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FILE - In this April 24, 2008, file photo, a sea lion eats a salmon in the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam in North Bonneville, Wash. Federal authorities on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, granted permission for Washington state, Oregon and several Native American tribes to begin killing hundreds of salmon-hungry sea lions in the Columbia River and its tributaries over the next five years. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

US allows killing sea lions eating at-risk Northwest salmon

Aug. 14, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities on Friday gave wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of helping struggling salmon and steelhead trout. The bulky marine mammals long ago figured out that they could feast on...

This January 2020 photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows construction on a new border wall in the wetlands at the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Arizona. The federal agency in charge of the refuge warned for several months that pumping water to build a border wall would decimate the habitat, and correspondence obtained by two environmental groups shows that U.S. Customs and Border Protection ignored most of those warnings and pulled water from wells so close to the refuge that some of its ponds went dry. (Laiken Jordahl/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

New border wall near unique wetlands endangered water supply

Aug. 14, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The agency in charge of building the border wall received repeated warnings: tap water from nearby wells, and the unique wetlands of southeastern Arizona — yes, Arizona — home to a variety of wildlife and endangered fish will go dry. Immigration officials didn’t head...

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2018, file photo shows the Yellow Pine Pit open-pit gold mine in the Stibnite Mining District in central Idaho, where a company hopes to start mining again. The U.S. government has released a draft environmental report on the potential effects of three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho proposed by a Canadian company. The U.S. Forest Service will take comments for 60 days on the documents released Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, involving British Columbia-based Midas Gold's plan that includes restoration work in the already heavily-mined area. (Riley Bunch/The Idaho Press-Tribune via AP, File)

U.S. releases draft assessment of Idaho open-pit gold mines

Aug. 14, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday released a draft environmental report on the potential effects of three open-pit gold mines in salmon habitat in central Idaho proposed by a Canadian company. The U.S. Forest Service will take comments for 60 days on the documents involving British...

Dog shot inside portable toilet in St. Paul city park

Aug. 14, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a dog was shot inside a portable toilet in a St. Paul city park early Friday. Police say a man who called 911 about 3:20 a.m. reported hearing gunshots at the Maryland Avenue and Dale Street park. The caller heard a dog yelp and saw a male exit the toilet, the St....

Two kittens that were hiding among debris of a damaged building near the site of last week's massive explosion sit in a cage after being rescued by members of Animals Lebanon in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. The volunteers say they have happily reunited dozens of pets with their owners. But many others remain in the group's shelter, waiting for their owners to pick them up or locate them. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Volunteers rescue pets, search for lost ones in Beirut blast

Aug. 14, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — When the massive explosion tore through Beirut last week, it did not only kill and injure thousands of people and destroy a large part of the city — it also left scores of animals trapped or lost in the rubble of the Lebanese capital. Animals Lebanon, a Beirut-based group, said it...

Woman attacked by eagle along Lake Superior in Minnesota

Aug. 14, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

LUTSEN, Minn. (AP) — A resort lodge employee came to the aid of a woman being attacked by a bald eagle on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The woman had approached the eagle to get a closer look when it was perched on a fireplace chimney at the Cascade Lodge and Restaurant near Lutsen Thursday. The...

Motorcyclist survives violent bison attack in South Dakota

Aug. 14, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — A motorcyclist has survived a violent attack by a bison in the Black Hills of South Dakota, sheriff's officials said. A bystander's video shows several bikers had stopped while a herd of bison crossed a road in Custer State Park on Wednesday. A 54-year-old Iowa woman got off the...

Officials: Dump of spoiled milk leads to fish kill in Iowa

Aug. 14, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Environmental officials in Iowa are investigating a fish kill in a central Iowa creek they say was caused when a grocery store dumped 800 gallons of spoiled milk. The incident happened Wednesday morning when officials discovered a stretch of Fourmile Creek fouled by rancid milk and...

In this image made from video, Purity Amleset, 24, right, and other female wildlife rangers from

Kenyan all-female wildlife ranger team breaks down barriers

Aug. 14, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

KAJIADO, Kenya (AP) — On the sweeping plains at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, a group of female wildlife rangers is making history by defying patriarchal norms that have been passed down for centuries, patrolling against poachers instead of doing household chores. The eight ethnic Maasai women known as...

Louisiana has closed recreational red snapper season

Aug. 13, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana has closed its red snapper season for recreational anglers. And, though fishing license sales have gone way up during the coronavirus pandemic, that probably doesn't have much to do with red snapper catches, said a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and...