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Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19

Jan. 18, 2022 11:55 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected. The city will also stop the sale of hamsters and the import...

Remote artist residencies return to Isle Royale, Porcupines

Jan. 16, 2022 00:02 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Artist residency programs in two of Michigan’s most remote parks are once again giving creators the chance to find inspiration through deep solitude and connection with unspoiled nature. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located in the western...

Rat who detected land mines in Cambodia dies in retirement

Jan. 12, 2022 06:51 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A land mine-detecting rat in Cambodia who received a prestigious award for his life-saving duty has died in retirement, the charity for which he had worked has announced. Magawa, an African giant pouched rat, passed away last weekend, said an...

Virus that threatens porcupines turns up in Maine, kills 3

Jan. 11, 2022 10:38 AM EST

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — At least three porcupines in Maine have died from a virus that wildlife experts said could pose a threat to the population of the spiky rodents. Five porcupines had to be rushed to Acadia Wildlife in Bar Harbor during a week this fall because of illness,...

Missoula man says owl led him through blizzard to campsite

Jan. 02, 2022 08:11 AM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Mike Stevenson dropped to his knees in the dark. He searched beneath the deepening, drifting snow for the trough of snowshoe tracks marking his passage from camp earlier that day. He detected nary a trace. The storm blocked every glint of...

Mongoose caught on Kauai where invasive pest not established

Dec. 29, 2021 16:33 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii agriculture officials are concerned after a live mongoose was caught on Kauai, an island that doesn't have an established population of the invasive pest that threatens native birds. The state Department of Agriculture said a mongoose was found Tuesday in...

Duck! Flying squirrels take to the air in Nebraska city

Dec. 23, 2021 12:43 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A crew cutting down a dying oak at the University of Nebraska made a surprising find — flying squirrels. A video shot by a member of the crew made its way to Larkin Powell, a conservation biology professor. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that he was...

California commission OKs poisoning plan for wildlife refuge

Dec. 17, 2021 21:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Coastal Commission has approved a plan to poison invasive mice threatening rare seabirds on the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The agency that regulates California's coastline voted 5-3 Thursday night to approve a plan to drop about...

'Bah-boom, bah-boom': Acorn-ucopia of food fattens squirrels

Dec. 10, 2021 13:14 PM EST

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine (AP) — Humans aren't the only species packing on extra pounds during the pandemic. Some squirrels are letting themselves go, too. Many squirrels are eating well this fall in New England. But one portly squirrel is so big it earned the nickname, “Fatty...

New Standing Rock ferrets should help control prairie dogs

Nov. 20, 2021 01:05 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The work of two wildlife management agencies has resulted in the release of 28 endangered black-footed ferrets on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which straddles the Dakotas. The push behind the effort by the Standing...