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In this photo provided by the Wyoming Migration Initiative, migratory elk cross Granite Creek in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, on May 19, 2018. Big-game animals have traveled the same routes across Western landscapes for millennia but scientists only recently have discovered precisely where they go in pursuit of the best places to spend summer or wait out winter. Now the U.S. Geological Survey has published a collection of migration maps based on the latest research using GPS tracking and statistical analysis techniques. (Gregory Nickerson/Wyoming Migration Initiative, University of Wyoming via AP)

New migration maps serve as tools to help big game in West

Nov. 26, 2020 11:36 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence — a discovery made by scientists using wildlife GPS tracking techniques to map animal migrations in the West in...

Gregory leads Appalachian St. over SC State 81-61

Nov. 26, 2020 12:32 AM EST

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Donovan Gregory registered 14 points as Appalachian State easily defeated South Carolina State 81-61 on Wednesday. Adrian Delph had 13 points for Appalachian State (1-0). RJ Duhart added 12 points. Kendall Lewis had 11 points. Floyd Rideau Jr. had 12 points for the Bulldogs (0-1)....

Reds, Rockies swap three pitchers and an outfielder

Nov. 25, 2020 5:15 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds swapped three pitchers in a four-player trade Wednesday. The Rockies acquired right-hander Robert Stephenson and minor league outfielder Jameson Hannah from the Reds for right-handed pitchers Jeff Hoffman and Case Williams, a minor leaguer. Stephenson,...

FILE  - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, a view of a 'Matterhorn-Express' gondola lift in front of Matterhorn mountain in the  Zermatt ski resort, in Zermatt, Switzerland. Restrictions to slow the curve of coronavirus infections have kept ski lifts closed in Italy, France, Germany and Austria, as well as countries further east. But skiers are already heading to mountains in Switzerland, drawing an envious gaze from ski industry and local officials in mountain regions elsewhere on the continent who lost most of last season due to the virus. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP, File)

As season nears, Europe ponders skiing during pandemic

Nov. 25, 2020 2:24 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Though the first real snow has yet to fall across much of Europe, ski buffs are imagining with dread a once-unthinkable scene: Skiing in Zermatt in Switzerland while lifts idle across the border in Italy's Aosta valley. The leaders of Italy and France are resisting pressure to reopen ski...

In this Oct. 3, 2020 photo, a pedestrian walks past one of the many signs along the mandatory mask zone in the downtown area in Aspen, Colo. Aspen has taken numerous precautionary measures during the coronavirus pandemic, including mask mandates, occupancy limits in shops and restaurants, and social distancing. (AP Photo/John Marshall)

Precautions help Aspen remain a destination during pandemic

Nov. 25, 2020 7:38 AM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — March is Aspen's moneymaking season as spring breakers and families head to the mountains to ski. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, all four Aspen/Snowmass ski mountains shut down, along with nearly everything else in the alpine town, which banks on tourism dollars. Then a funny thing...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, medical staff attending to patients with COVID-19 wear protective equipment in a unit dedicated to treatment of the coronavirus at UW Health in Madison, Wis. Conditions inside the nation’s hospitals are deteriorating by the day as the coronavirus rages through the country at an unrelenting pace. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

'Tired to the bone': Hospitals overwhelmed with virus cases

Nov. 18, 2020 11:28 PM EST

Overwhelmed hospitals are converting chapels, cafeterias, waiting rooms, hallways, even a parking garage into patient treatment areas. Staff members are desperately calling around to other medical centers in search of open beds. Fatigue and frustration are setting in among front-line workers. Conditions inside...

This Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, photo provided by University of Washington Medicine shows rescued hiker Michael Knapinski, 45, of Woodinville, Wash., recovering at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Knapinski was rescued after being lost overnight in a whiteout in Mount Rainier National Park on Nov. 8. His heart stopped for 45 minutes in the emergency room after he was airlifted off the mountain, but the medical team at Harborview used an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine to save his life, according to spokeswoman Susan Gregg. (Susan Gregg/University of Washington Medicine via AP)

Hiker whose heart stopped after Mt. Rainier rescue recovers

Nov. 14, 2020 8:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A hiker who was rescued after being lost overnight in a whiteout in Mount Rainier National Park has been brought back to life after what his medical team is calling an amazing recovery. The Seattle Times reports that 45-year-old Michael Knapinski, of Woodinville, died in the emergency room...

FILE - This June 30, 2017 remote camera image released by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and her mate with a pup born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Trump administration officials on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators. (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of US

Nov. 13, 2020 11:52 AM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states and tribes in charge of overseeing the predators. The U.S. Department of Interior announcement just...

In this June 28, 2020 image provided by Mount Washington Observatory, Marty the cat walks on a boulder outside the Mount Washington Observatory in North Conway, N.H. The black Maine coon cat, who has patrolled the Northeast's highest peak for a dozen years as its weather observatory's mascot, has died. The Mount Washington Observatory staff have had a cat at the summit since 1932. (Ryan Knapp/Mount Washington Observatory via AP)

Cat at Northeast's highest peak dies after 12 years on duty

Nov. 9, 2020 5:43 PM EST

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A cat who patrolled the highest peak in the northeast U.S. for a dozen years as its weather observatory's mascot has died. Marty, a black Maine coon cat, succumbed to “an unforeseen illness," Mount Washington Summit Operations Manager Rebecca Scholand said in a news release...

1st woman free-climbs El Capitan's Golden Gate route in day

Nov. 7, 2020 2:51 PM EST

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Rock climber Emily Harrington has become the first woman, and fourth person, to free-climb the Golden Gate route on Yosemite National Park’s 3,000-foot (914-meter) granite wall in a single day. While most of the country was focused on the results of the U.S....