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In this April 2014 photo provided by the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, a researcher holds a ferret at their facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2020, the lab is working with 300 ferrets developing a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine candidate and testing other vaccine candidates and therapeutics. (VIDO-InterVac at the University of Saskatchewan via AP)

Monkeys, ferrets offer needed clues in COVID-19 vaccine race

Jun. 2, 2020 5:30 AM EDT

The global race for a COVID-19 vaccine boils down to some critical questions: How much must the shots rev up someone’s immune system to really work? And could revving it the wrong way cause harm? Even as companies recruit tens of thousands of people for larger vaccine studies this summer, behind the...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Jun. 2, 2020 2:33 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the 12th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 14 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 14-month-old uncollared female...

Enviros want salmon listed on Maine endangered list

Jun. 2, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A coalition of Maine conservation groups is calling on the state to add the Atlantic salmon to its list of endangered species. Maine's rivers were once full of the salmon, but their population was decimated by overfishing, damming and environmental factors. They return only to a few...

More than 16,000 acres around Gulf of Maine to be protected

Jun. 1, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An outdoor group will use $1 million in federal funds to conserve more than 16,000 acres around the Gulf of Maine. Appalachian Mountain Club will receive the money from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, officials said. The conservation...

Alaska regulators fine Hilcorp $30K for oil meter violations

Jun. 1, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska regulators have fined Hilcorp Energy Co. $30,000 for meter-related violations at an oil and gas field on the Kenai Peninsula, citing the company’s history of violations as a factor for the penalty. The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said in a May 14 order...

New England Cottontail: Reintroduction not self-sustaining

Jun. 1, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — University of New Hampshire researchers tracking the reintroduction of the endangered New England Cottontail in the state have found that the rabbit's survival and reproduction have been successful, but reintroduction itself is not yet self-sustaining. Wildlife biologists released 42...

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, shows members of the Mexican gray wolf recovery team preparing to load a wolf into a helicopter in Reserve, N.M., so it can be released after being processed during an annual survey. One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that have died so far this year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a combination of lethal management by U.S. wildlife officials and private trapping is making it difficult to recover the species. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Advocates question investigations used to target wolves

May. 31, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An environmental group is raising questions about investigations into livestock kills by Mexican gray wolves in the southwestern U.S. The Western Watersheds Project has documented oddities, errors or conflicting details in more than two-thirds of the 117 investigations it reviewed from...

Videos of eagle family getting more views during pandemic

May. 31, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Outside Kirby Wynn’s home in Glenwood Springs, a bald eagle battles a pair of ravens mid-flight for the prized and still dripping-wet trout clutched in the majestic raptor’s talons. Shaking off the scavengers, the eagle glides into its nest resting atop the dead...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

May. 27, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ May 21 The Crossville Chronicle on a hospital that had been closed for more than a year receiving pandemic relief funds: The headlines were shocking. A hospital that had been closed more than a year received more than $120,000 in federal funds as part of the...

Record number of piping plovers nesting at Maine beaches

May. 26, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A record number of piping plovers are nesting in Maine so far this year, according to a Maine-based wildlife conservation organization. Maine Audobon has spotted 100 pairs and 61 active nests in the state, the Portland Press Herald reported Sunday. Last year, the group found a record...