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Some horse advocates buck at new plan to save wild mustangs

Apr. 25, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Animal welfare groups have reached a milestone agreement with ranching interests they say would save wild mustangs from slaughter but the compromise has opened a nasty split among horse protection advocates. The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the...

Prosecutors: Divorcing Indiana couple left dog to starve

Apr. 25, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors say a suburban Indianapolis couple who vacated their home during divorce proceedings left their dog behind to starve to death. The emaciated dog, named Chuck, was found dead in January in the couple's Johnson County trailer home. A necropsy determined he starved to death....

Endangered wolf pups born in captivity join dens in the wild

Apr. 25, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri wildlife officials have placed six Mexican wolf pups born in captivity near St. Louis with two packs in the wild, in a new effort to repopulate the critically endangered species. Three members of the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri, flew with the 11-day-old pups to...

US takes step toward listing giraffes as threatened species

Apr. 25, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took a first step Thursday toward extending protections for giraffes under the Endangered Species Act, following legal pressure from environmental groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that its initial review has determined there is "substantial...

Tiger attacks founder of Arizona nonprofit animal rescue

Apr. 25, 2019 1:55 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Bengal tiger has attacked a nonprofit animal rescue's founder in northwestern Arizona and will not be put down after the man said it was his fault. Keepers of the Wild said Wednesday on Facebook that founder Jonathan Kraft was working to protect animals from heavy rain, lightning and hail...

Major emperor penguin breeding ground gone barren since 2016

Apr. 24, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the past three years, virtually nothing has hatched at Antarctica's second biggest breeding grounds for emperor penguins and the start of this year is looking just as bleak, a new study found. Usually 15,000 to 24,000 breeding pairs of emperor penguins flock yearly to a breeding site...

National monument advisory panel new flashpoint in debate

Apr. 24, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A newly unveiled advisory committee that will help make management decisions for a downsized national monument in southern Utah has become the latest flashpoint in a long-running debate over lands considered sacred to Native Americans as monument supporters cry foul about being left...

Jaguar recovery plan envisions sprawling habitat areas

Apr. 24, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A plan by wildlife officials to bolster the endangered jaguar population in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico by establishing two sprawling habitat areas drew criticism Wednesday from environmental groups. The final recovery plan for the large cats was released by the U.S. Fish and...

Dozens of turtles rescued from Arkansas sewage plant

Apr. 24, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — An east Arkansas animal shelter has rescued dozens of turtles from a wastewater treatment facility after they became trapped in sewage pond filters. Wesley Burt with the West Memphis Animal Shelter says the treatment plant notified the shelter last Wednesday and by the end of next...

Man pleads guilty to shipping lizards from Philippines to US

Apr. 24, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A New Hampshire man who smuggled rare lizards from the Philippines to the U.S. by hiding them in socks and placing them inside electronic equipment has pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Derrick Semedo pleaded guilty in Boston on Tuesday to trafficking in protected wildlife...