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FILE - This Aug. 18, 2020, file photo shows the Big Moose Inn on Millinocket Lake in Millinocket, Maine. A COVID-19 outbreak connected to a wedding reception held at the inn in early August has led to more than 175 cases of the virus and at least five deaths. (Linda Coan O'Kresik/The Bangor Daily News via AP, File)

Virus death toll linked to Maine wedding grows to 7

Sep. 15, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At least seven people have died in connection to a coronavirus outbreak that continues to sicken people in Maine following a wedding reception held over the summer that violated state virus guidelines, public health authorities said. The August wedding reception at the Big Moose Inn...

New Mexico residents asked to aid research on bird die-off

Sep. 15, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Researchers at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces have invited residents to share photos or written descriptions via their cellphones involving a recent mass die-off of migratory birds in the state. Professor Martha Desmond said Monday that reports from around the state...

3 horses diagnosed with Eastern equine encephalitis

Sep. 15, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials say three horses have been diagnosed with Eastern equine encephalitis, and owners who haven’t done so need to get their horses vaccinated against the often fatal disease. “Mosquitoes are out in force right now. The hot and wet conditions exacerbated...

FILE -In this Feb. 5, 2001 file photo, a mule deer buck stands among a herd of grazing deer at their wintering grounds in Paradise Valley south of Livingston, Mont. State wildlife officials are reminding hunters heading into the field this fall to watch for signs of chronic wasting disease, which can affect deer, elk and moose. Hunters are also asked to have their animals tested for the neurological disease. If an animal tests positive, federal health officials recommend strongly against eating the meat. (Erik Petersen/Livingston Enterprise via AP, File)

Hunters reminded to watch for chronic wasting disease

Sep. 13, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — As hunters brace for a 2020 field season in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve still got to deal with a more persistent wildlife disease problem: chronic wasting disease. “It still isn’t going away,” Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 1...

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers to a Chicago Cubs batter during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Bauer outduels Darvish as Reds blank Cubs 3-0

Sep. 10, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Trevor Bauer tossed three-hit ball into the eighth inning to outpitch Chicago Cubs ace Yu Darvish and lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory Wednesday night. Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the first inning as Darvish's seven-start winning streak was snapped. Bauer (4-3) struck...

Bat-killing fungus found in two Washington state counties

Sep. 9, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A bat-killing disease called white-nose syndrome has been discovered in two more Washington state counties, according to state and federal wildlife agencies. The infected droppings of two bats were found in Snohomish and Chelan counties in northern and central Washington, the...

Police: Man treated after raccoon attack in NJ park

Sep. 7, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

TEWKSBURY, N.J. (AP) — A 79-year-old man had minor injuries after being attacked by a raccoon while walking his dogs in a New Jersey park last week, authorities said. Tewksbury police say the animal bit the man's pants leg and refused to let go before the victim was able to fight it off in Christie Hoffman...

A dead elephant is seen 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 investigating deaths of 22 elephants, more expected

Sep. 2, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The number of elephants dying in western Zimbabwe from a suspected bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, has risen to 22, and “more deaths are expected,” a spokesman for the country’s parks agency said Wednesday. Most of the elephants dying...

Bacterial infection may have killed 11 elephants in Zimbabwe

Sep. 1, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, could be the cause of the death of 11 elephants in a forest in western Zimbabwe, a parks agency spokesman said Tuesday. The carcasses of the elephants were discovered last week in Pandamasue Forest, located between Hwange...

Biologists study poop to see what's killing Mt. Evans' goats

Aug. 30, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

MOUNT EVANS, Colo. (AP) — Lance Carpenter is standing on a lichen-covered boulder somewhere around 13,000 feet (3,962 meters), his binoculars zeroed in on the target: the backside of a mountain goat kid. The goat is about 20 yards (18 meters) away, grazing alpine forbs alongside its nanny. Carpenter is...