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Some thousand of farmers converge on The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in the latest protest against the government's plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dutch farmers protest in The Hague against emissions policy

Feb. 19, 2020 11:19 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of angry Dutch farmers converged on The Hague on Wednesday in the latest protest against the government's plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide. As tractors poured into the city, the Dutch military parked large trucks across strategic roads to prevent farmers...

Zebra mussels bill advances in South Dakota

Feb. 19, 2020 7:53 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Legislation to prevent the spread of zebra mussels in South Dakota is headed for the state Senate. It received unanimous approval from the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday. The bill, which has already passed the House, requires people to decontaminate their boats by...

FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, Brennan dredging units work on the Fox River near Ashwaubenon, Wis., as part of the PCB removal project. A bipartisan, $10 million package of more than a dozen bills designed to combat groundwater contamination in Wisconsin is slated for approval in the state Assembly. The proposals up for a vote Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, contain the recommendations from a water quality task force called to address growing concerns about groundwater contamination in the state. (H. Marc Larson/The Green Bay Press-Gazette via AP, File)

Wisconsin Assembly passes bipartisan water quality bills

Feb. 18, 2020 7:50 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly passed $10 million package of 13 bills designed to combat groundwater contamination on Tuesday, with lawmakers calling it a good start but not enough to address the persistent and growing problem. Ten of the 13 bills passed unanimously. Despite the broad support,...

President Donald Trump walks over to talk to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump delivers on pledge for wealthy California farmers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoisting the spoils of victories in California’s hard-fought water wars, President Donald Trump is directing more of the state’s precious water to wealthy farmers and other agriculture interests when he visits their Republican Central Valley stronghold Wednesday. Changes by...

Livestock disease found in elk in Montana's Ruby Mountains

Feb. 15, 2020 10:24 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — State officials say the livestock disease brucellosis has been found in elk in southwestern Montana’s Ruby Mountains, the latest evidence that the disease continues to slowly spread among wildlife in the Yellowstone region. Two elk tested positive for exposure to the disease...

Indiana AG sues wildlife center for alleged history of abuse

Feb. 15, 2020 10:07 AM EST

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general is suing a wildlife center for allegedly abusing exotic animals, including incidents where the non-profit's owner punched a sloth in the face and repeatedly stomped on a tiger cub that had bitten him. The lawsuit filed on Tuesday by Attorney...

Virginia zoo's elephant to continue interacting with people

Feb. 15, 2020 9:00 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It stuns Karl Mogensen that anyone could think Asha would ever hurt anyone. “She’s probably similar to a golden retriever under your coffee table,” Mogensen said. Asha is a 9,600-pound African elephant. She’s about 36 years old, and she’s been a...

Ranching on high alert: Rancher takes steps to repel wolves

Feb. 15, 2020 3:11 AM EST

ANATONE, Wash. (AP) — With a .25-06 rifle cradled in the crook of his left elbow, Jay Holzmiller used his right arm to sweep a spotlight across his pasture, checking his cows and looking for wolves. He found no predators but something else caught his eye. “We have a baby,” he told The...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo provided by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad, police look at items seized from store suspected of trafficking wildlife in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. As China enforces a temporary ban on the wildlife trade to contain the outbreak of a new virus, many are calling for a more permanent solution before disaster strikes again. (Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP, File)

Virus renews safety concerns about slaughtering wild animals

Feb. 14, 2020 4:14 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China cracked down on the sale of exotic species after an outbreak of a new virus in 2002 was linked to markets selling live animals. The germ turned out to be a coronavirus that caused SARS. The ban was later lifted, and the animals reappeared. Now another coronavirus is spreading through...

Plan to trap rabid foxes spurs complaints from animal lovers

Feb. 14, 2020 12:06 PM EST

BATH, Maine (AP) — A city in Maine's mid-coast area is having a difficult time managing cases of rabid wild animals, and a government plan to stop the disease has been met with some opposition. Bath, a city of 8,000 people on the Kennebec River that is home to a large shipyard, had 16 animals test positive...