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Dead 'murder hornet' near Seattle is 1st found in US in 2021

Jun. 16, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet discovered in the country this year, federal and state investigators said Wednesday. Entomologists from the state and U.S. Agriculture departments...

State says breeding female of wolf pack was illegally killed

Jun. 15, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A female wolf that had pups earlier this year has been illegally killed in northeast Washington state. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists responded to a report of a dead wolf on May 26 in the Sheep Creek area of Stevens County....

State biologist pleads no contest in sturgeon caviar case

Jun. 14, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

OSHKOHS, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s top sturgeon biologist has pleaded no contest in Winnebago County to obstructing a warden. Ryan Koenigs, 36, was charged following an investigation into illegally processing sturgeon eggs into caviar. "Quite...

Biologists try to protect bats from deadly fungus in Utah

Jun. 13, 2021 08:03 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — When bats come to mind, people generally think of horror movies and vampires, but bats actually play an important role in the ecosystem. But they’re in danger. White Nose Syndrome, WNS, was discovered in New York in 2006 and has been affecting...

Researchers track bears’ movements in Mississippi

Jun. 12, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

LIBERTY, Miss. (AP) — On June 2, Tom Lewis left his office at Liberty Insurance Agency to serve as guide for a group of bear hunters. In this case, the “hunters” were researchers from Mississippi State University involved in a regional project tracking the...

Cicadas were flying; for hours, Biden's press plane was not

Jun. 09, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The cicadas were flying. The reporters hoping to join the president in Europe were not. Reporters traveling to the United Kingdom for President Joe Biden's first overseas trip were delayed seven hours after their chartered plane was overrun by cicadas....

Vermont wildlife experts hope to inventory local ladybugs

Jun. 06, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont wildlife experts are hoping to create an inventory of local ladybugs, more accurately called lady beetles, to help find and restore local species populations. A dozen native species have disappeared in the state over the past several...

Florida scientists find rare bee species in new locations.

Jun. 05, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Museum of Natural History scientists have found the first nest of Florida’s extraordinarily rare blue calamintha bee and added a new location to its known range: the Ocala National Forest. They also confirmed the insect feeds on a second, but highly...

Unusual bobcat tree den found in California fire burn zone

May. 28, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Biologists studying Southern California bobcats found a mother and three kittens this spring in an unusual den in a cavity up in a tree in an area intensely burned by a huge 2018 wildfire west of Los Angeles, the National Park Service said. ...

Wolves scare deer and reduce auto collisions 24%, study says

May. 24, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ecologist Rolf Peterson remembers driving remote stretches of road in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and seeing areas strewn with deer carcasses. But that changed after gray wolves arrived in the region from Canada and Minnesota. “When wolves moved in...