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Black leopard mauls man who paid to have pictures taken

Oct. 29, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A man was mauled by a captive black leopard in a backyard zoo in South Florida, wildlife officials said. The man paid $150 for a “full contact experience" with the black leopard, which allowed him to play with with it and take pictures, WPLG reported. A report by the Florida Fish...

Young gray wolf from California spotted in Oregon

Oct. 28, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young member of California’s only known gray wolf pack has left the state and ventured into Oregon, wildlife officials said. The male wolf, dubbed LAS13M, traveled to Lake County, Oregon, in early October and has remained there, according to a July-through-September report...

6 people cited after hunters kill about 50 elk in Montana

Oct. 28, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials have cited six people after a group of about 100 hunters shot into a herd of elk and killed about 50 of them. The shootings on Sunday took place on block management land, according to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department. Four of the hunters were...

DNR board signs off on firefighting foram regulations

Oct. 28, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin environmental regulators approved an emergency rule Wednesday that restricts the use of firefighting foam and lays out steps to treat PFAS chemicals. PFAS are human-made chemicals that research suggests can cause health problems in humans. The chemicals have been used for...

Lawsuit planned over hunting, fishing at US wildlife refuges

Oct. 28, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Trump administration is violating the Endangered Species Act by expanding hunting and fishing by 3,600 square miles (9,300 square kilometers) on the national wildlife refuge system and national fish hatchery system, an environmental group says. The Center for Biological Diversity on...

UNH testing campus sewage as part of virus surveillance

Oct. 28, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

The University of New Hampshire is testing sewage on campus as part of its surveillance for the coronavirus. The sampling will be used in addition to twice-weekly nasal tests. “Sewage sampling can be a valuable surveillance tool because it can provide an early warning to possible infection hot spots on...

FILE - In this July 11, 2002, file photo, Kathleen Ramsay gets the attention of Manchado, a Mexican spotted owl at the Wildlife Center near Espanola, N.M. Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on national forest lands in New Mexico and Arizona pending the outcome of a legal battle over the threatened Mexican spotted owl. (AP Photo/Neil Jacobs, File)

Judge approves agreement to end dispute over threatened owl

Oct. 28, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. judge approved an agreement between environmentalists and federal managers that will clear the way for both forest restoration efforts and logging to resume in the Southwest. The judge’s order was filed Wednesday, a day after the sides announced they had reached the...

Government approves Alaska Petroleum Reserve Willow project

Oct. 28, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal government has approved the Willow oil project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, allowing construction near a prized conservation area in a largely undeveloped region. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed the government’s record of decision...

Man with 28 DWIs dies weeks after leaving prison

Oct. 28, 2020 7:32 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man with 28 arrests for drunken driving has died weeks after leaving prison for his latest offense. An online obituary says 67-year-old Danny Lee Bettcher, of New York Mills, died last week from what his family said was natural causes. Bettcher was released from the Moose...

FILE - In this July 11, 2002, file photo, Kathleen Ramsay gets the attention of Manchado, a Mexican spotted owl at the Wildlife Center near Espanola, N.M. Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on national forest lands in New Mexico and Arizona pending the outcome of a legal battle over the threatened Mexican spotted owl. (AP Photo/Neil Jacobs, File)

Agreement ends dispute over threatened Mexican spotted owl

Oct. 27, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on...