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US authorities investigate death of Mexican gray wolf

Jul. 19, 2019 2:09 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers say investigators are looking into the death of a Mexican gray wolf that found last month in New Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the male endangered wolf belonged to the Elk Horn pack, which has been roaming an area just west of the Arizona-New...

What you need to know about the bears thriving in Missouri

Jul. 19, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Dana Gray of rural Rogersville remembers spotting something big and brown earlier this month during a walk on her 10-acre property. "There it was, just curled up in a big pile of leaves," she recalled. "It didn't move. We just kept on walking and I was thinking, 'Is that a bear?'...

DNR working on tech to pinpoint CWD sample origins

Jul. 18, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials are working on technology to help pinpoint where hunters killed deer they turn for testing for chronic wasting disease tests. Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Health Section Chief Tami Ryan told the agency board's CWD subcommittee on Thursday that...

Utah, Forest Service plan $20M wildfire mitigation effort

Jul. 18, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah and federal agencies plan to direct up to $20 million over the next four years toward protecting forests from wildfires. The Salt Lake Tribune reported this week that the state and U.S. Forest Service have agreed to start on national forest restoration projects this year. The...

Reports of run-ins with bears soar in Utah after wet spring

Jul. 18, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Reports of bears coming down from the mountains and rummaging through backyards and campgrounds in Utah have more than doubled from the same time last year following a wet spring and an increase in their numbers, wildlife officials say. It comes as conflicts between people and bears...

Wyoming to discuss requiring hunters to carry bear spray

Jul. 18, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife officials plan to discuss possibly requiring hunters to carry bear spray in grizzly bear habitat. Seven environmental groups have petitioned the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to adopt such a requirement, saying it could result in hunters killing fewer grizzlies in...

Officials kill bear after it damages Colorado neighborhood

Jul. 18, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have euthanized a bear after it broke into garages and vehicles across a residential neighborhood. The Steamboat Pilot & Today reported Wednesday that Routt County officials put the bear down last week because it showed little fear...

Group wants to end protections for seals to deal with sharks

Jul. 17, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts citizen's group is calling for eliminating federal protections for seals as Cape Cod officials seek ways to protect beachgoers from great white sharks. Peter Howell, a founder of the Seal Action Committee, says the Nantucket-based group wants Congress to amend the federal...

BLM finalizes Burning Man environmental review

Jul. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has issued a final environmental impact statement for the Burning Man counter-culture festival that will cap attendance at the current 80,000 limit for the annual gathering in the northern Nevada desert. The formal record of decision released Wednesday...

Lab technician 'fudged' wastewater data, official says

Jul. 17, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Wichita lab technician "fudged" the test results of sewage treatment plant wastewater that is dumped into the Arkansas River. The Wichita Eagle reports that Director of Public Works Alan King said Tuesday that the city caught the error during a spot check and...