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Cold-stunned sea turtles wash ashore on North Carolina coast

Jan. 22, 2020 4:41 PM EST

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) — More than 100 sea turtles stunned by recent cold temperatures have washed up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the National Park Service said. The agency said on its Facebook page on Wednesday that approximately 95 green and Kemp's ridley turtles washed ashore on Tuesday on the...

Chronic wasting disease cases on the rise in North Dakota

Jan. 22, 2020 10:44 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cases of chronic wasting disease are growing significantly in North Dakota's deer herd with eight additional cases discovered after the fall deer hunt, wildlife officials said. The state Game and Fish Department said that brings the number of confirmed cases in hunted deer to 24 since...

Vaccine fights 'swamp cancer' among Chincoteague wild ponies

Jan. 22, 2020 9:30 AM EST

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — A vaccination program to protect a Virginia island's wild horses from a swamp disease that killed seven ponies in 2018 is showing encouraging results, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company said. The fire company, which manages the herd, said it will continue giving yearly...

Attacking coyote that was strangled by victim had rabies

Jan. 22, 2020 9:27 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A coyote that was strangled by a man after attacking his child had rabies, and it may not be the only one, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Police said they believe the coyote attacked a vehicle on a road in Hampton Falls, bit a 62-year-old woman and her dogs...

Police: Dad strangles coyote to defend family under attack

Jan. 21, 2020 10:11 AM EST

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — A coyote attacked a pair of dogs, bit a woman and skirmished with a vehicle before being killed by a father defending his family on a walk Monday, police said. The same coyote is likely connected to three attacks that happened relatively close together and throughout the course of an...

Police: Coyote attacks woman, child, dogs and even a vehicle

Jan. 20, 2020 4:38 PM EST

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — A coyote attacked a pair dogs, bit a woman and skirmished with a vehicle before being killed by a father defending his family on a walk on Monday, police said. The Kensington Police Department believes the same coyote was responsible for attacking a vehicle on a roadway in Hampton...

Galveston marks 100 years since deadly plague outbreak

Jan. 18, 2020 1:01 AM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — It’s been 100 years since the Black Death came to Galveston. A seaport city that has seen more than its share of death and destruction, the island is approaching one of the most gruesome anniversaries in its long history: a 1920 plague outbreak that left more than a dozen...

Coyote bites officer helping motorist in Ohio's largest city

Jan. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio's largest city shot and killed a coyote after it bit an officer who had stopped to help a stranded motorist, the police department said. The coyote appeared out of nowhere Thursday night and first tried to attack a state road worker also helping the motorist on an...

FILE - In this July 15, 2016, file photo, a mountain goat leads its kid across the Mount Evans Scenic Byway just below the summit near Idaho Springs, Colo. Wyoming wildlife managers are criticizing plans by Grand Teton National Park to shoot nonnative mountain goats by helicopter. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, approved a resolution opposing the plans, favoring the use of volunteers to hunt the goats on the ground. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Wyoming officials oppose Grand Teton aerial goat gunning

Jan. 17, 2020 4:03 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife managers are criticizing plans by Grand Teton National Park to shoot nonnative mountain goats by helicopter. Inclement weather has so far prevented the aerial gunning though park officials recently closed off a wide area of the Teton Range where shooting is to occur....

2 new Tennessee counties now positive for deer disease

Jan. 17, 2020 4:12 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two new Tennessee counties have had deer test positive for chronic wasting disease, and a third county has been classified high-risk, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said. Deer tested positive in Haywood and Chester counties in southwest Tennessee, the agency said in a news...