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California cuts short commercial Dungeness crab season

Mar. 30, 2023 20:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California will cut short the commercial Dungeness crab season to protect humpback whales from becoming entangled in trap and buoy lines, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday. Commercial fishing will end on April 15 from the Mendocino...

52 years after capture, orca Lolita may return to Pacific

Mar. 30, 2023 20:00 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — More than 50 years after the orca known as Lolita was captured for public display, plans are in place to return her from the Miami Seaquarium to her home waters in the Pacific Northwest, where a nearly century-old, endangered killer whale believed to be her mother still swims. ...

Horses came to American West by early 1600s, study finds

Mar. 30, 2023 14:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The horse is symbolic of the American West, but when and how domesticated horses first reached the region has long been a matter of historical debate. A new analysis of horse bones gathered from museums across the Great Plains and northern Rockies has revealed...

Florida sees fewer manatee starvation deaths as feeding ends

Mar. 29, 2023 15:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The effort to feed thousands of pounds of lettuce to starving manatees in Florida officially ended for the winter season Wednesday, as deaths of the marine mammals appear to be slowing despite the long-term threat of pollution to their main food source, seagrass. ...

Dem senators from 4 states ask NOAA to address whale deaths

Mar. 29, 2023 12:27 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senators from four states want federal environmental officials to address a spate of whale deaths on both coasts, urging “transparency and timeliness” in releasing information about whale deaths and their causes. The call late Tuesday...

Hawaii authorities say 33 swimmers were harassing dolphins

Mar. 29, 2023 05:12 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii authorities on Tuesday say they have referred 33 people to U.S. law enforcement after the group allegedly harassed a pod of wild dolphins in waters off the Big Island. It's against federal law to swim within 50 yards (45 meters) of spinner dolphins in...

Police search for tiger stolen from home in northern Mexico

Mar. 28, 2023 23:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Northern Mexico has developed such a habit of exotic animals and violence, that people not only keep tigers as pets, they steal them. Prosecutors in the violent northern state of Sonora said Tuesday they are searching for a full-grown Bengal tiger named Baluma....

Elephant in the dining room: Startup makes mammoth meatball

Mar. 28, 2023 20:46 PM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Throw another mammoth on the barbie? An Australian company on Tuesday lifted the glass cloche on a meatball made of lab-grown cultured meat using the genetic sequence from the long-extinct pachyderm, saying it was meant to fire up public debate about the hi-tech...

Ailing 46-year-old elephant euthanized at Oakland Zoo

Mar. 27, 2023 22:12 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 46-year-old African elephant has been euthanized at the Oakland Zoo after suffering arthritis and other age-related problems, the zoo announced Monday. Lisa was euthanized on Sunday after years of chronic and degenerative health issues that had irreversibly...

Group bans some trade with Mexico over endangered porpoise

Mar. 27, 2023 13:21 PM EDT

The international wildlife body CITES called Monday on 184 member countries to stop trade with Mexico for products linked to sensitive species, such as orchids, cactuses and skins from crocodiles and snakes. The group said the decision came in response to Mexico’s failure to...