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Forest Service opposes bear-baiting ban in Idaho, Wyoming

Nov. 18, 2019 1:37 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities say a lawsuit seeking to ban black bear hunting using bait in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming to protect grizzly bears should be dismissed. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in documents filed Friday say the decision to allow using bait...

Wyoming Game and Fish investigates deer poaching

Nov. 18, 2019 12:50 PM EST

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says someone has poached a mule deer buck in Sweetwater County. Rock Springs game warden Andy Roosa says the deer was illegally killed about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) east of Superior and was found off a county road. Roosa says the head and...

Brazil says Amazon deforestation is worst since 2008

Nov. 18, 2019 11:21 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A report by a Brazilian government agency says the rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is at its highest in more than a decade. The National Institute for Space Research said Monday that deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square kilometers (3,769...

Tennessee hunter hurt in 20-ft fall from broken tree stand

Nov. 18, 2019 8:11 AM EST

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Tennessee say a hunter suffered serious injuries when his tree stand broke, plunging him 20 feet (6 meters) to the ground. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency posted on Facebook that the 30-year-old hunter was climbing down a tree Friday when a cable on his...

Pet shop owner says suspects threw stolen guinea pig at him

Nov. 18, 2019 7:38 AM EST

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pet store owner says two women stole a pair of guinea pigs, lobbing one of the animals at him during their escape. News outlets report 21-year-old Isabelle Mason and 19-year-old and Jaimee Pack on Saturday tried to smuggle out the animals from Pet Paradise without paying....

South Carolina sees record number of sea turtle hatchlings

Nov. 18, 2019 6:52 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina says more than half a million loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings have made it to the sea during a record-breaking year, despite losses during Hurricane Dorian. The Post and Courier reports that preliminary data from the state Natural Resources Department counts about...

China diagnoses 3rd case of bubonic plague

Nov. 18, 2019 1:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China says a 55-year-old man has been diagnosed with bubonic plague after killing and eating a wild rabbit, adding to two plague cases already discovered in the capital Beijing. A statement from the health authority in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region north of Beijing said that as of...

Senators call for inquiry into Canada’s whale protections

Nov. 17, 2019 1:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Both of Massachusetts’ U.S. senators are calling for a federal inquiry to determine if Canada is doing enough to protect an endangered species of whale. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to examine whether...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered...

Army training: no Thanksgiving hunts in 2 Louisiana areas

Nov. 17, 2019 1:18 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Extensive Army training will close two Louisiana wildlife management areas near Fort Polk to hunters over the Thanksgiving weekend. That word comes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. A news release Thursday said the Fort Polk-Vernon and Peason Ridge Wildlife...