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Bobcat burned in California wildfire set for release to wild

Dec. 1, 2020 9:01 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A young bobcat that was badly burned in a Southern California wildfire will be released back into the wild, the San Diego Humane Society announced Tuesday. The 7- to 9-month-old female was picked up on Tuesday from the group's Ramona Wildlife Center. A state Department of Fish and...

Study looks at impact of ocean and dams on salmon runs

Dec. 1, 2020 6:52 PM EST

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A controversial new study challenges long-standing science that pins salmon declines in the Snake River Basin on dams. The Lewiston Morning Tribune reports the work by British Columbia scientist David Welch puts the blame for poor returns of adult Snake River spring and fall chinook...

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2011 file photo, shows whitebark pine that have succumbed to mountain pine beetles through the Gros Ventre area east of Jackson Hole, Wyo. U.S. officials say climate change, beetles and a deadly fungus are imperiling the long-term survival of the high-elevation tree found in the western U.S. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

US: Mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened

Dec. 1, 2020 6:43 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that’s a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the West, U.S. officials said Tuesday. A Fish and Wildlife Service proposal scheduled to be...

Wildlife advocates sue US agency to protect Canada lynx

Dec. 1, 2020 5:58 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued the federal government Tuesday in a bid to force officials to do more to conserve Canada lynx, a snow-loving cat that has struggled to survive in parts of the U.S. West. Attorneys for Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild and other groups filed the...

This undated photo provided by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish shows a peppered chub. The U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the small minnow-like fish as an endangered species and designate parts of rivers in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and New Mexico as its critical habitat. The agency on Tuesday Dec. 1, 2020, published the proposal in the Federal Register. (New Mexico Department of Game and Fish via AP)

Peppered chub proposed by agency as endangered species

Dec. 1, 2020 3:54 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A proposal by the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service published Tuesday would list a small fish known as the peppered chub as an endangered species and designate parts of rivers in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and New Mexico as its critical habitat. The minnow-like fish once found in each of...

Louie, a black and silver seahorse, swims in Carol Benge's home aquarium, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in Chiefland, Fla. In September, Benge noticed that the seahorse was having trouble swimming. She took him to the University of Florida veterinary school where they diagnosed the problem. He was put in a hyperbaric chamber, and with one treatment, Louie was cured. (Carol Benge via AP)

Florida vet school uses novel approach to save seahorse

Dec. 1, 2020 2:44 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — In February, Carol Benge of Chiefland, Florida, purchased a seahorse for her home aquarium as a reward for marking five years cancer-free. She named the little black-and-silver fish Louie. As the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation, Benge, a schoolteacher, relaxed whenever she...

More hunters afield, more deer taken in Wisconsin this fall

Dec. 1, 2020 2:05 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More Wisconsin hunters took to the field this fall, and they brought home more deer during the just-completed gun season. The state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that deer licenses of all kinds were up 3.5% from the same time last year, with female hunters remaining the...

In this Thursday,  June 4, 2020 photo provided by the Wroclaw Zoo a rare Philippine mouse-deer is hiding in a thicket at the Zoo in Wroclaw, Poland. The zoo was the first one ever to record on video the birth of a mouse-deer on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 but experts have not yet been able to determine the sex of the young, recluse animal. There are only 12 animals of this highly endangered species in Europe's zoos, including just one confirmed male. and experts are hoping the young one is a male and will help the population grow. (AP Photo/Zoo Wroclaw)

Polish zoo captures rare mouse-deer birth on video

Dec. 1, 2020 12:28 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A zoo in Poland says it's the first to have captured on video the birth of a rare Philippine mouse-deer, and everyone's hoping it’s a male so it can help the endangered species breed. The night birth on Nov. 10 at 2:24 a.m. at the Wroclaw Zoo was filmed by a camera in the...

Police: Man accused of killing mother, dog on Thanksgiving

Dec. 1, 2020 5:27 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been accused of killing his mother and the family dog, who were both found dead on Thanksgiving day, police said. Jacob N. Davis, 27, was charged with second-degree murder and animal cruelty, news outlets reported. Virginia Beach Master Police Officer Linda...

Maine forestry officials find most trees suspected of pest

Dec. 1, 2020 3:10 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Forestry officials in Maine said they've located most of the ash trees suspected of harboring an invasive pest. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry sent out an all-points bulletin asking for assistance finding 36 green ash trees sold at Lowe's stores in...