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Mountain near Vegas gains blue butterfly habitat protection

LAS VEGAS — A scarce and endangered butterfly found only on Mount Charleston near Las Vegas is getting a kind of habitat insurance policy, under an agreement announced Monday by the federal government and a conservation group.

June 29, 2015 1:48 pmLoading…

2 bighorn rams killed after mixing with domestic sheep

GLASGOW, Mont. — State wildlife officials killed two young bighorn rams after they were spotted near domestic sheep south of Malta, more than 20 miles from two nearby bighorn herds.

June 29, 2015 12:33 pmLoading…

Trap set for bear that's been breaking into Aspen homes

ASPEN, Colo. — Wildlife officials are trying to catch a bear that's been breaking into homes in an Aspen neighborhood.

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Colorado deploys tiny wasps from China

Colorado deploys tiny wasps from China

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado is deploying tiny predator wasps imported from China as part of a state experiment aimed at annihilating invasive beetles threatening one in six metro Denver trees.

June 28, 2015 1:56 pmLoading…
Teen bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks in serious condition

Teen bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks in serious condition

WAVES, N.C. — A hospital spokeswoman says the latest victim of a shark attack off North Carolina's coast arrived in critical risk of dying, but his condition has improved.

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Teen bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks in serious condition

Teen bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks in serious condition

Emergency responders assist a teenage girl at the scene of a shark attack in Oak Island, N.C. Officials say a 17-year-old boy is the latest victim of a shark attack off North Carolina's coast, Saturday, June 27, 2015, the second attack in as many days and the sixth attack in the past two wee…

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4 arrested after children found in roach-infested SC home

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Police in Wellford have arrested four people after investigators found 10 children living in a roach-infested home.

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Walleye, fishable lakes on the rise in North Dakota

STRASBURG, N.D. — North Dakota's walleye population instantly soared by 10 million thanks to the single largest stocking program in state history.

June 26, 2015 3:19 pmLoading…

Wildlife officials find rusty crayfish in SD waters

PIERRE, S.D. — State wildlife officials have discovered a new aquatic invasive species in South Dakota waters.

June 26, 2015 2:31 pmLoading…
Homely hounds compete to be crowned World's Ugliest Dog

Homely hounds compete to be crowned World's Ugliest Dog

FILE. In this Friday, June 20, 2014 file photo, Quasi Modo, an eight-year-old mixed breed from Florida, walks across the stage during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. The World's Ugliest Dog will be chosen at the Sonoma-Marin Fair Friday. For 25 y…

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‘Max’ is touchy but clunky

‘Max’ is touchy but clunky

Max is a darned good dog, and "Max" a passable dog movie.

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Expert says more sea turtles could mean more, larger sharks

WILMINGTON, N.C. — A shark attack expert says bigger sharks could be patrolling closer to North Carolina shores because of the influx of sea turtles during the 2015 nesting season.

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Endangered red wolf legally killed in North Carolina

SWAN QUARTER, N.C. — Wildlife protection advocates are calling for federal authorities to care for the puppies of a rare red wolf legally shot and killed on private property last week.

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12-year-old girl undergoes surgeries following shark attack

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A 12-year-old girl who was one of two people injured in separate shark attacks in the same North Carolina town has begun a series of surgeries as part of her recovery.

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Hammerhead shark spotted on Ocean City shore

OCEAN CITY, Md. — Officials say a hammerhead shark that kept swimmers out of the surf in Ocean City has retreated back into Assateague Bay.

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Snooty, the elderly manatee, recognized as record holder

BRADENTON, Fla. — Snooty, the beloved manatee, has had plenty of honors in his long life.

June 25, 2015 11:31 pmLoading…

Pelicans nesting at North Dakota refuge a near record

BISMARCK, N.D. — American white pelicans returned to a central North Dakota refuge in near-record numbers only to find a single island on which to nest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

June 25, 2015 12:49 pmLoading…

Zoo could bid farewell to its elephant pair for white rhinos

NORFOLK, Va. — The two elephants that have been at the Virginia Zoo for nearly 50 years combined may find a new home soon.

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Retirees deciding whether new lifestyle will include pets

Retirees deciding whether new lifestyle will include pets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Denise and John Stevens have had pets their whole lives — then they retired.

June 24, 2015 6:00 pm Photos

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Shark bites 8-year-old boy in NC; no warning to swimmers

RALEIGH, N.C. — An 8-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after being bitten by a shark Wednesday while swimming in knee-deep water in Surf City, N.C.

June 24, 2015 3:27 pmLoading…

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