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Governor drops bison plan, says he's protecting ranchers

Apr. 20, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte said Tuesday he is ending a bison management plan that would have allowed the wide-ranging animals to be restored in more areas of the state. The Republican said in the interest of protecting ranchers, the state has...

Agency reports Navajo Nation's first Hantavirus case of 2021

Apr. 20, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Health officials on Tuesday reported the Navajo Nation's first case this year of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease spread by infected rodent droppings. The case was confirmed in McKinley County in northwestern...

Fox, who attacked at least 3 people, to be tested for rabies

Apr. 19, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

TOPSHAM, Maine (AP) — A fox suspected of having rabies attacked at least three people in a town near Brunswick, Maine, on Saturday until it was shot. The Topsham police said they got multiple calls about an aggressive fox starting on Saturday morning, the Times Record...

Georgia Aquarium otters test positive for coronavirus

Apr. 19, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta says some of its otters tested positive for the coronavirus after they showed mild respiratory symptoms. The Asian small-clawed otters were tested after they had common COVID-19 symptoms, like sneezing, runny noses, mild...

Five turtles returned to Gulf after being rehabilitated

Apr. 17, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) — Five endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were returned to the sea near Pass Christian Harbor this week after months of rehabilitation. The turtles were among 18 sent to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in December after being...

Chronic wasting disease test developed by scientists

Apr. 17, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Scientists have developed a new way to test live animals for chronic wasting disease that holds promise for one day detecting the illness in the wild. “We need to do more in the form of field testing to verify its utility,” said Byron Caughey,...

2 tigers at Virginia zoo test positive for the coronavirus

Apr. 15, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two tigers at a zoo in Virginia have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that the Malayan tigers live at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. The zoo said it doesn’t know how its tigers were...

Viral disease claims life of young elephant at Toledo Zoo

Apr. 14, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Toledo zoo has announced the death of a young African elephant due to a species-specific viral disease. The zoo posted a video to social media Wednesday saying Lucas, who was to turn 10 years old in June, died late Tuesday of elephant...

Virus deadly to rabbits found in multiple areas of Oregon

Apr. 14, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental experts are concerned about Oregon's wild rabbit population after multiple cases of a virus that is deadly to the animals were confirmed in different parts of the state. The latest case of the rabbit hemorrhagic disease, which was...

Gray whale could be sick from tracking tag

Apr. 14, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Marine mammal biologists and veterinarians are treating and monitoring a gray whale that appears to have developed an infection after being darted with a satellite tracking tag. The whale is part of a group of about 250 gray whales that feed off the...