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A rancher loses 23 lambs, the first documented wolf attack since 1999
LA GRANDE, Ore. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed that a wolf or wolves killed nearly two dozen lambs on an eastern Oregon ranch.
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Packed house gets shots in on deer issues
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin citizens made good use of their right to free speech Wednesday at the state capitol. The outdoor terrace featured a boisterous tea party. And in room 411 under the dome, a standing room-only crowd gathered to express views on something even more important to some than taxes - the state's deer management policies.
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Crocodile-hunting safaris to become the latest rage in Australia?
The country's Northern Territory government has included trophy crocodile hunting as part of a draft management plan. The hunting, it's believed, will create jobs and enterprise for indigenous people.
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Another coyote bite reported in upstate New York
The second coyote bite in Niagara County, N.Y., this year was reported late Monday.
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Yellowstone wolf found dead in northwest Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A gray wolf that was tracked to western Colorado this winter after wandering about 1,000 miles from the Yellowstone region has been found dead.
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Group sues feds over endangered species protection
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An environmental group is suing the federal government, saying the Obama administration has failed to address a backlog of animals and plants that need to be considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
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Paleontologist pleads guilty to stealing bones
BILLINGS, Mont. — A famed paleontologist who discovered the world's best preserved dinosaur pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing dinosaur fossils from federal land in Montana.
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Orangutans threatened by illegal pet trade
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Orangutans are still being captured for pets in Indonesia, further threatening the survival of the critically endangered great apes, conservationists said Thursday, blaming poor law enforcement.
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French fishing protest softens on English Channel
PARIS — French fishermen allowed traffic to resume to three English Channel ports Thursday after receiving a government promise of euro4 million ($5.27 million) in aid, but they vowed to keep up their fight against European fishing quotas.
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Carp anglers coming to Baldwinsville
Baldwinsville is gearing up for its third international carp angling tournament to be held May 13 to 16. Last year, 41 two-person teams hauled in an amazing 36,282 pounds of carp from the banks of the Seneca River. Baldwinsville's local planning committee, along with the Oklahoma-based CARP Tournament Series, is preparing for an even larger participation and poundage in the 50-hour event.
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Tuberculosis find spreads concern to non-infected herds
A popular captive elk and bison operation in northeast Nebraska is not the site of an elk and deer herd infected with tuberculosis, the owners and state officials said Monday. "We have a lot of school tours booked this spring and hunters in the fall, and we're getting calls wanting to know if the tours and meat are safe," said Chris Kreycik of Kreycik Riverview Elk Ranch near Niobrara, Neb. "It's not us."
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EPA looks for ways to not let the bedbugs bite
ARLINGTON, Va. — Faced with rising numbers of complaints to city information lines and increasingly frustrated landlords, hotel chains and housing authorities, the Environmental Protection Agency hosted its first-ever bedbug summit Tuesday.
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Greys Harbor College offers 2-year forestry course
ABERDEEN, Wash. — When Grays Harbor College announced it was starting up a forestry program, instructor Todd Bates said he heard the same question everywhere: With the timber products industry closing down mills, why train people to work in that industry? There's an easy explanation, according to Bates, a forester with 15 years of field experience in Idaho and southeast Washington.
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Conservation Congress takes aim at buck policy
Earn-a-buck generated the most discussion in what was generally a mellow Eau Claire County spring Conservation Congress hearing Monday night. Ninety-three people signed in at the hearing, and the majority stayed for most of the two-hour session.
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New orangutan population found in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Conservationists have discovered a new population of orangutans in a remote, mountainous corner of Indonesia — perhaps as many as 2,000 — giving a rare boost to one of the world's most endangered great apes. A team surveying forests nestled between jagged, limestone cliffs on the eastern edge of Borneo island counted 219 orangutan nests, indicating a "substantial" number of the animals, said Erik Meijaard, a senior ecologist at the U.S.-based The Nature Conservancy.
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Pa. forest drilling procedure suit settled
PITTSBURGH — The U.S. Forest Service will review and allow public comment on gas and oil drilling projects in the Allegheny National Forest under a settlement reached with environmental groups. The groups claimed in a federal lawsuit that the Forest Service was not conducting required federal environmental reviews on several dozen drilling projects, thus potentially jeopardizing the environment and wildlife in Pennsylvania's only national forest.
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Water monitor eyes runoff in Gulf of Mexico
MOBILE, Ala. — A clean water expert at Auburn University hopes a new project that enlists middle and high school students will help reduce farm runoff that is a growing pollution threat to the Gulf of Mexico. Bill Deutsch said colleagues in Veracruz, Mexico, are partners in the three-year effort to monitor water flowing into the Gulf.
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Crocodile kills swimmer in Australia
DARWIN, Australia — Police found the remains of a 20-year-old man who was taken by a 14-foot (4-meter) crocodile when he went for a nighttime swim in a river in northern Australia, an officer said Saturday. The crocodile believed responsible has been killed, police said.
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Galapagos volcano erupts, could threaten wildlife
QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador officials say a volcano is erupting in the Galapagos Islands and could harm unique wildlife. The Galapagos National Park says La Cumbre volcano began spewing lava, gas and smoke on uninhabited Fernandina Island on Saturday after four years of inactivity.
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Scientists start to unlock secrets of bird flight
WASHINGTON — For millennia, people have watched the birds and bees and wondered: "How do they do that?" Thanks to high-speed film and some persistent scientists, at least one of the secrets of flight is now revealed.
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US wages war on bugs afflicting troops abroad
NEW ORLEANS — Fluorescent rodent feces, a promising new mosquito repellant and a better flytrap are all part of a war on bugs designed to protect U.S. troops around the world. Researchers in the Pentagon's Deployed Warfighter Protection Research Program highlighted pest-fighting innovations this week at the American Mosquito Control Association convention attended by some 800 scientists and insect control experts.
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