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In Sweden's Arctic, ice atop snow leaves reindeer starving

Dec. 10, 2019 6:17 AM EST

KIRUNA, Sweden (AP) — Thick reindeer fur boots and a fur hat covering most of his face shielded Niila Inga from freezing winds as he raced his snowmobile up to a mountain top overlooking his reindeer in the Swedish arctic. His community herds about 8,000 reindeer year-round, moving them between...

Officials want $100M for reef restoration in Florida Keys

Dec. 10, 2019 4:22 AM EST

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Federal officials announced plans Monday to raise $100 million to fund projects to restore seven significant coral reef sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. “Mission: Iconic Reefs” calls for restoring nearly 70 acres (28 hectares) of the Florida Reef...

Finals few days of reduced 2019 deer hunt in Maine

Dec. 10, 2019 1:10 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The last portion of Maine’s annual deer hunt is heading into its final days of the year. The final week of the season for deer hunters who use muzzleloaders begins on Monday. The season ends Dec. 14 and is limited to 14 of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. ...

Scientist: Complaints about rodent infestation led to firing

Dec. 10, 2019 12:20 AM EST

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico scientist says she was fired from a New Mexico Tech lab job after complaining about a rodent infestation. Chemical engineer Glenanne Johnson was terminated from her position as a lab manager at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center following her complaints...

Fishermen mass to overwhelm Mexico's protected porpoises

Dec. 9, 2019 8:24 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A conservation group trying to protect the world's most endangered marine mammal said Monday that hundreds of fishermen massed in dozens of boats to fish illegally in Mexico's Gulf of California. Activists with the Sea Shepherd group said they witnessed about 80 small fishing boats...

Feds agree to review grizzly protections in contiguous US

Dec. 9, 2019 6:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials will review whether enough is being done to protect grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. states after environmentalists sued the government to try to restore the fearsome animals to more areas, according to a court settlement approved Monday. The review must be...

$18K raised for firefighters who tried saving dog from blaze

Dec. 9, 2019 5:54 PM EST

NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man whose home was destroyed in a September fire has raised $18,000 to thank the firefighters who extinguished the flames and tried to save his dog. John Pequeno started an online fundraising campaign for nine departments that responded to the fire at his home in Upper...

At least 4 dogs killed in fire at California home, kennel

Dec. 9, 2019 4:43 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — At least four dogs were killed when flames swept through a kennel and adjacent home east of San Diego, a fire official said Monday. A resident and three dogs were rescued after the blaze erupted early Sunday at the Carter Kennels in the Lakeside area, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. ...

Orphan mountain lion cub 'feistier every day' at Oakland Zoo

Dec. 9, 2019 2:57 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An ailing mountain lion cub rescued last month along with two siblings that died is recovering at the Oakland Zoo and has found a permanent home in Texas, zoo officials said Monday. The severely malnourished and dehydrated cubs were found by a homeowner near Somerset in El Dorado...

Montana agencies working on permanent easement for lake park

Dec. 9, 2019 2:18 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Two Montana agencies are are working toward a permanent recreation easement for a state park on Flathead Lake. The Flathead Beacon reported Fish, Wildlife and Parks leases part of Big Arm State Park from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. The agencies have...