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Survey: Alaska's Cook Inlet beluga whales continue decline

Jan. 28, 2020 4:35 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The population of endangered beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet continues to decline, federal marine mammal authorities announced Tuesday. A biennial survey conducted by the fisheries arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the population of the white...

This 2019 photo provided by Vermont Institute of Natural Science shows a baby barred owl that was brought to the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science's in Quechee, Vt., after the tree his nest cavity was in was cut down. The owl was one of 77 barred owls that was treated at the nonprofit in 2019. . (Grae O’Toole/Vermont Institute of Natural Science via AP)

Bird rehabilitation center treated record numbers last year

Jan. 28, 2020 3:18 PM EST

QUECHEE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont bird rehabilitation center treated a record number of wild birds last year, staff with the institute said. The Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee reported that staffers treated a record total of 705 wild birds in 2019 at the institute's Center for Wild Bird...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 1995, file photo, a wolf leaps across a road into the wilds of Central Idaho. State wildlife officials are requesting authorization to spend $408,000 to count wolves that will become part of an annual expense going forward. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever told the Legislature's budget-setting committee Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, that knowing whether wolf numbers are increasing or decreasing is needed to make management decisions. (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac, File)

Idaho agency wants to spend $408,000 a year to count wolves

Jan. 28, 2020 2:51 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's top wildlife official on Tuesday requested authorization from state lawmakers to spend $408,000 to count wolves. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever told the Legislature's budget-setting committee that the expense would become part of the agency's annual...

Sorority to welcome students with intellectual disabilities

Jan. 28, 2020 11:18 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri State University sorority has announced plans to offer full membership to students with intellectual disabilities. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Xi Omicron Iota will be the first sorority to extend full membership to students enrolled in Bear POWER, an...

FILE - This Aug. 31, 2019 file photo shows a woman walking along a beach before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. Airbnb is giving five people a chance to spend a two-month sabbatical in the Bahamas in an attempt to boost the Caribbean island after it suffered damage from Hurricane Dorian last year. Contest winners will work with the Bahamas National Trust for two months on projects including coral reef restoration, pineapple farming and boat building.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Airbnb launches Bahamas sabbatical to help after Dorian

Jan. 28, 2020 10:51 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb is giving a few people a chance to spend a two-month sabbatical in the Bahamas in an attempt to boost the Caribbean island damaged last year by Hurricane Dorian. At least 67 people were killed and more than $3.4 billion in damage was caused when Hurricane Dorian swept through the...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21 photo, a malnourished lion rests in a zoo in Khartoum, Sudan. With the staff at the destitute Al-Qurashi Park, as the zoo in Khartoum is known, unable to feed and look after the animals, many have died off or were evacuated, leaving only three skeletal lions. (AP Photo)

Rescue mission aids starving lions in neglected Sudan zoo

Jan. 28, 2020 9:49 AM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Four lions in a rundown zoo in the capital of Sudan, wasting away from hunger, are undergoing lifesaving medical treatment from an international animal rescue organization. The plight of the rail-thin lions in Al-Qurashi Park in Khartoum set off an outpouring of sympathy and...

Endangered Maui birds to be moved in effort to save species

Jan. 28, 2020 5:43 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists will decide whether to establish a captive breeding program on the U.S. mainland in an attempt to prevent the extinction of a bird species only found on Maui, officials said. A decision about the plan to save the endangered kiwikiu is expected at a meeting of project partners...

Fewer turtles stranded on Maui in 2019 than previous year

Jan. 28, 2020 5:39 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Fewer sea turtles were found stranded on Maui last year than in 2018, although officials say most cases continue to be caused by fishing gear, officials said. There were 141 documented cases of green sea turtles stranded on Maui last year, down from 174 in 2018, The Maui News...

Federal agency would protect coalfields habitat for crayfish

Jan. 28, 2020 5:15 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal agency has proposed designating habitat areas for two protected crayfish species in the coalfields of Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. The proposal announced in a statement Monday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would protect 362 stream miles for the Big Sandy...

Hemp grower sues Carson City over proposed cannabis farm

Jan. 28, 2020 12:45 AM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A local hemp grower is suing Carson City for trying to block a cannabis farm on about 100 acres (40 hectares) of rural property owned by the city. The Reno Gazette Journal reports Tahoe Hemp LLC filed a lawsuit in state court Jan. 15 accusing the city of acting in bad faith by...