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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...

UN office says Sri Lanka ship fire causes significant damage

Jun. 20, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.N. representative in Sri Lanka said the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off the capital Colombo has caused “a significant damage to the planet” by releasing hazardous substances into the ecosystem. ...

New Tennessee school to offer outdoor learning programs

Jun. 20, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Situated against the Prentice Cooper State Forest and surrounded by 26,000 acres of semi-protected land, the setting of River Gorge Forest School spans a lot further than typical school campuses. The school, opening this fall, offers preschool...

Las Vegas pushes land swap to balance growth, conservation

Jun. 19, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Record-breaking heat and historic drought in the U.S. West are doing little to discourage cities from planning to welcome millions of new residents in the decades ahead. From Phoenix to Boise, officials are preparing for a future both with more...

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...

Queen beams as she returns to Ascot after COVID-19 hiatus

Jun. 19, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II was smiling broadly as she attended the final day of the Ascot races on Saturday, where environmental protesters urged the monarch to press politicians to act faster against climate change. The 95-year-old queen, a keen racing fan and...

A trip down one of Montana's great rivers -- the Mighty Mo'

Jun. 19, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

COAL BANKS LANDING, Mont. (AP) — “Ju-dith Lan-ding,” followed by a rhythmic five-beat clap, rung through miles of cliffs as 14 people set out from Coal Banks Landing on Memorial Day weekend. The phrase, a popular one among this group of friends and fellow travelers,...

Too many wood pellets, too little water contributed to blaze

Jun. 19, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The size of wood pellet stacks and low water pressure may have contributed to a spectacular blaze that burned for days in May at a warehouse on the Georgia coast. The Brunswick News reports that Georgia Ports Authority Chief...

Amid report on farm-related pollution, conservation cited

Jun. 19, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — Luke Brubaker admitted that he’s proud of his soil as he bent over and gestured with an extended arm to a field on his northwestern Lancaster County dairy operation. He pointed to the largely unbroken soil, where modern farming practices allow...