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Zoo regroups following leopard's death, possibly from COVID

Oct. 18, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Great Plains Zoo announced that one of their snow leopards, Baya, died of a respiratory illness, possibly COVID-19, last week. In the days since Baya’s death, while felt deeply across the zoo’s community and overall conservation efforts,...

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...

1st mountain lion in California released back to wild dies

Oct. 09, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — The first mountain lion to be rehabilitated and returned to the wild in California has been found dead, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday. The female cougar nicknamed Monrovia had been treated and released back into the wild...

Florida Forever conserves ecosystems as money dwindles

Oct. 02, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — East of the Southwest Florida city centers, where dense cypress domes and live oaks dripping with moss replace concrete and stucco, the world wakes up differently. The din of the early commute in natural Florida is not blaring horns or humming tires...

Man dies after falling, being swept over waterfall

Sep. 30, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

COUGAR, Wash. (AP) — A Vancouver, Washington man died after he was swept over the Lower Lewis River Falls in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest northeast of the city, authorities said. The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office identified the man Thursday as Benjamin K....

Officials: 3 Florida panthers struck and killed by vehicles

Sep. 30, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

BIG CYPRESS, Fla. (AP) — Three endangered Florida panthers were killed by separate vehicle strikes earlier this week, officials said. That makes 18 panther deaths attributed to fatal collisions, out of 24 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Sep. 29, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

BIG CYPRESS, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the 16th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 22 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. ...

Judge: Sheriff’s use of dogs to kill dangerous wildlife OK'd

Sep. 02, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington judge has decided not to halt the manner in which a southern Washington state sheriff handles what he considers dangerous cougars. The wildlife advocacy group Mountain Lion Foundation sued Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer and...

Cougar that was kept as illegal pet removed from NYC home

Aug. 30, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An 80-pound cougar was removed from a New York City apartment where she was being kept illegally as a pet, animal welfare officials said Monday. The owner of the 11-month-old female cougar surrendered the animal on Thursday, Kelly Donithan, director of...

Mountain lion killed after attacking child in California

Aug. 28, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A mountain lion that attacked a 5-year-old boy and dragged the child across his front lawn in Southern California was shot and killed by a wildlife officer, authorities said Saturday. The 65-pound (30-kilogram) mountain lion attacked the boy while...