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One of Europe's last wild rivers is in danger of being tamed

Oct. 22, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

ALONG THE VJOSA RIVER (AP) — Under a broad plane tree near Albania's border with Greece, Jorgji Ilia fills a battered flask from one of the Vjosa River's many springs. "There is nothing else better than the river," the retired schoolteacher says. "The Vjosa gives beauty to our village." The Vjosa is...

Study finds US public land workers facing assaults, threats

Oct. 21, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal employees overseeing U.S. public lands were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a five-year period marked by heightened tensions with anti-government groups and dwindling ranks of law enforcement officers, a congressional watchdog agency said Monday. The...

Zimbabwe says 55 elephants have starved to death in 2 months

Oct. 21, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe's biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water, authorities said on Monday. "The problem is real, the situation is dire," said...

Eagle found injured on side of road euthanized

Oct. 21, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

BEACON FALLS, Conn. (AP) — A bald eagle found injured by the side of a Connecticut highway last week has died. The bird was found with a broken wing and soft tissue injuries last Wednesday at the side of Route 8 in Beacon Falls. Authorities say the injuries were consistent with a car strike. The eagle was...

Vermont to hold public informational meetings on coyotes

Oct. 21, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is holding two public informational meetings on the eastern coyote to help people understand them and learn to live with them. The meetings, led by two experts, are planned for Oct. 22 at the Weathersfield Conservation Commission in...

New Jersey's weeklong bear hunt ends with 265 bruins killed

Oct. 21, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State wildlife officials say 265 bears were killed during last week's black bear hunt in New Jersey. Most of the bears harvested this year were culled in Sussex, Warren and Morris counties. The first three days of the annual hunt were restricted to hunters using bows and arrows....

US gives endangered status to Tennessee freshwater fish

Oct. 21, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has granted endangered species status to a Tennessee freshwater fish. The Center for Biological Diversity says the nearly extinct Barrens topminnow was proposed for endangered species protection four decades ago. The fish is found only in central...

California conservation center to host cheetah fundraiser

Oct. 20, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

BONSALL, Calif. (AP) — A California wildlife center is planning a fundraiser for construction of a safe house for the world's decreasing population of cheetahs, officials said. Wild Wonders conservation and education center in Bonsall scheduled the Nov. 2 event to benefit the Cheetah Conservation Fund in...

Wyoming man sentenced to 9 months in jail for poaching deer

Oct. 20, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to serve nine months in jail for illegally killing deer in northern Wyoming. The Sheridan Press reported Gregg Lambdin was convicted of 11 counts of wanton destruction of a big game animal in 4th Judicial District Court Thursday. Officials say a plea agreement...

Trial to begin in $1.4B Oregon forestry management lawsuit

Oct. 20, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A trial in a $1.4 billion breach-of-contract lawsuit brought against the state of Oregon by 150 counties and other taxing districts over the issue of forest management is scheduled to begin Thursday. The lawsuit, filed nearly four years ago, claims the state has not managed forests for...