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Tests for fatal deer disease qualify for $1k, $500 drawings

Sep. 26, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Deer hunters across Louisiana can qualify for a $1,000 drawing by having the head of a mature white-tailed buck tested for a slow but always fatal illness called chronic wasting disease. Taxidermists in the state can do the same for a chance in a $500...

USDA: Ferret tests positive for COVID-19 in Florida

Sep. 24, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A ferret has tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida, federal officials announced Friday. This is the first ferret to test positive for COVID-19 in the United States, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release. A ferret in the European...

Vermont monitors spread of disease that often kills deer

Sep. 23, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is monitoring the spread of a deadly viral disease in deer in a neighboring state and investigating possible cases in Vermont. New York has documented cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in several...

Douglas County man dies from West Nile, gives state 3 deaths

Sep. 22, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A third person in eastern Nebraska has died from the West Nile virus this year. The Douglas County Health Department said a man in his 80s who was hospitalized after developing symptoms of the virus in August has died. The man had several other health...

Wisconsin hunters urged to submit samples for CWD

Sep. 22, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials on Wednesday urged hunters to submit samples of the deer they kill to test them for chronic wasting disease, which is still spreading throughout the state after first being detected nearly 20 years ago. With the archery...

Former Bear, Steve McMichael, gets ALS Courage Award

Sep. 18, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Steve McMichael, a beloved member of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, received the first ALS Courage Award. McMichael, who has Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, was honored Saturday during the 20th anniversary of the Les...

Lions' Jamaal Williams ready for his return to Green Bay

Sep. 18, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams addresses the prospect of facing his former team with the candor and humor that made him such a popular figure throughout his four seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Williams rushed for over 2,000 yards...

Rabid bats found in Portland and Beaverton

Sep. 15, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a rabid bat has been discovered in Northeast Portland. This is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Multnomah County since 2014, according to the county. Another was found in Washington County earlier this month, KGW...

18 of 20 gorillas at Atlanta's zoo have contracted COVID

Sep. 14, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — At least 18 of the 20 gorillas at Atlanta's zoo have now tested positive for COVID-19, an outbreak that began just days before the zoo had hoped to obtain a veterinary vaccine for the primates, officials said Tuesday. Zoo Atlanta had announced the first...

COVID-19 infections spread through gorillas at Atlanta zoo

Sep. 11, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's zoo says at least 13 western lowland gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19, including 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity. Zoo Atlanta said Friday that employees noticed the gorillas had been coughing, had runny noses...