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FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, walks the property near Tampa, Fla. A federal judge in Oklahoma has awarded ownership of the zoo made famous in Netflix's “Tiger King” docuseries to Joe Exotic's rival, Carole Baskin. In a ruling Monday, June 1, 2020, U.S. District Judge Scott Palk granted control of the Oklahoma zoo that was previously run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage — also known as Joe Exotic — to Big Cat Rescue Corp.  (Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

Sheriff: Will of 'Tiger King' star's missing husband forged

Jun. 4, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Someone forged the will of the missing husband of Carole Baskin, a woman prominently featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King" documentary series, a Florida sheriff said. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister told 10 Tampa Bay on Tuesday that two experts had confirmed the...

Wildlife agency officials believe gray wolf is in Utah

Jun. 4, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has set up traps for a rare gray wolf that wildlife officials believe killed a calf in Rich County. A trapper with the state first believed the predator was a coyote but determined it was gray wolf earlier this week after analyzing scat, tracks and other evidence, The Salt Lake...

Food conditioned grizzly bear killed in northwestern MT

Jun. 4, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials euthanized a grizzly bear that returned to a residential area in northwestern Montana searching for food just weeks after being relocated away from homes, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said. The agency received multiple reports that the...

In this March 17, 2020, photo, Mr. Rich, a classroom pet, spent several months in the home of Associated Press writer Jill Bleed in Little Rock, Ark., during the coronavirus outbreak until he was brought back to school May 30. (AP Photo/Jill Bleed)

VIRUS DIARY: When the class hamster came home - and stayed

Jun. 4, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After 60-plus days, I threw in the towel. Mr. Rich had to go. Mr. Rich is a hamster who most recently served as the classroom pet in my 9-year-old’s science class. In normal times, kids clamor over who gets to be its caretaker over holiday and school breaks. My daughter...

2 dogs die in hot car while owner was in dog training class

Jun. 4, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

HIGH RIDGE, Mo. (AP) — Two dogs died in a hot car at a dog training center near St. Louis as their owner attended a lecture on how to become a paid dog trainer, the center's owner said. Tom Rose of the Tom Rose School told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the deaths were the result of a “terrible...

2 protected grizzly bears killed by hunters in Montana

Jun. 3, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has launched an investigation into the death of two grizzly bears believed to be killed by black bear hunters along Rocky Mountain Front lask week. Grizzly bears are a federally protected species. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks confirmed Tuesday...

Oil spill settlement money to aid in loon restoration

Jun. 3, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — Federal and state environmental agencies are spending more than $8 million from a legal settlement stemming from a 2003 oil spill to help restore the common loon to some areas of Massachusetts, and to support existing populations of the birds across New England and New York, federal...

Lionfish Challenge to run through Labor Day

Jun. 3, 2020 3:22 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's Lionfish Challenge is open and will run through the summer. The annual contest began May 22 and will end on Labor Day, Sept. 7, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release. Winners will be announced a week later at the Lionfish Removal and Awareness...

Maine looking for new ways to save whales from fishing gear

Jun. 3, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is in the final year of funding for a project that seeks to better protect endangered whales in the Gulf of Maine from entanglement in fishing gear. The Maine Department of Marine Resources is using the project to collect data about vertical line fishing in the gulf, and...

Contract Alaska pipeline worker mauled by black bear

Jun. 2, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A contract worker for the trans-Alaska pipeline system was mauled by a bear and seriously injured while running on a public road near a pump station, a spokesperson for the pipeline operator said Tuesday. The incident occurred Friday evening on a route used for recreation by employees...