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American crocodiles thriving outside nuclear plant

Jul. 20, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — American crocodiles, once headed toward extinction, are thriving at an unusual spot — the canals surrounding a South Florida nuclear plant. Last week, 73 crocodile hatchlings were rescued by a team of specialists at Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point nuclear plant and dozens more...

Resort employee injured in bear attack during 'safari tour'

Jul. 20, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a worker at a western Pennsylvania resort was injured in a bear attack while guiding a routine "Safari Tour" of wildlife kept at the property. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort says the Himalayan bear reached through a wire fence Saturday morning, pulled the employee closer...

Louisiana governor's tweet: Please don't feed the alligators

Jul. 20, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials say high water means people are seeing more alligators than usual, and feeding them is dangerous. State wildlife officials sent out a news release during the week, and Gov. John Bel Edwards tweeted about the subject Friday. The governor wrote, "It feels like we...

New pair of whale tails sculptures in original Vermont spot

Jul. 20, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) — A new pair of whales' tails is back on a Randolph hillside where an earlier set spent a decade before being moved up Vermont's Interstate 89 to South Burlington. Artist Jim Sardonis designed the original pair of whales' tails that were first installed off the interstate in 1989,...

Deer disease: No Christmas reindeer imports to Alabama

Jul. 20, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

JASPER, Ala. (AP) — Live stand-ins for Santa's reindeer won't be allowed to come into Alabama this year, as part of the state's precautions against a deadly deer disease. So far, there hasn't been any chronic wasting disease in Alabama, and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources wants...

Caution urged after Colorado mountain lion sightings

Jul. 20, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials tell people near the Rocky Mountain foothills to keep an eye on their children and pets after a series of mountain lion sightings. Donna Kendrick says she and a neighbor both saw a mountain lion recently in their back yards in west Loveland. Kendrick told...

Wyoming woman accused of animal hoarding pleads not guilty

Jul. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming woman accused of hoarding animals in squalid conditions has pleaded not guilty. Deanne Gray is charged in Casper Municipal Court with 64 counts of animal cruelty, one count of not removing animal waste and 16 counts of not removing dead animals. Gray pleaded not guilty Friday....

Police watching 10-to-12-foot shark spotted off Long Island

Jul. 20, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

QUOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — Police on eastern Long Island are monitoring a 10-to-12-foot shark spotted in shallow waters near the village of Quogue. Quogue police say the shark was reported just after 9 a.m. Saturday near Penniman Creek, which give access to Shinnecock Bay. Authorities are using police boats as...

Lawrence area farm taking a break for storm cleanup

Jul. 20, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A regionally popular farm east of Lawrence known for flowers, vegetables and its fall pumpkin patch plans to close for the month of August to clean up after a May tornado that took out a machine shed, the butterfly house and five of the farm's seven greenhouses. The 40-acre...

Bivalve bacchanalia in Maine, which celebrates beloved clam

Jul. 20, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Maine's annual celebration of clams is bringing summer fun and plenty of bivalves to a coastal town. The Yarmouth Clam Festival began on Friday, continues Saturday and runs through Sunday. Organizers say it's the 54th annual installment of summer mollusk merriment. Saturday's...