RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. officials who are trying to adopt out wild horses captured on public land say they are tightening protections to guard against the illegal resale of the animals for slaughter, but advocates say the government needs to do more, including ending incentive payments for adoptions.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — An injured bear cub that was rescued after it suffered burns in a California wildfire is being nursed back to health at a wildlife center at Lake Tahoe.
LAKE WYLIE, S.C. (AP) — At least 80 dogs were taken out of a South Carolina home because they were living in very poor conditions, deputies said.
Two monkeys and a bird were also removed Monday from property in Lake Wylie, the York County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
NATURAL TRAP CAVE, Wyo. (AP) — It’s time to praise pack rats.
The small rodents with big eyes are helping scientists decipher climate change deep inside a chilly Wyoming cave.
“Pack rats compulsively gather all kinds of stuff in their nests — bones, shiny stuff, owl pellets, scat — and they bring it to their nest,” said Jenny McGuire, an assistant professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech University.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — An unvaccinated snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo has contracted COVID-19.
Caretakers noticed that Ramil, a 9-year-old male snow leopard, had a cough and runny nose on Thursday.
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A hunting bond between humans and birds dating 4,000 years continues in Pennsylvania. Across the commonwealth, the Game Commission has 207 active permits for people who enjoy falconry.
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has ordered an Idaho woman to pay over $5,800 for leaving trash out that attracted a grizzly bear to her campsite in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park.
Wildlife officials had to tranquilize the bear and move it by boat elsewhere in the park in the hope that tasting human food won't make the animal a recurring danger to people, the U.S.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county health department on Wednesday announced it found a rabid bat.
A Shawnee County Health Department official said a dog pulled the bat out of a tree July 12.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department warned Tuesday that algae blooms are turning up in Vermont waters that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.
The department is encouraging people to go to its website to view a video and photos of what cyanobacteria and blooms look like.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Five gray wolf pups born at Mexico City’s Chapultepec Zoo are giving a boost to efforts to broaden the endangered species’ genetic diversity amid continuing efforts to reintroduce the animals to the wild decades after they were reduced to captive populations.
MIAMI (AP) — A self-styled pet rescuer has been sentenced to 364 days in jail for animal cruelty after hoarding cats and allowing them to starve inside her apartment in South Florida.
Cheryn Smilen, 56, pleaded guilty and will now be banned from owning or trying to rescue animals, the Miami Herald reported.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing animal cruelty and other charges after investigators said he attacked and seriously wounded a dog with a machete.
An affidavit by a Volusia County sheriff's deputy says Richard Nelson, 46, injured the dog during a confrontation earlier this month outside a New Smyrna Beach home.
HANAWAY, Lebanon (AP) — Two bears that had been held in small cement cages for more than a decade in Lebanon will be flown to the United States, where they will be released into the wild, activists said Sunday.
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SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Friday said there is no ban on the sacrifice of animals during the upcoming Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday, a day after the government asked law enforcers to stop the sacrifice of cows, calves, camels and other animals.
DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that “Tiger King” Joe Exotic should get a shorter prison sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man faces multiple charges after investigators connected him to videos that showed him abusing and killing small animals, according to a sheriff's office.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Roughly 200 people were possibly exposed to a rabid bat while staying overnight at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, the zoo said.
The zoo and Nebraska health officials recommended that roughly 186 campers who stayed overnight at the aquarium in recent weeks, as well as some staffers, get rabies shots.
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HELENA Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear that pulled a California woman from her tent and killed her this week was fatally shot early Friday by wildlife officials using night-vision goggles to stake out a chicken coop that the animal raided near the small Montana town where the woman was attacked.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has been arrested on suspicion of shoving a knife down his ex-girlfriend's dog's throat.
KELO-TV reported Friday that the 41-year-old man called authorities saying he had killed a dog at his home in Colton.
ATLANTA (AP) — An exotic cat that was roaming parts of Atlanta has been captured, but the owner is being forced to give up her pet because it's illegal to keep such cats as pets in Georgia.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that a serval, a species native to Africa, had been taken to a holding facility until it could be relocated to a wildlife sanctuary.
BATH, Maine (AP) — A marine mammal rescue group in Maine is asking beachgoers to leave young seals alone after documenting numerous recent interactions between people and the animals.
Marine Mammals of Maine is a nonprofit group that responds to distressed sea mammals, such as seals and dolphins, as well as sea turtles.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's first litter of gray wolf pups since the 1940s has grown to include six pups.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Thursday that staff spotted the pups living in a den with two collared wolves known as John and Jane in northern Colorado, KCNC-TV reports.
NEW YORK (AP) — Deep in the ocean, surrounded by sharks, Tiffany Haddish stayed cool. She drew on her land-based survival skills.
“I was as frightened around them as I am around like a pack of pit bull dogs,” she said in an interview.
MADRID (AP) — The amount of meat that Spaniards eat has rattled the unity of Spain's governing coalition.
Members of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's progressist Cabinet are clashing over whether to discourage people in Spain from consuming so much ham, beef and other forms of animal protein.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man whose venomous snake escaped from his home and terrorized a neighborhood for several days is facing multiple misdemeanor charges, authorities said.
The Raleigh man is facing 40 charges in connection to his escaped zebra cobra and other venomous snakes kept in the basement of his parents' home, news outlets reported.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — For the first time, scientists say they have seen a species of bright green algae growing in the waters off California — and they are hoping it's the last.
The invasive algae can overtake the environment and displace critical food sources for ocean animals on the Southern California coast.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday it won't consider holding a wolf hunting or trapping season until 2022 at the earliest.
The agency said in a statement that it's taking longer than expected to update its 20-year-old wolf management plan, and it's now expected to be done by March.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new pack of gray wolves has been identified in Northern California, becoming the third pack to establish itself in the state in the last century, state wildlife officials and conservationists said.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some animals at the zoos in Madison and Milwaukee will receive an experimental COVID-19 vaccine.
Animals susceptible to the respiratory disease are expected to be inoculated with the vaccine authorized by the U.S.
PHOENIX (AP) — A dog owner has been arrested after his four Staffordshire Terrier mix dogs fatally attacked a 77-year-old woman, Phoenix police said.
Maria Ruiz suffered multiple critical injuries in the attack Tuesday morning and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.
HELENA Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear attacked and killed a bicyclist who was camping in a small western Montana town early Tuesday, triggering an intensive search for the bruin by wildlife officials and law enforcement officers who planned to kill the animal, authorities said.
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Zoo will begin vaccinating some of its animals for COVID-19 as early as next week.
Zoologists say they have been working with the veterinary vaccine company Zoetis to receive doses for the animals, and primates and carnivores will be first on the list.
TOOELE, Utah (AP) — A boa constrictor accidentally freed from its container last week has eluded authorities in Utah for more than three days.
Animal control officers were called to a home on Friday afternoon after contractors accidentally knocked over the 8-foot-long (2-meter-long) snake’s container, KSL TV reported Tuesday.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine bear hunters will start laying bait for the bruins this month as the hunting season nears.
The vast majority of Maine's bear hunt takes place with use of bait. Hunters are allowed to place bait in the woods starting on July 31.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Rescue teams combed through closets, looked under beds and even used drones with thermal imaging as they looked for pets that might have been left in the ruins of Champlain Towers South before a decision was made to demolish the still-standing section of the building, officials said Monday.
POYNETTE, Wis. (AP) — The world’s tallest horse has died in Wisconsin.
The 20-year-old Belgian named Big Jake lived on Smokey Hollow Farm in Poynette. Valicia Gilbert, wife of the farm's owner, Jerry Gilbert, said Big Jake died two weeks ago but declined to give the exact date of death when The Associated Press reached her Monday via Facebook.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing rounding up more than 500 wild burros in the desert north of Lake Mead.
The feral donkeys are stripping the land of vegetation and could die off if the population isn't managed along the Arizona-Nevada line, the agency said.
GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina police dog is set for surgery after being injured in a crash that occurred during a weekend chase which authorities said also hurt his handler.
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said state troopers briefly chased a fleeing vehicle on Interstate 85 on Sunday morning.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Wildlife officials say a rare animal spotted in a Utah neighborhood likely has been on the move in search of a new place to live.
A home doorbell camera caught the wolverine on video Thursday in west Layton about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Salt Lake City, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area zoo is inoculating its big cats, bears and ferrets against the coronavirus as part of a national effort to protect animal species using an experimental vaccine.
MIAMI (AP) — It was a small moment of hope amid all the pain and devastation: a cat on Saturday was seen wandering a lower floor of the remaining flank of a 12-story condominium complex that partly collapsed near Miami.
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities in the Atlanta area searched Saturday for an exotic wild cat on the loose.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said it is looking for a serval, which is a large cat native to Africa, that apparently went into a woman's house and jumped on her bed while she was sleeping, WSB-TV reported.
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Two women face criminal charges after South Carolina Department of Natural Resources officers found more than 200 squirrels stacked in cages inside a mobile home near Bishopville.
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday sought to punch holes in defense attorneys' suggestion that a 13-year-old boy might have been killed in an animal attack in southwest Colorado rather than at the hands of his father.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An exit off Interstate 95 in Florida had to be closed for three hours after 100 homing pigeons fell off a truck and refused to move, posing a driving hazard to motorists, officials said Wednesday.
MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — A Malden woman will go through a series of rabies vaccines after she was attacked by a rabid raccoon in her backyard.
Laurie Rose said she went outside to put her chicken in its pen on Saturday when she saw the raccoon.
WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) — State officials are warning beachgoers that the venomous Portuguese man-of-war has been spotted in the waters off Horseneck Beach in Westport.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation on Tuesday warned the public of the sea creature's presence and said it has posted purple flags at the beach to indicate the presence of dangerous marine animals.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials in North Carolina are warning people to be on the lookout for a venomous snake on the loose.
The Raleigh Police Department sent out a notice early Tuesday urging anyone who sees the missing zebra cobra to stay away and 911.