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.
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.
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.
BEIJING (AP) -- The newborn fawn walks unsteadily among the trees that were once part of the Chinese emperor's hunting grounds, where more than a century before its forebears died out in their native China.
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.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Emaciated, nearly dead bear cubs are turning up more frequently in Vermont and New Hampshire, and experts are blaming an increase in births a year ago and a food shortage in the fall.
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.
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.
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.
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 (http://avlne.ws/2peq1zJ) 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.
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 (http://cin.ci/2owU8hU ) reports a stuffed moose called Mr. Moosey has become a traveling protection talisman sent to police and other first responder agencies around the country.
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.
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.
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.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The premiere of a virtual reality short by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was already a high-profile event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. And then Hillary Clinton walked onstage.
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.
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 (http://bit.ly/2ozFNBq ) that growing populations in southeastern North Carolina are leading to more interactions between alligators and humans.
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.
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 (http://bit.ly/2pT2gKP) the Department of Natural Resources has set up 30 locations for the public to recycle oyster shells.