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Cave Creek brush fire chars 1,200 acres; some homes burned

May. 31, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — Crews appeared to be getting the upper hand on a brush fire that has charred 1.8 square miles in the town of Cave Creek, destroying at least 10 structures and forcing the evacuations of up to 500 people. Arizona State Forestry and Fire Management officials said the fire reported...

Successful deer hunters can now get ages from teeth data

May. 31, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says successful deer hunters who submitted teeth from the animal they took can now learn the age of the deer. Successful rifle season hunters submitted a total of 2,489 teeth to the department. Combined with the 1,148 deer examined by...

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, shows members of the Mexican gray wolf recovery team preparing to load a wolf into a helicopter in Reserve, N.M., so it can be released after being processed during an annual survey. One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that have died so far this year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a combination of lethal management by U.S. wildlife officials and private trapping is making it difficult to recover the species. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Advocates question investigations used to target wolves

May. 31, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An environmental group is raising questions about investigations into livestock kills by Mexican gray wolves in the southwestern U.S. The Western Watersheds Project has documented oddities, errors or conflicting details in more than two-thirds of the 117 investigations it reviewed from...

New England cod fishery restrictions in place this spring

May. 31, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing for Atlantic cod is limited by closures off the coast of New England this spring, federal fishing managers said. Cod were once the subject of one of the largest fisheries in the country, but it has collapsed after years of overfishing and is much smaller than it...

Vehicle emissions testing resumes June 1

May. 31, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Vehicle emissions testing, on hold because of stay-at-home orders issued during the coronavirus pandemic, will resume Monday, state officials said. The Environmental Protection Agency said that with a new phase of the state's COVID-19 recovery plan in place, all emissions testing...

Videos of eagle family getting more views during pandemic

May. 31, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Outside Kirby Wynn’s home in Glenwood Springs, a bald eagle battles a pair of ravens mid-flight for the prized and still dripping-wet trout clutched in the majestic raptor’s talons. Shaking off the scavengers, the eagle glides into its nest resting atop the dead...

Number of hunters in Michigan, nation are declining

May. 31, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Hunting keeps Alpena County resident Allen Shaw connected to family, as well as the great outdoors. Shaw has been hunting for the last 16 years and remembers hunting with his father and grandfather. Throughout the years, Shaw has hunted deer, bear, turkey, and small game. But, Shaw...

Evacuation ordered after brush fire breaks out in Cave Creek

May. 30, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — A brush fire is burning in the town of Cave Creek, destroying nearly a dozen structures and leading to a mandatory evacuation order. The fire was reported Saturday afternoon and is estimated to be around 750 acres, state forestry officials said. Ten structures have burned and more,...

Grant will help Audubon property upgrade aging facilities

May. 30, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — The Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox has received a $200,000 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant that will support Mass Audubon’s more than $1.1 million project to upgrade aging facilities. On top of the town’s $300,000 Community Preservation Act grant approved...

Decommissioned nuclear reactor heavy haul for Nevada roads

May. 30, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A nuclear reactor vessel from Southern California’s decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station made its way through Las Vegas by rail this week, headed to a transfer site and placement on a truck to become the heaviest object ever moved on a Nevada highway. “By far,...