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Overrun national forests prompt action from US Congress

Jun. 20, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A few years ago, the U.S. Forest Service sat down with Eagle County officials and delivered some bad news: The federal agency was short-staffed and would be closing campgrounds in the mountainous county that includes Vail, where outdoor recreation is king. ...

Southern New Mexico officials see uptick in pets surrendered

Jun. 20, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — In 2020, Alamogordo Animal Control took in 1,260 animals, saw 563 adopted and euthanized 36 animals, according to Alamogordo Police Department data. In 2020, the Otero County Animal Shelter took in 1,605 animals, saw 542 adopted and euthanized...

Juvenile Blanding's turtles released to restored wetland

Jun. 20, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

HOLLY, Mich. (AP) — Eighteen juvenile Blanding’s turtles have been released to a restored wetland area along a utility pipeline right-of-way north of Detroit. Consumers Energy employees joined Herpetological Resource and Management and the Michigan Sea Life Aquarium...

Memorial for slain police dog scheduled for Gillette Stadium

Jun. 20, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — A memorial service for a police dog killed during an investigation that also resulted in gunshot injuries to two officers is scheduled for Gillette Stadium this week. Braintree Chief Mark Dubois says the service for Kitt, a Belgian malinois, will...

Coyote population booms in Florida

Jun. 20, 2021 03:01 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — South Floridians are always on the lookout for creatures big and small, from alligators to pythons to disease-carrying mosquitoes. We can now add coyotes to that list. They’ve inundated South Florida to such a level that Broward County...

Vacationing kids cited for dragging Florida gator with noose

Jun. 19, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. (AP) — Three California children got in trouble after catching an alligator by its neck and dragging it to shore while vacationing near a Florida lake. Authorities said the children hooked a noose around the gator at Fay Lake Wilderness Park in Port...

Bidens' older dog, Champ, has died; German shepherd was 13

Jun. 19, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Saturday that Champ, the older of the family’s two dogs, had died “peacefully at home.” The German shepherd was 13. “He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the...

Federal drones checking out lobster gear off Maine

Jun. 19, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is using remote video cameras, and hopes to step up those efforts, to make sure lobster trap lines are in compliance with federal rules. The video cameras can alert inspectors whether lobstermen...

Wildlife officials tracking black bear in southern Illinois

Jun. 19, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

REND CITY, Ill. (AP) — State wildlife officials are tracking a black bear that was first spotted more than a week ago by southern Illinois residents and was most recently seen wandering near a state reservoir. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Conservation...

Queen beams as she returns to Ascot after COVID-19 hiatus

Jun. 19, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II was smiling broadly as she attended the final day of the Ascot races on Saturday, where environmental protesters urged the monarch to press politicians to act faster against climate change. The 95-year-old queen, a keen racing fan and...