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Adult punches mountain lion to save girl in California park

Feb. 18, 2020 11:06 AM EST

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — A state park in Northern California remained closed Tuesday after a mountain lion attacked a 6-year-old girl while she walked on a trail, officials said. The girl was at the Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve in Cupertino when a mountain lion attacked her...

Invasive plants burned at Mono Lake gull nesting grounds

Feb. 18, 2020 10:43 AM EST

LEE VINING, Calif. (AP) — Federal firefighters have set fire to invasive non-native weeds on an island in the Sierra Nevada's Mono Lake in an effort to clear space for California gulls to build their nests on the ground. The burn Friday cleared nearly half of 11-acre (4.45-hectare) Twain Island, the Los...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks after watching Asian carp being harvested from Kentucky Lake near Golden Pond, Ky., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The harvest method mainly targets bighead and silver carp, two of the four invasive carp species collectively known as Asian carp in the U.S. Both bighead and silver carp devour plankton that form the base of the food chains, grow rapidly and reproduce prolifically, outcompeting many native fish. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

McConnell, Ky. gov watch massive Asian carp roundup

Feb. 17, 2020 3:33 PM EST

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was on hand Monday to witness a massive harvest of invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake, after an experimental roundup that wildlife officials say could be the first of many. The roundup began on Feb. 3, with state and federal fisheries...

Alaska creates new salmon dipnet fishery on Susitna River

Feb. 17, 2020 2:25 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska approved a regulation change establishing a personal-use salmon dipnet fishery on a portion of the Susitna River. The Alaska Board of Fisheries voted last week to create the fishery that will be available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays between July 10 and...

Washington to open fishing in May despite steelhead drop

Feb. 17, 2020 2:14 PM EST

SULTAN, Wash. (AP) — Despite concerns from scientists and conservationists, the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife says fishing does not make a large enough impact on wild winter steelhead to delay the fishing season. The season is scheduled to open May 23, The Everett Herald reports. The...

Dog reunited with owner 9 days after running away from crash

Feb. 17, 2020 2:13 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A dog that was missing for nine days after a vehicle crash in Montana has been reunited with his Washington owner. Liz Smith, who lives outside Seattle, told the Daily Inter Lake that her chihuahua-pug mix named Hank jumped out of an open door after Smith and her mother crashed...

Jet boats on Applegate River cause a stir

Feb. 17, 2020 2:10 PM EST

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Anglers and residents who live near the Applegate River in southwestern Oregon are upset that jet boats are speeding down the river, disturbing the quiet and possibly stirring up silt that could hurt juvenile salmon and steelhead. There are no bans on powerboats on the Applegate...

Maine's winter hunting season wrapping up for the year

Feb. 17, 2020 12:34 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's winter hunting seasons are heading into their final weeks of the year. Maine allows hunting seasons for animals such as gray squirrels, snowshoe hares, bobcats and foxes. The season for bobcats ends on Feb. 21, followed by foxes on Feb. 28. The falconry season for gray...

A bull terrier named ‘Jagger Bonsai von Amadis’ stands with his owner in front of the Higher Administrative Court in Muenster, Germany, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. In a dispute about whether a large miniature bull terrier can still be considered miniature, two of the dogs were brought in to the Higher Administrative Court in Muenster to be examined.  While keeping miniature bull terriers allowed without any special permission, a bull terrier is considered a so-called

No Bull: German court rules dogs not too big to be miniature

Feb. 17, 2020 12:24 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has decided a Duesseldorf dog dispute, ruling Monday that not only size matters in determining whether a dog is officially "miniature." The Muenster regional administrative court decision puts an end to years of battles between two Duesseldorf owners of Miniature Bull Terriers...

Billy Joel's plans for stable on NY estate get scrutiny

Feb. 17, 2020 12:06 PM EST

CENTRE ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Billy Joel's bid to stable a dozen horses on his Long Island estate has some neighbors concerned about smelly manure, and the local government isn't horsing around as it weighs the issue. The Village of Centre Island decided this week to commission an engineering study on the...