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Illegal killings, political opposition hobble wolf recovery

May. 23, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests...

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger

May. 23, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism. The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130,000...

Animal rights activists score win at Barcelona zoo

May. 23, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Animal rights activists in Barcelona are celebrating a victory after the Spanish city ordered its municipal zoo to restrict the reproduction of captive animals unless their young are destined to be reintroduced into the wild. Barcelona's town council voted on May 3 to modify the...

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Reading Eagle to chain

May. 22, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved the sale of the 150-year-old Reading Eagle to a publisher known for its aggressive cost-cutting. MediaNews Group, better known as Digital First Media, offered $5 million for the assets of the Reading Eagle Co., which filed for bankruptcy...

Sea dragons captivate visitors at California aquarium

May. 22, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

LA JOLLA, California (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale. A Southern California aquarium has built...

Ohio power company fulfills Louisiana wetlands agreement

May. 22, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — An Ohio-based multinational power company has completed an agreement to pay for potential pollution by reforesting wetlands for a national wildlife refuge in Louisiana. American Electric Power, The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that the final...

German government OKs plan to shoot protected wolves

May. 22, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government wants to relax rules against shooting wolves if the animals kill sheep or other livestock. Wolves are an endangered species in Germany and they had largely been protected from being hunted, to the annoyance of farmers who claim they are causing widespread damage to...

2 rare mammals, Chacoan peccaries, born in Prague zoo

May. 22, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague's zoo says two Chacoan peccaries have been born there for the first time, a vital step in efforts to save an endangered species that was once considered extinct. The Chacoan peccary is a wild pig-like mammal whose existence was described in 1930 based on fossils that dated to the...

Stafford endures 'tough times' after wife's tumor surgery

May. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is juggling his job on the field and his role as a husband and father as his wife, Kelly, recovers from surgery to remove a brain tumor. "There's been some long days and some tough times," Stafford said Tuesday after joining his teammates...

Angler's family upset after South Dakota fish record voided

May. 21, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The family of an angler whose catfish held a South Dakota record for nearly 70 years is upset that state wildlife officials voided the record. Roy Groves caught the 55-pound (24.9-kilogram) fish in 1949. The fish originally was identified as a channel catfish, but South Dakota...