but is expected to recover in time for graduation from the police academy on Oct. 11. Police Chief John...

Officials prepare to relocate wolves to Isle Royale park

Sep. 21, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A mission to rebuild the depleted wolf population at Isle Royale National Park is getting underway in Michigan and Minnesota, as specialists prepare to trap six to eight of the predators on the mainland and fly them to the Lake Superior archipelago, officials said Friday. The...

Los Angeles takes step toward banning sale of fur products

Sep. 18, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles, one of the world's major fashion centers and long a symbol of glitz and glamour, is taking steps to ban the sale of new fur products, a move that would make it the largest city in the U.S. to do so. A proposal to ban the sale of fur products advanced in the City Council on...