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Petting zoo owner indicted on animal cruelty charges

Feb. 18, 2020 11:19 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, N.J. (AP) — The owner of a petting zoo where more than 30 pigs were discovered dead and other animals were found sick or injured last summer has been indicted on several animal cruelty charges, authorities said. The counts against Dennis Sugar, 47, of Branchville, were handed up late last month...

Invasive plants burned at Mono Lake gull nesting grounds

Feb. 18, 2020 11:17 AM EST

LEE VINING, Calif. (AP) — Federal firefighters have set fire to invasive non-native weeds on an island in the Sierra Nevada's Mono Lake in an effort to clear space for California gulls to build their nests on the ground. The burn Friday cleared nearly half of 11-acre (4.45-hectare) Twain Island, the Los...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks after watching Asian carp being harvested from Kentucky Lake near Golden Pond, Ky., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The harvest method mainly targets bighead and silver carp, two of the four invasive carp species collectively known as Asian carp in the U.S. Both bighead and silver carp devour plankton that form the base of the food chains, grow rapidly and reproduce prolifically, outcompeting many native fish. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

McConnell, Ky. gov watch massive Asian carp roundup

Feb. 17, 2020 3:33 PM EST

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was on hand Monday to witness a massive harvest of invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake, after an experimental roundup that wildlife officials say could be the first of many. The roundup began on Feb. 3, with state and federal fisheries...

Washington to open fishing in May despite steelhead drop

Feb. 17, 2020 2:14 PM EST

SULTAN, Wash. (AP) — Despite concerns from scientists and conservationists, the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife says fishing does not make a large enough impact on wild winter steelhead to delay the fishing season. The season is scheduled to open May 23, The Everett Herald reports. The...

Senate unanimously approves new SC wildlife agency director

Feb. 17, 2020 12:39 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has approved the new leader of the state wildlife agency. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to make Robert Boyles Jr. the new director of the state Department of Natural Resources. The agency's board had recommended Boyles at its November meeting. Boyles...

Wildlife managers seek to diversify amid hunting decline

Feb. 17, 2020 10:21 AM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Crystal Egli grew up in rural Vermont, the daughter of a vegetarian, and, for most of her life, terrified of firearms. She didn’t grow up in a family that hunted and wouldn’t know how to become a hunter even if she had an interest in learning. But when she was hired by...

Montana park officials searching for heart graffiti vandals

Feb. 17, 2020 10:17 AM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials have been confronted over the past several months with a recurring problem of graffiti at numerous parks and recreational facilities around Cascade County. The department is now seeking the public's help in identifying the person or...

Illinois officials to detail battle plan against gypsy moth

Feb. 17, 2020 9:37 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials’ plan to combat infestations of the gypsy moth will be the focus of several upcoming meetings in the northern part of the state. The Illinois Department of Agriculture has planned nine open houses to discuss treatment strategies at infested sites,...

Goat packing gains toehold, but feds want forests goat-free

Feb. 17, 2020 3:11 AM EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Pack horses are tried and true, and mules are proven hunting-gear haulers. Hunting elk with a trio of domestic goats, though, is an acquired taste. John and Nancy Clough of Dalton Gardens have joined a growing number of Western hunters who hike into the backcountry with a tribe...

FILE - This Dec. 28, 2010 photos shows a group of manatees in a canal where discharge from a nearby Florida Power & Light plant warms the water in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Manatee deaths in Florida drop to 606 in 2019

Feb. 17, 2020 1:44 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018. Experts say it appears the main cause of the decline in deaths is the reduced effect of red tide algae on manatees....