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North Carolina museum announces birth of 6 red wolf pups

Apr. 23, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — For the third straight year, a North Carolina museum is announcing the birth of red wolf pups. The Museum of Life and Science in Durham says on its webpage that a litter of six red wolf pups was born on Monday. It's the fifth time in 26 years that red wolves at the museum gave birth. A...

Idaho, Oregon reach agreement on hydroelectric project

Apr. 23, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho and Oregon have reached an agreement on a hydroelectric project on the Snake River that requires an Idaho utility to spend about $312 million on water quality and habitat improvements. Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little and Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in separate news...

Mariners asked to avoid whales as feds eye new protections

Apr. 23, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government is asking mariners to route around an area east of Boston because of the presence of rare whales. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says North Atlantic right whales were spotted in or near shipping lanes in the area, and it's asking mariners to avoid...

Russia's stray polar bear taken back to the wild

Apr. 23, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A polar bear which was found roaming around a village in eastern Russia, hundreds of miles away from its usual habitat, has been airlifted back home. The exhausted-looking animal apparently traveled on an ice floe from the remote, sparsely populated Chukotka to a village on Kamchatka, about...

SeaWorld publishes decades of orca data to help wild whales

Apr. 22, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The endangered killer whales of the Pacific Northwest live very different lives from orcas in captivity. They swim up to 100 miles (161 kilometers) a day in pursuit of salmon, instead of being fed a steady diet of baitfish and multivitamins. Their playful splashing awes and entertains...

Protection of rare whale, fishing rules on agenda this week

Apr. 22, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

A federal government group is about to begin several days of meetings to try to protect the rare North Atlantic right whale, and its work could result in new rules for harvesters of some of the country's most popular seafood. The right whales are among the rarest marine mammals, numbering about 411. Their...

Bear euthanized after breaking into another Connecticut home

Apr. 22, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) — A bear known for breaking into Connecticut homes broke into one too many. State Environmental Conservation Police said Monday they euthanized a black bear that had entered a home in Simsbury on Saturday. Authorities say the bear's ear tag identified it as the same one that had broken...

Alligator euthanized after breaking through Miami home fence

Apr. 22, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Officials say they were forced to euthanize an 11-foot (3.3 meters) alligator that broke through a chain-link fence into the backyard of a Miami home. The Miami Herald reports firefighters, police and officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tried to capture the...

State sells $5.1 million in bonds to update dams

Apr. 21, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has sold about $5.1 million in bonds which will be combined with previously designated federal and state funds to strengthen four high-hazard dams. The Oklahoman reports that a recent sale on behalf of the state's Conservation Commission will benefit the four dams which...

Bobcat survives deadly California wildfire, has 4 kittens

Apr. 19, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A young bobcat that survived a massive and deadly wildfire in Southern California last year has given birth to four kittens, wildlife officials said Friday. Biologists recently found the bobcat's den in dense vegetation in a large residential backyard in Westlake Village just...