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Killing of orphaned Idaho black bear cub raises questions

Oct. 19, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — Questions are being raised after an Idaho Department of Fish and Game officer killed an orphaned black bear cub in Hailey last week rather than send it to a rehabilitation facility. Terry Thompson of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game tells the Idaho Mountain Express that the...

Iowa puppy mill operator found guilty of animal neglect

Oct. 19, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a northern Iowa dog breeding operation has been found been guilty of animal neglect. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that 66-year-old Barbara Kavars, of Manly, was found guilty Friday of 14 counts of misdemeanor animal neglect in connection with the operation of a...

Oldest African penguin dies in captivity at Colorado zoo

Oct. 19, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado zookeepers have announced the death of Mongo, a penguin believed to be the oldest African penguin in captivity in North America. The Pueblo Chieftain reported Thursday that 38-year-old Mongo died overnight Wednesday while in captivity at the Pueblo Zoo. Scientists say the...

Bobcat that entered school euthanized, another released

Oct. 19, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A young bobcat that entered a private school in Eugene with students still in the building has been euthanized while a second young bobcat found outside the school has been released into the wild. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the bobcat captured outside Oak Hill School...

Meet Sinan: The squirrel who goes to Vols games in uniform

Oct. 19, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As fans of the human variety crowded into Neyland Stadium to watch the University of Tennessee play Georgia, one special critter got a front row seat. Sinan the squirrel sat back in his own squirrel-sized chair to catch all the action. We have a lot of questions, but none of them...

Chicago lawmakers push stricter legislation for farm animals

Oct. 19, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Urban farming has become more common in Chicago neighborhoods, and now lawmakers have begun pushing for stricter legislation that could regulate the number of animals for each household and impose more requirements. A recently proposed ordinance would ban roosters from residential areas in...

Man missing after spiritual quest to Alaska's Hatcher Pass

Oct. 19, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In August 2018, a solitary man walked 14 miles into a lonely valley on the western side of Hatcher Pass. He carried almost nothing: A backpack, 5 pounds of oatmeal. No rifle or bear spray. Vladimir Kostenko planned to stay at a tiny dry cabin for months. He was seeking no less than...

African lion that died in Kansas had fungal infection

Oct. 19, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Officials say an African lion that died at the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina suffered from encephalitis caused by a fungal infection. The lion, called Sahar, died Sept. 27. Zoo officials announced Thursday that a necropsy performed at Kansas State University found the infection caused...

Tips for Nebraska motorists to avoid deer collisions

Oct. 19, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska game and wildlife officials are offering tips to motorists to avoid collisions with deer this fall. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says deer are more active now as crops are being harvested and deer breeding season is in full swing. The agency suggests motorists try to...

Maine deer, moose hunters enter busy portion of the season

Oct. 19, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's fall hunting season is heading into one of its busiest stretches as it will soon be legal to hunt deer and moose. The "bull only" moose hunt ends on Saturday, and it will be followed by the hunt for antlerless moose in northern Maine from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2. The "any moose"...