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Court rules against mother of teen who drowned in Belize

Sep. 29, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday to halt a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of a teen who drowned during a trip to Belize more than four years ago. The court unanimously ruled that Tomari Jackson’s mother, Adell Forbes, could not proceed with the lawsuit since it was...

Colorado regulators approve drilling buffers, other rules

Sep. 29, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has provided preliminary approval for new regulations for well drilling sites, including a 2,000-foot (610-meter) buffer requirement from homes. The five-member panel is not expected to undertake a final vote on the measures...

NOAA urging vessels to slow down off MA to protect whales

Sep. 29, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is once again urging mariners to slow down off New England to help protect a rare species of whale. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has extended a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone south of Nantucket. The agency implemented the zone...

US proposes protections for rare thistle in New Mexico

Sep. 29, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list a rare plant that was once found in the the American Southwest and Mexico as a threatened species. The agency outlined its intensions in Tuesday’s Federal Register. Aside from adding the Wright’s marsh thistle...

Agency proposes protections for 2 Eastern US mussel species

Sep. 29, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators Monday proposed listing as threatened two freshwater mussel species native to many eastern U.S. rivers and streams. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said longsolid and round hickorynut mussels have disappeared from some states and are doing poorly elsewhere....

Grizzlies killed in attacks on 2 bow hunters in Wyoming

Sep. 29, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — One hunter was injured and another unhurt by grizzly bears in two separate attacks in Wyoming. Neither bear survived the encounters, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The department gave few other details about the attacks in a statement Monday but said it was helping the...

Bear in Denali National Park euthanized over safety concerns

Sep. 29, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska (AP) — A grizzly bear that was believed to have gotten into buildings and food storages over the last year has been euthanized amid safety concerns, according to Denali National Park and Preserve. The adult male bear was captured Thursday, and wildlife staff with...

In a slump, Tucson's 'champion' yucca will likely lose title

Sep. 28, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — If 2020 is getting you down, you’re not alone. Even a champion is withering under the weight of this trying year. The largest soaptree yucca in the United States used to stand stock-straight at the edge of a wash west of Oracle Road in Catalina, its unusually long, bristled...

Wildlife vets take samples from dead elephants found in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. A spokesman for Zimbabwe's national parks said on Wednesday, Sept. 2 the number of elephants dying in the country's west from a suspected bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, has risen to 22 and more deaths are expected. (AP Photo)

Zimbabwe elephants died from bacterial disease, say experts

Sep. 28, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Parks authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that the recent deaths of elephants have been caused by a bacterial disease that has previously affected elephants in Asia and other animals in southern Africa, although more tests will still be carried out. Fulton Mangwanya, the...

The paws of a Jaguar named Amanaci, who suffered third-degree burns during the fires in the Pantanal region, are shown in detail at the headquarters of Nex Felinos, an NGO aimed at defending endangered wild cats, in the city of Corumba, Goias state, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Two Jaguars, a male and a female, were rescued from the great Pantanal fire and are receiving treatment with laser, ozone therapies and cell injections to hasten recovery of burned tissue. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil vets work to heal jaguars burned in Pantanal wildfire

Sep. 28, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

CORUMBA DE GOIAS, Brazil (AP) — In 20 years, veterinarian Daniela Gianni had never seen a jaguar burned as badly as Amanaci, a female injured in the wildfires crackling through Brazil's vast Pantanal wetlands. After 13 hours of overland transport, Amanaci arrived for care on Aug. 21 at the NEX Institute in...