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California to take preventive steps against invasive rodents

Aug. 24, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wildlife officials say residents cannot keep an invasive beagle-sized rodent as a pet. The Sacramento Bee reports that the California Fish and Game Commission are taking preventive action to avoid the South American nutria from spreading. The commission says they will...

Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs

Aug. 24, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

TUXEDO, N.Y. (AP) — In brushy terrain where a botanical interloper evades detection by the human eye, count on Dia to sniff it out. Dia is a spunky Labrador retriever trained to track down a yellow-flowered shrub that's taking root in New York state parks. She's one of a new breed of detection dog...

Florida residents complain pig family ruining neighborhood

Aug. 24, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

WARRINGTON, Fla. (AP) — Residents in a Florida neighborhood are complaining after a family of mini-pigs was left running wild in the area. Escambia County Animal Control officers say the owners thought it was OK to let the pigs roam freely. Neighbors have been complaining that the wild pigs were roaming...

Zoo conservation project aims to save endangered frogs

Aug. 24, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ensconced in plastic Tupperware containers full of damp moss for them to burrow in, 36 endangered dusky gopher frogs recently made their way from the Toronto Zoo, where they were born, to the Memphis Zoo, where researchers have been spearheading a program to save the little...

Baby Giraffe at Tennessee zoo to be called Bea

Aug. 24, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A baby giraffe at a Tennessee zoo has officially been named Big Girl Two but will be called Bea. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Zoo Knoxville officials announced the two-month-old giraffe's name at a Saturday event for zoo members. They also celebrated the fourth birthday...

Veterans program yields more than just honey

Aug. 24, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — For 10 days, Ed Forney chatted with each visitor who passed by his table at the West Virginia Grown Country Store at the State Fair of West Virginia. Forney's display attracted a lot of attention, too. Turns out, fairgoers have quite the sweet tooth and there isn't much sweeter...

Hive of Activity: A behind-the-scenes look at Mister Bee

Aug. 24, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Mister Bee potato chips have been made in Parkersburg for nearly 70 years, but today the process is more efficient than ever. West Virginia Potato Chip Co. majority owner Mary Anne Ketelsen invested more than $2 million in new equipment that more than tripled production capacity,...

Trials show hope for handling manure at Washington dairies

Aug. 24, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's besieged dairies are testing several promising systems for recycling cow manure, turning it into fertilizer and clean water. To do that, engineers are using processes that range from oversize bins of worms to cutting-edge technologies to reduce and reuse the nitrogen and...

Mid-Plains Community College students now have therapy dog

Aug. 24, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Students returning to Mid-Plains Community College campuses in Nebraska will find a new tool to help with their emotional health — and she's furry. The college has added Shenzi, a black Labrador puppy, as the college's therapy dog to help those going through a personal...

Climate change prompts wildlife movement, researchers say

Aug. 24, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Piercing dark eyes gazed at bird enthusiasts and scientists at Paynes Prairie in April. The snail kite, an endangered species native to the Everglades, hadn't been seen as far north as Gainesville for 100 years — until last year, that is. Some research suggests climate...