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Canadian boy bitten by shark at Florida beach

Aug. 21, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Canadian boy was bitten by a shark while vacationing with his family at a Florida beach. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials told news outlets the 12-year-old boy was found Wednesday bleeding with puncture wounds. Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Battalion Chief...

Omaha zoo euthanizes white rhino that arrived in 1999

Aug. 21, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha zoo has euthanized one of its white rhinos. Officials at Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium said Tuesday that the 21-year-old rhino, Marina, was euthanized Monday after surgeons discovered an inoperable colonic obstruction. She was being treated for symptoms similar to colic when...

Officer investigating squatters finds gator inside apartment

Aug. 21, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana police officer sent to investigate squatters who had taken over an abandoned apartment found an alligator lurking inside instead. The Fort Wayne Police Department says the officer discovered the young reptile Tuesday in a closet while he was looking through...

Delaware official defends lifeguards' handling of sick shark

Aug. 21, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — Lifeguards at a Delaware beach drew criticism for placing a 4-foot-long (1.2-meter-long) dying shark into a trash can, but a beach official says guards acted in the interest of public safety. The Delaware News Journal reports an unresponsive shark that washed up on Rehoboth...

Residents sue MPCA for data on White Bear Township business

Aug. 21, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (AP) — More than 100 residents near a White Bear Township manufacturer that's been cited for violating its permit are suing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, saying it has refused to release data about the company. The residents' attorneys say they've been trying to get...

NY rancher says bison are back home after month on the lam

Aug. 21, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

SHARON SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The buffalo are no longer roaming. An upstate New York rancher who lost about 100 bison last month says he believes the last stragglers are back in their pen. Rancher Brian Grubb posted a short Facebook clip of two bison running back into their pen Tuesday. Grubb tells the...

Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore logs 50 millionth visitor

Aug. 21, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

EMPIRE, Mich. (AP) — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan has welcomed its 50 millionth visitor. The National Park Service says other visitors applauded when Meghan Boertman entered Sleeping Bear's visitor center in Empire, west of Traverse City. She was joined by her husband,...

Endangered Florida panther dies after being hit by car

Aug. 21, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the 13th fatal collision this year, out of 16 total panther deaths. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of an uncollared panther were found last week in Hendry County south...

Bald eagles to be released after being nursed back to health

Aug. 21, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

POQUOSON, Va. (AP) — The Wildlife Center of Virginia plans to release three bald eagles into the wild this week after they were nursed back to health. The first eagle is a juvenile bird spotted on the ground in Poquoson in June. Veterinary staff treated the hatch-year bird for anemia, dehydration,...

Shark bites woman twice while she is swimming in Hawaii bay

Aug. 20, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman was taken to a hospital Tuesday after being bitten twice by a shark while swimming in Hawaii, authorities said. The woman, 27, was reported to be in "good health" and was expected to be released after a shark bit her while she was swimming Kealakekua (kay-ah-lah-kay-koo-ah) Bay on...