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Orphaned bear cubs settle into new home at wildlife facility

May. 19, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Two black bear cubs are settling into their new home at a New Hampshire wildlife rehabilitation facility, after their mother was killed last week by an off-duty police officer. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Tuesday the...

Prague Zoo gets Taiwanese pangolins after fallout with China

May. 19, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague’s zoo has introduced a pair of critically endangered Chinese pangolins to the public. It is only the the second animal park on the European continent to have the animals. The arrival of the rare acquisition from Taiwan follows a political fallout with China...

Connecticut authorities probing fatal shooting of black bear

May. 14, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Wildlife authorities in Connecticut are investigating the recent fatal shooting of a female black bear that left two cubs orphaned. The shooting occurred Thursday in Newtown. Police in Ridgefield, about 20 miles away, said an off-duty officer from their...

Bear sought after attack on NJ woman heading to check mail

May. 14, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was taken to a hospital after she was attacked by a black bear as she walked down a New Jersey road to check her mail. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said the attack happened at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday...

Police investigate killing of bear that left 2 cubs orphaned

May. 13, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The shooting of Connecticut bear that left two cubs without a mother is being investigated by environmental conservation police. The bear was killed in Newtown on Thursday. Police in Ridgefield, about 20 miles away, said an off-duty officer from their...

US Army identifies soldier who died after Alaska bear attack

May. 12, 2022 20:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army on Thursday identified the soldier who died this week of injuries sustained during a bear attack in a military training area in Alaska. The Army in a statement said Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant, 30, was pronounced dead at a hospital on Joint...

Star of 'The Bear Whisperer' accused of illegal bear kill

May. 12, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who stars on a TV show called “The Bear Whisperer” has been accused of illegally killing a black bear in Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park and lying about where it was killed. The U.S. Attorney's Office filed misdemeanor charges last Friday...

Court: California's under-21 gun sales ban unconstitutional

May. 11, 2022 20:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday that California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under 21 is unconstitutional. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday the law violates the...

US Army soldier dies after bear attack in Alaska

May. 10, 2022 23:01 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier died of injuries sustained in a bear attack Tuesday in Alaska. The soldier was part of a small group in a training area west of the Anchorage Regional Landfill when the bear attacked. The name of the soldier was being...

Large black bear eludes capture in western Washington

May. 07, 2022 12:38 PM EDT

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Washington trying to capture a 300-pound (135-kilogram) black bear for two years say his GPS collar that was supposed to fall off hasn’t and could be too tight. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife also tells The Seattle...