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North Dakota offers license refunds to 30,000 deer hunters

Oct. 15, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is offering license refunds to nearly 30,000 deer hunters due to an outbreak of a viral disease in the western part of the state. It's the second straight year that the state’s Game and Fish Department is offering refunds to...

Hong Kong seizes smuggled Australian lobsters amid China ban

Oct. 15, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and mainland authorities have seized about $540,000 worth of smuggled Australian lobsters believed to be bound for the mainland, after China restricted imports of the crustacean amid escalating tensions with Australia. Hong Kong authorities...

Injured bald eagle, found to be blind, euthanized

Oct. 13, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — An injured bald eagle found in Smithfield earlier this month had to be euthanized despite determined efforts to save the raptor, wildlife experts said. The male eagle with severe head trauma and damage to both eyes was found at Stump Pond on Oct....

Sioux Falls zoo says COVID may have killed snow leopard

Oct. 13, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Officials at a Sioux Falls zoo say COVID-19 may have killed one of their snow leopards. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported Wednesday that the animal, named Baya, died at the Great Plains Zoo on Thursday of a...

Minnesota halts deer importation, movement within state

Oct. 11, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota imposed an emergency order Monday blocking the importation and movement of deer into and within the state to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease from deer farms and protect the state's wild deer herd. “This disease poses a...

Vermont detects viral disease that often kills deer

Oct. 11, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A frequently deadly viral disease that affects deer has been confirmed in Vermont for the first time, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday. The cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease have been confirmed in deer in Castleton and West...

Q-Collar gives Bills linebacker Klein sense of protection

Oct. 08, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Klein wears a unique, protective necklace that’s become as much part of his uniform as his helmet and shoulder pads. The Q-Collar is a non-invasive device worn around the neck to aid in the protection of the brain from effects associated...

Michigan DNR: Tests show 6 deer died from viral disease

Oct. 05, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Testing has confirmed that six free-ranging white-tailed deer from four Michigan counties have died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease. Another 150 likely cases have been reported over the past 15 days, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources...

Sick bald eagle rescued in Smithfield; prognosis unclear

Oct. 05, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — One of a small number of bald eagles in Rhode Island was found sick Saturday and was rescued by officials who say the young male's eyes are infected. Trained staffers from the state's Department of Emergency Management responded to the shore of...

Wildlife officials warn of potential deer disease outbreak

Oct. 05, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama wildlife officials are on the lookout for reports of sick deer after reports of an increase in sickness in neighboring Mississippi. Employees of the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries are monitoring a potential...