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Animal shelters in SC swamped with strays, surrendered pets

Oct. 18, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Not all pandemic victims walk on two legs. Four-legged victims are flooding area animal shelters. The impact goes beyond finding homes for dogs. Staff at shelters in Abbeville and Greenwood are squeezed for time to work with animals to assure they...

Judge blocks lobster fishing closure off coast of Maine

Oct. 17, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Lobstering Union has won emergency relief to stop the closure of productive lobster water off the coast of Maine that regulators said is needed to help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from extinction. U.S. District Judge...

South Dakota pheasant hunters see blue skies, lots of birds

Oct. 17, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Pheasant hunters from around the country making their annual trek to South Dakota were greeted Saturday with warm weather and blue skies on opening day. Despite extreme drought conditions in the spring, when pheasants nest and hatch, a mild...

New oyster reef in Caillou Lake, Louisiana

Oct. 17, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

CAILLOU LAKE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has built a new 200- acre (81-hectare) oyster reef in south Louisiana. The 200-acre reef in Caillou Lake will be closed to all oystering for at least two years to let tiny oyster larvae latch...

Maryland urges limits to eating fish in creek due to PFAS

Oct. 17, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is recommending people limit their consumption of certain fish in the Piscataway Creek in Prince George’s County because of PFAS contamination. The Baltimore Sun reports it’s the first time the state has issued such an advisory. It's...

Volunteers collect milkweed seeds to help butterflies

Oct. 17, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says keep collecting those milkweed pods — the plants help Monarch butterflies. The agency asked the public last month to collect milkweed pods so the seeds could be harvested and sown along with other...

Youth hunters asked to bring deer to reporting stations

Oct. 17, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is encouraging hunters who take part in the state's annual youth and novice deer hunt next weekend to bring any deer they take to one of the state's 19 biological reporting stations. That helps state...

Louisiana gators thrive, so farmers' return quota may drop

Oct. 17, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Once-endangered alligators are thriving in the wild, so Louisiana authorities are proposing a deep cut in the percentage that farmers must return to marshes where their eggs were laid. “Over the past 50 years, alligator nest surveys have increased...

Proposed firewood quarantine to keep pests out of state

Oct. 17, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has proposed a quarantine on exterior firewood to help prevent the introduction of unwanted pests and diseases into the state. Under the proposal, firewood shipped into Michigan would...

Volunteers in the sky watch over migrant rescues by sea

Oct. 17, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

ABOARD THE SEABIRD (AP) — As dozens of African migrants traversed the Mediterranean Sea on a flimsy white rubber boat, a small aircraft circling 1,000 feet above closely monitored their attempt to reach Europe. The twin-engine Seabird, owned by the German...