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Wyoming to ask US to lift Yellowstone grizzly protections

Sep. 16, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will ask the federal government to remove its protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region and permit the region's three states to manage and potentially allow hunting of the big bruins in certain areas, Gov. Mark Gordon said Thursday. ...

Iowa Greyhound Park to close following shortened 2022 season

Sep. 16, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The last remaining dog-racing park in Iowa is closing amid a shortage of available greyhounds and the overall collapse of the racing industry. The Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque is hoping for one last season in 2022, The Telegraph Herald reports. ...

Hundreds of migrating songbirds crash into NYC skyscrapers

Sep. 16, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of birds migrating through New York City this week died after crashing into the city's glass towers, a mass casualty event spotlighted by a New York City Audubon volunteer's tweets showing the World Trade Center littered with bird carcasses. ...

Faeroese govt to review hunt rules after dolphin slaughter

Sep. 16, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Faeroese government said Thursday that it will review the way hunts of Atlantic white-sided dolphins are carried out following the release of gruesome video footage showing the mass killing on Sunday of nearly 1,500 sea mammals. The extent...

Las Vegas police find dozens of boa constrictors in home

Sep. 16, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police found 30 boa constrictors in a home and then determined that nothing was amiss. Investigators came across the snakes Tuesday during an unspecified law enforcement investigation and promptly called Clark County...

White catfish catch shatters state, and maybe, world record

Sep. 16, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

A white catfish caught in Connecticut last month has smashed a state record and could also be a world record for the species — though the evidence has been eaten. Ben Tomkunas, 25, caught the 21.3-pound (9.66-kilogram) fish late at night in Coventry on Aug. 21. It was...

Drought haves, have-nots test how to share water in the West

Sep. 16, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — Phil Fine stands in a parched field and watches a harvester gnaw through his carrot seed crop, spitting clouds of dust in its wake. Cracked dirt lines empty irrigation canals, and dust devils and tumbleweeds punctuate a landscape in shades of brown. ...

Connecticut town's residents warned to stay away from minks

Sep. 16, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town's police force is warning residents to stay away from aggressive minks. In a recorded message sent to residents, Capt. Todd Olson of the Stonington Police Department urged people to stay away from a mink if the see one, The...

'Worst nightmare': 20-plus cats die in Florida shelter fire

Sep. 16, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — More than 20 cats were killed when a fire broke out at an Orlando animal shelter, officials said. Orange County Fire Rescue found flames “through the roof" when they arrived at the center shortly after 10:21 p.m. Wednesday, the agency said on...

Sri Lanka conservationists fight elephant smuggling in court

Sep. 16, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Environmentalists in Sri Lanka are challenging a court order issued earlier this month that would allow the return of 14 illegally captured wild elephants to people accused of buying them from traffickers. Rights groups and lawyers say the...