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Ocearch's 11 Canadian great white sharks headed south

Nov. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ocearch's latest expedition, to the rocky coast of Nova Scotia, a summer hangout for great white sharks, could hardly have gone better: The crew caught, studied and tagged 11 white sharks, making it by far their most successful trip in the Northwest Atlantic. Most of those sharks...

‘Leave the leaves’: Environmental experts make autumn plea

Nov. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Raking multicolored leaves into a pile, jumping into them and bagging them up may seem like a harmless fall ritual. But environmentalists are informing the public to leave the chore behind. Experts say gathering up your foliage may be more detrimental to your lawn, contribute to...

Activists say demolition would harm colony of barn swallows

Nov. 16, 2019 10:24 PM EST

HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — Supporters of what is believed to be the largest colony of barn swallows in Massachusetts are protesting the proposed demolition of the colony’s decades-old nesting habitat. Activists say they are gathering Saturday at the Bri-Mar stable at the Fort River Division of the Silvio...

Tree-killing fungal disease native to Hawaii spreads on Oahu

Nov. 16, 2019 3:28 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An ohia tree-killing fungal disease local to Hawaii was discovered spreading on Oahu after wildlife officials conducted an aerial survey of the island forest, state officials said. State Division of Forestry and Wildlife officials tagged 41 more trees that could be ailing from rapid ohia...

Equine Herpesvirus-1 found in horse at Oklahoma City park

Nov. 16, 2019 1:02 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State veterinary officials say a horse at Remington Park in Oklahoma City has been euthanized after testing positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1. Assistant state veterinarian Dr. Michael Herrin said Friday that the horse was euthanized Tuesday and the barn where it was housed is under...

Large Wisconsin deer poaching investigation nets 5 arrests

Nov. 16, 2019 12:01 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a monthslong investigation into a large deer poaching case in southwestern Wisconsin has resulted in the conviction of five men. State Department of Natural Resources officials estimate that as many as 40 deer were killed before the suspects were arrested. Warden Shawna...

Study links Asian carp with Mississippi River fish drop

Nov. 16, 2019 11:18 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Sport fish have declined significantly in portions of the Upper Mississippi River infested with Asian carp, adding evidence to fears about the invader’s threat to native species, according to a new study. Analysis of nearly 20 years of population data suggests the carp...

Iowa City kicks off program to manage city deer population

Nov. 16, 2019 10:00 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City has kicked off its program to manage the city’s deer population. The city has placed deer crossing signage in several locations, including along Scott Boulevard and First Avenue. City officials say deer activity in these areas is likely to increase in the coming...

New Hampshire deer hunting season gets underway in earnest

Nov. 16, 2019 8:02 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It’s the first weekend of New Hampshire’s deer hunting season for those using regular firearms, and officials are reminding participants of some of the rules. The season started Wednesday and runs through Dec. 1 in northernmost New Hampshire, and through Dec. 8 in the...

Survey finds gain in endangered red squirrel population

Nov. 16, 2019 12:18 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Wildlife officials say an endangered squirrel subspecies in southeastern Arizona is fighting its way back after much of its mountain habitat was burned by a 2017 wildfire. The Arizona Game and Fish Department says the Mount Graham red squirrel’s population is stabilizing, with a 4%...