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Pack rat middens reveal south-central Idaho plant history

Sep. 03, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Scientists studying pack rat middens at the City of Rocks National Reserve in south-central Idaho have determined that the area’s iconic pinyon pine trees first arrived about 2,800 years ago and became prevalent about 700 years ago. That's...

Authorities raid Kentucky pet shop called "house of horrors"

Sep. 02, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

BURNSIDE, Ky. (AP) — Police and members of an animal rescue group have removed 150 neglected animals from a pet shop in southern Kentucky. Local authorities in Pulaski County, including the Burnside Police Department, served a search warrant on the pet shop, Tim's...

US Forest Service accused of failing to protect meadow mouse

Aug. 15, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists have sued again over an endangered mouse found only in parts of New Mexico and Arizona. In the latest legal filing, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Maricopa Audubon Society allege that the U.S. Forest Service has...

2nd Massachusetts bald eagle death blamed on rat poison

Aug. 13, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A second bald eagle has died in Massachusetts this year after ingesting a highly toxic poison meant to kill rats, state wildlife officials said. The female fledgling was found in distress on the ground in Middlesex County in late July and...

Some areas of South Tahoe closed due to animals with plague

Aug. 02, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Officials are closing some areas on the south shore of Lake Tahoe after some chipmunks tested positive for plague. The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports that the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Kiva Beach and their parking areas will be off limits...

Rat nests contribute to fossil record in odd Wyoming cave

Jul. 25, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

NATURAL TRAP CAVE, Wyo. (AP) — It’s time to praise pack rats. The small rodents with big eyes are helping scientists decipher climate change deep inside a chilly Wyoming cave. “Pack rats compulsively gather all kinds of stuff in their nests —...

Disabled man says rat-infested camper is only housing option

Jul. 25, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Stewart Buller, 54, has spent the last two months at a Lake Charles RV park, living in a rundown camper that has power, but no running water. Disabled for the last two years, he has to retrieve water from a nearby faucet, urinate in cups and defecate in buckets. ...

Beaver hunting under the microscope in South Dakota

Jul. 19, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks is weighing how to proceed on beaver hunting in the Black Hills and the state. The idea for a hunting ban came up recently when the Game, Fish and Parks Commission discussed a proposal to create...

North Dakota woman considers lawyer to fix flickertail flap

Jul. 17, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lila Meuchel’s neighbors keep trying to eat her plants. It’s not the human neighbors of her ground-floor Gateway Avenue condo that are causing problems, but a population of Richardson’s ground squirrels that live in an empty lot next to her...

2 ex-cops in Maine sentenced for beating porcupines to death

Jul. 16, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Two former Maine police officers have been sentenced for beating porcupines to death on several occasions while on duty. Addison Cox, 28, of Warren, and Michael A. Rolerson, 31, of Searsmont, were sentenced Thursday on misdemeanor charges of...