Animals

In this photo provided by the National Park Service a National Park Service staffer sets up an acoustic recording station on Going-to-the-Sun Road to capture the impact of traffic on acoustic conditions in Glacier National Park, Mont. The call of the wild is getting harder to hear. Peaceful natural sounds, bird songs, rushing rivers and rustling grass, are being drowned out by human-made noise in nearly two-thirds of America’s protected parks, forests and wilderness areas, a new study finds. (National Park Service via AP)
May 04, 2017 - 2:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The call of the wild is getting harder to hear. Peaceful, natural sounds— bird songs, rushing rivers and rustling grass — are sometimes being drowned out by noise from people in many of America's protected parks and wilderness areas, a new study finds. Scientists measured sound...
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FILE-In this June 27, 2016 file photo, water full of algae laps along the Seweall's Point shore on the St. Lucie River, Fla. Despite hundreds of millions of tax dollars spent to reduce pollution in Florida's 153-mile-long Indian River Lagoon, an Associated Press analysis of water quality data from 2000-2015 found stark increases in pollutants that cause harmful algal blooms. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
May 04, 2017 - 11:04 am
ON THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON, Fla. (AP) — The most biologically diverse waterway in America is seriously ill. The Indian River Lagoon is repeatedly being choked with oxygen-robbing algae, its surface increasingly dotted with thousands of dead fish, manatees, birds and other creatures. The culprits:...
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In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017 photo, Stephanie Barnette and her certified therapy donkey, Oliver, visit students to help relieve final exam stress in the foyer of Renne Library on Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Mont. (Rachel Leathe/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)
May 03, 2017 - 1:38 pm
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A donkey named Oliver joined several therapy dogs offering stress relief during Finals Week at Montana State University in Bozeman. The 8-year-old brown and white donkey was standing inside the front entrance of the university library on Tuesday. Owner Stephanie Bar tells the...
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May 02, 2017 - 4:48 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A misplaced pet is causing concern in a community north of Anchorage, Alaska. Animal control officials in Matanuska-Susitna Borough say a 17-foot python that weighs 100 pounds escaped in neighborhood in Meadow Lakes. Animal care officer Darla Erskine says the owner has gone...
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May 02, 2017 - 1:29 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal agency targeted by President Donald Trump for budget cuts next has only about half the money needed to build a new Yellowstone River dam and bypass channel meant to save an endangered fish, but it plans to begin construction, anyway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...
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May 02, 2017 - 12:28 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal agency that plans to build a new Yellowstone River dam and bypass channel meant to save an endangered fish only has about half the money needed for construction. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inked a $36 million contract with Ames Construction to build the...
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FILE- In this April 12, 2017, file photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Fiona a prematurely born hippopotamus, swims in her quarantine enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Zoo recently sent the onesies featuring Fiona’s image to newborns at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Zoo Director Thane Maynard says they were intended as thanks to hospital staff for its help with Fiona and a message of hope to families of premature babies. (Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens via AP)
May 02, 2017 - 12:29 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio zoo that received help from a hospital for its prematurely born hippo, Fiona, has sent onesies to newborns in the hospital's intensive care unit. The Cincinnati Zoo recently sent the onesies featuring Fiona's image to newborns at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical...
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In this 2014 photo provided by the University of New Hampshire, doctoral student Ryan Stephens finds a truffle in the Bartlett Experimental Forest in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. Researchers at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at UNH identified and described five new truffle species that while not the type prized by the culinary world, are important to forest health. (University of New Hampshire via AP)
May 01, 2017 - 3:38 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — They aren't the type you'd sprinkle over pasta. But University of New Hampshire researchers have found five new truffle species. While other types of so-called deer truffles have been found across Europe and the western United States, the particular species doctoral student...
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May 01, 2017 - 12:32 pm
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A wild coyote has decided to go where some other wild things are — the Detroit Zoo. The Detroit Free Press and WWJ-AM report the zoo in the suburb of Royal Oak temporarily closed Monday morning after workers discovered a coyote on the grounds. The gates reopened a short time...
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May 01, 2017 - 9:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from Alaska and oil and gas industry groups protesting the government's designation of more than 187,000 square miles in the state as critical habitat for threatened polar bears. The justice on Monday left in place an appeals court ruling...
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