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Victim sues ex-federal wildlife official over sexual assault

Nov. 15, 2019 8:05 AM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A federal employee who was sexually assaulted by her boss during a conference in Sunriver is suing him for $843,000. The Bulletin reports the woman, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, filed suit against Eric Rickerson Tuesday in Deschutes County Circuit...

Arizona’s tiny desert owl has new chance for protection

Nov. 15, 2019 12:33 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Environmental groups say a tiny desert owl that makes its nest inside cavities of Arizona’s saguaro cactus has a new chance for federal protection. The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday an Aug. 5, 2021, deadline is set for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to...

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

Nov. 14, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal...

Wildlife agent: Hunter mistakes buddy for deer, shoots him

Nov. 14, 2019 1:08 PM EST

WESTMINSTER, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a deer hunter in South Carolina mistook his hunting buddy for a deer and shot him. Wildlife agents said the hunter who was shot left the Oconee County deer stand around 7:30 a.m. Thursday and was wounded a short time later. Department of Natural Resources Capt....

Zimbabwe says 200 elephants have now died amid drought

Nov. 12, 2019 9:12 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, Zimbabwe's parks agency said on Tuesday, and a mass relocation of animals is planned to ease congestion. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo said at least 200 elephants have died...

Grin and bear it: Berlin panda gets CT scan for kidney exam

Nov. 12, 2019 9:08 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin zoo says a giant panda whose twin cubs have captured international attention has undergone a CT scan after veterinarians discovered one of his kidneys was smaller than the other. The zoo said Tuesday that 9-year-old Jiao Qing was examined last week by experts at the city's Leibniz...

Rare deer-like species photographed for first time in wild

Nov. 12, 2019 5:04 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A tiny deer-like species not seen by scientists for nearly 30 years has been photographed in a forest in southern Vietnam, a conservation group said Tuesday. Images of the silver-backed chevrotain, commonly called the Vietnamese mouse deer, were captured in the wild by trap cameras,...

China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

Nov. 12, 2019 12:10 AM EST

XINING, China (AP) — There's a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world's last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags — a traditional landscape blessing — are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the illuminated signs of...

Sage grouse court order trims energy lease auction in Nevada

Nov. 11, 2019 2:51 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. land managers have withdrawn more than 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) of public land from a swath of eastern Nevada where oil and gas drilling leases are set to go to auction. The move came after a judge blocked a Trump administration attempt to curtail protection of habitat...

Author endeavors to show how animals relate to humans

Nov. 11, 2019 11:57 AM EST

"Our Wild Calling — How connecting with animals can transform our lives — and save theirs," Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, by Richard Louv Are we on the threshold of major advances in communicating with and learning from animals? Richard Louv thinks so. "Our Wild Calling" is a thoughtful, calm,...