Latest Zoology News

Deer season for youth and novice hunters is Oct. 24 and 25

Oct. 18, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Young and novice hunters taking part in their deer hunting weekend are encouraged to bring their deer to one of 17 biological reporting stations so that wildlife biologists can gather information on the health of Vermont’s deer population. The youth and novice hunting weekend...

In this Oct. 7, 2020, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a live Asian giant hornet is affixed with a tracking device before being released near Blaine, Wash. Washington state officials say they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking an Asian giant hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the so-called murder hornets. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, that an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on a female hornet, only to lose signs of her when she went into the forest. (Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP)

Washington state again fails to live-track murder hornet

Oct. 12, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state officials said Monday they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking a “murder” hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the giant insects. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on...

Tennessee State researchers, others study wood-boring beetle

Oct. 12, 2020 4:09 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of researchers from Tennessee State University will help develop new ways to manage a wood-boring beetle that attacks trees, the university said. The university has received a $6 million federal grant to lead a nationwide team of researchers on the project. The funds come...

Jacob Glissmeyer, right, of Hoback, Wyo., searches for mountain goats high in the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., in September, 2020. The National Park Service allowed qualified volunteers to help cull the non-native mountain goat population, which is threatening the survival of a dwindling population of bighorn sheep. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Teton goat shoot a physical challenge but success reported

Oct. 11, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — “Mountaineering with a rifle” is how Taylor Glenn summed up his first few hours of pursuing mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park. The morning of Sept. 23, Glenn was soft-spoken and bummed out, having just descended a steep scree slope below Symmetry Spire after an...

FILE - This on Feb. 27, 2016, file photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, from a remote camera set by biologist Chris Stermer, shows a mountain wolverine in the Tahoe National Forest near Truckee, Calif., a rare sighting of the predator in the state. U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine after determining the rare and elusive predator is not as threatened by climate change as once thought. (Chris Stermer/California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, File)

US officials: Climate change not a threat to rare wolverine

Oct. 8, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine after determining the rare and elusive predator is not as threatened by climate change as once thought. Details on the decision were obtained by The Associated Press in advance of an...

Authorities investigate killing of grizzly bear in E. Idaho

Oct. 8, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

ASHTON, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife officials are investigating the killing of a federally protected grizzly bear in eastern Idaho near Yellowstone National Park that had been part of a research study. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the 20-year-old, adult male grizzly weighing 500 pounds (225...

North Carolina woman celebrates outdoors career, heritage

Oct. 4, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When Lucia Ibarra was growing up in Las Mochis, Mexico, near the Gulf of California, she felt most at home running barefoot, climbing trees, playing in the ocean, and laughing with the sheep and horses on her mother’s ranch. “Since I was a kid I loved nature. My culture...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample brought in from Japan for research in Blaine, Wash. Washington state agriculture workers have trapped their first Asian giant hornet. The hornet was found July 14 in a bottle trap set north of Seattle near the Canadian border, and state entomologists confirmed its identity Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool, File)

Search underway for murder hornets nest in Washington state

Oct. 2, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Agricultural officials in Washington state said Friday they are trying to find and destroy a nest of Asian giant hornets — also known as murder hornets — amid concerns they could kill honey bees crucial for pollinating raspberry and blueberry crops. Evidence of six of...

Biologists try to foster orphaned mountain lion kittens

Oct. 1, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Biologists studying mountain lions in Southern California tried to get a cougar mom to adopt two orphaned kittens but the experiment intended to keep them wild did not work and the youngsters were put in a sanctuary. The foster attempt was undertaken this summer, the Santa...

Researchers try to conserve rare mountain butterfly species

Sep. 26, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

GORHAM, N.H. (AP) — Efforts are underway to save a rare species of butterfly in the mountains of New Hampshire, but scientists are still learning about it and how it may be at risk. The White Mountain Fritillary butterfly is orange and black like the monarch butterfly but with different markings. It's...