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Denver high school drops Confederate mascot in favor of bird

Oct. 26, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado high school adopted a new mascot to replace the previous emblem recalling a symbol of the Confederacy. Denver South High School announced Friday it is now the home of the Ravens, which will replace the Rebels mascot name held throughout the nearly 100-year history of the school,...

3 hawks with gunshot wounds sent to rehab center

Oct. 26, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A wildlife rehabilitation center near Pendleton says it has received three hawks with gunshot wounds, including a dead Cooper’s hawk from the Baker City, Oregon area. The hawks were sent to Blue Mountain Wildlife last week, The East Oregonian reported. State and federal laws...

This photo provided by the National Park Service shows, Yellowstone National Park wildlife biologist Lauren Walker participating in the release of eight young trumpeter swans (cygnets) at Alum Creek in the park's Hayden Valley near Mammoth, Wyo. Saturday, Sept.19, 2020. The National Park Service and several organizations have been working to rebuild the population of trumpeter swans in the park, which peaked at 72 in 1961 and fell to just four in 2009 and 2010. (The National Park Service via AP)

Trumpeter swan cygnets released in Yellowstone National Park

Oct. 25, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park may be well-known for its role in rebuilding populations of large mammals like grizzly bears, wolves and bison, yet trumpeter swans have a similar story of dogged recovery that is not as well known. “They were reduced to only a few individuals and...

Hunters remember friend during South Dakota pheasant opener

Oct. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

OLIVET, S.D. (AP) — Don Bierle fondly remembers working at the request of his son, Steve, to convert part of his father-in-law’s farmland into a wildlife habitat. Steve specialized in wildlife management and convinced his grandfather to let go of a few acres of crops in the interest of biodiversity....

‘Missing piece’ of historic Bay Area land to open to public

Oct. 19, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — The National Park Service has acquired an historic farm in the San Francisco Bay Area that will allow public access to thousands of acres of land crucial to saving wildlife such as the red-legged frog and the golden eagle, according to a newspaper report Monday. Often referred to...

Michigan man loses hunting license over wildlife crimes

Oct. 17, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man will serve a jail sentence and lose his hunting license permanently after pleading guilty to wildlife crimes for killing wolves and bald eagles in the Upper Peninsula. Kurt Duncan was sentenced to 90 days in jail after making a plea deal in a Chippewa County...

Asian swamp eels are on display for sale at a market in the Chinatown neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. New York state and city wildlife officials say it's too soon to know the local impact of exotic eels dumped into a Brooklyn lake in September 2020. The nonnative eel species has been illegally released into freshwater bodies in at least eight U.S. states, including New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

'Big pile' of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

Oct. 17, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes. “And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park. They turned...

South Dakota man gets probation in eagle trafficking case

Oct. 15, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man accused in a widespread case involving the illegal trafficking of eagles and other protected birds has been sentenced to five years of probation and order to pay thousands of dollars to a wildlife group. Troy Fairbanks, 57, of Rapid City, was among 30 people and...

2004 National Medal of Arts recipient John Ruthven dies

Oct. 13, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) — John Ruthven, a wildlife artist, naturalist, author, and lecturer, has died. He was 95. Ruthven, the 2004 National Medal of Arts recipient who was called the “20th Century Audubon,” died Sunday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Ruthven used some of the same...

Crews erect secluded nesting pole for human-shy osprey pair

Oct. 11, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An osprey pair has a new, secluded residence in southern Indiana thanks to crews who installed a 45-foot-tall pole topped with the makings of a nest in the Fairfax State Recreation Area. For the past two years, the raptors have used a different 30-foot nesting pole at the...