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California snacking 'Safeway Bear' shot and killed

Oct. 16, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A black bear that was caught on video snacking on food in stores near Lake Tahoe was shot and killed over the summer when it refused to leave a California campsite, authorities said. The black bear dubbed the “Safeway Bear" was shot in early...

Rare grizzly bear confirmed in northern Idaho forest

Oct. 15, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife managers in northern Idaho are warning people to be on the watch for grizzly bears after one was recently reported in the Coeur d'Alene National Forest. Idaho Fish and Game regional wildlife biologist Barb McCall Moore said in a...

US drops appeal of ruling banning some sheep grazing

Oct. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials and a sheep industry group have dropped their appeals of a court ruling preventing sheep grazing in western Montana and eastern Idaho by a sheep research facility long targeted by environmental groups concerned about potential harm to grizzly bears and...

Biden restores Bears Ears, other monuments cut by Trump

Oct. 08, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday restored two sprawling national monuments in Utah, reversing a decision by President Donald Trump that opened for mining and other development hundreds of thousands of acres of rugged lands sacred to Native Americans and home to ancient cliff...

Panda cubs at Tokyo zoo get their names, to debut in January

Oct. 08, 2021 05:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Giant panda twins born at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo in June got their names Friday — Lei Lei for the female cub, and Xiao Xiao for her brother. They were chosen from hundreds of thousands of suggestions sent from fans around Japan. The twin cubs, which were...

Biden to restore 3 national monuments cut by Trump

Oct. 07, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will restore two sprawling national monuments in Utah that have been at the center of a long-running public lands dispute, and a separate marine conservation area in New England that recently has been used for commercial fishing. Environmental...

Wisconsin man pleads guilty to illegally transporting bear

Oct. 07, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of illegally transporting a black bear carcass from Canada to North Dakota has reached a plea agreement, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Authorities said Joseph Stolarczyk, of Mosinee, Wisconsin, exceeded the Manitoba bag...

Woman gets jail time for Yellowstone grizzly close encounter

Oct. 07, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has sentenced an Illinois woman to four days in jail for not moving away while a grizzly bear with two cubs came dangerously close and bluff-charged her in Yellowstone National Park. Samantha R. Dehring, 25, of Carol...

Birds, wetlands may bear early brunt of California spill

Oct. 04, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Since a pipeline spilled crude off the California coast this weekend, only a handful of oiled birds have been recovered in what environmental advocates said could be a hopeful sign for the region's wildlife. But they said it's too soon to...

Two polar bears leaving Maryland Zoo after recommendations

Oct. 04, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The two polar bears living at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore are moving to new locations after recommendations from a non-profit organization which focuses on animal care and welfare, officials said Monday. A news release says Neva and Amelia Gray came...