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Russian lawmaker stripped of immunity over elk's killing

Nov. 25, 2021 11:22 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of Russia's parliament on Thursday stripped a lawmaker who is critical of the Kremlin of his immunity, allowing prosecutors to press charges against him over the allegedly illegal killing of an elk during a hunting trip. Valery Rashkin, 66,...

Elk illegally shot and killed on state's deer hunting opener

Nov. 22, 2021 13:55 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a bull elk was illegally shot and killed on the opening day of the Wisconsin gun deer hunting season. The state Department of Natural Resources said the shooting happened in Columbia County about 7 a.m. Saturday, which was 30 minutes...

Russian lawmaker risks losing immunity for illegal elk kill

Nov. 22, 2021 13:24 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian parliamentary commission recommended Monday that a lawmaker in the lower house be stripped of his immunity as he faces charges over illegally killing an elk. Valery Rashkin, 66, first denied the accusations but later reversed course and confessed...

Trial opens against accused elephant poachers in Indonesia

Nov. 22, 2021 07:41 AM EST

CALANG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Monday began a trial against a group of men accused of poaching endangered Sumatran elephants and trading in illegal ivory, in a case that wildlife conservation officials have hailed as a milestone. The case includes nine...

SW Michigan man faces 15 charges after poached bucks found

Nov. 18, 2021 19:09 PM EST

DECATUR, Mich. (AP) — The discovery of nine poached trophy bucks in a barn has led to 15 state wildlife charges against a southwestern Michigan man, authorities said. Police investigating an October domestic violence complaint discovered the bucks in a barn in the Van...

Gabon is last bastion of endangered African forest elephants

Nov. 18, 2021 10:15 AM EST

PONGARA NATIONAL PARK, Gabon (AP) — Loss of habitat and poaching have made African forest elephants a critically endangered species. Yet the dense forests of sparsely populated Gabon in the Congo River Basin remain a “last stronghold” of the magnificent creatures, according to new...

Hong Kong customs seize smuggled lobsters amid Australia ban

Nov. 16, 2021 22:43 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday they seized a total of over 4,000 pounds of live lobsters and sea cucumbers believed to be bound for mainland China, months after Beijing restricted imports of the crustaceans from Australia as tensions escalated between the two countries....

Indonesia baby elephant dies after losing half of her trunk

Nov. 16, 2021 05:32 AM EST

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — A baby elephant in Indonesia’s Sumatra island died Tuesday after losing half her trunk to a trap set by poachers who prey on the endangered species, officials said, despite efforts to amputate and treat her wounds. “We have tried our...

Baby elephant loses half its trunk to Indonesia poacher trap

Nov. 15, 2021 08:32 AM EST

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — A baby elephant in Indonesia's Sumatra island has had half of her trunk amputated after being caught in what authorities said Monday was a trap set by poachers who prey on the endangered species. The 1-year-old female is among the last of...

Man convicted of shooting, wounding Ohio wildlife officer

Nov. 12, 2021 11:13 AM EST

MARTINSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A hunter who shot and seriously injured an officer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources who was investigating a deer poaching complaint has been convicted of felonious assault. Brian Liming, 44, of Caesarcreek, was also found guilty of...