Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- President Donald Trump's call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering Sequoias, deep, canyons and oceans habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam.

Wyoming wolf hunts to start again after US court decision

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Wyoming will hold a wolf hunt for the first time in four years this fall now that a federal court has lifted endangered species protection for wolves in the state, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said Wednesday. Planning is now underway for the hunt in northwestern Wyoming, which will probably be similar to the state's last wolf hunting seasons in 2012 and 2013, officials said.

What's in a name? Bronx Zoo proudly displays 'snot otters'

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a salamander by any other name -- and some of those names are comical. The Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo is now proudly displaying two Eastern hellbenders -- also known as "devil dogs," ''snot otters" or "old lasagna sides." Eastern hellbenders have flattened heads and bodies, small eyes, and slimy, wrinkly skin. They're typically brown or reddish-brown with a pale underbelly. There's also a serious side to the subject.

Court removes obstacle to releasing wolves in New Mexico

DENVER (AP) -- A federal court on Tuesday removed an obstacle to the U.S. government's plan to release more endangered wolves in New Mexico over the state's objections, but it was not clear whether additional animals would be reintroduced under the Trump administration. The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a temporary order issued by a lower court that stopped the U.S.

Q&A: Hawaii reassures tourists after brain parasite cases

HONOLULU (AP) -- A California couple on their honeymoon and two people who drank a homemade herbal beverage are among the rising number of victims in Hawaii falling ill with a potentially deadly brain parasite. After the newlyweds' plight with rat lungworm disease recently got attention online, the couple and some experts accused Hawaii of failing to adequately warn tourists and residents of the danger they can face.

Wild monkey spotted in central Florida neighborhood

APOPKA, Fla. (AP) -- Wildlife officials are warning central Florida residents to stay away from wild monkeys after one was spotted in the area. A rhesus monkey was spotted over the weekend in the Orlando suburb of Apopka. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are asking residents to stay away from the monkey and to call a hotline if it's spotted again. The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.

World's last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The world's last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive. "I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me," the rhino's profile says. "I perform well under pressure.

North Carolina deer harvest dips this season

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina deer harvest fell this past season, although experts say the long-term harvest trend remains up. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports ( that all nine North Carolina districts reported declines, although the rates varied wildly, from 1.2 percent to 14.1 percent. State hunters reported 149,811 deer killed during the 2016-2017 hunting season, down 7.8 percent from the 2015-2016 season.

Toy given to police officer as safety talisman gets to Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Police in Ohio have received a stuffed toy given by a child to a Pennsylvania police officer to help keep him safe. The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports a stuffed moose called Mr. Moosey has become a traveling protection talisman sent to police and other first responder agencies around the country.

Vermont rescues starving bear cubs after wild food shortage

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont biologists say they've rescued several year-old bear cubs found starving this spring after a shortage of wild food in the state last fall. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says biologists and game wardens have picked up malnourished bear cubs from locations as far apart as opposite ends of the state.

Baby bump: Birthing giraffe becomes a cash cow for tiny zoo

April the giraffe has become a cash cow for a tiny zoo in rural upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube video livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute calf that has riveted viewers around the world. Owners of the for-profit Animal Adventure Park won't say exactly how much they've pulled in from all April-related ventures, but internet marketing experts conservatively estimate the haul in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Study: Whale and boat collisions may be more common

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A group of marine scientists says collisions of whales and boats off of the New England coast may be more common than previously thought. The scientists focused on the humpback whale population in the southern Gulf of Maine, a body of water off of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

Reese Witherspoon speaks out against elephant poaching

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sparkly, exquisite diamonds were the draw but Reese Witherspoon's thoughts were with something much larger -- elephants. The Oscar-winning "Big Little Lies" star attended a party in New York on Friday night to celebrate Tiffany and Co. and said she backed the jewelry company's commitment to stop global trafficking and demand for elephant ivory.

Click a pic of a gator _ safely _ then upload for science

KURE BEACH, N.C. (AP) -- Wildlife officials want people in North Carolina to give alligators some distance -- but take a picture of them first if possible. Wildlife Resources Commission Diversity Program coordinator Allen Boynton says those photos will help state biologists determine exactly where alligators live in North Carolina. Boynton told the StarNews of Wilmington ( ) that growing populations in southeastern North Carolina are leading to more interactions between alligators and humans.

Researchers to look for CTE evidence in Hernandez's brain

BOSTON (AP) -- Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez's brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives. Hernandez hanged himself in prison early Wednesday, days after winning an acquittal in a 2012 double homicide case. He was already serving a life term in a 2013 killing.

South Carolina encourages people to save oyster shells

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina wildlife officials have set up bins to collect oyster shells, which are used to rebuild reefs used by oysters. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported ( the Department of Natural Resources has set up 30 locations for the public to recycle oyster shells.