• Gifford Point hunting applications being accepted

    BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Deer hunters who want to hunt at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area near Bellevue this year may apply for access permits until July 31.

  • $5K reward for info on owl’s shooting death near Santa Fe

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fatal shooting of a burrowing owl near Santa Fe.

  • Police: Man crashes boat of hunter who killed Cecil the lion

    MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Police say a man stole and crashed a boat off southwest Florida that belongs to a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion while hunting in Africa.

  • FILE- In this April 9, 2002, file photo, a handler prepares to release a lesser prairie chicken near Laverne, Okla. The U.S. government announced Tuesday, July 19, 2016, that it is removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act. (Chad Love /The Oklahoman via AP)

    Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act.

  • In this Saturday, July 16, 2016, photo provided by Patrice Fero, a goat wanders in Seward, Alaska. The mountain goat jumped into the ocean to get away from crowds snapping its picture, and the animal drowned when it couldn't get back to land because of the crush of people on shore. Alaska State Troopers say it's imperative to give animals adequate space. That didn't happen Saturday in downtown Seward, and troopers say in an online post that it "resulted in a wild animal dying for no cause." (Patrice Fero via AP)

    Goat drowns trying to escape Alaska crowds taking its photo

    SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — A mountain goat in Alaska jumped into the ocean to get away from crowds snapping its picture, and the animal drowned when it couldn’t get back to land because of the crush of people on shore.

  • 2 charged after guinea pig killed before lacrosse game

    WOODHAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Two teenagers accused of killing a guinea pig in front of lacrosse teammates at a Detroit-area high school were charged with felonies in an incident that wasn’t a “youthful prank,” a prosecutor said Monday.

  • Public meeting to address New Mexico’s wild animal policy

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife advocates and New Mexico lawmakers are planning to discuss outdoor safety and a state law that led to the death of a mother black bear in June following an attack on a marathon runner in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • Agreement means dog racing will resume in Texas

    LA MARQUE, Texas (AP) — Dog racing will resume in Texas following an agreement between track owners and breeders that will result in an abbreviated series of events over the next two years.