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Bear in Erie backyard tree removed, to be released elsewhere

May. 24, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — State game commission wardens in northwestern Pennsylvania tranquilized and removed a 127-pound bear from a neighborhood in the city of Erie over the weekend. Erie police and game wardens were called to the east Erie neighborhood at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday after the animal was spotted in...

Funds to build new Colorado state park in coronavirus limbo

May. 24, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The deal went down on a picnic table in Broomfield on April 1. “The quietest acquisition of a $25 million property no one ever heard of,” GOCO boss Chris Castilian said. With a notary public standing 6 feet away, a flurry of signatures transferred southern Colorado’s 30...

Some Indiana environmental groups suffering during pandemic

May. 24, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s environmental organizations are struggling to stay afloat as the coronavirus pandemic has halted spring events that usually attract members and donors, which are crucial for their operations. These groups are facing financial hardships, while they focus on retaining...

Pig-hunting derby in Guam to feed families amid pandemic

May. 23, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The Department of Agriculture in Guam has invited hunters to participate in a pig-hunting derby to provide food for families in need during the coronavirus pandemic. The department announced that the two-day derby is scheduled to begin May 30, the Pacific Daily News reported. The derby...

Growing deer population leads to more muzzleloader permits

May. 23, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says excess deer populations in parts of the state means more hunting permits for muzzle loaders will be issued this year. Deer project leader Nick Fortin says deer populations in 10 of Vermont’s wildlife management units will be...

Drivers asked to slow down for turtles in nesting season

May. 23, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department is warning drivers to slow down and watch for turtles in the roads because turtle nesting season has started. Turtles are moving from wetlands and vernal pools to upland nesting sites. The season lasts from late May into early July, the department said. “Turtle...

Louisiana turkey hunters bag 2,117, best since 2011

May. 23, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana turkey hunters had their best season in nine years, bagging 2,117 birds from April 4 to May 3. That's almost 15% more than last year, and the best since 2,580 birds were harvested in 2011, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday in a news release. Wild...

In this May 16, 2020 photo, crab fisherman Capt. Kelly Kofmehl stands on the edge of his boat in Crystal River, Fla. The boat can fit about 650 stone crab traps at a time. (Lauren Witte/Fresh Take Florida)

Florida shortens stone crab season over industry objections

May. 23, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s $30 million stone crab industry is snapping mad over the state’s decision to reduce by five weeks the seven-month harvest season for what is widely considered a classic but expensive delicacy in the Sunshine State. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...

2 new cases of Kawasaki-like disease in children in WA

May. 22, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Department of Health has confirmed two new cases of a new inflammatory ailment in children that is associated with COVID-19. The Seattle Times reports the new illness, which was first recognized last month in Europe and then in New York state, is now named Multisystem...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 file photo, a view of the AstraZeneca logo, on a building, in South San Francisco, Calif. Drug maker AstraZeneca secured its first agreements Thursday, May 21, 2020 for 400 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, bolstered by an investment from the U.S. vaccine agency. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

UK to start huge vaccine test; China reports promising hints

May. 22, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British researchers testing an experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus are moving into advanced studies and aim to immunize more than 10,000 people to determine if the shot works. Friday’s announcement came as Chinese scientists who are developing a similar vaccine reported...